Acts 9 begins with the spiritual resurrection of Saul of Tarsus—who would become the Apostle Paul—and it ends with a physical resurrection that was accomplished through the ministry of the Apostle Peter!
The book of Acts tells us step-by-step how the gospel began to go to the entire world. But, as Dr. John Whitcomb will explain today on “Encounter God’s Truth,” Acts is not always the easiest book of the Bible to understand. We will go into some of the intricate distinctions that this book makes as we listen to the conclusion of Dr. Whitcomb’s message called “The Scattered Scattering.” It’s the opening lesson in Volume Three of his series on “Acts: Witness of the Early Church.” Amazingly, the gospel goes to the Gentiles beginning here in Acts 8, and it happens “through the ministry of a layman named Philip.” With help from host Wayne Shepherd, Whitcomb Ministries shares this broadcast outreach based on the certainty that God’s Word is true from the beginning to the end.
God will push His church to take the gospel and the Scriptures out to the ends of the earth—by one means or another, and whether it makes us comfortable and happy or not! We learned that point from the teaching of Dr. John Whitcomb on last week’s broadcast here on “Encounter God’s Truth”—a presentation of Whitcomb Ministries, proclaiming boldly that God’s Word is true from the beginning to the end.
How can God use the threat of persecution for the good of Christ’s church, and how should we as believers respond to such a threat when it occurs? For the answers to those questions, we welcome you back to “Encounter God’s Truth”—a weekly faith-building broadcast outreach of Whitcomb Ministries. Guided by host Wayne Shepherd, we offer the classic Bible teaching of author and theologian Dr. John Whitcomb. He went to be with the Lord almost a year ago, but we continue to multiply the effectiveness of his ministry via this radio program.
On this classic Christmas edition of "Encounter God's Truth," we hear Bible teacher Dr. John Whitcomb bring the conclusion of his message on "Christ Before His Birth."
We open with a brief review from Philippians 2 and Colossians 1. We contemplate the majesty of Christ—and the supreme importance of recognizing that He is the eternal Son of God. It is only on this foundation that we can truly understand and appreciate the details of His coming to earth to take on human flesh at the first Christmas.
Listen now as we continue a classic series for Advent here on "Encounter God's Truth," featuring the Bible teaching of Dr. John Whitcomb. His theme is "The Eternal Son—Our Savior." Along with host Wayne Shepherd, Whitcomb Ministries reminds you in this Advent season that God's Word is true from the beginning to the end. Our Lord Jesus came to earth at Bethlehem—but the details of his ministry to men and women begin long before that. Please share with your friends the fact that His outreach to human beings goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. These messages were first shared at Bayside Community Church in Tampa, Fla., on Christmas Eve several years ago. We are grateful to bring them to you here, and trust that they will enlighten your preparations for Christmas.
Do we spend enough time focusing on Thanksgiving? In this classic rerun, we listen to Dr. John Whitcomb’s teaching on this timely question in a special holiday episode of our broadcast, “Encounter God’s Truth.” Basing his presentation on the gospel account of Jesus’ healing of 10 lepers, our teacher also took us to several other Scriptures that demonstrate the vital importance of giving thanks to the Lord. Host Wayne Shepherd also asked Dr. Whitcomb to expand on the emphasis that the Apostle Paul placed on thankfulness in the great passage in Romans 1. We pray that your Thanksgiving celebration will be richly blessed, and we are glad that you have chosen to make “Encounter God’s Truth” a part of it. May God help us all to look to Him during this holiday season.
This week on “Encounter God’s Truth,” we close out Volume Two of our series on “Acts: Witness of the Early Church.” Dr. John Whitcomb undertook the massive project of teaching through the book of Acts over the course of six years at the Independent Fundamental Bible Conference, which is held annually at the Middletown Bible Church in Middletown, Connecticut. With host Wayne Shepherd, we thank them for their permission in bringing these messages to you here. Regular listeners to our program will know that Dr. Whitcomb was widely known as an Old Testament professor. What a treasure, then, to have this legacy of teaching that he provided on the book of Acts, from the New Testament. We have come through the first two years’ worth of Dr. Whitcomb’s teaching on this subject. To recap, we draw this time from the very first introductory message, on “The Ascension of Christ.”Thanks for listening to this broadcast outreach of Whitcomb Ministries, where we proclaim each week that God’s Word is true from the beginning to the end!
This week on “Encounter God’s Truth” from Whitcomb Ministries, we return to Volume Two of a series called “Acts: Witness of the Early Church,” and this time we will resume and conclude a message on “Stephen—The First Martyr,” from Acts chapter 7.
We present this series with thanks to Middletown Bible Church in Middletown, Connecticut, where these sermons were recorded several years ago at the Independent Fundamental Bible Conference. Although Dr. John Whitcomb went to be with the Lord in February of this year, it is more important than ever that we learn from all that God taught our speaker over the course of his more than 70 years as a Bible student and theology professor.
God’s Word is true from the beginning to the end, as host Wayne Shepherd reminds us each week. So, thanks for listening to—and sharing—this program. We praise the Lord for the opportunity to remind you of the blessings that all can receive when they encounter His truth!