Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. – Acts 11:25-26
The church was growing. Gentiles had joined the movement and the Holy Spirit continued to stir people to become followers of Jesus. Paul was a major player. He had been converted through an amazing experience, and had turned from killer of Christians to becoming one of them. He taught in the temple and brought people to faith in Jesus.
But not in this season of his life. Here Saul meets with the church. For a year. One year. Just to teach the church. That is pretty sobering.
I sometimes wonder if we are getting it done at exchange. So much is going well. So much more needs to be done. It is a little overwhelming sometimes. There is this responsibility to teach people. We baptize several people. Sometimes I feel like we pat them on the back, give them a life journal, and say “welcome.”
Saul and Barnabas spent an entire year with these people, teaching them the new way of life. Certainly we need to take responsibility for ourselves through scripture study and daily devotions (Life Journaling), but I wonder if God would have us do more.
God, more than anything I want to be part of a healthy group of followers. In everything that needs done, please continue to allow me to hear the things of your heart, the things that you would have done. If we needs some deeper teaching in the lives of new followers, may you raise that up.
[tags]devotions, teaching, life journaling, Acts, learning[/tags]