Family Bible Study lesson for Nov. 4: Essential of the Good News
October 19 2001 by David Edgell , Acts 2: 14, 22-24, 32, 36-41

Family Bible Study lesson for Nov. 4: Essential of the Good News | Friday, Oct. 19, 2001

Friday, Oct. 19, 2001

Family Bible Study lesson for Nov. 4: Essential of the Good News

By David Edgell Acts 2: 14, 22-24, 32, 36-41 Did you know that Nike is a word from the Bible? It is a word that was used often during the writing of the New Testament. Do you know what Nike means? Do you know why the athletic wear company chose the name? Whenever you read in the Bible and see a statement about someone who overcomes, the word is Nike. It is a word from the original language of the Bible and it means to overcome, or the one who overcomes. In life we often have difficulties, but there is a way to overcome those difficulties. The Bible tells us that God loves us and has a purpose for our lives. In God's love and following His purpose we can be overcomers. We can overcome through God and experience His love for us.

I was in Romania two weeks ago on a mission trip sharing God's love with people. While witnessing to persons on the street, I noticed a lot of the people were wearing Nike shoes, hats, shirts and the logo for Nike was posted frequently. I was looking for a way to begin a conversation about Christ. As I observed the Nike logo around me I realized it could be a conversation starter that would allow me to share Christ. Even though there was a language and cultural barrier, the Nike logo crossed that barrier and became a tool for sharing Christ.

As Peter was preaching on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit had bridged the cultural and linguistic barriers through a supernatural act. It was up to Peter to communicate God's love and purpose for the lives of those who listened. He had to take the initiative to speak when God had made the opportunity.

Throughout the gospels we see Jesus taking advantage of opportunities around Him to share God's plan and purpose for mankind. He often used sayings and items to begin a conversation that would lead to sharing about faith and obedience.

We must observe the world around us and take advantage of items and trends that can be tools for sharing Christ. People need to now that God loves them and that He desires them to overcome through faith and obedience.

In the second chapter of Acts, we observe Peter sharing Christ. He clearly communicates the gospel and calls for a response.

Whatever circumstance God might use as a way for us to share our faith, it must be followed by a clear presentation of the gospel. Scripture is clear as to the definition of the gospel. It states in 1 Cor. 15:3-4: "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the scriptures."

This core truth of Christ's work on the cross and His victory over the grave is essential as we call others to faith. Let us take advantage of opportunities given by God to share the truth of the whole gospel and to call others to believe.

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