Holy Island & Aidan | Episode 3 | Lineage


In the seventh century, Iona was a well-equipped university. It was making a huge impact
both here in the British Isles and further afield. England as a country did not exist then;
it was split into different regions or areas. And the local king, King Oswald of Northumbria,
sent a message to Iona requesting that a missionary be sent here. Aidan, who had been trained in Iona,
was sent down here, and when he arrived he requested of the King if he could set up his training school
here on the island of Lindisfarne. [music] Lindisfarne lies 235 miles from Iona, which if traveled by foot, would take over a week. It is also known as the ‘Holy Island’, though it’s not completely isolated from the mainland. It’s a tidal island, approximately 1,000 acres,
three miles long, and 1.5 miles wide. And twice a day, when the tide comes in,
the island is isolated. There is something about the solitude
and isolation of being on an island that these early missionaries seemed to value. A place to come aside, rest, study,
and be equipped for mission service. [music] Aidan was well-balanced in character. He was strong in religious fervor. He was very industrious,
and it was said that he was never idle. In him was that living flame which burned so strong in many of the missionaries
that were sent out by Patrick and Columba. He was deeply concerned for the poor, and spent much of his life
in an effort of ransoming slaves. You see, he had a very practical faith. [music] He did for England
what Columba had done for Scotland. In establishing the training center here, the fields were used to give work
to support the students. They also established other training centers
in places like Melrose and Whitby. Aidan was succeeded by Finan, and he established a training center in Tilbury in Essex and was instrumental in evangelizing central England. Finan was succeeded by Colman, and in 30 years these three men
did a powerful work here in England and paganism was swept away
and replaced by New Testament religion. These great men were not monks
as we would understand today, but missionaries, maintaining the faith that they had learned on Iona. In Truth Triumphant page 127, it reads, ‘It is no exaggeration to say that,
with the exception of Kent and Sussex, the whole English race received the foundation of their faith from Celtic missionaries.’ You see, in thirty years these men
took the gospel to the country of England and almost three-quarters
was won by their missionary work. They did this in an age where they had no internet, no TV,
no modern forms of communication that we have. Today God has placed us
in different parts of this country, in different parts of the world. And He’s given to us His word, He’s given to us the message that he wants to be taken
to every nation, tongue and people. May we be faithful in our local churches and in the communities that our churches are placed in, that we would take the message
and share it with those who have not heard, that Jesus can come soon.

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