It’s been a joy for Terrie and I to get to spend some time together and with Larry and Ashley and Ashley’s family these past days. Not only has it been an opportunity to pull apart for fellowship and reflection after Matthew’s wedding, but we’ve been learning about God’s work around the world and studying the history of our Christian faith.
We sent a video greeting (above) to our Lancaster Baptist Church family from the city of Athens. It was in this city that Paul’s heart was stirred when he saw the “city wholly given to idolatry” (Acts 17:16). He stood on Mars’ hill and urged the Athenians to turn from idolatry to Christ. Although Paul’s message was, for the most part, rejected by the philosophers of his day, Paul himself did not compromise or conform to the pagan culture. Because of his faithfulness to preach the Gospel, churches were established throughout the known world.
I believe that if we will likewise faithfully spread the seed of the Gospel, even when it is rejected, a harvest will come. I’m thankful for churches all around the world that are proclaiming the truth of the resurrected Christ.