Bible Time Period: The Church
The Church carries on your work in the world: Make me a faithful ambassador of your love.
Congratulations! You have reached the final day of this 90-day reading challenge. These final chapters of Acts see Paul passing on the courage he received from Christ to others during a storm. They tell how he is taken to Rome, where he remains for two years under house arrest but freely preaching the kingdom of God.
According to Tradition, both Peter and Paul were martyred in Rome during Nero’s persecution of the Christians c. 64 AD. It is said that St. Paul was beheaded and that St. Peter was crucified (with his head downward, at his own request). Their deaths did not bring an end to the church, but in some way spurred it on. Truly, “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church” (Tertullian).
Key Verse to Remember from the Period of the Church
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Sama’ria and to the end of the earth” (Ac 1:8).
While this completes the final narrative book of our Bible Timeline, it by no means closes the period of The Church. The story that began with a rupture in God’s family has found its solution in God’s Son. How is that story continuing in your life?
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