Volume 5 No 3
We cannot be Christians in isolation!
As we go about our lives we should share the Gospel (the good news of Christ) with others. This was the commission that Jesus gave to his disciples and all those who followed after them.
It’s quite a responsibility!
What if you don’t accurately explain what Christ has done for us through his life, death and resurrection?
What if the person asks you a question that you cannot answer?
Like I did, do you at times feel ill equipped to take on such an important and sometimes daunting responsibility?
When Christ gave his disciples this great commission, he also told them to wait in Jerusalem until they received the Gift of the Holy Spirit, and only then to go out (Matthew 28, Acts 1). In this often overlooked fact is a very important lesson for us all; we are not called on some human mission, but are invited to participate in Christ’s ministry, and empowered to do so through the Holy Spirit.
God understands our human limitations and knows that we need help. Acts 1:8 says “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
This is a really exciting time of year where, as Christians, we get to celebrate Pentecost, the dramatic birth of the New Testament Church. On that day almost 2000 years ago, the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples, allowing them to speak in tongues (not just vain babbling, but a miracle which allowed people from different nations to all understand what was being preached). It was an important lesson for us all - God showed in a very dramatic way that the preaching of the Gospel message would not be inhibited by our human limitations. God had not left them (or us!) without help, but empowered us through his Spirit.
As we communicate and fellowship with God through prayer, study and meditation, we draw closer to him and become more in tune with the prompting of the Holy Spirit and his guidance.
It is our sincere hope and prayer that through the pages of this issue of Face to Face you are led into an ever deepening relationship with the Father, through the Son by the indwelling and guidance of the Holy Spirit, so that you too can participate in his amazing ministry.