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Friends in Christ Weekly Message
May 3, 2014

     That’s when Peter stood up and, backed by the other eleven, spoke out with bold urgency:

     For David himself did not ascend to heaven, but he did say,
    God said to my Master, “Sit at my right hand
    Until I make your enemies a stool for resting your feet.”
“All Israel, then, know this: There’s no longer room for doubt - God made him Master and Messiah, this Jesus whom you killed on a cross.”

     Cut to the quick, those who were there listening asked Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers! Brothers! So now what do we do?”

     Peter said, “Change your life. Turn to God and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is targeted to you and your children, but also to all who are far away - whomever, in fact, our Master God invites.”

     He went on in this vein for a long time, urging them over and over, “Get out while you can; get out of this sick and stupid culture!”

     That day about three thousand took him at his word, were baptized and were signed up. They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers.

Acts 2:14a, 36-42 (Message*)

Peter “spoke out with bold urgency.” Do we do so? If we had this sense of bold urgency, would we be more effective in spreading the Good News?

Are we clear that the call is much more than to intellectually assent to Jesus being the Christ, but to actually change our lives in order to truly follow Christ, and show an alternative to “this sick and stupid culture?”

If we more fully changed our lives in obedience to Christ, might that result in people being attracted to this different way of life?

Bill Samuel

* The Message version ©2002 by Eugene H. Peterson.

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