READ: Acts 28:30-31
- After multiple chapters of seeing the gospel spread throughout the known world, the reader comes to the final moments in Acts. For several years Paul had been in prison awaiting a fair trial. He finally had to appeal to Rome and then make his way there. There was a shipwreck, a stay on the island of Malta, and then imprisonment in Rome. When Acts ends, Paul is still awaiting trial in some sort of prison situation.
- It’s Paul’s circumstances which make the final words of Acts so jaw-dropping. Luke says, “he lived there 2 years…proclaiming the gospel…about Jesus Christ…with all boldness and without hindrance.” One single word at the end of the very last sentence of the book– ἀκωλύτως – In other words, the mission of God is not going to be stopped.
- And it wasn’t. We read of churches in the rest of the New Testament that are not mentioned in Acts, obviously started by other people. We know the church exists today, all around the world and it continues to influence. Even from prisons and graves the voices of God’s martyrs are heard. And it will continue to move forward as long as God wills.
- Why do you think Luke ends Acts in such a fashion?
- How can we continue to carry on that legacy?
- From who is the gospel being withheld in Quincy (unintentionally or otherwise).
PRAY: Commit to the breadth of the gospel at Madison Park being as wide as in Scripture. Pray that we can be open to all new people. Ask God to keep moving us out into our community.