Put Our Confidence in the Working of God
Pastor Lew shared with us on Sunday a simple study method we can use as we look at the texts of Scripture. Remember the four questions?
- What does the text say about God?
- What does the text say about us?
- What does the text proclaim to us?
- What does the text call us to do?
Our text from Acts 17 reminded us that God’s Messiah, his anointed one, the Christ had to suffer, die for the sake of justice, and rise from the dead. And then the text told us plainly that Jesus is that Messiah, the anointed one, the Christ.
Our text also shouted out that God is at work in the lives of his people. As Paul preached the word, the Spirit of God came upon many with full conviction and they turned to the Lord both in Thessalonica and in Berea in the midst of much persecution.
Our text proclaims to us that we all need a Savior and that Jesus has overcome sin and death. A message of salvation with Jesus as the central figure is proclaimed for all who recognize their need.
Our text calls us to respond in faith and join with the saints of Thessalonica and Berea as followers of Jesus the Messiah.
So what is your need today? Where do you want God to work in your life today? Where is sin getting the upper hand in your life today? Sin must be crushed in our lives. We heard that God’s means of our salvation (Jesus) had to bear the pain of death that we might be over-comers. But there has to be a repentance, a turning from sin and sinful patterns. Many in Thessalonica and Berea did not turn. They continued in their pursuits even as sin pursued them. How are you responding to the display of God’s mercy?
There is no salvation given to us but that which comes to us in the person of Jesus. We are called to put away what is not of God and put our trust and confidence in the working of God on our behalf through Jesus. Walk by faith Jubilee even as you battle the crushing works of the evil one and of your own flesh.
Along with the saints of Thessalonica and Berea, let’s pursue the treasure of this Christ as we allow his word to change us through the power of his Spirit working in us from one degree of change to the next always in pursuit of Jesus!
Engaged with you,