February 19 - Acts 22
FOLLOW PAUL'S EXAMPLE: Evangelism is the scariest discipline we are called to practice as Christians, but Paul provides a good model in chapter 22. He meets the audience where they're at, which is in this case Aramaic speaking Jews who are zealous for God's law (v1-4). He explains God's Word to them (albeit, Paul experienced God's Word and we read God's Word), and how it changed his life.
BUT PAUL'S EVANGELISM WAS A DISASTER: The second Paul mentions that the gospel is for Gentiles also, the Jews flip out. But Paul's evangelism was successful, in that he faithfully told of the Good News. This is how we need to evaluate our evangelistic efforts: not by whether or not it results in immediate conversions, as this is beyond our control, but whether or not we clearly communicate what Jesus has done.
ASSERT YOUR RIGHTS: Isn't it amazing that the pagan Romans had better morals and ethics than the 'God fearing' Jews had? As soon as Paul mentions he's a citizen, everything changes and he's treated with dignity. We've been blessed with tremendous rights and protections as Americans, and we need to stand up against the daily assault against our rights as Christians.
ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: The God of our Fathers (v14) who in the person of Jesus Christ the Righteous One (v14) is Lord of all (v8, 10, 18, 21).
ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Ask God, "What shall I do, Lord?" (v10)
ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED: