May all of the members of Christ’s body be blessed today through their mutual edification and strengthened for the task always at hand, that of proclaiming the Good News to all. No greater work has been given us than this. No greater glory is ours than to belong to Christ and to see the Creator up close. May his Spirit inhabit in every soul, to the glory of God.
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Yesterday George preached a great lesson on Responsibilities of Husbands and Wives. In all likelihood that’s the first of its kind for many of the listeners yesterday. We ended the day with a baptism of a young man who has been studying with our translator for a couple of months. We have great hopes for this young man – he has truly been a searcher. You can read more about it at our travelblog: http://www.travelblog.org/Africa/Tanzania/Centre/Iringa/blog-613978.html
I’m preaching through the book of Matthew currently. Yesterday was chapter 3. I’m stressing the purpose for Matthew’s writing (namely, to prove to his readers that Jesus of Nazareth was/is the Messiah) and trying to “give the sense” of the reading (Neh. 8:8).
So far we’ve stressed:
Accumulating evidence that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ (all fulfilled OT predictions):
- Descendant of Abraham
- Descendant of David
- Born of a virgin
- Born in Bethlehem
- Wilderness prophet forerunner
Finally, yesterday we noted the heavenly Father’s pronouncement of who Jesus was.
What word, phrase, truth, or declaration did you hear yesterday (Sunday) from a teacher, preacher, or Barnabas that made your ears ring, your eyes water, or your shoulders square?