Congratulations! Today marks the half way point for our 20 days project.
DAY 10–The Church Gets a New Name & Spreads to Europe (Greece)!
READ: Acts 11:19-23, 26
No matter how clear God’s message or instruction, some believers just won’t accept what they don’t want to hear or understand. Such was the case of the believers we see in today’s passage. Though Peter’s vision on the roof made it very clear that the Gospel was now for non-Jews too, some members of the early church just weren’t buying it. Those who embraced the new direction, however, saw amazing results. Verse 21 tells us that a “large number” turned to the Lord. The Good News was not only making it’s way through Asia Minor (Turkey) and into Greece, it was a satellite church (a church plant, not the main one in Jerusalem) where Christ followers got their official and new name: Christians. (see v.26)
How does this Apply to Me? Not all believers in Christ will be on the same page when it comes to vision and direction for the church 100% of the time. It’s comforting to know that differences of opinion, however, won’t stop the spreading of The Word or the growth of the church. In addition, we need to remember that church growth not only requires good evangelism and ministry, but the raising up and training of new leaders. Discipleship is an ongoing process for a healthy Church. Are you investing in the lives of those around you who may need to strengthen or grow in their faith?
Acts 11:26 …So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
Praying Together: Let’s ask the Lord to give us a desire to invest in the lives of those around us. Then, let’s ask Him to show us who needs our time and knowledge in order to help bring them to a closer and deeper walk with Him.
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