The Church in Action

In one of the commetaries that our teaching team has been using through the study of Acts is by Peter Williams' Acts: Curch on the Move. He offers this very important insight.

 

"In the Christian life we have to guard against the temptation to give way to a victim mentality and always expect God to remove the crisis facing us. Sometimes, we must do what the apostles did and see a problem or a difficulty as a challenge to faith and a need for Holy Spirit boldness. James opens his letter with these words: "My brethren count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing" (James 1:2-4)...We too must believe that God hears our prayers, however he may choose to answer them, since that in itself renews our confidence, along with reading of the scriptures to continue in the work of the gospel" (Williams, pg. 48, 2004).