Acts 11:26b – For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians. (ESV)

American Emeritus Professor David Kolb published his reflective learning cycle theory in 1984. The theory explains the four stages of human reflection and learning. These stages are concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract conceptualisation, and active experimentation. The concrete experience is the main event that happened, the reflective observation is the process of thinking about the event, the abstract conceptualisation is the stage of learning through the event, and the last is the stage of planning and trying out what we have learnt.

This learning cycle is applicable to our journey of faith. The first stage refers to our physical experience and the knowledge of God. We must cautiously examine our salvation and daily actions to improve our performance at work, with family, and in spiritual matters. When all these things are done, we can be confident in activating the final stage by practising what we have learnt.

In today’s Bible reading, the only reason the disciples were first called Christians was that they experienced Christ, noted His teachings, learnt from them, and lived like Him by mentoring others. Beloved, walking with God and developing our relationship with Him and human beings involves taking these steps in learning. I encourage you to try out these simple practical steps, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, you will become a better Christian.


Hymn: More About Jesus—Eliza E. Hewitt (1887)

1. Any chain placed on my brain and head, break!

2. Holy Spirit, open my intellectual capacity to learn and improve myself in my career and relationship with God.


1. Father, help me to develop my talents and capacity for maximum productivity.

2. I shall not leave this world unfulfilled. My great story must be heard.

3. Lay your hands on your head and prophesy all you desire!


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