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How Jesus Prepared the Disciples for Ministry at Pentecost and After (A Comparison of Matthew 10 and Acts 1-8)

There is a great deal of similarity (or, perhaps more precisely, correspondence) between what the disciples were taught in Matthew 10:1-33 and what they experienced in Acts 1-8.

To Help Get your Bearings, Here is a Quick Summary of Acts 1-8

Acts 1: Jesus teaches the disciples for forty days after the Resurrection and before the Ascension. There are one hundred and twenty believers in Jerusalem following Jesus at this point. They are told to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2: At Pentecost (or the celebration of the Feast of Weeks), the church is born as a result of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Three thousand people believe and become part of the church.

Acts 3: Peter and John are preaching with sign healing at the temple in Jerusalem.

Acts 4: The number of men in the church is five thousand (presumably up to that many women in addition, as well). Peter and John are confronted by the Jewish council. The council—intimidated by the people—merely tells them not to speak in Jesus’ name. Peter and John plainly state that they will listen to God (not men) and continue to Keep Reading

Q&A: What Does Jesus Say About the Old Testament and His Identity?

When we share the gospel, we point back to the completed work of Christ; we point to the mystery that has been fully revealed (Romans 16:25-26). However, as Jesus shared the gospel, he shared an unfolding gospel.  As such, when Jesus shared the gospel, he spoke of the start of God’s Kingdom[1], he spoke of himself as the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, he spoke of his work yet to be accomplished, and he taught eschatology. For Jesus, sharing the gospel is, necessarily, teaching about himself and connecting the rich history of Old Testament prophecy to his ministry.

Jesus Indicates that the Old Testament Speaks Frequently and Understandably About Himself

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Q&A: Is it Appropriate to Invite an Unbeliever to “Ask Christ to Save You”?

It is clear that sharing the gospel involves more than just broadcasting information. In order to be saved, one must profess faith in Christ. It is incumbent on the Christian that shares the gospel to, at some point, appropriately make an invitation on behalf of Christ and proclaim “be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20). There are a number of ways one could invite a person to “be reconciled to God.”  Is it appropriate to invite an unbeliever to “ask Jesus to save” them?

The Example of Jesus

 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will

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