One of the most popular questions I'm asked is "How's the church?", and sometimes I'm not sure how to answer. To hear why this is the case and to see how we should think about this, we looked at Acts 9:19b-31 this week.
In the sermon, I put quotes from a few historical figures on the screen. Since I didn't read those quotes directly, here they are:
- In 107, Ignatius said, "I am writing to all the churches, and I give commandment for myself to all, that I die willingly on behalf of God, unless you prevent it. I beg you not to show an ill-timed good will towards me. Allow me to become the food of wild beasts through whom it is possible for me to attain to God."
- In 155, Polycarp said, "For eighty-six years I have served Christ, and he has done me no wrong; how can I blaspheme my King who saved me?"
- In 203, Perpetua said, "Now my sufferings are only mine. But when I face the beasts there will be another who will live in me, and will suffer for me since I shall be suffering for him."
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