As we continue through the book of Acts we see Paul, once a persecutor in the church, become a missionary spreading the good news of Jesus Christ throughout the known world. In Acts 17, Paul is in Athens where he comes to the Gentiles there and presents the Gospel, contextualizing it in a way that builds connections with those he is sharing it with while still maintaining the truth of Christ’s teachings. What can we learn from Paul and his sharing of his faith as we go about sharing our faith with others?
In the book of Acts as people hear the good news of the Gospel they are encouraged to repent and be baptized. What is repentance? Why are we encouraged to repent? What are we supposed to repent from? How are we to repent and how are we to support one another in living humble, repentant lives in our modern world? Join us as we look at the story of Simon the Magician who comes to faith in Jesus Christ and who is called to true repentance by Philip the Apostle.
We’re going to look at this transformer idea from a different angle. We’re going to take a look at how God wants to use you to transform others. Believe it or not, one of the reasons God has saved you is that He wants to use you to help save others. One of the purposes God has for your life is that your life will influence others to follow Him. In 1 Peter 3, Peter gives us four essentials for sharing our faith: essential equipment for effective evangelism.
God is the one who has made us all different. His desire is not that we fight over our differences, but that we realize that we need each other. He wants to transform dissonant relationships into harmonious relationships. He accomplishes that when you choose to allow him to transform your attitude and begin to take these six ingredients and build them into your relationships.
We’ve been working through the book of 1 Peter this summer, looking at how God gives you the power to change. And one of the ways God wants to change you is to make you a person of integrity. In fact, Peter says that the hallmark of the Christian life is integrity. And he says there are three things that test your integrity. People are going to watch how you respond to these three things: temptation, authority, and suffering. How you respond to these things will determine whether you’re a witness or not, whether you have an influence or not, whether you have integrity or not.