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November 27th, 2015

The Gospel is for All People

“‘If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?’ When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, ‘Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.’” Acts 11:18-19 (ESV)

We can easily be entrapped by our context. We assume, at least in the way that we act, that the world is everywhere as it is where we are and that people, generally, are the same as well. Within this assumption lies an ember of pride, suggesting that we are the center of the universe and everything that occurs is for our benefit. This is the nature of the self, to think the world is concerned with me above all else. The gospel must challenge that assumption within us, however. We are not more special than any other person God created, for He created us equal. We all have the same need of Him, both for satisfaction and salvation. We must not assume, as the early Jewish leaders of the Church, that the gospel is reserved for us alone; rather, we must give our lives to the realization that the gospel is for all people and all people need to hear it.

Are you engaging this tendency to consider yourself greater than the rest of humanity? How so? Are you actively seeking out friendships with people that are different than you? Are you descending or ascending the socioeconomic status ladder to show the equality of the gospel? Are you building relationships with nationals in other countries who are sacrificing to build the Kingdom of God in their context? Otherwise, you may say you believe that the gospel is for all people, but are you truly evidencing your belief in action?

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, November 27th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Acts, Diversity, Gospel.
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November 27th, 2012

The Gospel is for All People.

“‘If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?’ When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, ‘Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.’” Acts 11:18-19 (ESV)

We can easily be entrapped by our context. We assume, at least in the way that we act, that the world is everywhere as it is where we are and that people, generally, are the same as well. Within this assumption lies an ember of pride, suggesting that we are the center of the universe and everything that occurs is for our benefit. This is the nature of the self, to think the world is concerned with me above all else. The gospel must challenge that assumption within us, however. We are not more special than any other person God created, for He created us equal. We all have the same need of Him, both for satisfaction and salvation. We must not assume, as the early Jewish leaders of the Church, that the gospel is reserved for us alone; rather, we must give our lives to the realization that the gospel is for all people and all people need to hear it.

Are you engaging this tendency to consider yourself greater than the rest of humanity? How so? Are you actively seeking out friendships with people that are different than you? Are you descending or ascending the socioeconomic status ladder to show the equality of the gospel? Are you building relationships with nationals in other countries who are sacrificing to build the Kingdom of God in their context? Otherwise, you may say you believe that the gospel is for all people, but are you truly evidencing your belief in action?

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 324: Acts 11-12)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Acts, Diversity, Gospel.
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