Begin where they are...

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on May 07, 2020

Begin where they are. That’s one of the lessons we can learn from Paul’s ministry in Athens. The other is to be content with the harvest the Holy Spirit produces. Paul’s ministry in Athens is recorded in Acts 17:16-34 (Read or listen to it here).

  • Paul first learned something about the Athenians. And then, when asked about his faith, he began with what the Athenians already acknowledged: There was a god that they did not know. He leaves a model for us. Begin by being curious. Get to know the people around you. What are their fears? What are their convictions? And then whey they ask about your faith, begin where they are.
  • Paul’s ministry in Athens didn’t have spectacular numerical results. Your ministry may not have great results either. But you may be laying the ground work for a faith that will blossom much later, as the Christian faith did in Athens in the centuries to come.

King Saul was focused on numbers too (read 1 Samuel 13-14 here).When Samuel didn’t seem to be coming on time and he saw that the numbers of his troops was decreasing, Saul took matters into his own hands.
Contrast that lack of faith with his son Jonathan’s faith. “Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few.”
Saul had good reasons to be afraid of the Philistines. We have good reasons to be afraid now too. But we have a God who raised his Son from the dead (the heart of Paul’s testimony). May the Holy Spirit grant us the faith of Jonathan. May the Holy Spirit give us contentment with the gospel victories that our Father provides.

Online Resources

Thank you for sharing the online resources that the Holy Spirit has enabled us to provide:

Mother's Day Story Time 
Today Northwestern Publishing House will host an online Mother’s Day Story Time for kids at 10:00 AM (central) (click here). The featured books are Beginner’s Bible - Hannah Prays, Arch Book Treasury - Mary’s Story, and Buttons Visits Grandma.
Family Devotions 

Our synod is also producing a daily devotion complete with a set of questions for different age groups, a prayer, and hymn verses that can be sung or spoken. Downloadable printable versions are available. Learn more.
God bless your service to the Savior today! 

Pastor Pete


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