April 6, 2013

The Book of Acts tells the story of the first-century church and how its humble beginnings gained a foothold in a godless world to become a community of believers spread all across that world. This amazing growth did not happen overnight and not without significant obstacles.

Persecution, natural disasters, famine and the godless influences of the Roman Empire threatened the church from without. Yet, the most formidable obstacle to confront the early followers of Jesus came from within. Racial and cultural prejudice could have destroyed the growth and influence of the early church. These first century followers of Jesus had to find a way to overcome the animosity and division between Jew and Gentile.

Acts 2:22-28

God put an end to the agony of death by raising Jesus from the dead. Death is the only experience in this life we must face alone. But Jesus’ resurrection conquered death and means that is no longer the case. Jesus triumphed over death and because of him we have hope beyond this life.