For The Sake of the Cause
May 27, 2007
INTRODUCTION: Paul was convinced that his ministry from the Lord was the most dominant thing of his life. It was greater than himself or anyone that served with him. He was determined that the Lord had laid a call on his life and he was fully devoted to seeing it become a reality. His calling was to the Gentiles but not without exception to the Jews. He also knew that God wanted to use him in Jerusalem and ultimately he was headed for Rome.
Acts 20:24, "But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God."
I. THE ISSUES IN THIS TEXT. 20b-22
Our boasting is not without its burden. Our victories are not without their valleys and battles.
In v.20 "they said to him, You see, brother..."
To perceive, discern, or reflect on. Paul had observed.
These were Jewish Christians who remained devoted to the ceremonial aspects of the Law. While not viewing it as a means of salvation, they still observed its required feasts, Sabbath regulations, ritual vows, and dietary restrictions.
Perfect picture of the RUMOR MILL: false reports.
This crowd had been dealt with at the Jerusalem Council but they won't go away.
Acts 15:1, "And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, ‘Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.'"
They denied salvation is by grace through faith alone, in Christ alone, insisting that keeping the Mosaic Law was required for salvation.
These Judaizers sought to destroy Paul's credibility with the Hebrew Christian community.
These allegations against Paul posed a serious threat to the Jerusalem church's efforts to evangelize unbelieving Jews.
These accusations were false; Paul never taught Jewish Christians to abandon ...
There are 7611 characters in the full content. This excerpt only shows a 2000 character sample of the full content.