It was the persecution of the first apostles that forced them out of Jerusalem and into “Judea, Samaria, and the rest of the world” as Jesus had told them they would do. In this last of our five podcasts on the book of Acts, Bishop Reed talks to Marjorie George about the mission of the church as found in Acts, which remains the mission for us today.
“They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts” (Acts 2:46 NIV). Listen as the Rev. Mike Besson talks about what the Kingdom of God means to him. Mike is the Archdeacon of the diocese, and we welcome him to our Acts podcast series.
In the third podcast of our five-part series on the book of Acts, Bishop David Reed talks to Dr. Marthe Curry, Director of the Department of World Mission for the Diocese of West Texas. As the apostles did in Acts, the work of our diocesan mission teams is to tell the story of Jesus through the experience of the local culture. “Jesus really is making himself known around the world,” says Curry. “Our job is find where Jesus is already there and to work with local cultures, with indigenous people, in a way that makes the story of Jesus real and relevant to them.”
How does everyone explain a life-changing event? We say, “It was like this . . .” For Luke, the author of Acts, the day of Pentecost was like a rushing wind and flames of fire. But not just for a particular people at a particular time and place, adds Bishop David Reed, in the second installment of our five-part audio series on the book of Acts.”The coming of the Holy Spirit,” says Reed, “revealed that the Good News of the Kingdom is global and is for all.”