Wednesday, 12th Week after Pentecost

Updated: Aug 27, 2020

Text: Acts 3:12-26

Prayer Pointers:

To not be afraid of persecution

To be confident in God’s sovereign care

For Christians under threat and their tormentors

THE THEOLOGIAN TERTULLIAN famously wrote “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church,” and it is hard to argue with him as you read through the pages of Acts. The extraordinary events surrounding Jesus must be told but being a witness—which is what the word martyr means—oftentimes brings the witness into conflict with those who do not want to know that Jesus is Lord.

This speech by Peter highlights the tension within Acts between witness and persecution. Acts portrays the spreading of the message about Jesus as an almost irresistible force: the Holy Spirit blows where it will, and like a mighty flood, it changes the spiritual terrain forever. Opposition and persecution spring up in response both from authorities and from neighbors. Acts shows the truth of Tertullian’s statement: hostility and abuse from others becomes catalysts for growth. The disciples themselves grow in faith as they experience God’s care in the midst of persecution; others are gathered by the Spirit as they hear the witnesses’ testimony.

With Peter and John as our guide, let us never be dismayed at suffering for the name of Jesus Christ. We are witnesses, the same as they were long ago. Under the care of our Lord, suffering becomes both a way for us to clarify and strengthen what we believe and how we will live, and our testimony serves as seed that multiplies among our neighbors, to God’s glory.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.