This week in chapel, Dr. Kenneth Reid continued the theme of An Appropriate Example: A Call to Action by sharing the powerful stories of the martyrs of the early church. Hebrews 11:35-40 reminds us that there were followers of Christ who had not yet seen the victory and who had suffered great persecution because of their faith. Martyrs were committed to proclaiming the witness of Jesus Christ despite false accusations of others.

Dr. Reid expounded upon the martyrdom of Polycarp, one of the apostolic fathers, and Perpetua and Felicity, two women who refused to deny their faith. These martyrs are an appropriate example because they loved Christ more than their own life even unto death.

Listen to the full sermon below.


Dr. Kenneth Reid, assistant professor of systematic and historical theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Systematic Theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His research interests include atonement theology, the Trinity, pneumatology, hermeneutics and biblical justice and racial reconciliation.

Outside the classroom, Dr. Reid enjoys keeping his chess game sharp, reading theology and history, watching documentaries and cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs and all Atlanta-based teams (i.e., Falcons, Hawks and Braves).