Having a grace state of mind doesn’t mean life automatically becomes a super-harmonious downhill slide. We will still have to live with disagreements. As people of grace, our goal is not to force everyone to agree but to press on in spite of disagreements.
Pastor Chuck Swindoll investigates Acts 16:6–10 about a closed door the Apostle Paul contended with. Rather than being the enemy’s work, the closed door turned out to be God’s doing.
When the Apostle Paul was alone in Athens, as recorded in Acts 17, he found himself in the busy market place full of idols in the streets of Athens, far away from home and a long way from Christian friends. It’s in that context that we are given an example of the fruit of biblical preparation and compassion as Paul delivered a free-speech platform and proclaimed the God of heaven and earth and His Son, Jesus Christ, crucified and risen from the dead.
Drawing from passages in Acts, 1 Corinthians, and 3 John, Pastor Chuck Swindoll lays out the necessary and rewarding results of staying sensitive while growing in theological understanding.
This final lesson on creating a legacy focuses on this critical element of mentoring—passing our legacy to those who will come after us. Unlike a relay, this passing of the legacy is not a moment but a lifelong attitude of mentoring others to carry on the tradition we received.
Tragically, erosion took a toll on the church at Ephesus causing the Lord to finally announce for all to hear, “You have left your first love” (Revelation 2:4).
Jerusalem's authorities brought Paul to Caesarea to appear before the Roman magistrate on trumped-up charges. Paul modelled for us how a thinking, believing follower of Christ can defend himself or herself against criticism.
As we work our way through these verses, it will become increasingly more clear that our times at Malta are just as significant as our days in Rome…maybe more so.