Selwyn continues to meditate on Stephen’s sermon to the Sanhedrin and reinforces his view that – ‘Before these men were given any responsibility in the Church they had to go through the stage of just being converts, rejoicing in their salvation, fellowshipping with other believers, and sitting at the feet of the apostles in order to understand more fully God’s purpose for their lives.’
He asks the question, when referring to the placing of ‘young’ Christians into front-line activity too early in their spiritual life, as follows: ‘Don’t they understand what they are doing? They are robbing them of the joy of slow spiritual growth.’ Do you agree with this view?
The recommended Further Study has some really great verses – I had a real sense of joy when I read them – the following (Colossians 1: 3-6)Â is simply beautiful:
“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints – the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.”
And, close to two thousand years later, this same gospel is still bearing fruit – all over the world – remarkable, when you think about it – don’t you agree?