Dear River Reach Family,
And he stayed two full years in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him, 31 preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.Acts 28:30-31
Our Christian life and service to the Lord often appear to be marred by setbacks, severe opposition, momentous trials, impassable obstacles, and weakness (2 Corinthians 4:8-11). As we have studied through the Book of Acts it has become apparent that God chooses to work His glory and plan through weak and simple people yielded to the Lord. Though the church begins at Pentecost with a massive outpouring of the Holy Spirit and supernatural wonders, the further the narrative progresses the less glorious and more mundane service to the Lord appears. Indeed the last 7 chapters of the historical account record Paul’s arrest, abuse, restriction, persecution, and severe physical limitation. On the surface being a witness for Christ seems far from glorious and indeed quite painful and weak. Rather than discouraging us from being witnesses for Christ, the Holy Spirit reveals God’s grace at work turning our weakness into His glory! (2 Corinthians 4:16-18) As we come to the final verses in the Luke’s account of the early church, we are not left to despair and gloom, but we see God’s grace and power on display even through the weakness and suffering of Paul, His faithful witness. Even when we seem to be beaten down and everything seems to be falling apart, God is at work turning our weakness into His glory! When you serve Christ you cannot lose! This is the story of Christianity. This is a story that will never end till Christ returns.
Sermon: “The Story That Never Ends” – Acts 28:16-31
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