In Acts 7:9-36 (click here to read or listen), Stephen shows his mastery of Old Testament history and his audience. He is standing before the Sanhedrin accused of speaking against the Law of Moses and the temple. As he begins his defense, he recounts Old Testament history to get his adversaries “leaning in,” agreeing that what he said was true.
Persecution was about to scatter the Church. But God raised up what the Church needed: Individuals who knew God’s Word and could apply that Word to their culture.
COVID-19 is scattering the Church right now. The need is the same. That’s why I am praying for you as you join me in our Journey to the Empty Tomb, this pattern of daily Bible reading (Reading plan is attached).Through your time spent in the Word, your knowledge will grow and also your ability to apply that Word to the people in your area of influence.
The Old Testament lesson for today (click to read Deuteronomy 13-15) also reveals what the Church needs now:
- Individuals who know the Word and can recognize false teachers (Deuteronomy 13).
- Individuals who are clearly different from the world around them (Deuteronomy 14). In the Old Testament, the kosher food laws set the Israelites apart. What sets you apart from the world around you so that people ask you “for the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15).
- Individuals who show their faith by their generosity (Deuteronomy 15).
Holy Spirit, breathe life into each of us that the Church might be “what the world needs now.” Amen.