21st Century Lessons from the 1st Century Church

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.  Acts 4:12

Each of us have experienced times when we were surprised by how people responded in a certain situation. We may have anticipated excitement only to receive none. Perhaps we thought the situation would all turn in a negative direction only to be pleasantly surprised by something positive.

In the early days of the church, reactions to the good news of Jesus’ resurrection power varied greatly.  Some were offended even when the gospel was presented graciously and sensitively. Others were up in arms in resistance to their own redemption opportunity. In Acts 4, five thousand people found new life in Jesus.

In the twenty first century we experience similar reactions. Our desire is to live this legacy in such a way that others see Jesus beautifully represented in and through our lives. That requires the enabling work of the Holy Spirit within us. Even so, our responsibility is to present Christ effectively to those around us. Their response does not depend on us. Like our brothers and sisters in the early church, we may face rejection our even hostility.  Of course, God continues to bring many to saving faith in Jesus. What a great privilege we have in being His messenger.

As parents we have a great opportunity to teach our children the amazing and exciting stories of the Bible. The book of Acts presents an incredible picture of the adventures of the Spirit filled life. Inspiring our children with the movement of God invites their involvement in His grace.

Todd Marrah


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