Author Archives: David Huffstutler

The Sad Case of Simon the Magician: A Warning to Us All

The Sad Case of Simon the Magician: A Warning to Us All

Acts 8:1–25 records the great persecution of the church by Saul and the consequent spread of the gospel to Samaria through Philip. “Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ” (Acts 8:5), and “there was much joy in that city” (Acts 8:8; cf. 8:6–7).1 Prior to Philip’s coming, “a… Continue Reading

Like an Angel: The Shining Face of Stephen

Like an Angel: The Shining Face of Stephen

What did it mean that Stephen’s “face was like the face of an angel” (Acts 6:15), and why did it look this way? We first meet Stephen as a deacon, “a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5). He was appointed to coordinate meals for widows (cf. Acts 6:1–7), but he… Continue Reading

The Origin of Deacons: Acts 6:1–7

The Origin of Deacons: Acts 6:1–7

Does Acts 6:1–7 tell us anything about deacons, technically speaking? After all, the word deacon is not used, some of the seven men appointed to ministry also preached (Stephen and Philip), and the seven’s appointment was for a singular task, not serving the church’s tangible needs as a whole. While such a description may push… Continue Reading

The Doctrine of Winter

The Doctrine of Winter

Where I live, we just had several inches of snow. Not only does the Bible say a few things about snow itself, but it also uses several wintry analogies to teach us truths and lessons to live by today. Winter’s Origin, Purpose, and Duration God created winter (Gen 8:22; Ps 74:17) so that we would… Continue Reading

The Lord as Shepherd: Our Greatest Delight

The Lord as Shepherd: Our Greatest Delight

Psalm 23 has been precious to the saints throughout the ages. It gives comfort in the midst of death, and it strengthens our delight and trust in the Lord because He is our Shepherd. Its author is David who knew the Lord as Jacob did, “the God who has been my shepherd all my life… Continue Reading

The Names of Jesus and Their Significance in Acts 3–4

The Names of Jesus and Their Significance in Acts 3–4

Acts 3–4 records how Peter and John healed a lame man. As their spokesman, Peter explained to the Jewish people (Acts 3:12–26) and their leaders (Acts 4:8–12) that the healing took place by faith in Jesus’ name, that is, that by believing in the one named Jesus who has the power to give salvation and… Continue Reading

Thoughts on Local Church Membership, Then and Now

Thoughts on Local Church Membership, Then and Now

The body of Christ is something bigger than the local church, and believers should in theory be able to serve at one church just as at another. However, heresy, ecumenicism, ungodly living, misunderstanding, and disagreements abound in many churches today, making it necessary for a local church to spell out in detail its confession and… Continue Reading

In Defense of Church Membership

In Defense of Church Membership

Among other reasons that could be given, I believe the practice of formal church membership is necessary in our context in light of the presence of denominationalism, false churches, and worldly living that is clearly at odds with the Christian life. Individuals commit to a church’s confession and covenant in order to identify themselves in… Continue Reading

A Snapshot Summary of the Use of Psalm 110:1 in the NT

A Snapshot Summary of the Use of Psalm 110:1 in the NT

Psalm 110:1 enjoys more references in the NT than any other verse from the OT. It is quoted 5 times and given allusion 15 times. From my own study, I’ve grouped these quotations and allusions into the headings below, and every reference cited is to one of those quotations or allusions.1 Perseverance “Jesus…endured the cross,… Continue Reading

The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18–20

The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18–20

Matthew 28:18–20 states, “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have… Continue Reading

Questions and Answers about Speaking in Tongues

Questions and Answers about Speaking in Tongues

While I realize that many disagree with cessationist beliefs (i.e., that special revelation and its occasionally-accompanying sign-gifts such as tongues were limited to the apostolic era and have thus ceased), it is helpful for anyone to study the topic of speaking in tongues as it involves multiple chapters in Acts and 1 Corinthians. I know… Continue Reading

Jesus, Lord and Christ

Jesus, Lord and Christ

In Acts 2:36, Peter concludes his sermon in this way: “Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified” (ESV cf. Acts 2:14–36). Let’s look at these two titles for Jesus. First, Jesus is Lord. David identified Him as his… Continue Reading

The OT in Peter’s NT Pentecost Message

The OT in Peter’s NT Pentecost Message

In Acts 2:14–41, Luke records Peter quoting or alluding to a half-dozen passages or so in his Pentecost sermon. These passages are listed below along with a snapshot explanation for why Peter quoted each passage. Joel 2:28–32a in Acts 2:16–21 Peter quoted Joel to identify the cause for speaking in tongues as something of the… Continue Reading