Sometimes we repeat the old adage, “Want to make God laugh?”…..”Tell Him your plans.”
We say those kinds of things because we are implying that first, there is a God, and second, He has a plan of His own and third, His plan supersedes our own plans. That would be a scary thought if we weren’t sure about this God’s intention toward us. On the other hand, if there were some way to know if this God wanted what is best for us, the thought that He had an immovable plan in action would be of immeasurable comfort, wouldn’t it?
We’re going to continue our study in the book of Acts this Sunday, and we’ll be reading Acts 13:13-52.
It’s a lot of verses – but it’s mainly one long sermon by Paul – the first one he delivers in Acts.
Paul, like Peter and Stephen before him, starts his presentation of the gospel by going way back into Israel’s history? Why do you think they do that? What can that tell us about God’s plan for the human race throughout history?
When Paul culminates the story in v38-39, he says that forgiveness and freedom are found in Jesus and not in the Law of Moses. What does that tell us about what has happened with the story in the past and the story in the present? How huge would that statement be to Paul’s Jewish listeners?
The sermon Paul gives slices through the group and divides them into two categories: those who embrace God’s plan and those who don’t. Barnabas gives some strong warnings to those who reject God’s plan. What future ramifications do we discern from this text about how we respond to God’s plan?
This Sunday is our first Surf-N-Grill of 2015 – pray that the rain stays away! See yez Sunday!