Day 8 p. 75-86
Sorcerers, false prophets, demon possessions, idol worshiper, evil spirits, these were the different types of Demonic forces facing Saul (Paul), Barnabas, John Mark, and Silas as they traveled the provinces of Asia. They were missionaries, spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
God impressed upon me as I read this section of The Books of the Bible, that nothing has changed about the lost world over the last two thousand years. Sin is still the same; it’s what separates every human from God. Three weeks before I was assigned this reading in “Plunge” the Connection Group I teach started studying a series of lessons entitled, “The Dark Side,” written by Jeremiah J. Johnson. God’s chosen people, the Israelites, were instructed by God about getting involved with this very problem thousands of years before Paul and his fellow Christian friends were preaching the “Good News” to a lost world. In Deuteronomy 18:9-11 God reminded the Israelites, “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. He went on to list seven different detestable things they should avoid. It made me ask a question. How well are we doing on these instructions four to five thousand years later?
Mr. Johnson had these statistics to show we’re not doing so well. Of Americans polled: 71% claim to have had a paranormal experience; 34% believe in ghosts; 56% believe ghosts are spirits of the dead, 37% believe houses can be haunted; 55% believe psychics have real power. The command to share the Gospel is as needed today as it was in the time of the writing of Acts.
As Pastor Cook shared with us on the 17th of September, “Who do we see?” Invite people, bring them to experience God’s Word being taught and/or preached and serve Christ by sharing the Gospel with all the people God places in our paths. Full service is still in demand. LET’S GET TO WORK!
About The Author
Ray Wright has been a member of Oakland Heights Baptist Church since October 1973 and is married to Jamie, the Child Development Center Director at OHBC. A Longview High School graduate, he attended Kilgore Jr. College and graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Education, receiving his Master of Science in Education Administration from Stephen F. Austin. Having had many jobs and serving on several committees at OHBC, he is presently teaching a men’s Connection Group and singing in the Adult Choir.