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Gospel 23

posted by xscot mcknight

Paul keeps on gospeling and we turn today to Acts 16 and 17.

Acts 16:6 They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 7 When they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; 8 so, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. 9 During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ?Come over to Macedonia and help us.? 10 When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them….

13 On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. 14 A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. 15 When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, ?If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.? And she prevailed upon us.

Soon some opposition and persecution. In prison…

29 The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them outside and said, ?Sirs, what must I do to be saved?? 31 They answered, ?Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.? 32 They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. 34 He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.

That’s gospeling for Paul. Salvation offered and responded to in faith in the Lord Jesus. On to Thessalonica…

17:2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three sabbath days argued with them from the scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, ?This is the Messiah, Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you.?

Off to Berea…

Acts 17:10 That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas off to Beroea; and when they arrived, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 These Jews were more receptive than those in Thessalonica, for they welcomed the message very eagerly and examined the scriptures every day to see whether these things were so. 12 Many of them therefore believed, including not a few Greek women and men of high standing.

Now to Athens… tomorrow



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Scott Eaton

posted October 29, 2008 at 9:35 am


Scot,
I think this a good place to ask you a question that I’ve had on my mind for awhile now. In your book “Embracing Grace” (which I enjoyed) you talk about “performing the gospel.” But can we really perform the gospel? It seems that in the “gospeling” of Paul he proclaims, speaks, explains, and proves from Scripture a message about the crucified and risen Christ. It seems the gospel primarily a message to be proclaimed (and dare I say propositional).
Wouldn’t it be more accurate to say we live our lives (perform) in light of the gospel message? Shouldn’t we live in light of the beautiful and liberating message that Jesus was crucified and risen again to conqueror sin, death and the devil?
I just wonder if the gospel is something we perform or a message we proclaim and then live in light of that message. What do you think?



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Scot McKnight

posted October 29, 2008 at 10:40 am


Scott, no surprise here: a both-and for me. Acts 20 has Paul telling folks to look at his life as a witness to the gospel.



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Matthew Elliott

posted October 29, 2008 at 6:07 pm


It is interesting that so many put their trust in Jesus after seeing the reality of joy and emotional fullness in the life of Paul and Silas. Emotions show us the truth about what we really believe and others see that clearly. I think this is often overlooked in our evangelism. Scot, I would love to be in touch about emotion in the Christian life, the subject of my PhD in NT (see my books Feel – Tyndale and Faithful Feelings – IVP/Kregel). What does it mean to feel Christian?



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