Testifying to the Kingdom of God
Topic: The Early Church Passage: Acts 28:16–28
In this last major episode of the book of Acts, we see that the persistent proclamation of the gospel of Jesus is the thing that will break through hard-hearted rejection. We see in this passage that Paul is in his sweet spot, doing what he is called and created to do—to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ; to witness in an even greater way to the kingdom of God on earth.
Why does he do it? He does it because salvation comes to all who hear and respond to the gospel of Christ. That is what motivates him and all of us. It is the hearing and responding to the gospel of Jesus that saves.
Today we will encounter the reason for the rejection of it; the reason for such strong opposition to it, but we will also see the need to patiently persist in the mission of the gospel.
As Paul says in the Romans 1:16:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
The gospel is the power of God for salvation for all who believe. The gospel bears fruit and we are called to bear that fruit.