The Birth of the Church

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."  —Acts 1:8

This passage in Acts records the final words spoken by our Lord prior to his ascension. Imagine that you are one of the disciples or a follower of Christ. How would you have felt as He left this world with the charge for carrying on the work He began? Overwhelmed, frightened, confused, unworthy? Maybe all of these and more. But the good news is we are not alone. Not only do we have our fellow believers but, more importantly, we have the Holy Spirit who indwells us and will give us all we need to fulfill our Lord's command

There are three things we must understand and incorporate to have a successful testimony, and they are spelled out in verse 8.

The first is power. This is not human power or will power; this is divine power given to us by the Holy Spirit who indwells us. Notice Christ said, "You will receive power."  It is not optional or desirable, but mandatory.

The second is purpose. Once we have His power we must be determined to use it for Christ's glory. "You will be my witnesses" Christ tells us in this verse. It is not for our own gratification but for the insight of those who do not yet know Christ.

The third is a plan. Nothing ever is accomplished without a plan. We are to start where we are and with those whom we know best, then spread out to those who are acquaintances, and ultimately seek out those we do not know.

How is the Holy Spirit prompting you to reflect Jesus in your life, and to serve God as His child? Scripture reminds us that "the fields are ripe for harvest!"

What's Next?

  • Read through the book of Acts, chapter 1.
  • Listen to the audio message available on SoundCloud.
  • Join us next Sunday at Antelope Springs Church at 9 or 10:45 a.m.

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