Born a King in Bethlehem, have you seen the One they call Messiah?
We see throughout the Apostle Paul’s ministry that he began with what his listeners were familiar with when he introduced people to Christ. When he spoke to the Jews, he began with Jewish history. And when he spoke to Greek philosophers, he established common ground by pointing out what they agreed on about God. However, in both cases, he moved his message to Jesus and focused on the resurrection. When sharing the Good News, it is important for us to begin with what our audience is familiar with and then move them toward a decision about Jesus Christ.
32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.
15 Now it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. 16 At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus Barabbas. 17 So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 For he knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him.
19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”
35 I have shown you in all things that by working hard in this way we must help the weak, remembering the words that the Lord Jesus himself said, ‘There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.’”
We establish your kingdom, Oh Father!
In Acts 20:31, 36-38, Paul’s relationship with the Ephesian elders is a beautiful example of Christian fellowship. They cared for and loved one another. He cried over their needs. They expressed sorrow over his leaving. They prayed together and comforted each other. Like Paul, you can build strong relationships with others by sharing, caring, sorrowing, rejoicing, and praying with them.
28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
1 Corinthians 1:18
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 2:14
14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
2 Corinthians 12:9
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!