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Perspective 1- Diane Schmidt

This week’s chapter is about Paul and his mission. What was his mission? To spread the Gospel, to tell everyone he met about Jesus, how he lived, how he died, but most importantly how he defeated death and the devil for each and every one of us. So I sit here writing this perspective and yesterday I would have written something different. Why you ask? Because I sit here after serving at a funeral. The funeral was for a young mother, age 42. The theme verse, which she picked out, was 2 Timothy 4:7. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” These are words that Paul wrote to Timothy, reflecting on his ministry and how he lived his life. These are words that help us to keep our focus on Jesus. As I recall the words of Pastor Burcham during the message about how Tanya lived her life, walking beside Jesus, showing His love and His message to all she met it reminds me of the example that Paul set for us. That no matter what life throws at us, what blessings and what trials we can share the Gospel, we can tell everyone we meet about Jesus and what he did to defeat death and that someday, like Tanya, we will live with our Savior!

Perspective 2- Dan Petrak

 

Perspective 3- Barb Miles

This chapter covers a long period where Paul and Barnabas were doing so much traveling and witnessing. In most cases when they arrived in a town they visited Jewish synagogues first. After the Jews rejected the news about Jesus, Paul would start preaching to the Gentiles. Paul and Barnabas were received with mixed reactions. Some wanted to hear the word of God, that “through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin.” Some would not believe and expelled them from their region. They healed a man who was lame. They were prisoned from removing a corrupt spirit from a woman, but after praying and singing hymns, the chains of all the prisoners were released. They chose not to escape but remained in the prison and witnessed to the jailer. After the jailer was told to release them, Paul told him to go and get the magistrates to escort them out of town. Paul was not going quietly but left in a way where he was acknowledged for being imprisoned wrongly because they were Roman citizens and had no trial.

Paul and Barnabas were truly standing up for Jesus. They had success and disappointment. But they were unwavering witnesses to God’s word.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
Ye soldiers of the Cross!
Lift high His royal banner,
It must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory,
His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished,
And Christ is Lord indeed!

Perspective 4- Pastor Ron

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