Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
March 26 Scripture Selection: Acts 24
Food for Thought: Acts 24:14-16
If we had to stand before a judge and give a defense and an explanation of what we believe, would the following points that Paul made when confronted by such a situation in all sincerity be what naturally comes from our hearts and out our mouths?
First, Paul said, “I confess to you that I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets.” In other words, I believe the Bible in its entirety, which includes the prophesies of the coming of the Messiah and the completion of His mission on earth (I Pet. 1:8-10, 2 Ti. 3:16). Next, he affirmed, “I have hope toward God, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust (Job 19:25-27, John 5:28, 29).” Life here on earth is only a minuscule part of the picture, and we will all face our Creator and give an account of our faith. Death is not the final authority. And finally, “I make an effort to have always a conscience void of offense toward God and toward men.” It is not my intent to cause any disturbance. I live to please God and, when at all possible, to be at peace with all men (Rom. 12:18).
Three simple, yet foundational points upon which to live our lives. Of course, we could get more in-depth and bring up doctrinal creeds, but for simplicity as a response to people who don’t speak “Christianese,” this is an excellent, elementary elucidation and a great guideline by which to live, as well.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):