The year 2020 brought disappointments, difficulties, and sorrows to many lives. We would like to see the new year as a time to turn the page and anticipate better days. Though we pray that this will be, we do not know what lies before us in 2021. The book of Joshua tells of the time when the Children of Israel came to the River Jordan to cross over and possess the Promised Land. How would they cross the flood-swollen waters and where would they go if and when they entered? Canaan was a strange and unfamiliar place filled with fortified cities and formidable foes. The people were instructed to follow behind the Ark of the Covenant and God would lead the way and protect them. As we stand at the threshold of a new year, we are, for better or for worse, preparing to leave behind the desert of the past with its failures, disappointments, and shortcomings and enter the future with its promises but also its uncertainties. As the Lord told the people long ago: “You have not passed this way before” and it would be foolish to brave this unknown territory without Jehovah as our guide. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we are reminded of some important resolutions that we should make as we “cross over.”
As we come to the end of the series ‘Jesus Saves’ where we have studied the specific conversion accounts in the book of Acts, we now come to the city of Ephesus. The apostle Paul encountered a group of disciples who had to be baptized a second time. Why was this necessary? In today’s broadcast, we learn why their first immersion was inadequate and we pose the same question Paul asked them: Into what were you baptized? Find out why it makes a difference how, why, and when we are immersed.
When Paul ventured to the city of Corinth, he encountered a wicked culture. The very name of the city was synonymous with sexual immorality. Paul, however, found a godly couple in the city who welcomed him into their home and he began a fruitful work in Corinth. Even the ruler of the local synagogue was converted and others followed. Due to the culture and perhaps other factors, the church faced challenges through the years ahead but the power of the gospel and Paul’s perseverance resulted in a church existing in what many would consider an unlikely place. Do we sometimes wring our hands and despair over the state of our own culture and think the gospel can have no effect in such a dark place? As we continue our series in the book of Acts entitled “Jesus Saves”, in today’s broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we see that the Christians at Corinth came out of some of the most sinful backgrounds we can imagine but Paul later reminds them and us that they had been washed, sanctified, and justified. If Christ could affect such a change in them, He can give you a new life too regardless of what you have done.
When an earthquake stuck the ancient city of Philippi it rocked more than the foundations of the jail where Paul and Silas were held; it shook the heart of the jailer and opened the door for the apostle to share the gospel with him and his family. The jail keeper anxiously asked Paul and Silas “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”. How Paul answered the question and how the jailer responded to his answer tells us what it truly means to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. As we continue our series ‘Jesus Saves’, examining the conversion accounts in the Book of Acts, we see how this man and his house came to saving faith in Christ and how God formed a wonderful church in the city of Philippi. We also explore the question: do the baptisms of all in the jailer’s household justify the doctrine of infant baptism?
Business interests led an ancient woman faraway from her home to the Macedonian city of Philippi. The lack of a Jewish synagogue did not hinder Lydia from devoting the Sabbath Day to God and to prayer. She and other pious women were known to gather for prayer along the riverside each week. God sent the apostle Paul on a mission to interrupt that meeting. The result was the beginning of one of the greatest churches in history. In today’s broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we continue our series ‘Jesus Saves’ and we follow Lydia and her friends “Down To The River To Pray.”