Pastor Cliff Herring
Dear Friends in Christ,
Easter weekend has passed and the world at times seems to return to the routine and the mundane aspects of life. But we can take a lesson from the disciples of Jesus. Following the resurrection of Jesus and His appearances after that fact led to what would be the amazing events of fruitful service, activity and outreach that were seldom matched in the history of the church. Peter and the other disciples began sharing the good news of Jesus and following the day of Pentecost were instrumental in leading many to the salvation that would change the known world and set the stage for a foundation of faith that is evident to this day.
One great example is the story in Acts chapter 2 where we read of the remarkable account of evangelism and response to the Lord’s leading.
40 And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers….47 praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. – Acts 2:40-42, 47
Notice Peter’s approach, he did not avoid the fact that they lived in a corrupt culture but encouraged them not to be overwhelmed by the culture’s influences. In earlier passages he emphasized the gospel and Christ’s sacrifice for them and His resurrection. This in turn led to over 3000 people being redeemed.
We must follow this example of faith and evangelism in action. Christ is still speaking and leading men and women, boys and girls to a life-changing, life affirming faith. The Lord calls to us to show the compassion of Christ after Passion Week and for months and years to come.
They were also encouraged to continue in the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, and prayer. These attributes of the Christian faith should never go out of style or become irrelevant. Bible teaching, encouragement of others and prayer are cornerstones to how a church continues to thrive in a society that may be indifferent to the message of scripture. Let’s continue in the legacy left behind by those who weathered the storms of suffering and insignificance. And as the song writer said, “May all who come behind us find us faithful…”
Grace to you,
Pastor Cliff Herring