“And there arose on that day an ideal persecution towards the church in Jerusalem, they usually had been all scattered all through the areas of Judea and Samaria, besides the apostles.” Acts eight:1b [ESV]
In a flash, all the pieces modified. Life as ordinary ceased and the world plunged right into a time of worry and uncertainty.
These phrases apply to our present second, enduring a world pandemic, as a lot as they do to the time of “nice persecution” the early Church confronted. The burgeoning new church, incubating a vibrant new Approach inside Jerusalem’s cradle, was compelled to splinter aside. They had been beneath siege. New believers, untethered from their apostolic anchor, fled by way of the Judean countryside and into the encircling nations.
What did they really feel? Concern? Confusion? That this new, seemingly fragile religion was threatened with eradication?
Probably they felt a combined bag of many issues. However after a short time, the scattered believers regained their bearings and “went about preaching the phrase” (Acts eight:four). The disaster turned out to be a car that God, in His sovereignty, used to additional his missional functions. The Gospel entered new nations and started its inexorable march to the ends of the earth.
God has repeated this course of all through historical past. Plagues, persecution, and disasters all have come and gone, showing as threats however proving to be kindling that has stoked the fires of mission.
Now, with the Church scattered differently, what may God do? As a substitute of gathering collectively bodily on Sunday mornings and numerous weeknights, we journey on digital roads, streaming church companies and Gospel messages wherever we go.
Would possibly this second be one other watershed second in Church mission historical past? How can we transfer previous our personal worry and uncertainty to proclaim Christ after we’re bodily and digitally scattered?
Lord, thanks in your sovereign management of all issues, even the chaos of in the present day. I give my anxieties to you and pray that you just’d give me the peace, knowledge, and creativity to proclaim your greatness to these round me, each digitally and bodily. Revive my coronary heart on this time, and use me to assist convey the Gospel to the very ends of the earth. Amen.
By Jason Weimer
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