Moving Forward in Faith
“I am standing before Caesar’s tribunal, where I ought to be tried...if none of those things is true of which these men accuse me, no one can hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar” (Acts 25:10-12)
Paul had been warned. The prophet Agabus cautioned that if he went to Jerusalem, Paul would be delivered “into the hands of the Gentiles”. Alarmed, Paul’s friends begged him not to go, but he would not be dissuaded: “I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 21:7-14).
As prophesied, in Jerusalem Paul was handed over to the Romans. Then he found himself back in Caesarea, where he faced a series of Roman rulers and had another opportunity to return to Jerusalem. But Paul had a sense of God’s calling. He had learned to follow the Lord’s leading rather than assume the next step in his journey. This meant continuing to move forward in faith. The Apostle knew that the Jewish authorities wanted him to return to Jerusalem, where they would have more opportunities against him. However, Paul knew that God was calling him onward, going to Jerusalem meant going backward.
As Paul went forward, he would face many unknowns and dangers. But, trusting God, this also provided more opportunities to witness. In fact, by appealing to Caesar, Paul was opening new doors for the Gospel that would enable him to reach more people, even Roman authorities.
God calls us onward. We may revisit places from our past, just as Paul revisited Caesarea. But He also calls us to embrace His plans and move forward, trusting Him each step of the way. So don't keep yourself in the past but embrace the future and the unknown. He wants us to look at our lives not just as an adventure, but also as a constant series of opportunities to serve Him and learn new things. Today, make sure you are moving forward to accomplish His purposes.
As a church family, we have started to move forward in faith. It has been wonderful to see what the Lord has done during the summer. We have finished strongly with a BBQ and outreach on the beach. Thank you to all who made possible such a special time together, especially to Richard and Bruce. Well done, brothers.
It has been a joy to interact with our children and learn where they are in their faith. On Sunday, the children ministries will be back during our Sunday Service. I want to share this great article below, to help parents and grandparents to teach the kids to love God and build godly confidence. Please, click this link, I can assure you will never regret it. https://vibrantchristianliving.com/teaching-kids-to-love-god/
Let me also encourage you to sign up for a Home Group. If you are not yet in one, please let me know and we will find a place for you. This is a great way to move forward in faith, as Simon reminded us during his sermon on Sunday.
I am looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, and don't forget to invite a friend to come along and worship with you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Bishop Josep Rossello, CCE Minister