If you haven’t read the post from Monday, here is a quick summary. By God’s grace alone, we are entering our 4th year as “Come Awake.” As a celebration, we wanted to refocus our commitment to his infallible Word! Each day of this week we are posting a new challenge, and the first person to comment correctly in response to the challenge will be rewarded with a personalized Come Awake gift! Before we get into the final challenge, let’s spend a moment in the Word.
In our first challenge, we learned much about Paul and his anti-Christian roots, and we learned that he embarked on many missionary journey’s after vividly encountering and being saved by the Lord Jesus. In Acts 15, Paul embarked on his second recorded journey with his cohort, Barnabas. Their intent was to revisit the brothers and sisters that had been established in the cities from their first recorded journey in Acts, but because of creative differences, Paul and Barnabas parted ways and embarked on separate journeys; Barnabas traveled with Mark, and Paul with Silas.
Eventually Paul and Silas found their way to Greece, and in Chapter 17, they landed in Thessalonica. This was their encounter at the synagogue of the Jews in Thessalonica:
And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also,” | Acts 17:2-6
Wow. What an honor.
Is your passion for Him so great that it is unmistakable? Is your desire to know Him steadfast and unwavering? Are you a blinding light for Him in this dark and depraved world? Are you bold and always ready to speak of the hope that is within you? Are you overflowing with His eternal grace and love? Do you want to be? Do you want people to look at you and say that you are turning this world upside down for Christ?!
THE FINAL CHALLENGE
Who is your favorite person in the Bible that turned the world upside down for Christ and why?
Guidelines: Everyone is a winner on this one. 🙂