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Join Rev. Jonathan Fisk and a guest pastor to test your metal on "What does this mean?" and learn to spar with the best of them. Each episode covers the Daily Lectionary New Testament text.

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    On Trial Because of the Hope of the Resurrection

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 55:18

    Rev. AJ Espinosa, pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Irvine, CA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 26:1-32. King Agrippa's background in Judaism makes him the perfect candidate to listen to Paul's testimony, for which the apostle is grateful. Paul recounts his history in Judaism. He was raised as a Pharisee, zealous for the faith that he shared with all Israel, which included the hope for the resurrection of the dead. In fact, Paul's zeal took him too far; he persecuted the saints of God until the Lord Jesus came to him at Damascus. Jesus appointed Paul as His servant and witness to go to both Jews and Gentiles in order to turn them from darkness to light through faith in Jesus. Paul concludes his testimony before Agrippa by stating that he has preached the same thing as the prophets, that the Christ has suffered and died to bring light and life. Festus thinks that Paul has gone crazy, and Agrippa is not so quickly persuaded. Yet Paul desires that all would share in the faith that he has been given. To that end, his appeal to Caesar will send Paul to Rome, where he will continue to give witness to the resurrection of Jesus. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Paul Appeals to Caesar

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 55:04

    Rev. Richard Mittwede, pastor at University Lutheran Church in Austin, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 25:1-27. Now governor in place of Felix, Festus works to make friends with the Jews in Jerusalem in order to keep tensions from flaring. Yet he does not fall for their attempt to get Paul to Jerusalem. In Caesarea, the case against Paul is heard yet again, but Paul sees through the kangaroo court. He takes the opportunity to appeal to Caesar for the sake of proclaiming the Gospel in Rome. Festus knows that Paul is innocent, but he takes the easy out by making preparations to send Paul to Caesar. As he recounts the history to Agrippa, Festus correctly recognizes that the case turns on whether or not Jesus is risen from the dead. In great human pomp, Agrippa and Festus will hear what is truly glorious: the Gospel that Paul proclaims. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    A Clean Conscience is Better than Freedom from Prison

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 56:32

    Rev. James Preus, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ottumwa, IA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 24:1-27. Paul's case is tried yet again before Felix in Caesarea. The Jews employ a spokesman named Tertullus to flatter the governor in hopes that he will find Paul guilty of their trumped up charges. Though the Jews claim that Paul is a troublemaker and a member of a sect, Paul ably defends himself against their charges, both from a legal and a theological perspective. He opens the door to evangelize Felix, but Felix puts the apostle off and is alarmed at his preaching. Felix leaves Paul in prison for two years, hoping for a bribe, until he is replaced by Festus. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    A Conspiracy Foiled

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 53:31

    Rev. Carl Roth, pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Elgin, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 23:12-35. Paul's enemies conspire to kill him, Paul's nephew learns of their plot and reveals it to Claudius, the tribune. The tribune recognizes that the delicate peace in Jerusalem could be quickly shattered, so he provides an enormous guard of soldiers to transfer Paul safely to Caesarea. Claudius writes a letter to the governor, Felix, with the facts of the case, including Paul's innocence. The soldiers bring Paul safely and quickly to Caesarea, where he awaits a trial before Felix in Herod's praetorium. Through the human actors in this text, the Lord is at work to fulfill His promise to Paul that he will proclaim the Gospel in Rome. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Roman Citizens Can Be Heavenly Citizens Too

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 55:56

    Rev. Dr. Adam Koontz, pastor and evangelist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Denver, CO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 22:22-23:11. Paul's mention of his mission to the Gentiles reignites the crowd's murderous intent against him. The tribune once again intervenes; this time, he has Paul prepared for interrogation by flogging. Paul makes use of his rights as a Roman citizen, not only so that he avoids an unlawful beating, but also for the sake of proclaiming heavenly citizenship in Christ. The next day, the tribune gathers the Sanhedrin to make their case against Paul. The apostle ignites the division between Sadducees and Pharisees when he mentions the resurrection of the dead in Jesus. The tribune must once again quickly remove Paul from a potentially dangerous situation. Yet the Lord Himself comes to stand beside Paul and calm his fears; it is necessary that Paul will go to Rome to testify to Jesus. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Paul's Hebrew Sermon to Hebrews

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 54:04

    Rev. Dr. Adam Filipek, pastor at Holy Cross and Immanuel Lutheran Churches in Lidgerwood, ND, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 21:37-22:21. When Paul uses Greek to address the tribune who arrested him, the tribune is confused as to who Paul is and what is happening. The tribune therefore grants Paul the opportunity to address the crowd; Paul does so in Hebrew in an effort to bring his fellow Jews to faith in Jesus Christ. Paul recounts his shared history with the Jews; he was zealous for God and even persecuted the Way. Yet Jesus had come to Paul on the road to Damascus and brought him to salvation. Another faithful Jew, Ananias, had been the one to receive Paul as a brother and administer the forgiving gift of baptism. In a different visit to Jerusalem, the Lord had been the One to come to Paul and send Him to the Gentiles. Throughout Paul's address, he shows his heart for the salvation of his brothers according to the flesh, that they too might trust in Christ as Savior. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    The Powderkeg Is Lit

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 54:50

    Rev. James Neuendorf, church planting missionary in Puerto Rico, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 21:17-36. Tensions in Jerusalem between Jews and Gentiles were running high in Jerusalem when Paul arrived there after his third missionary journey. While the Church together rejoices over God's work among both Gentiles and Jews, they are concerned over the false rumors being spread about Paul. They attempt to navigate an explosive situation by having Paul sponsor the completion of the vows for four men, an expensive proposition. Paul agrees, but the liars still lie about Paul. The situation explodes into a riot in the temple, but the tribune is quick to act lest the situation devolve further. He arrests and binds Paul, as had been foretold, as the crowd shouts with the same murderous desire they had against the Lord Himself. Even as the situation seems to go south, however, the Lord of the Church shows Himself faithful to spread His Word. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Homeward Bound

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 53:52

    Rev. Charles St-Onge, missionary pastor at Ascension Lutheran Church in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 21:1-16. Paul and his companions continue their journey toward Jerusalem, taking short trips by sea along the coast before a long voyage across the Mediterranean Sea to Tyre. Those who encounter Paul along the way know the same thing he knows: suffering awaits him in Jerusalem. From Tyre, they make their way to Ptolemais and Caesarea, where they stay with Philip the evangelist. There, Agabus confirms yet again through a visual prophecy that Paul will be bound in Jerusalem. While everyone else urges Paul to avoid this suffering, Paul is ready to suffer and die, if necessary, for the name of Jesus. As the church prays for God's will to be done, Paul and his companions finish their trip to Jerusalem. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Paul's Farewell Address to the Ephesian Pastors

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 57:21

    Rev. James Sharp — pastor, teacher, and missionary in Montevideo, Uruguay, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 20:17-38. Paul calls the Ephesian pastors to Miletus where he addresses them in person for the final time. He reminds them of his ministry among them in which he proclaimed Law and Gospel faithfully to all people. He now must go to Jerusalem, even if it means suffering, for his only aim is to preach Christ crucified for sinners. As he faithfully proclaimed the whole counsel of God, so he charges the Ephesians pastors to do the same as they care for the flock of God. He warns them against false teachers from within and without. He commends them to God and His Word of grace. Paul and the Ephesian pastors part with prayer and weeping, for they know they will not see each other in this life again. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    There and Back Again

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 54:28

    Rev. Luke Zimmerman, pastor at Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, PA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 20:1-16. By this point in his third missionary journey, Paul has his face to return to Jerusalem. He leaves Ephesus to visit churches in Macedonia and Achaia. Several companions travel with Paul, including Luke. In Troas, Paul stays an entire week, allowing him and his companions to worship with the saints there. The extended worship service leaves Eutychus tired; he falls asleep, falls out of a window, and dies. Yet Paul, through the power of Jesus, restores life to Eutychus. From Troas, Paul and his companions continue their journey at a brisk pace in an attempt to reach Jerusalem by Pentecost. As Israel once celebrated this harvest festival, so Paul desires to bring news of the harvest of the Lord among the Gentiles. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    There's Only Room for One God in This Town

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 54:47

    Rev. Sean Daenzer, director of worship for the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and chaplain at the International Center in St. Louis, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 19:21-41. Paul's lengthy ministry in Ephesus was not without controversy and trouble. A silversmith named Demetrius has felt economic pain from Christian preaching, and he rightly sees that Paul's preaching of the one true God cannot stand together with idols made by human hands. The crowd works itself into a riot, chanting the praises of Artemis and seeking to harm anyone they can find. Christians in Ephesus keep Paul from physical harm as the crowd continues mindlessly and violently for two hours. Finally, a town clerk appeals to the greatness of Artemis and a desire to avoid the charges of rioting in order to calm the commotion. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Don't Mess with Demons

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 54:14

    Rev. Zelwyn Heide, pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hannover, ND and Zion Lutheran Church in New Salem, ND, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 19:1-20. Paul's third missionary journey takes him to Ephesus, as he had previously hoped. In visiting with the Christians there, he finds some who have been inadequately taught concerning the Holy Spirit and Christian baptism. Paul remedies the situation and continues his ministry in Ephesus, initially by reasoning with Jews in the synagogues and later by preaching in the hall of Tyrannus. Paul's ministry in the city expanded throughout the region of Asia for two years, even through miracles of healing and exorcisms in Jesus' name. When the sons of Sceva attempted to use Jesus' name as a magic token, demons sent them away hurt and shamed. As news spread throughout Ephesus, people began to forsake their demonic arts, even to their economic disadvantage. This fruit of repentance was evidence of the growth of the Word of God. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Tentmakers Teach a Doctoral Student

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 54:45

    Rev. Shawn Linnell, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blair, NE, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 18:18-28. Luke narrates the end of Paul's second missionary journey in quick succession. The apostle leaves Corinth and stops briefly in Ephesus, where he leaves Priscilla and Aquila. Paul continues on to Caesarea and Jerusalem before returning to Antioch. After a while, he starts on his third missionary journey by heading toward Galatia and Phrygia to strengthen the disciples there. Meanwhile in Ephesus, Apollos arrives and begins to speak accurately about Jesus from the Scriptures. Priscilla and Aquila recognize that Apollos still had teaching to learn, so they teach him the Christian faith even more accurately. Having humbly learned from these faithful tentmakers, Apollos goes to Achaia with the blessing of the Church. There he powerfully preaches that Jesus is the Christ. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    The Tentmaking Apostle

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 56:35

    Rev. William Terjesen, pastor at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Peekskill, NY, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 18:1-17. Paul leaves Athens and goes to Corinth, where his trade of tentmaking opens the door for him to proclaim the Gospel to Aquila and Priscilla. Paul's work in Corinth followed his pattern elsewhere. He preached in the synagogue until the rejection of the Jews sent him to preach to the Gentiles. Yet the Gospel made inroads in Corinth; a Christian church was founded right next to the synagogue. The Lord spoke to Paul in a vision to take away his fears and assure him of safety in Corinth. Paul ended up staying there for a year and a half, founding Corinth as a hub for mission in Greece. The Lord's promise to Paul proved true in the case of the attack the Jews brought against him. The proconsul Gallio saw through their deception, and Paul was unharmed by the unruly mob. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Preaching on Mars Hill

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 55:14

    Rev. David Vandercook, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Little Rock, AR and Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church in Maumelle, AR, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 17:16-34. The gross idolatry in Athens distressed Paul, yet he was undeterred from preaching the Gospel there both in the synagogue and in the marketplace. His preaching of Jesus and the resurrection caught the attention of the philosophers in Athens, who desired to hear more from Paul. The apostle went to the Areopagus to address the people of Athens there. In his sermon, Paul redirects their religiosity toward idols toward the true God. Paul clearly proclaims the true God as the Creator of all things. The people should have been able to recognize Him from creation, and they had discovered things about Him in part, but their ignorance remained. Paul proclaims that the time of ignorance has come to an end and repentance is needed ahead of the judgment God will bring through Jesus, who has been raised from the dead. The resurrection proves troublesome to many, though others want to hear more and some are brought to faith in Jesus. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Be a Berean

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 56:02

    Rev. Brian Flamme, pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Roswell, NM, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 17:1-15. Paul and his companions make their way to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue. For three Sabbath days, Paul preaches to them from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ. Some believe, including many leading women. Yet some of the Jews in Thessalonica become jealous. They take some of the rabble to form a mob to attack Paul and Silas. When they cannot find Paul and Silas, the mob settles for Jason, who had welcomed the preachers into his house and now suffers along with them. The brothers in Thessalonica send Paul and Silas along to Berea; the Jews there listen with eagerness and examine the Scriptures to see that Paul's preaching is true. This duty still belongs to Christian hearers today. Though many believe in Berea, Jews follow from Thessalonica and chase Paul out of Berea as well. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Singing and Preaching the Gospel in Prison

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 55:56

    Rev. Joel Heckmann, pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church in Okarche, OK, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 16:16-40. In Philippi, Paul and Silas are harassed by a demon-possessed slave girl. When Paul casts the demon out, the girl's owners are only concerned about their lost income, a reminder of the danger of idolatry toward money. They have Paul and Silas beaten and thrown in prison. Yet the Philippian jail becomes the place of worship and proclamation for Paul and Silas. Their midnight hymns are heard by their fellow prisoners and the jailer. When the Lord's earthquake sets the prisoners free, the prisoners do not flee and the jailer asks he can be saved. Paul and Silas direct him to faith in Jesus, and the jailer and his entire household are baptized into the Christian faith. Before leaving Philippi, Paul makes uses of his rights as a Roman citizen in order to serve the Christians who will remain in Philippi after he leaves. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    The Gospel Goes to Europe

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 54:08

    Rev. Nate Hill, pastor at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Winchester, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 15:36-16:15. Paul and Barnabas make plans for a second missionary journey together, but they disagree over whether or not John Mark should accompany them. Their disagreement serves to send the Gospel in two directions: Barnabas and Mark go to Cyprus, while Paul takes Silas with him through Syria and Cilicia. In Lystra, they meet a disciple named Timothy. Paul desires to take him along as a fellow worker, and so Paul has Timothy circumcised in order to avoid offense to the Jews. As Paul and his companions continue, they desire to go into Asia Minor, but the Spirit will not allow them. By a vision, He sends them into Europe instead. They make their way to Philippi, where the Lord opens Lydia's heart to hear the Gospel in faith. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    A Letter of Brotherly Encouragement

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 54:58

    Rev. Mark Squire, pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Ansgar, IA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 15:22-35. Having reached concord under the Word of God, the church in Jerusalem sends a letter to the church in Antioch by the hand of Judas called Barsabbas and Silas. The church in Jerusalem writes for the purpose of brotherly encouragement. They honestly acknowledge that the ones who had caused trouble came from their midst, although the troublemakers had no actual authority. Instead, the letter carried by Judas and Silas, along with Paul and Barnabas, contains the true doctrine that gives peace in Christ. The Gentiles do not need to be circumcised to be saved; at the same time, for the sake of love in the Church, Gentile Christians should take care not to offend their Jewish brothers. The letter is received as encouragement in Antioch. Judas and Silas eventually return to Jerusalem while Paul and Barnabas stay in Antioch to continue to teach and preach. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    The Jerusalem Council

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 56:32

    Rev. Steve Andrews, pastor at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Lee's Summit, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 15:1-21. When men from Judea come to Syrian Antioch claiming that Gentiles must be circumcised to be saved, Paul and Barnabas know that the heart of the Gospel was at stake. The church in Antioch sends Paul and Barnabas to Jerusalem to settle the matter according to the Word of God. After the delegation from Antioch is welcomed by the church in Jerusalem, the apostles and elders meet together to consider the question at hand. Peter is first to speak, reminding the assembly what God had revealed to them Peter's vision: Gentiles are saved by God's grace, just as the Jews. Paul and Barnabas then recount God's work on their recent journey. Finally, James the brother of Jesus reminds the gathering that salvation for the Gentiles by God's grace is precisely what the prophet Amos had written. James speaks the judgment that the Gentiles should not be troubled by being forced into circumcision, but that they should be instructed to continue steadfast in their keeping of the 1st Commandment. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Worship the Living God, not Vain Idols

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 54:56

    Rev. Matt Ulmer, pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bishop, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 14:8-28. In Lystra, a lame man hears Paul's preaching in faith; by the power of Jesus Christ, Paul gives the man healing. The crowd in Lystra sees the sign and thinks that Paul is Hermes and Barnabas is Zeus. Though we may see ourselves as beyond such idolatry, we still often give credit to someone or something other than the true God. Paul and Barnabas are at pains to correct the crowd. Although Paul and Barnabas are men, they have come to proclaim the true and living God who has created all things. Before long, however, Jews from Antioch and Iconium come and stone Paul. After they incorrectly assume he is dead, Paul continues on his missionary journey before returning through the towns he had visited previously to strengthen the saints and appoint pastors. Paul and Barnabas finally return to Antioch in Syria, where they give a report of the work God had done through them for the Gentiles. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Appointed to Eternal Life in Christ

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 54:52

    Rev. Dustin Beck, pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 13:42-14:7. The people respond to Paul's sermon at the synagogue in Pisidian Antioch by begging him to return and speak again. However, when almost the entire city came the following week, the Jews were filled with jealousy and began to contradict Paul and Barnabas. The apostles' response was direct; the Jews had judged themselves unworthy of eternal life, so Paul and Barnabas would go to the Gentiles, as the Scripture had said. The Gentiles heard this with joy, for the Lord was at work through His Word to bring sinners to eternal life. Jewish persecution sent Paul and Barnabas on to Iconium, where the response to their preaching was again divided. They remained there for some time, until an attempt to stone them sent them on to Lystra and Derbe. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Freed by Jesus, not by the Law

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 55:26

    Rev. Mark Barz, pastor at Crown of Life Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 13:13-41. Paul and Barnabas continue on their missionary journey, even as John Mark leaves them to return to Jerusalem. Paul and Barnabas make their way to Antioch in Pisidia, going first to the synagogue. There, they are invited to speak on the texts read for the day, so Paul proclaims Jesus as the fulfillment of the Old Testament. St. Paul emphasizes God's faithfulness to Israel in bringing them out of slavery, sustaining them through the wilderness, giving them judges, and finally by making David their king. Here Paul turns to the proclamation of Jesus, the Son of David, as the fulfillment of God's promises. Specifically, God fulfilled His promises through Jesus' death and resurrection. Paul then proclaims the “for you” of the Gospel: what Jesus has done is for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus has brought freedom from sin that the Law could never bring. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    The Holy Spirit Sends Barnabas and Saul

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 53:57

    Rev. Tim Koch, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Linn, KS, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 12:24-13:12. Despite the persecution against the Church, the Word of God continues to increase and multiply. The Holy Spirit directs the church in Antioch to set apart Barnabas and Saul for a missionary journey. Taking along John Mark, the missionary team starts by heading to Cyprus, Barnabas' homeland. There they are confronted by a magician and false prophet, Elymas. With strong words, Saul, also called Paul, convicts Elymas of his deceit and villainy, and the Lord strikes Elymas blind for a time. Though the sign is spectacular, it is the teaching of the Lord that astonishes Sergius Paulus, the proconsul, and brings him to faith. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Persecution and Prison Cannot Stop God's Power and Promise

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 55:08

    Rev. Tim Eden, pastor at Bethel Lutheran Church in Bryan, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 12:1-23. St. Luke turns our attention back to Jerusalem, where Herod Agrippa has discovered that persecuting the Church is politically expedient. He kills James the son of Zebedee and arrests Peter, putting him under heavy guard lest he escape once more. In the face of such hatred and worldly power, the Church prays, knowing that whether Peter lives or dies, he is safe in the Lord. Peter is able to sleep in that peace the night before his execution has been set. Yet the Lord is not ready for Peter to be martyred. God answers the prayers of the Churchby sending His angel to wake Peter and bring him unharmed out of Herod's prison, leading to amazement in the Church there in Jerusalem. The Lord does not allow Herod's wickedness to go without justice. When Herod receives praise that belongs only to God, an angel strikes the king dead and worms eat his body. This serves as a warning to those who oppose the Church and comfort for the saints of God. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    The Wonderfully Boring Church in Antioch

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 54:14

    Rev. Harrison Goodman, content executive for Higher Things, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 11:19-30. The Church continues to scatter after Stephen's martyrdom, taking the Word with them. Many Jews heard the Word, even as the Lord began to open more doors for the Gospel to be proclaimed in Gentile contexts, particularly in Antioch in Syria. When the church in Jerusalem hears this news, they send Barnabas to Antioch. He lives up to his name and encourages them to remain faithful to the Lord. As the church there grows, Barnabas goes to get Saul from Tarsus to help in the work of teaching in Antioch, where the disciples were first called Christians. A prophet named Agabus is given a Word from the Spirit that a famine is coming, leading to a relief offering being gathered and sent to Jerusalem. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    The Gospel Is for the Gentiles Too!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 55:09

    Rev. Philip Hoppe, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Colby, KS, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 11:1-18. News concerning what happened at Cornelius' house quickly makes its way around the Church. When Peter returns to Jerusalem, some oppose him because when he took the Word to the Gentiles, he stayed with them and ate with them. The fact that St. Luke records Peter's recounting of the event indicates its great importance; when the Lord repeats something in His Word, we ought to pay attention. Peter's vision revealed not only that all food was clean, but even moreso, that people are made clean through the blood of Jesus. Cornelius was told to send for Peter because Peter would preach a message that would bring salvation. Peter concludes his defense by making the point that all of this was not man-made, but God's own idea, revealed by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Everyone who heard Peter was brought to the truth and glorified God for giving repentance to the Gentiles. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Forgiveness in Jesus' Name for the Gentiles

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 53:51

    Rev. David Boisclair, pastor at Bethesda and Faith Lutheran Churches in north St. Louis County, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 10:34-48. Led by the Holy Spirit, Peter proclaims the good news to Cornelius and his household. Peter preaches the good news that people are not made acceptable to God by their nationality, but only on account of Christ Jesus, who is Lord of all, Jews and Gentiles alike. God made this plain in Jesus' ministry that Peter and the apostles witnessed, beginning with Jesus' Baptism through His crucifixion and resurrection. Peter and the apostles are therefore proclaiming the good news that Jesus gave them, namely, that everyone who believes in Jesus receives forgiveness in His name. The Holy Spirit fell upon Cornelius and those who heard the word Peter preached. This repetition of what happened at Pentecost showed that God Himself had welcomed these Gentiles into His Church, and so Peter was quick to give them God's gift in Holy Baptism. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    The Spirit Brings Peter and Cornelius Together

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 55:35

    Rev. Doug Griebenaw, mission advocate for KFUO Radio in St. Louis, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 10:17-33. While Peter remains perplexed about his heavenly vision, the messengers from Cornelius arrive. The Spirit leaves no doubt that Peter should go with these men, taking away any hesitation Peter might still have about associating with Gentiles. When Peter arrives at Cornelius' house, the Roman centurion has gathered an entire congregation to hear the good news Peter has come to proclaim. Peter's initial word to those gathered there shows that he has already recognized the truth that God has shown him in the vision: holiness before God is not found in any distinction between Jew and Gentile, but only in faith in Christ. Cornelius reveals to Peter why he has sent for the apostle to come, and he and his family and friends eagerly await the good news Peter has been commanded to preach. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    What God Has Made Clean, Do Not Call Common

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 55:01

    Rev. Jeff Hemmer, pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Fairview Heights, IL and assistant to the President of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 10:1-16. St. Luke introduces into the narrative Cornelius, a Roman centurion. Though Cornelius has faith in the God of Israel, he is nonetheless an uncircumcised Gentile. The Lord sends His angel to Cornelius in order to direct him to send for Simon Peter in Joppa. Cornelius listens in faith and sends for Peter immediately. Meanwhile, in Joppa, Peter is staying with Simon the tanner. About noon, Peter receives a vision while he is on the housetop praying. The Lord shows Peter a sheet full of unclean animals and commands Peter to rise, kill, and eat. When Peter objects at what seems to him a breaking of God's Law, the Lord responds, “What God has made clean, do not call common.” Through this vision, the Lord prepares Peter to proclaim to Cornelius and his household the good news of Jesus Christ to bring cleansing from unrighteousness. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Peter Strengthens the Saints

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 54:14

    Rev. Andrew Preus, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Haven, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 9:32-43. Having related Saul's conversion to Christianity, St. Luke now turns our attention once again to the Lord's work through Peter, particularly as He prepares His apostle for what is about to happen in the spread of the Gospel to the Gentiles. Peter goes about the apostolic ministry by visiting established congregations in Lydda and Joppa. The work of strengthening the saints is important for the life of the Church. In Lydda, Peter meets a paralyzed man named Aeneas, whom Jesus heals. The repetition of the sign that Jesus did in the Gospels and that Peter did in Acts 3 connects to the eternal healing that comes through the forgiveness of sins. Meanwhile, in Joppa, Dorcas, a beloved saint who was full of good works in the love of the Lord, died. The mourning of the church there moved them to send for Peter and the comfort of the Gospel that he would surely bring. Peter prays to the Lord, and the Lord raises His beloved daughter to life again. Peter stays there in Joppa with Simon the tanner. The fact that Peter stays with one whose profession involved ceremonial uncleanness sets the stage for the important events of the following chapter. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    From Persecutor to Proclaimer

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 54:45

    Rev. Dr. Jeff Dukeman, pastor at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Gulfport, MS, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 9:20-31. Saul's conversion has immediate effect. The one who had come to Damascus breathing threats against Jesus' disciples now begins to proclaim that Jesus is the Son of God. Those who hear him are understandably confused, yet Saul continues to increase in wisdom as he proves from the Scripture that Jesus is the Christ. Saul's proclamation of Jesus quickly earns him the same persecution he once sought to deliver, so he must escape Damascus by night. He eventually goes to Jerusalem, where the disciples are also still afraid. Barnabas lives up to his name, “son of encouragement,” when he vouches for Saul to the apostles. Yet still in Jerusalem, Saul's faith earns him death threats, and so he is sent to Tarsus for a time. Meanwhile, God continues to build His Church in peace, in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    The Conversion of Saul

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 53:47

    Rev. David Appold, pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Paducah, KY, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 9:1-19. Saul's hatred for Christians had only grown since Stephen's death. He was on his way to Damascus with official authority to imprison more Christians when the Lord Jesus Himself stopped Saul in his tracks. Jesus revealed Himself in blinding light to Saul as the One whom Saul had been persecuting. By this, Jesus preached the condemning Law to Saul, who had to be led into Damascus due to his blindness. The Gospel would be proclaimed by a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord gives great honor to the ministry He established by making use of His preachers. Jesus assured Ananias that Saul would bring His name before all nations. Ananias heard the Lord's command in faith and went to Saul as a brother. He pronounced absolution upon Saul and laid his hands on the blind man so that his sight was restored. Saul was promptly baptized as his welcome into the family of God. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 54:50

    Rev. Stephen Preus, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton, IA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 8:26-40. The Lord continues to direct the growth of His Word as He sends His angel to instruct Philip to go to the road from Jerusalem to Gaza. There Philip sees an Ethiopian eunuch; he was a Gentile who had been brought to faith in the God of Israel through Judean refugees. As a rich official of the queen, he is reading from the scroll of Isaiah when the Spirit sends Philip to him. The Ethiopian eunuch asks Philip to guide him in the proper interpretation of the text from Isaiah 53, and Philip begins from that text to proclaim the good news about Jesus. Philip's teaching includes the centrality of Baptism, leading the Ethiopian eunuch to request the gift upon the sight of water. Philip quickly agrees, and the Ethiopian eunuch is incorporated into the family of God. After the Spirit whisks Philip away to continue the proclamation of the Gospel elsewhere, the Ethiopian eunuch continues on his way with great joy. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    The Word Goes to Samaria

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 55:31

    Rev. Dr. Christopher Jackson, pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church in Algoma, WI and St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Forestville, WI, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 8:4-25. The Lord uses the persecution of His Church in order to cause His Word to spread farther from Jerusalem. St. Luke follows the growth of the Word as it is proclaimed by Philip the deacon. He goes to Samaria; despite the tensions between Jews and Samaritans, the Word is received with faith and joy there. Previously, Simon had captivated the people by his signs and wonders, but the Word of God is more powerful than any demonic forces. Even Simon believes the Word preached by Philip. When Peter and John come to Samaria, they lay hands on the believers there so that the Holy Spirit falls on them as a public confirmation of the gift that has already been given. Simon's wicked desire to buy this gift is quickly rebuked by Peter. God's gifts are not for sale; rather, He gives them freely by His grace as His gospel continues to be proclaimed. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Stephen's Blessed Death

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 54:41

    Rev. Chris Hull, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Tomball, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 7:44-8:3. Stephen concludes his sermon before the Sanhedrin by reminding them of God's history of dwelling among His people. Long before the temple, the LORD dwelled in the tabernacle. God's promise to dwell among His people is what counted; apart from the LORD's promise, the people fell into idolatry toward a building. When Stephen accuses the Sanhedrin of following in the idolatry of their fathers, they gnash their teeth at him. When Stephen proclaims that he sees Jesus at God's right hand, they pick up stones to throw at him. Yet Stephen follows in the footsteps of Jesus, commending himself into the Lord's hands and praying for those who kill him. Saul stands by and approves of Stephen's execution, yet even his persecution of the Church cannot stop the Lord's Word from going forth. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Moses, the Lord's Ruler and Rescuer

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 56:07

    Rev. Matt Wietfeldt, Director of Admissions and the Christ Academy program at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 7:17-43. Stephen continues his proclamation before the Sanhedrin by focusing on God's grace shown through Moses. Though Pharaoh intended evil against the LORD and His people, the LORD worked it for good and used Pharaoh's own daughter to raise Moses. When Moses acted violently as a deliverer before his commissioning, the people rejected him and he was forced to flee to Midian. Forty years later, the LORD called Moses in the burning bush to return to Egypt and bring His people out. Over and over, Stephen emphasizes that Moses is the one God called and the one through whom God worked, yet the people of Israel continually rejected Moses and turned toward idolatry. Stephen preaches this so that the Sanhedrin would recognize that they are following that same deadly path by rejecting Jesus and repent before it's too late. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Start with the Promise to Abraham

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 57:19

    Rev. Sam Beltz, pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Oskaloosa, IA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 7:1-16. Stephen has been accused by the Sanhedrin of blaspheming God and Moses, so he begins his proclamation with Abraham in order to set Moses in the proper place. God's promises to Abraham are primary over the Law given to Moses. Stephen recounts the grace of God shown to Abraham in bringing him into the land of Canaan and giving him the promised child. Stephen traces the line through Isaac and Jacob before focusing again on the account of Joseph. Though his brothers initially hated Joseph, God brought Joseph out of slavery and into authority in Egypt in order to rescue His people. Though the patriarchs initially rejected Joseph, they were later brought to repentance. Stephen's desire in preaching to the Sanhedrin is that they do the same. Though they have rejected Jesus, Stephen preaches to them in the hopes that they will be brought to repentance. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    The Word of the Lord Grows

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 55:08

    Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller, pastor at St. Paul and Jesus Deaf Lutheran Churches in Austin, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 6:1-15. As the Word of God continued to increase, the task of distributing to widows in the Church caused a complaint to arise: the Greek-speaking Jews were being neglected. The apostles quickly recognize the validity of this complaint, but also the necessity that they continue devoted to prayer and preaching the Word of God. They suggest that the Church set aside seven men with good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom for the necessary vocation. The Church does so, and the apostles set the seven aside for the task. St. Luke turns our attention to one of these seven, Stephen. The great wonders and signs done by Stephen draw the ire of many Jews in Jerusalem, who begin to dispute with him and bring him up on false charges. The Lord keeps His promise by filling Stephen with the Holy Spirit so that none of his opponents can withstand him. The angelic appearance of Stephen's face testifies to the confidence that he has in the crucified and risen Savior. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    It Is Of God; You Will Not Stop It

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 54:59

    Rev. Tim Storck, pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Chesterfield Township, MI, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 5:21b-42. The Lord frustrates the plans of His enemies and laughs at their attempts to stop the proclamation of His Word. The Sanhedrin and their officers are dumbfounded to find the prison locked but the apostles gone. While the Sanhedrin and their officers fear men and act accordingly, the apostles fear God and so are unafraid to make testimony before the Sanhedrin. Peter does so with boldness yet again, but the hardness of heart and anger of the Sanhedrin only grows. Gamaliel, a Pharisee and well-respected member of the council, advises the Sanhedrin that they ought to leave the apostles alone. If their authority is from men, they will die and become nothing; if their authority is from God, there is nothing the Sanhedrin can do. The Sanhedrin takes Gamaliel's sound advice, though they beat the apostles before repeating their previous reprimand. Nonetheless, the apostles are joyful to suffer for the sake of Christ and continue their bold proclamation. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    The Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 54:18

    Rev. Sam Wirgau, pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ossian, IN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 5:1-21a. The attacks against the Christian Church come from without and within. Ananias and Sapphira conspire with each other and Satan to lie to the Holy Spirit in the matter of their gift. Such a sin against God is no small matter, and the punishment He brings against this husband and wife is swift, serving as a warning to all. Signs and wonders continued as the Lord gave testimony to the truth of His Word proclaimed by the apostles. The Sanhedrin witnessed this with jealousy and placed the apostles in the public prison. Yet the Lord sent His angel to release these apostles so that they could go right back to the temple and proclaim Jesus as the Life. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Responding to Persecution with Prayer

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 54:48

    Rev. Peter Ill, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, IL, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 4:23-37. In response to their persecution, Peter and John gather with the Church to pray. They address God as the Creator of all things who has revealed Himself in the Scriptures and in His Son, Jesus. They pray from Psalm 2, recognizing that God has fulfilled His promise to reign by the resurrection of Jesus. They ask God to continue to keep His promise from Psalm 2 and to make them bold by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Gospel. God answers their prayer and continues to build the Church together in the Word of Christ. Just as they share the Word in common, so they use their possessions to help each other. Barnabas serves as a positive example of a Christian who gave his own possessions in service of the Church; he will play a role later in the book of Acts. Christians still love each other according to Christ's own command, even if the way in which this happens varies from one place to the next. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Salvation in Only One Name

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 54:41

    Rev. AJ Espinosa, pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Irvine, CA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 4:1-22. When the Sanhedrin finds out about the preaching of Peter and John in the temple, they have the two apostles arrested. The Sadducees, having great power and influence, are particularly disturbed not only by the preaching of the resurrection, but particularly by the preaching that the resurrection is found only in Jesus. The Holy Spirit takes their questioning as yet another opportunity for Peter to proclaim the Gospel: only Jesus' name brings salvation to sinners. The Sanhedrin was astonished at the boldness of these two men, along with their lack of formal training or education. However, they knew they could do nothing against these men, for the forty-year-old beggar had been healed in front of everyone. The Sanhedrin ordered Peter and John to stop preaching in Jesus' name, but the apostles put the charge back to the Sanhedrin and called upon them to judge the matters according to the sight of God. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Walking and Leaping and Praising God

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 56:26

    Rev. Dr. Scott Murray, pastor at Memorial Lutheran Church in Houston, TX, and 3rd Vice President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 3:1-26. The lame man in Acts 3 had a prime spot for begging for alms, yet on the day recorded by St. Luke, Peter and John had a far better gift for the man. In the name of Jesus, they gave this man the gift of healing; the man promptly began walking and leaping and praising God. As the gathering crowd realized who this man was, Peter took the opportunity to proclaim Jesus to them. He spoke to them concerning what the God of their fathers had done in raising Jesus from the dead; it was through the name of this same Jesus that this man had been made well. Though the people had acted in ignorance in crucifying Jesus, God had accomplished what He had foretold. Jesus is the prophet to whom they must listen; Jesus is the offspring of Abraham through whom they would be blessed. Peter proclaimed these things in order that these people might receive that blessing of God through faith in Jesus. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Repent and Be Baptized, Everyone!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 55:45

    Rev. Isaac Schuller, Pastor at First Immanuel Lutheran Church in San Jose, CA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 2:37-47. The Word of God preached by Peter cuts the hearers to the heart, and they ask the apostle directly: “What then shall we do?” Peter's answer is all Gospel, that which God does for sinners. Both repentance and baptism are God's gifts to sinners. Peter's words clearly reveal that baptism is for all people, even infants. Baptism is the gift of God by which He names us as His own, gives the forgiveness won by Jesus, and delivers to us the Holy Spirit. Through the work of the Holy Spirit that day, about three thousand people were added to the Church. This Church was devoted to the apostles' teaching, the fellowship, the breaking of bread, and the prayers. As they shared the Word in common, so they shared their possessions to help each other in their need. They were active in the life of worship, and the Lord continued to add more people to His Church. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    You Crucified Jesus, but God Has Raised Him

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 55:32

    Rev. Bernie Schey, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Old Dime Box, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 2:14-36. Peter is quick to address the confusion of the crowd on Pentecost. The disciples are not drunk; rather, the Holy Spirit has been given in fulfillment of Joel 2. The people must understand that this means the last days have come in Jesus; today is the day to call upon His name for salvation. Though they should have known who Jesus was from the signs and wonders He did, the people crucified and killed Him. Yet the Father raised Jesus from the dead, just as David had foretold in Psalm 16. Whereas David was still buried in his tomb, Jesus had burst forth from His tomb, as God kept His promise recording in Psalm 110. Peter uses this text to bring his sermon to a grand climax: God has made Jesus, the Crucified One, both Lord and Christ. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

    Proclaiming the Mighty Works of God on Pentecost

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 55:42

    Rev. Harrison Goodman, content executive for Higher Things, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 2:1-13. The day of Pentecost finds its Old Testament background in the Feast of Weeks, which happens fifty days after the Passover. When that day arrives, Jesus' disciples are all together in Jerusalem, waiting for Jesus to fulfill His promise by sending the Holy Spirit. Jesus keeps that promise, and the signs that are given cannot be separated from the Word that is proclaimed. The sound of the wind is reminiscent of Jesus' words concerning the Spirit in John 3 and the vision of dry bones brought to life in Ezekiel 37. The tongues of fire recall John's preaching concerning the baptism of Spirit and fire. The disciples speak in tongues that are readily understood by the people who are in Jerusalem for the feast. Those people from every nation begin to gather and question what is happening. The objection that the disciples must be drunk is given not only to the raucous noise, but also to the mighty works of God that they are proclaiming. Though the Gospel sounds crazy to the world, it alone is the power of salvation, and so the Church continues to proclaim the Gospel to the world boldly. “To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord's Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God's grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.