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Friday, November 22, 2002

Edifier du Jour-Acts 28:21-24(NASB)[Paul's talking to the Roman Jews here]
21 They said to him, "We have neither received letters from Judea concerning you, nor have any of the brethren come here and reported or spoken anything bad about you. 22 "But we desire to hear from you what your views are; for concerning this sect, it is known to us that it is spoken against everywhere." 23 When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening. 24 Some were being persuaded by the things spoken, but others would not believe.
Doesn't verses 21-22 sound very contemporary? The average modern day person won't have heard anything bad spoken about us personally, but have heard plenty of opposition to orthodox Christianity. Part of our jobs is to break past the stereotypes and present the Gospel to people who have only heard twisted snippets of it. Once we're able to do that through both our daily lives and through direct presentation of the biblical basis for our faith, we can bring some people to a saving faith. Not all, but some.

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