MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Are You Innocent?

June 1st, 2018 Viewed 317 times

In Acts 20:26 Paul declared himself to be innocent of the blood of all men in Ephesus (cf. comments on Acts 18:6). He preached to “all men” (cf. “all the Jews and Greeks … in the province of Asia,” 19:10). And the content of His preaching was all of God’s will (boulēn, “purpose, plan”; cf. 2:23; 4:28; 13:36; Eph. 1:11; Heb. 6:17).

Can the same be said of us? Are we innocent?

Paul didn’t discriminate among who he witnessed and proclaimed the message. Do we?

This was a reference to Ezekiel 33:9. God compared a watchman for the children of Israel with Ezekiel himself. He told Ezekiel that it was his duty to tell Israel what he was told, and that if he did, then he would be innocent of the blood of the people, but if he did not, he would be guilty.

How about us?

We know the truth of the fact that people are dying and going to Hell today. Are we innocent of the blood of our family? Are we innocent of the blood of our friends? Coworkers? Are we innocent of the blood of those people that we see on a regular basis?

Conclusion

I’ve gone through a lot of requests that haven’t been made of us that are more severe than what has been requested of us.

We know what God requires of us.  We know what it takes to be innocent.  What are we willing to do about it?

What if He Asked You to Die of Stoning? (Stephen)

May 23rd, 2018 Viewed 398 times

Acts 6:8-15 – Stephen is chosen as one of the first Deacons, and while preaching the word is brought before the council

Up until this point, no one had been killed for their faith. Sure, the religious leaders were not happy that people spoke of Jesus and had captured some and then let them go when they showed how they had been with Him, but no one had died. Stephen could have kept quiet and low key. Instead, Stephen proclaimed the Gospel and paid for it with his life.

photo by: Chris Yarzab

Who Are You Telling About Jesus?

July 2nd, 2014 Viewed 1282 times

The Ordinary Pastor’s Daughter calls it like she sees it:

I was putting my daughter (4) to bed. We were talking about how I was going to visit a family member. She asked me if this person loved Jesus. I told her that I do not think that she is a Christian. Then I invited her to pray with me for her salvation. She complied. Then she sat up, pushed her curly hair back and said, “You know what, you should also go and tell her about Jesus right away. Prayers are good but you need to tell her about Jesus Daddy.” I told her that she was exactly right and that I would.

 

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.