From Miletus, Paul summoned the shepherds of the church in Ephesus. His message for them is a loving and touching farewell. I don’t pretend to be in Paul’s class as a preacher, but I do identify with his speech in a number of ways.
Peter wanted the church to grow, but preaching the gospel in the home of Cornelius made him feel extremely uncomfortable.
Sometimes there’s a difference between what we think we should do and what we actually want to do. We think the church should grow and that we should do something to help that happen. But some potential converts make us feel anxious.
The word “preacher” implies preaching. The word “elder” suggests spiritual maturity and leadership. But what does “deacon” mean?
Philip the evangelist led the Ethiopian eunuch to faith in Christ (Acts 8:26-40). It’s a conversion story. But it’s also an evangelism story. Philip shows us how to bring someone to Jesus.
Mark is usually remembered as the young man who deserted Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey and went home. But in time he redeemed himself. He became an exceptional servant of God. And it’s easy to see why. Mark had an exceptional mother.
Ananias of Damascus asked Saul, “Why do you wait? Rise and be baptized, and wash away your sins” (Acts 22:16). Saul obeyed without delay. Why do so many others hesitate?