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.”
When the gospel was preached for the first time to a Gentile, it was accompanied by an unusual sign. It was so extraordinary, the New Testament records it happening only one other time, on the day of Pentecost. Why did the Holy Spirit fall upon Cornelius and those gathered in his house? Was it a sign that salvation had already come to this family or was there some other reason for this sudden supernatural outpouring? As we continue our series “Jesus Saves” through the book of Acts, in this broadcast, we follow Peter to the house of Cornelius and behold how the first gentiles were brought into the kingdom of Christ.
Saul of Tarsus left Jerusalem on a merciless mission but returned a different man. What happened to him on the road leading into Damascus was merely the beginning of one of the most remarkable transformations in all of history. Within a matter of days, Saul went from being one of the fiercest enemies of the church of Christ to being one of Christ’s most devoted disciples. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we follow Saul to Damascus as he meets Jesus Christ and then as Ananias comes and tells him the wonderful words of salvation. Why did Jesus appear to Saul? Was he saved when he met Christ along the road? Should we expect a Damascus Road type of experience in conversion today? We turn to the book of Acts for the answers as we continue the series “Jesus Saves.”
When Philip’s work in the city of Samaria was complete, the Lord whisked him away for an important meeting divinely arranged along a rural road. God’s providence is clearly witnessed as the evangelist meets an African dignitary along the Gaza road. When Philip met the man, he found him reading a scroll of the prophecy of Isaiah and was invited to explain the prophet’s words to him. Philip began at the same scripture and preached Jesus to the Ethiopian nobleman. Suddenly, the man orders his chariot to stop and he and the preacher climb down out of the chariot to attend to an urgent transaction. As we continue the series ‘Jesus Saves’ from the book of Acts, we pose the question: Why Stop The Chariot?
When the evangelist Philip went to the city of Samaria, he found a people with open ears and honest hearts. Having been long deceived by the magic acts of a sorcerer named Simon, they now encounter the true power of God and become obedient to the gospel. The focus of the narrative, however, turns to Simon. He also became a convert after seeing and hearing the things Philip did and preached. In fact, the record tells us that Simon saw several things that we need to see today. As we continue the series on conversions in Acts “Jesus Saves”, find out if you can see the same things that Simon Saw.