Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Participation in Divine MissionActs 11: 19-26
V.21- “ The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to God.”
A seed only has potential when it grows. Keeping the seed hidden, not planting it, takes away the potential it has to offer. How large or how much fruit can this tiny seed produce?
First, a little background
Who is Stephen and what was the persecution about?
Stephen was a deacon and the first Christian martyr (29 years old) - he was stoned to death by the Jews for his faith in Jesus. The Jews persecuted Christians. Christians were arrested, imprisoned, tortured and executed for their faith.
Why was Barnabas sent to Antioch?
Barnabas was sent to Antioch to foresee the movement of Christianity. When he got there he was filled with the Holy Spirit and saw what the grace of God had done. Barnabas saw what was happening and he encouraged them.
Why did Saul (Paul) get invited?
Barnabas needed Paul's help to spread the Gospel. Finding Paul and teaming up to spread the good news ended up being his mission. Disciples being called Christians first originated from Antioch- it’s up to us to make sure it doesn’t end there. We have a mission to plant seeds all around the globe- to grow like the redwoods. Of course, there will be obstacles but our God is bigger than our fears. After all, look at how he used Saul (Paul) to spread Gods Word. The Lord’s hand is with us. It is our responsibility to plant seeds, God will make them grow.
Lord, we ask that you strengthen our hearts and minds. Bless us to achieve our full potential and help us to spread your love through our actions. Help us to always be more like you and follow you- even when it’s hard to do. We pray for our parishes and our communities. All this we ask, in Your name. Amen.Thought for the day
As Christians, we’re responsible for one another. Our actions speak louder than words. Now, let’s plant some
Dr. Jenny Jacob-Abraham
( St. Andrews)
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church