Jesus’ death on the cross is not the end of the Christian message. The gospel is that Jesus then rose from the dead. Whereas every other life ended in death, Jesus’ death ended in life, and his resurrection is the basis of all Christian confidence.
- The Book of Acts
Pentecost or Shavuoth was a Holiday of Harvest. It signified the end of Israel’s harvest season. Spiritually, at this point, Israel’s harvest season is coming to an end and the Church is being born.
Acts 2.mp3 Acts 2.pdf
Dave Keesee, pastor of Calvary Chapel in Crawfordsville, blessed us with this teaching today.
Acts 1.mp3 (Dave Keesee)
No one can accuse Paul of having it too easy. At this point in his ministry he’s a prisoner of the Roman government and about to board a ship to take him to Rome to face trial. Not long into the voyage a storm will come upon them. By the end of the chapter the ship will be destroyed. Compare this to storms and shipwrecks in your own life.
Any time that any person is confronted with the truth about Jesus, it demands a personal response. Two of the most common are to respond very negatively or try to avoid a response altogether. This section of the book of Acts allows us to closely examine these common responses to the gospel.