My recent article for Compassion Canada:
When I was in kindergarten, one of my favourite days was show-and-tell day. I’d get to bring in a toy (like my Super-Grover from Sesame Street) and tell my classmates all about why it was so awesome.
In a way, the Christian faith is like that too. Throughout the Scriptures, we see this really interesting interaction between words and deeds. It looks like this: proclamation then confirmation. Take a look at the way Matthew illustrates this pattern from Jesus’ ministry (Matt. 4:23-8:4). There we see Jesus going about to the synagogues teaching “and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people” (Matt. 4:23 ESV). Great crowds draw near and He teaches. They are astonished “for He was teaching them as one who had authority” (Matt. 7:29 ESV). Then, after He was done teaching, Jesus comes down from the mountain and heals a leper as great crowds continue to follow him (Matt. 8:1-4).
Read the rest at Compassion’s website.