Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Freds Devotional - Acts 19: 18-20

Acts 9:18-20

There fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized. So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus. Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.

This passage does not say that Saul "immediately" launched on a missionary journey around the Gentile world. It does not say that many people believed his testimony and were saved. But it does say that "immediately" (eutheos) after his conversion and baptism, Saul began to teach the truth of God and to make into students of God's truth those he contacted right where he was.

Here is another example of the carrying out of the terms of the Great Commission. Saul had not been there when Jesus told His followers, "Wherever you go (poreuthentes), teach (matheteusate) all people . . . to observe whatever I have commanded you" (Matt 28:19-20). But, filled with the Holy Spirit, he instinctively began to be a witness to the truth of God:

You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me. (Acts 1:8)

It has become clearer than ever to me as I have been reading the book of Acts, that it is filled with examples of the carrying out of the Great Commission. Acts gives us one convicting incident after another of the early Christians doing just what Jesus had commanded them to do. I find that I am repeatedly forced to ask myself whether I am carrying out the Great Commission. "Wherever I go" do I teach--as Saul did--the truth of God concerning the Deity and the sacrifice for our sins of God's Messiah?

There fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized. So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus. Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.

Keep Fishin!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Biggest Team Yet




Wow, How amazing it was that all four of us were able to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ on Wednesday afternoon in downtown Huntington!! Bill Sikes, Dan Stokley, and Ben Craft and myself were the most fisherman that we had out on one day....actually able to hand out more tracts and talk to more people....we were very excited. Bill and Ben were able to talk to several people. Ben handed out a ton of tracts. Dan spoke with Vince, Keith and Sunny. Please pray for them. I had several conversations but the one I will mention here is with a guy named Kyle. Kyle was very open to hearing the Law and the Gospel. He understood it and said he would definitely think about it. I hope to see him again. Please pray for Kyle. Hopefully in the weeks to come I will be able to post some audio clips and maybe even some video. Until then ....Keep Fishin.