Who was Patrick of Ireland?

Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit

St. Patrick was NOT a leprechaun, didn’t drink green beer or is it about a parade in Boston or New York.  He was born in the late 4th century ( maybe around 387 A.D.) or possibly in the early 5th century.  He received his eternal reward on March 17 in the latter part of the 5th century (maybe around 461 A.D.) – yes, he was a person!!  His impact on the Celts was so great that they became the greatest evangelists and missionaries to Western Europe in the 6th and 7th centuries.

Patrick was born as the Roman Empire was deteriorating and was English but was led to Ireland on a Christian mission.  In multiple ancient references, he was as passionate of an evangelist as you will find in the early Christian Church. He was called to Ireland in a dream similar to the Apostle Paul call to Macedonia, in the night vision a man came to him from Ireland with letters.  The Letters spoke to him in the dream to “please, holy man, come and walk among us.” Instantly, he awoke with a burning in his soul!!!

Missions & Ministry

Patrick did not get to Ireland until he was a middle-aged man! While in Ireland, Patrick turned the country upside down, although he was not canonized by his religion.  He overturned the pagan Druid “religion” and was a strong abolitionist as he was the first Christian there to speak strongly against slavery.  He also consecrated 350 bishops, erected 700 churches, ordained 5,000 priests, and water baptized 120,000 converts.  He created indigenous missions as we know it, in these missions he is credited with 33 supernational miracles and healings.

Teaching

His teachings reached the entire country of Ireland for Christ, which including teaching that you can pray, read, and confess yourself as a Christ follower and do not have to go to a priest.  He also taught an illustrated sermon about the Holy Spirit using the three-leaf clover symbolic of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Personal Life

Brother Patrick lost his wealth, kids, wife, land, and suffered with physical boils.

Call to Action

This St. Patricks Day let’s GO (Green means GO) be passionate about reaching your lost friends, discipling, and believing God to change your world.

“Turn in faith with all your heart to the Lord my God, because nothing is impossible to Him.  He may today send food across your way until you are full, because He has abundant resources everywhere.” -Patrick of Ireland

Further Resources:

The Confession of Patrick and his Letter to Coroticus.

How the Irish Saved Civilization By: Thomas Cahill.

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