The Amazing Story of Saint Patrick
1 Corinthians 1:26-27
March 12, 2006
This coming Thursday is Saint Patrick's Day--a day celebrated with parades, shamrocks and everything green. It is said that Saint Patrick used the three-leafed clover to explain the Trinity. He often used it in his sermons to show how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity. Today Patrick is known as the Patron Saint of Ireland.
It may interest you to know that Saint Patrick was not Irish but English, and that he was neither Catholic, nor Protestant; he was simply a Christian.
Patrick was kidnapped as a 16 year-old boy in England, and carried away to Ireland, where he served as a slave for six years.1 Ireland was a place shrouded in darkness. Warlords and druids ruled the land. It was here, however, during his extreme suffering, that Patrick came to know the Lord Jesus Christ.
In a miraculous escape, Patrick returned to England. When he was about 40 years of age, God spoke to him in a dream and told him to return to Ireland and preach the gospel. And so, Saint Patrick became a missionary to the people of Ireland. With little education and formal training, he was still determined to follow God's leading, and because he did, the Lord would use him in a way few others have been used.
By his death in 461, Saint Patrick had founded over 300 churches and had baptized 120,000 believers. It has been said that he is one of the few figures in recorded history who was directly responsible for the complete conversion of an entire nation.2
Isn't that an amazing story...how God, through a slave trader, brought young Patrick to Ireland and there through his suffering, brought him to his knees? It is even a more amazing story that the Lord used this uneducated and unlearned man to carry the message of hope to the regions beyond. Once again the Scriptures remind us, God hath chosen the foolish things of the world ...
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