ANCHORED DAILY: Review Acts Chapters 17-20

posted by Bethel Communications | Jun 27, 2022

Hi Bethel family, this is Rachal, and I’m glad you're here. Today,  I’m joined by a special guest, my 2nd grade daughter Annabelle. Bella is going to read to us from the Jesus Storybook Bible. 

(Bella reads from the Jesus Storybook Bible, Sally Lloyd-Jones - pg 340. The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name: 

Thanks Bella! Now, that was a really concise summary of Paul’s message and missionary journeys. It isn’t confined just to the chapters we are reading today, but provides a high level reflection on the central message and mission of Paul.

Today in our reading we are reviewing four chapters, Acts 17-20. As I’ve read and reread these chapters, I’ve been reminded of how Paul kept the message of Christ central in his message and in his mission.  He didn’t get sidetracked by customs or grumpy, angry people. He didn’t get caught up in false accusations or take the minor things and make them major. He didn’t get caught up in his own comfort, but continued on in the mission before him.

Acts contains, just as the title implies, the actions and movement of the gospel outward, the storyline and action packed scenarios. As we’re reading Acts, I’ve loved taking the brief detours and reading the letters Paul wrote to the local churches. In these we see more of the heart behind the message, the words of encouragement, exhortation and recalibration. We see both the movement or spread of the gospel, and how the gospel takes root within the local body of believers. How the church is made up of actual flawed people who are learning to live out their faith, and the ways they are pastored through the letters Paul wrote. 

In the midst of these last four chapters we’ve read through the letters to the churches in Galatia, Thessalonica and Corinth. We’ve seen Paul finish his second missionary journey and embark on his third journey. Tomorrow we jump into Romans, but today, let’s pause and pray for our own church, reflecting the heart of the mission of Paul. 

God we pray to You, we humble ourselves and repent. We seek to live as your followers, for Your kingdom, not our own. That every eye will see, that every heart will know, the One who is You Jesus, You who took our sin, You, who died and rose. All worship and praise belongs to You alone. Pour out your presence as we seek you. For, it is Your church, work in us and then through us, that here and in every nation Christ would be known. You, Christ Jesus, alone are our hope and salvation. Amen


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