Bible Time Period: The Church
The Church carries on your work in the world: Make me a faithful ambassador of your love.
You may recognize a number of the cities Paul visits on his journeys. In particular, Philippi (ch 16), Thessalonica, Corinth, and Ephesus stand out because letters he wrote to those communities are preserved in our Bibles as Paul’s Epistles (Letters) to the Philippians, Thessalonians, Corinthians, and Ephesians. Later on, you may want to return to one or more of these and read them in light of what you know from Acts.
One interesting thing to notice is Paul’s preaching method. His speech at the Areopagus in Athens (ch 17) is notable for the way he uses their beliefs as a starting point for his message–an approach that can be helpful for us as well, as we share the Gospel with those around us.
Read again Paul’s farewell speech at Miletus (20:17-38). What echoes to you see of Jesus there?
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