What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?—James 2:14 ESV From the conclusion of John Piper’s sermon, “Does James Contradict Paul?” When Paul teaches in Romans 4:5 that we are justified by faith alone, he means that the only thing that … More Faith and no works?
February 22 Acts 27:1-26 (ESV) Paul Sails for Rome 27:1 And when it was decided that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort named Julius. 2 And embarking in a ship of Adramyttium, which was about to sail to the ports along the coast of Asia, … More February 22 Acts 27:1-26
February 21 Acts 26:19-32 (ESV) 19 “Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance. 21 For this reason … More February 21 Acts 26:19-32
February 19 Acts 25:13-27 (ESV) Paul Before Agrippa and Bernice 13 Now when some days had passed, Agrippa the king and Bernice arrived at Caesarea and greeted Festus. 14 And as they stayed there many days, Festus laid Paul’s case before the king, saying, “There is a man left prisoner by Felix, 15 and when I was at Jerusalem, the … More February 19 Acts 25:13-27
Paul’s Trial Before the Sanhedrin (Acts 22:30—23:35) By: Bob Deffinbaugh If you were Paul, and you had been rejected by your own people, God’s chosen people, the Jews, and you had risked your life to witness to them, only to be beaten, and now imprisoned, there would be much cause for despair. But things … More A conspiracy to kill Paul
Pastor Steven Cole of Flagstaff, AZ preached a sermon on our Bible reading passage for today. Here is an excerpt from “God’s Mighty Power to Save” If I had just gotten beaten up by an angry mob that was trying to kill me, but I got rescued, I don’t think that the first thought on … More Addressing the mob that tried to kill him
In Acts 21, we read about Paul being arrested in Jerusalem at the Temple. Here is Bob Deffinbaugh’s commentary, from Bible.org, on this passage: Paul’s Skillful Use of Language Acts 21:37—22:2 As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the commanding officer, “May I say something to you?” The officer … More Paul got everyone’s attention- in their own heart language
In our Bible reading passage for today, Acts 20:18-35, Paul is speaking to the elders from Ephesus. In 2002, John Piper challenged men and women who are in positions of leadership in youth and college ministries: I want to begin by asking you a question that comes from the book of Acts. When your present … More Not shrinking, but imparting a passion
February 4 Acts 17:1-15 (ESV) Paul and Silas in Thessalonica 17:1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that it was … More February 4 Acts 17:1-15
Acts 16:16 And it happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a certain slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortunetelling. 17 Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God,who are … More Deffinbaugh: We do not like to think that God’s will could be done because someone got mad.