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2 Timothy4:6-7 As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
It is nonetheless appropriate to celebrate their lives and work together: between the two of them, they were the architects of the church at its beginning. Their discernment of the activity of the Spirit led to an understanding that Jesus was the Messiah not just for the Jews but for the whole world.
Each one also reflects how even those who have rejected Christ, out of cowardice in Peter’s case and zeal for a particular understanding of religious teaching in Paul’s, can become powerful vessels of holiness and growers of the household of God. Peter and Paul built a foundation of the church strong enough that when the time of their departure came, a new generation was prepared to keep the faith that has been handed down to us to this day.
MOVING FORWARD: How can you help secure the foundation of the church?