“I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.” — Acts 20:21
Football has changed a lot in the past 50 years. In the old days, the biggest, strongest group of players almost always won. The Green Bay Packers used brute force, size, teamwork and an incredible work ethic to fill their trophy room. As time passed, speed, air attacks and spreading the field allowed teams with smaller players and little budgets to compete with long-established powerhouse programs. Gradually, upsets happened more often as the playing field leveled for smaller teams.
Even though football goes through many shifts in strategies and techniques, the basic purpose remains the same. The offense works to get the ball into the end zone and the defense tries to keep the opponent out of the end zone. In a similar way, the foundation of the Gospel message does not change, but the best communicators find ways to hand off the truth to every person in a package best suited for that individual.
Moses relayed truth from Heaven to earth to all kinds of people. In his childhood, Moses learned about God from his Hebrew parents, but he also benefited from a challenging Egyptian education after Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him. Then, Moses learned about livestock when he worked as a shepherd for his father-in-law, Jethro. So Moses communicated divine truths to all kinds of people in many places and throughout all generations as they were recorded in the Bible. “Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action” (Acts 7:22).
The prophets, Jesus and the apostles used familiar examples to meet people where they were, and bring them (and us) to an understanding of their sinfulness and their need for God in order to receive forgiveness, healing and communion with God.
Throughout our lifetimes, it is admirable for Christians to stretch our minds and muscles to proclaim the Gospel truth to as many people as possible. As Paul said, “You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus” (Acts 20:20-21).
Are you proclaiming the Gospel truth to others?
— Bill Kent, Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Sylvania, Georgia
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