The ministry of Peter and those associated with him is presented with amazing completeness in the second chapter of the Book of Acts. Here is evangelism at its best, and the spiritual nurture that should follow. Here, with vivid recollections of his Lord, and mindful of the twofold thrust of the Great Commission, Peter presents... Continue Reading →
This is the first day of the year. Let us make the resolution that we will defend the faith but that we will do so with gentleness and respect. A Christian should not attempt to ram the truth down someone’s throat or to speak patronizingly or critically to them.
“STOP,” came the warning from the apostle Paul. Stop what? “Stop being conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.' (Rom. 12:2) Paul wrote those words to the first-century Christians. Why did he find it necessary to give such strong warnings to men and women who were committed, devoted, dedicated to God and anointed with the Holy Spirit?
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary things of the world and not according to Christ.—Col. 2:8.
Matthew 7:6 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
You are urged to faithfulness and prudence, always recognize that there are some who will never listen. It can be very unwise to try and teach the beneficial truths of God’s Word to someone who has utter contempt for you and the truth you are trying to share, for he will only ridicule your efforts.
The most important kind of Christian work in the world is personal work. We look at the men who stand on the platform and speak to great crowds, but I believe God pays more attention to the man who sits down with a single soul.
“He that winneth souls is wise.”—Prov. 11:30. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life: The righteous person, by speech, conduct, and example, that is, fruit or fruitage (Heb. peri), he captures or wins souls, namely, by the person (soul) listening to the righteous one, he gets spiritual food, and he is then led to serve God, and he... Continue Reading →
"Christians" on social media spend more time arguing with each other than evangelizing unbelievers. How are we fulfilling the command to proclaim God's Word, teach, and make disciples (Matt. 24:14; 28:19-20; Ac 1:8), while we are sitting alone at our computer drawing off by ourselves and snarling and grumbling amongst each other on social media?... Continue Reading →
Satan the Devil stalks true Christians. (1 Pet. 5:8) His intention is not necessarily to slay them, as some serial killer slaughters their victims. Rather, Satan’s main purpose is to capture his victims alive and use the persons as he sees fit. American Muslim young adults who are converts to Islam also is about one-quarter (23%), a much smaller share of current Christians (6%) are converted. In other words, Christianity as a whole loses more people than it gains from religious switching. In the 21 years from 1996 to 2017, there were 4,128,632 baptisms for Jehovah’s Witnesses.