We’re Off on the Road to Damascus

In his reign of terror on Believers of the Way, Paul was very much like the “radicals” we see around thee world who are persecuting Christians. Think of the men in the black hoods executing Coptic Christians on the beach in Egypt. He was no different

But God called him to a higher purpose. Similarly, God has called us to new life and a new purpose. Therefore, . . .

  1. We must respond to God’s call and not wait for Him to “get our attention.” (as Paul did)
  2. We must follow God’s instructions even when they seem foolish. (as Paul did)
  3. We must boldly proclaim the gospel to ALL people no matter their backgrounds or viewpoints and no matter what you think about them nor what they think about you. (as Paul did)

And no matter the situation, we must always remember that the ultimate problem our world faces is a sin problem. Until Christians get serious about obeying the call of God on their lives we can expect no different world than the fallen, depraved, and violent world in which we now reside. Without the Spirit-led proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Zietgeist – the spirit of this age – will continue to lead our culture down of path of destruction, pain, and hopelessness in which we will become more angry, more violent, and more immoral than anything we have seen before. Only God can stand against this onslaught and Christians must be following the call to go into all the world with the message of Jesus Christ. Truly, our only hope at this point is Jesus.

This Bible study was presented to the Agape Life Bible Study Class of the First Baptist Church in Brenham, Texas, on Sunday, May 29, 2022. It is part of a series of Bible study sessions from The Gospel Project – a Bible study curriculum developed by Lifeway Christian Resources. Handouts with slide content can be requested at: fromthebackporchintexas@gmail.com

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You Have One Job

You have one job . . . but it’s huge.  As Jesus was preparing to ascend to the Father after His resurrection, He gave His disciples – and us, by extension – His marching orders.  After stating His authority to do so, He charged His followers to make disciples wherever they went.  He further charged them to teach these new disciples all that He had taught them and to baptize them in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  This was at the end of Matthew’s gospel – chapter 28, verses 18-20.  He gave us one job – make disciples.  There’s so much involved in making a disciple but that is our one job as Christians.  Furthermore, there is so much involved in living our  lives in communion with Christ and being disciples ourselves, but we still have one job.  Make Disciples.

In the 1st chapter of Acts, we see that Jesus refines the specific location of our one job.  Essentially, it is everywhere.  We start at home and go from there to the very ends of the earth.  Our job is never ending as long as there is one person in this world who does not know Who Christ is and that He came to save all mankind.  After all, Jesus also had one job “for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost”  (Luke 19:10)

Next week we will see how the disciples began their new job and helped give birth to the church.

This Bible study was presented to the Agape Life Bible Study Class of the First Baptist Church in Brenham, Texas, on Sunday, March 6, 2022. It is part of a series of Bible study sessions from The Gospel Project – a Bible study curriculum developed by Lifeway Christian Resources. Handouts with slide content can be requested at: fromthebackporchintexas@gmail.com

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