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Countdown Verses #50 - #44

2 Timothy 1:1-10, Countdown #50: 2 Timothy 1:7
Acts 1:1-14, Countdown #49: Acts 1:8
John 16:16-33, Countdown #48: John 16:33
Isaiah 41:8-16, Countdown #45: Isaiah 41:10
Romans 10:5-21, Countdown #44, 76: Romans 10:9, 10:17

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2 Timothy 1:1-10, Countdown #50: 2 Timothy 1:7 (5/16/12)

When was the last time that we mentioned to a stranger that we are Christians? More importantly, what were we doing that the subject happened to come up?

I’ve probably mentioned this before, but if you are going to let people know that you are a Christian (which is recommended), you need to behave like a Christian at all times. You need to love God at all times. You need to act lovingly toward your neighbor at all times. There’s nothing that hurts the faith more than Christians who are making big ugly headlines.

Our Countdown Verse #50, “God’s Spirit doesn't make cowards out of us. The Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control,” is a two-edged sword. Yes – we should be bold and powerful about sharing our faith with others, but if we aren’t acting with love and self-control, what are they going to think? How can we persuade them that the Gospel is good news if we generate bad news? Let’s try to be a mirror that reflects the good news of Jesus Christ into the darkness.

Acts 1:1-14, Countdown #49: Acts 1:8 (5/17/12)

All students of the Bible agree that the book of Acts is important because it’s the only book that documents the beginning and very early history of the Church. After that, agreement gets a little harder to come by. What is Acts about? Here are a few ideas:
This latter idea has good support from Countdown Verse #49, “But the Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power. Then you will tell everyone about me in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria, and everywhere in the world.”

John 16:16-33, Countdown #48: John 16:33 (5/18/12)

How do you talk to someone about a totally new topic? Not only are they unfamiliar with what you are saying, but there might not even be any words that exactly describe the situation. Jesus was about to do something that no one had ever done before: die and then come back. The Jews (and many Gentiles) had heard of “resurrection,” but it didn’t occur to the disciples that it might happen either soon or here. So they are confused.

Jesus says, “Don’t worry about it – I know this is confusing, and that’s why I’ve had to use a paroymia proverb/veiled language/figure of speech/figurative language/example, so that you would have some hope of understanding it before it happens.” Our Countdown Verse #48 says, “I have told you this, so that you might have peace in your hearts because of me. While you are in the world, you will have to suffer. But cheer up! I have defeated the world.” He is telling the disciples to leave the problem to him, because he’s got it covered. Good advice for us, too.

Isaiah 41:8-16, Countdown #45: Isaiah 41:10 (5/21/12)

The NET Bible is both a new English translation and a translation done for use on the Internet. See how you like it here in Isaiah 41.

Our Countdown Verse #45 says,
(NET Bible, used by permission)

One thing I already like about the NET Bible is that you can tell from the layout of the verses on the page when you are reading poetry and when you are reading prose. You recall that another way to tell when you are reading poetry in the Old Testament is that lines repeat each other, like this:
Most of Isaiah is poetry.

Romans 10:5-21, Countdown #44, 76: Romans 10:9, 10:17 (5/22/12)

Have I mentioned lately that you need a good, modern translation of the Bible, with study notes? Sometimes study notes are built into the text, for example, as when the King James Version uses italics to designate English words that are not in the original Greek or Hebrew. Other translations follow other conventions, so it’s a good idea to read the introduction to your translation to see what it is doing. The NET Bible uses bold italics to designate quotations from the Old Testament, as you see here in Romans 10.

Our passage contains two countdown verses. Countdown Verse #76, “Consequently faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the preached word of Christ,” should remind us of the importance of spreading the word of God through preaching and evangelism. Notice that Countdown Verse #44, “because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved,” does not say, “you will be saved if you believe exactly the same way I do.” It should remind us that while we are preaching and evangelizing, we are to be inclusive, not exclusive, about who we recognize as Christians.

Notice the order of events in vss. 9 – 15.

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