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February 18th, 2010

Fully presenting the Gospel

Fully Presenting the Gospel

They were convinced by the power of miraculous signs and wonders and by the power of God’s Spirit. In this way, I have fully presented the Good News of Christ from Jerusalem all the way to Illyricum. – (Romans 15:19)

We claim to preach it. We want to live in light of its message. We are commissioned to share it.

Getting the gospel right is vital to the Christian faith. Calling something “the gospel” that is most definitely not the gospel could be devastating. Saying something is not “the gospel” that is in fact part of the gospel could likewise be detrimental to our faith.

We should not be satisfied in either the kingdom camp or the atonement camp. Perhaps we can all be happy campers if we join with others in proclaiming a “both-and” gospel instead of an “either-or.”

The proclamation of Jesus was empowered by the miracles and signs that accompanied the message (Heb. 2:3-4).

Acts shows this happening, first among Jews and then through Paul among non-Jews. Paul’s message was accompanied by the same kinds of miracles and signs as accompanied the message of Peter and the other apostles. This demonstrated that the message to the Gentiles was every bit as authoritative as the message to the Jews. This is important for two reasons:

First, the message itself was validated; and second, those who received this message and became followers of Jesus were validated.

The Holy Spirit is the source of the message, the power behind the message, and the power validating the message by works of power. The Holy Spirit ensures the validity of the message we declare and the acceptance of all peoples who respond to it.

Prayer : O God, I recognize that you are the glorious Father who every person on earth needs to know. I thank you for the power of the Holy Spirit in the message of Jesus. I thank you for the power of the Holy Spirit resting on those who declare this message and uniting people from all over the world through this message. And I pray that you continue to work with power through the Holy Spirit to validate this message and bring conviction in the lives of those who need to respond to it. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

February 16th, 2010

Proclaim the Gospel of Jesus not simply with words

Jesus Painting in Church

Our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. – (1 Thessalonians 1:5)

When the gospel of Jesus is proclaimed, much more is happening than just the declaration in words of God’s grace in Jesus. Not only did the Holy Spirit inspire the truth of God’s message in Jesus we find in the Scriptures, but the Spirit is also at work in the proclamation of that message today.

The Holy Spirit is at work in this proclamation bringing conviction of sin (John 16:7-11), capturing the hearts of people in the story of Jesus (1 Cor. 2:1-5), and opening people’s minds to understand God more fully (Eph. 1:17-20). Think of times when the message of Jesus was powerfully proclaimed and you felt moved in powerful ways.

Too often we think of this as the result of a great speaker. But Paul admitted that he wasn’t a great speaker and reminded folks that the power of the message he proclaimed was rooted in the source of that message (the Holy Spirit) and the Savior that message proclaimed.

Let’s never forget the Holy Spirit power behind the message of Jesus.

Prayer : Forgive me, dear God, for the times that I have underestimated the power of the message of Jesus to transform human hearts. Forgive me for not praying for those who proclaim this message. Forgive me for not praying to have that message work powerfully in my heart. Open my eyes to see the Holy Spirit’s power at work in the declaration of the message of Jesus and bless those who proclaim it with your power and blessing. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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