May 3: Name
Scripture Lesson: Acts 11:22-26
Today is the birthday of Cincinnati Reds pitcher David Dewitt
Bailey. He is better known by his nickname “Homer,” after his great
grandfather. “Homer” is an interesting nickname for a pitcher. At the time of
this writing, Homer had given up 49 homers in 418 innings.
In today’s Scripture lesson, we are seeing a leadership shift from the
Jerusalem church to the church at Antioch. The church at Antioch was very
mission minded, reaching out to others with the Gospel. This is the church that
sent out Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey. The last verse of
our passage today provides an interesting fact: Antioch was the first place the
disciples were called “Christians.” The word literally means “little Christ.”
That is what we are called to be as Christians, mirror images of our Lord and
Savior. The name Christian is more than who we are; it is a lifestyle! We are
to live our lives as Christians as Jesus would live His life daily. What a
challenge: to live like Jesus every day!
our responsibilities to be called Christians?
we live like Jesus?
being a true Christian draw others to Jesus?
When we are called “Christians,”
we have a great responsibility to live up to the name!
Posted on Tue, May 3, 2016
by David Daly