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Day 5: To the Gentiles

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Acts 11:19-24 (Today’s New International Version)

19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.

22 News of this reached the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.

Reflection:

In this passage, we can see the expansion of the Gospel to the Gentiles.  The good news of our Lord Jesus Christ cannot be stopped and has no boundaries.  It is so powerful that it breaks down all ethnic barriers, so that even more people can be saved.  It’s clear to see that it’s by God’s grace that we are saved regardless of who we are.  Barnabas was chosen by the church in Jerusalem to go to Antioch, so that the Gentile church could be built up.  It was by the empowering of the spirit that Barnabas was able to love others and bring more Gentiles to come and know the Lord.  We too can have this empowering of the Spirit, so that we can love and share the life of Christ with others.

Response:

As we have read in this passage, let’s pray that we will receive this empowering of the Spirit to live and proclaim the good news of Christ that breaks down barriers, so that more people can come to know the Lord.  Let’s also pray that the Gospel and the love of Christ will reach all the ends of the earth.

Day 4: Empowering in the Midst of the Mess

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Day 3: Proclaiming the good news

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Day 2: More Than Ordinary

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The Spirit’s Empowering

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Day 1: Cut to the Heart

Monday, May 24th, 2010