When we read the book of Acts, we see that one of the early believers’ characteristics that made them such effective witnesses of Jesus was their devotion to the teaching of the Apostles. They were like newborn infants desiring the “pure spiritual milk“ of truth about Jesus, the risen Messiah, who could transform their lives (1 Peter 2:2). There’s nothing so attractive as transformed and satisfied people who are learning to follow Jesus as Lord!
Sometimes I’ve thought that if I had been a part of the early Church and personally heard the teaching of the Apostles, then I would be a better witness than I am today. However, I forget that the Scriptures I hold in my hand today are the written record of what the Apostles taught. The Bible is able to communicate to those who have rejected Jesus as Savior and Lord and reveal to them their need of Him. All I need to do is study God’s Word, then apply its teaching in letting others know where to find the truth that leads to salvation.
I recently heard of an example of someone who did just that: sharing with a friend about where to find truth about true salvation and transformation. A few months ago we had a sermon series at Grace called The Solas of the Reformation. Since this friend’s friend could not attend our church to hear these messages, she was pointed to our website where the sermons are posted. The content of the messages was used by the Spirit to lead this friend to put her trust in Jesus alone by faith alone. New life began in this friend just like those early believers who heard the teaching of the Apostles!
I’m so thankful that the teaching of the Apostles is still available and powerful today to change lives. I’m thankful that we can be effective witnesses when we connect those in need with the risen Lord Jesus found in the teachings of the Apostles. Ask the Spirit to reveal to you the needy people around you, then share with them the teachings of the Apostles you’re learning in God’s Word!
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Dan Green and his wife, Nancy, moved back to the US after missionary service in Brazil with Encompass World Partners for 15 years. They were involved in evangelism, church planting, and leadership training. Dan grew up on a farm in Indiana, while Nancy comes from northeast Ohio. Dan studied at Purdue University (Agronomy), OSU (Soil Chemistry), and Columbia Graduate School of Bible and Missions. They have four children and six grandchildren. Dan enjoys gardening, camping, and international travel.