Preaching and Confrontation (Acts 13:3-12)
Scripture: Acts 13:3-12
We begin by reading about how Jesus read from Isaiah in the synagogue in Nazareth and preached about the fact that He came as the fulfillment of prophesy as the messiah to bring repentance and forgiveness of sins. This need for repentance for forgiveness of sins is also in the Great Commission as found in Luke 24:46-49. This is also seen in Peter’s sermon after the Holy Spirit was poured out after the ascension of Christ. Gospel proclamation is a clear sign of the work of the Holy Spirit. He causes people to confess Christ boldly and truthfully.
We have a class discussion about the value of creeds and also the danger and misuse of them. The issue is whether any creed from church history is binding on people in the manner that Scripture is. In other words, is scripture to be judged in the light of creeds or conversely are creeds to be judged in the light of scripture. We end up speaking about the solas (faith alone, grace alone, Christ alone, Scripture alone to the glory of God alone). Creeds can be a way of halting study of scripture if they are seen as the final word in and of themselves. We have vigorous class discussion about this matter with more to come. Creeds are doctrines from church history and have to be judged like the Bereans of Acts searched the scripture. Scripture alone is binding and authoritative.
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