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The NT Church Mission - The Gospel - For better or worse

Text: Acts 28:11-31

Paul arrives in Rome

He explains his arrest

He requests to speak with them

Paul explains the gospel

Paul preaches Jesus to the Jews of Rome

Some were persuaded

Paul rebukes those who would not listen

Paul tells them that salvation is available to the Gentiles also

Paul under house arrest

Paul remains confined at least two years

He welcomed all who came to him

He preached Jesus to all who visited him

Paul is martyred

Rome caught fire in 64AD, and burned for days

The emperor Nero blamed the Christians

Nero had Christians slaughtered in great numbers

Peter was crucified

Paul was beheaded

Faithful till the end

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering,

And the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6-8

A Challenging Example

Paul was falsely accused of corrupting Judaism

Beaten by the Jews and arrested by the Romans

Kept imprisoned in Israel for more than two years

Sent to Rome

Shipwrecked and bitten by poisonous snake

He never stopped telling people about Jesus

No excuses!

The New Testament Church Mission

The Great Commission

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations. Matt. 28:19-20

The Great Promise

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you shall be My witnesses Acts 1:8

The Great Example

For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel 1 Cor. 9:16

For better or for worse, we are the ones responsible for whether the world hears the message of salvation

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