Pastor Dawn concludes her series on Acts this week. I hope you have taken the time to read through Acts as we have journeyed quickly through this action-packed book detailing the formation and work of the early church.
As I get to the end of the book, I find that I have more questions than answers. Luke doesn’t wrap everything up nice and neat. He simply leaves Paul under house arrest preaching the good news of Jesus the Christ. What happened to Paul is the biggest of my questions. How did he die? What happened to those who traveled with Paul – Timothy, John Mark, and the others we read about?
As I have thought about my questions, one answer that comes to me is that Luke never intended to finish this writing in the way we might want. Luke may have intended that the story would go on and on with each new group of disciples writing the next chapter. I must confess that this thinking did not originate with me; others have come to the same conclusion.
If this is true, then we are writing the most recent chapter of Acts with our ministry. Is our story as exciting as those we read about in the chapters that we have been reading? Are we as focused as Paul and the others were in telling others the good news?
Here at Main Street United Methodist Church, I think our chapter is exciting as we come out of the restrictions that Covid has had us under. There is new ministry to children. Our Blessing Box is reaching people in need. Our online ministry is reaching people who we would not otherwise have contact with. The future holds the promise of even more new ministry. We are writing a new chapter of Acts. Are you part of that story? If not, join with us as we continue this journey.
Holy God, thank you for those who have preceded us. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of the continuing journey. Amen.
Always, to God be the glory!