Explore the Bible Lesson for February 25: Always on Mission
February 6 2018 by James Zik, associate pastor, Beach Road Baptist Church, Southport

Focal passage: Acts 28:17-28
One of my responsibilities at the church where I serve is to train disciple-makers. Each semester I lead a class on how to fulfill the great commission Jesus gave to His disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). During our 12 weeks together, I use a phrase over and over that goes something like this: “We stand on the shoulders of the saints who have gone before us and were faithful to their God-given task.”
Think about it. If you are a follower of Jesus, you are saved because at some point someone shared with you the life-changing message of Christ.
In His sovereign plan, God appointed a time for you to come into contact with someone who had what you needed. In a sense, you stand on their shoulders.  
In the last chapter of Acts, Paul explains to the local leaders how he ended up in Rome.
From a heavenly perspective, it was because God knew he would come in contact with people who were eager to hear the message he was proclaiming (Acts 28:22).
Paul wouldn’t have had this audience if the circumstances hadn’t turned out the way they had.
God was working even in the midst of the struggles and trials Paul was facing.   Because some accepted this message, he now had saints that were standing on his shoulders, because he was faithful in sharing what had transformed him.
The same is true for you and me.  As you finish your study in the book of Acts, if you have taken away anything, my prayer is that you’ve developed a passion and commitment for personal evangelism.
You are a steward of a message that has eternal consequences. And because of a parent, grandparent, pastor, Bible study teacher, friend, co-worker, sibling or even a total stranger, your position with God is one of peace (Romans 5:1) and not wrath (Romans 1:18). Now, go! Go and make disciples of all nations!

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