23 When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening he expounded to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. 24 And some were convinced by what he said, but others disbelieved. 25 And disagreeing among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one statement: “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet:
“‘Go to this people, and say,
“You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed;
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’
28 Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.”
30 He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, 31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.
POINTS OF INTEREST
- v24 some will believe, and others won’t. Even if Paul, such a great explainer, couldn’t convert everyone, we shouldn’t be discouraged either. Continue to speak the truth about Jesus.
- v28 We know that Salvation is for all – and be encouraged because we know that people’s hearts will respond.
- v30 Paul continued to preach the kingdom of God even whilst he was under house arrest in Rome.
As we come to the final day of the 60 days of impact, we see Paul’s story end here with him continuing to proclaim the kingdom of God. His legacy is reflected in his love of Jesus and the desire for those to know Jesus as Lord. What’s your legacy? What are you living for? I hope these 60 days of impact have made an impact in your life, the life of your five, and in our church.
If you have stories to share about what God has done, please write them down and share them with others. And I’d love to hear them too. You can email them to me, Bert Han, firstname.lastname@example.org
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PRAYING IN FAITH
Pray that the impact that God has made in your heart continues to spur you on in proclaiming God’s kingdom with all boldness and without hindrance.
For your Five
Pray that your five continue to be impacted by Jesus, and by your testimony about Him.
For Our Church
Pray that our church discovers it’s role in proclaiming the greatest impact the world has ever known – the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to save us and bring us salvation.