Crossroad Bible Study

March 9th, 2009

Doing good

Posted by johncatmur in Uncategorized  Tagged Acts 10-11:18

I was just catching up today on Friday’s reading.  Its a great passage, showing God’s power and the wonderful gift of the Spirit coming on all who believed the message about Jesus and the forgiveness of sins, even to the gentiles.

But following on from my message last night at the meeting there were a couple of small details that stood out to me: 

10:2 – Cornelius ‘gave generously to those in need’ and God acknowledged this as valuable in his eyes

10:38 – Jesus ‘went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil’. The breaking in of the kingdom was characterised by God generously ‘doing good’ to his people (thus fulfilling many prophecies) through his Son.

11:29 – ‘the disciples…decided to provide help for the believers living in Judea’ (those struck by the famine).  The supported one another in the family of believers. 

We need to let these verses sink in, and do them, alongside preaching the amazing message of forgiveness of sins for all who believe.  How can we REALLY hold these two together, without either dumbing down the other?

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  1.    Hannah Venable said,

    on March 23rd, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Good thoughts, John. I think there is an emphasis here on abundance wherever the Spirit is concerned. We see words like generosity, healing of all, overflowing . . . these seem to be important attributes of a Spirit-led community. I appreciate your honesty in wanting Crossroad to ponder more how we can be a Spirit-led community together. We are with you on this and hope that the Lord will pour His Spirit out abundantly on us.


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