Dr. Daniel Strait – “The Cornerstone”

December 17, 2013

“This Jesus is ‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, it has become the cornerstone.’” – Acts 4:11

We can perform all kinds of Christian service.  We can read the Bible, attend church, care about creation, feed the poor, heal the sick, shelter the homeless, and perform many other Christian acts of obedience, kindness, and mercy. Yet it is sometimes easy, ironically enough, to forget what lies at the heart of Christian mission.

In Acts 4, when Peter and John are taken before the rulers, elders, scribes, and high priests assembled in Jerusalem, they are questioned about their mission.  Not in his own strength, but filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter replies, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, who God raised from the dead. This Jesus is ‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, it has become the cornerstone.’”

Christian mission often runs the risk of being so entangled with other commitments that its primary focus can blur.  The apostle proclaims here, with the clarity only God supplies, that Christian mission, above all, is witness to the resurrection life of Jesus Christ.

CORNERSTONE:  Mission

- Dr. Daniel Strait, Professor of English

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