Martin Luther King JR, the well-known African American Baptist minister and civil rights leader, once said, ‘FAITH is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase’. Inspired by his Christian beliefs, he became the most visible leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. He took many ‘first steps’ throughout his life; he took them by FAITH, not knowing where they would end. By so doing, he glorified God and left an indelible mark on the history of this world.
When the apostle Peter first preached the gospel (good news) in Jerusalem that Jesus had died, risen from the dead and ascended back to heaven, there was an immediate positive response from many of the people. They turned to Peter and said, ‘WHAT SHALL WE DO?’ Acts chapter 2 verse 37 – in other words, ‘What is the first step that we must take?’ Peter’s response was clear: ‘Repent (turn to God), and let everyone of you be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission (forgiveness) of sins’, Acts chapter 2 verse 38. Three thousand men and women took the FIRST STEP OF FAITH on that day, Acts chapter 2 verse 41, even though they did not know what the future held for them. Have you?
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