Today Todd spoke on Acts 11: 19-30. The message was clear and honest: The message of Jesus spread. I wonder what it must have been like to hear the message of Jesus and the Church during that time. Today, we have so much information and knowledge (or what we consider to be knowledge) that we almost conclude that we understand everything. I am convinced though that we have so much to learn from one another regarding the Gospel of Jesus and the movement of what we have come to know as the Church movement. In that respect, I think the message of Acts 11 is a message we have already stated before – what are we doing with the Gospel of Jesus and how is it affecting us as believers in Christ? If we are unable to determine that question with a viable answer, perhaps we need to consider the truth of the Gospel and its message all over again. This is what I get from this passage.
This is also the first time when “the followers of The Way” were apparently called “Christians.” To us, it might not seem like a big deal but it was not a term of endearment. It was used as a derogatory term like people would say “Jew.” Once again, I wonder how that affected the people to spread the word even more.
In closing, I think we have it way too easy here in the US. I believe we need to struggle a little bit in order to understand the intensity of the Gospel and how important it is for us as a community of believers. Without some form of struggle, we take the message for granted. I am not suggesting that we need to experience a situation much like China. I am only saying that we need to reexamine how much we care and pass on the message we say we care so much about.