that was the name of a series of teaching held at the local church here – got to love the name. I caught a couple of the series, and the last one was really interesting.
What I found fascinating was that the preacher took time to read the whole passage – not a snippet of the word – but the last 1½ chapters of acts (fr Acts 27:17-end). It was wonderful.
I can’t remember the last time that was done (all too often we have little snippets of scripture)- and as he read- there were little asides to contextualise the passage, but otherwise it was a reading without interpretation..
In a church that has a whole lot of new believers many of whom might never have read this passage before it was brilliant. But even for this veteran it was wonderful to hear the story unfold. It was wonderful just to sit and hear the word of God.
The preach itself was really good.
His final point – to wrap up getting in on the acts – was to reiterate the last known words of Peter and of Paul. Paul said ‘
I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen. They will listen. (Acts 28:28)
What a prophetic word of promise and of hope!