The scripture for today, November 21, is Acts 11:21 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“The Lord’s hand was with them, in and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.”
What had just happened? Some Christians in Phoenicia (today’s Lebanon), Cyprus (the Mediterranean Island) and Cyrene (in today’s Lybia), went to Antioch in Northern Syria near the southern border of today’s Turkey. There they established a congregation.
This little congregation ended up being the home congregation of Paul and Barnabas for many years. It started small; we don’t know the size it grew to. Regardless of the size, it had foresight and eventually did great things.
Perhaps you live in a town full of churches, but you’ve compared them with the New Testament, and none of them follows that pattern. Perhaps you have even given up going to church because of this problem. What is stopping you from beginning a little congregation after the New Testament pattern in your home?
New Testament churches were simple ~ not elaborate like those mega-churches out there. And those simple churches have always been dynamic in their simplicity. Who knows but that your new little congregation will some day produce a Paul or a Barnabas….
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