Patmos 14 commissioned
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition…thus you will recognize them by their fruits” (Acts 14:13-14, Matthew 7:20 ESV).
The day after graduation, Patmos 14 boarded on planes and buckled their seatbelts. In all the truest ways, that day marked not the finish line but the starting. Throughout the term, they heard it repeatedly: “The real Patmos begins when you leave this place.” If Patmos means “my killing,” then leaving the “walls” of Patmos means carrying the mantle of Galatians 2:20: I have been crucified with Christ.
Patmos 14 has returned to their families, their schools, their jobs. They have returned to “civilian” lifestyles but they are no longer civilians. They have spent time with Jesus, and their fruit will reveal their roots. As the dust settles, pray with us that they will receive Paul’s exhortation to Timothy:
“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in the suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.”
(2 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV)