Running To Win

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

The Light Shines on Idols #2 of 4

September 9, 2010
The locals had a good thing going, a famous pagan temple, and a good business making souvenir idols for visitors. Ephesus had silversmiths who sold shrines to the goddess Artemis. When Paul showed up with the gospel, business dropped like a rock, and Paul found himself in a riot. In today’s message the gospel impacts culture, and trade, and things get real hot real fast.

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The last book of the New Testament is Revelation. Early in this book, Jesus dictates letters to seven local churches. One of them was in Ephesus, a city of ruins in modern-day Turkey. Paul brought the gospel here, and found himself in hot water when his message threatened the supremacy of the local pagan deity named Artemis.
September 8, 2010
Christianity is strongest when it is persecuted. If you believe Jesus is worth dying for, your faith will withstand the test. But when oppression comes, local churches can be vanquished. Many churches mentioned in the New Testament were wiped out by the enemies of the gospel. Today, Erwin Lutzer pauses in a study of ancient Corinth to tell some reasons why this may have happened.
September 7, 2010
Often a great way to present the gospel is to just live it out before your co-workers. That is what Paul did. While living in Corinth, he plied his trade of tentmaking, and taught in the local synagogue. Through his efforts a church was born, a church that later received two epistles we still read in the New Testament. Today we listen as the power of the gospel extends further into ancient Greece.
September 6, 2010
Imagine you are a missionary, and you have been sent to a city where the gospel has never been heard. How would you begin? One thing is clear: a wishy-washy message would not get you far. What you would need is a transforming message, laden with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul knew this. Also, he knew the message he bore would transform the lives of all who believed.
September 3, 2010
If you want to visit a place where the Apostle Paul was known to have preached, go to Greece and visit modern-day Corinth. Ask for directions to the ancient original city, and you will find an amazing excavation of the very streets and buildings that Paul saw when he first brought the gospel to this crossroads of the ancient world. Today we will watch as God opens hearts to the gospel in yet another place.
September 2, 2010
The gospel began in Israel, but quickly spread as the Apostles fanned out with their Master’s message of redemption. Paul became the Apostle to the Gentiles, and moved aggressively to cities in Greece and beyond with the power of the Spirit directing his energies and birthing faith wherever he preached. Today we will see that power on display atop a famous hill in a city known for its philosophers.
September 1, 2010
When we witness to people about Jesus, how do we relate to them? Paul taught us how to do it in Acts chapter 17. The Apostle quickly found out where they were coming from, and focused his message on what they already knew. His audience on Mars Hill was made up of philosophers: lovers of wisdom. He directed attention to their monument to an unknown God.
August 31, 2010
The Hill of Ares in Athens is a mound of granite facing the famous Acropolis with its temples to pagan gods. At this hill, Paul the Apostle presented the gospel with power to a group of philosophers who enjoyed argument.   Little did they know that they were watching the beginning of a spiritual tidal wave that would engulf the known world of their time. Today: what happened at a hill also known as Mars Hill.
August 30, 2010
Acts 16:31 is a well-known verse in which Paul answers a jailer’s question: “How can I be saved?” “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your household.” Some see in this verse a promise that all in a family will come to faith. Today, on the 4,000th consecutive broadcast of Running to Win, we’ll see what this passage actually means.
August 27, 2010
Jailers know that locks usually stay locked. But when Paul and Silas were sprung from prison, one jailer learned otherwise. The explosive power of the gospel was beginning to be felt in the world of the first century. The Holy Spirit began convicting of sin, causing a fearful jailer to ask, “What must I do to be saved?” Today, more on prison doors flinging open, and faith being birthed anew.
August 26, 2010
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A Practical Guide For Praying Parents
Our children belong to God. But they face constant temptation from the world, the flesh, and the devil. In this book, Pastor Lutzer demonstrates that faithful parenting starts with regular, fervent, and worshipful prayer, expecting God to answer. Pastor Lutzer shares his experience—challenges, mistakes, and victories—while praying for his own family. Emphasizing daily, Scripturally based prayers, this practical guide will encourage you as you love the children in your life. Click below to receive this book for a gift of any amount or call Moody Church Media at 1.800.215.5001.

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Running the race of life is hard. But with the Bible front and center and a heart to encourage, Pastor Erwin Lutzer presents clear Bible teaching, helping you make it across the finish line. Since 2011, this 25-minute program has provided a Godward focus and features listeners’ questions.

About Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years (1980-2016). He earned a B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law (Now Trinity Law School).

A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on two radio programs: Running to Win—a daily Bible-teaching broadcast and Songs in the Night—an evening program that’s been airing since 1943. Running To Win broadcasts on a thousand outlets in the U.S. and across more than fifty countries in seven languages. His speaking engagements include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally, including Russia, the Republic of Belarus, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, and Japan. He has led tours to Israel and to the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

Pastor Lutzer is also a prolific author of over seventy books, including the bestselling We Will Not Be Silenced, One Minute After You Die, and the Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler’s Cross. Pastor Lutzer and Rebecca live in the Chicago area and have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Connect with Pastor Lutzer on X (@ErwinLutzer) or moodymedia.org.

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