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Day Two. January 11. Acts 13:13-31

I love how Paul and Barnabas began. They began by doing what they did every week. They attended weekly synagogue. They sat and listened as the scrolls were read. They didn’t barge in and take over. They waited and sure enough, they were asked to speak. This reminds me of my favorite evangelism verse. I Peter 3:15 (NIV) says, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” Paul was prepared to speak when asked.

He started his message with what was familiar to his listeners, reminding them of their history and of the long-awaited Messiah. He then moved on to John the Baptist, who was revered by many to be a prophet. And then he told the incredible news that Jesus was that long-waited anointed One. And that He was able to conquer death itself. I love imagining Paul telling this story so very well and the listeners stunned with what they are hearing. I can’t wait to hear what verse you chose. What was highlighted to you as you read this account of evangelism in action?

My verse: Acts 13:23 “And it is one of King David’s descendants, Jesus, who is God’s promised Savior of Israel!”

My response: Paul was so bold. He showed his knowledge of the Old Testament and then inserted Jesus, showing how He entered history just as was prophesied. Father God, it gives me chills. Your Son entered history just as You said He would. Jesus. The promised Savior of Israel. A startling addition to the history Paul was recounting and yet it flowed out of that same history. Thank You, Lord. Make me bold, Lord, when the timing is right in sharing of You with those in my own sphere of influence.

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