By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"Testifying both to the Jews and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem not knowing the things that shall befall me there. Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God."Acts 20: 21-24--------When you run a race, you reach for the finish line.When you climb a mountain, you aim for the peak.When you share the Gospel, you keep your eyes on the "Source" of the course, Jesus Christ, and you keep moving toward Him.--------Paul wasn't deterred or thrown-off by a knowledge of his impending death.Rather, it served to intensify his efforts in reaching the lost.With fervor and fever he ran headlong and hard into the souls of dark humanity and illumined with light those before him.From a prison to a palace .... an eternity and Jesus Christ awaited him.Paul looked forward to this reunion!+So certain was he of the life he preached about, he was willing to die for it.+So confident of the eternal provision awaiting him, he was willing to go to it.So inspiring, Paul urges and compels us to look no further than the Christ as our purpose, provision and source.The "Source of the course" makes all the difference.For each of us.-------Difficulties, persucutions, and sufferings are a part of the believer's course, my friend. They are not reserved for a few but elected and predetermined for all.Read through the New Testament, with the Old Testament in hindsight, and you'll find yourself sobered up considerably by the realities still to come.Life's going to get rough ...sharing the Gospel's going to get tough.The more certain and, in relationship, we are with the Source, the stronger, freer, and more liberated we will find ourselves on the course.What was true of Paul may well be our "lot" also.So we ought to ask ourselves:How far am I willing to go to reach the lost?How much am I willing to lose to convey the Gospel?How empowered by the "Source" of the course am I right now?Will I go to death or will I cleave to this temporal life?Our actions, even now, are being defined and prepared for end times and an eternity.Remember:The Gospel is a message of repentance followed by redemption in Jesus Christ.Get familiar with the "Source" of the course ...and start on your knees.-------THREE STUDY EMPOWERMENTS1) How do you see God presently preparing you for a period of persecution and suffering?-------2) Why is "repentance" so unpopular and what do we possess without it?Why does repentance make folks angry and what was Paul subject to as a result?------3) Ready. Get set. Grow.Know the Source of your course and invest in Him. Read Acts 20-24 and record the "Source and Course" insights.------Love the life you live ...Know the Source of adventure.
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