Dear RCF Sisters and Brothers,
One of the troubling aspects of a secular view of the world is that there is no guarantee or mechanism by which the wrongs committed in this world will not ever be paid for and made right. The unrighteous actively wrong others with seeming impunity while those who are victimized rarely receive a just remedy. As such, the world is not fair. This grates against most people’s internal moral compass. We not only want righteous people to be rewarded and prosper for their righteous behavior, we also want those who inflict wrongs upon others to suffer and pay for the wrongs they have done. Even young children know that is both right and fair.
One of the morally attractive aspects of the Judeo-Christian worldview is the concept that God will bring every deed to judgment and that all wrongs will be perfectly righted by an omniscient, infallible, and omnipotent Judge. Not only will the righteous be rewarded for their good deeds and the wicked suffer justly, every individual wrong deed will be made right. This being the case, God’s people are commanded not to seek the justice of revenge for themselves. Rather, they are to look to God to remedy the wrongs done against them in this life. It is not easy to do this. The Psalms are full of the Old Testament saints crying out to God for Him to exact justice for the wrongs done to them.
When the persecution against the New Community of Jesus’ followers expands to include His apostles, God exacts swift justice on the perpetrator. Soon the entirety of the Jewish leadership who executed Jesus and persecuted His followers would pay for their unjust deeds. When you are treated unfairly in either a minor or major way, you may rest assured that Jesus the righteous Judge will one day remedy the wrongs done and make everything right for you.
Join us this Sunday morning as we continue in the theme To The Remotest Part of the Earth, and our Discussion Bible Study in the History of the Early Church. Please prepare by reading the entirety of Acts 12 -13. This week we will complete last week’s discussion entitled “Uncivil Rest” from Acts 12 and then examine Acts 13 with the title “How The West Was Won…To Christ”.
Attached is an outline (in two sizes) of the text we will be focussing upon this Sunday morning. Please print it ahead of time, as it will help you take part in the discussion. We will also have copies when we gather on Sunday morning.
Here is the Table Discussion Questions for Sunday:
It took approximately 16 years for the New Community of Jesus’ followers to send out its first missionaries. (Pentecost was in 30 A.D. and missionaries were first sent in 46 A.D.) Should they be criticized for failing to do so earlier?
In this series we have already discussed the following texts and topics:
The New Era Begins: Acts 1:12-2:21
Who is to Blame for Good Friday?: Acts 2:22-23
The New Community Begins: Acts 2:24-47
The First Official Pushback Is Pushed Back: Acts 3
The First Official Pushback Is Pushed back – Part 2:Acts 4
God Elevates His Purity and His Principals: Acts 5:1-11
God Elevates His Purity and His Principals – Part 2: Acts 5:12 – 6:7
The Spark That Ignited The Flames of Persecution – Part 1: Acts 6:8 – 7:43
The Spark That Ignited The Flames of Persecution – Part 2: Acts 7:44 – 8:3
The New Community’s Pearl Harbor: Acts 8:1-25
Going Global: Taking The New Community International: Acts 8:26-40
Going Global: Taking The New Community International: Acts 9:1-25
Not “E Pluribus Unum”, But “Nos, Et Nos Nos”: Acts 9:26-31
The Border Crisis: God’s Path For Foreigners To Become Citizens: Acts 9:32-10:33
The Border Crisis: God’s Path For Foreigners To Become Citizens – Part 2: Acts 10:34-11:30
Uncivil Rest – Part 1: Acts 12:1-17
We hope that you will join us online this Sunday morning or in person at Bay Lodge at 9:00 am!
We love you all!
Jim and Jenny
Acts of the Apostles, Part 16 – Outline (PDF)