Core Ideas of the Gospel of Jesus Christ


Preparing to teach from Acts 2 in recent months, I caught a glimpse of Pentecost I had never seen before.  It suddenly dawned on me that the Apostles and other disciples of Christ were not only shocked and confused by the crucifixion; even after the resurrection they were still dazed and listless.  Nobody walked away from the empty tomb saying, “This is great!  Now let’s go win the world for Jesus!”

In spite of the fact that Christ’s original disciples were fully convinced of his amazing victory over death, they still had not a clue what to do until the Holy Spirit came!  On the day of Pentecost, they were suddenly transformed from “leaderless” to fearless!  It wasn’t what they knew: they had known about the resurrection for days.  It was what they suddenly had: the power of the Holy Spirit.

The point of Acts 2: anybody can do evangelism.  You don’t have to be a great theologian or a great communicator.  You don’t even have to know what you’re doing.  (On Pentecost, none of those instantly empowered people really knew what they were doing!)  To influence others for Christ you simply need a mouth that works, and the Holy Spirit in the temple.  If you have a functional mouth and a resident Holy Spirit, you have everthing you need to see lives change.

Pray for your friends who are lost- daily.  Ask God for boldness, and for the filling of His Spirit.  Then follow Jesus until he stops alongside some lost friend or acquaintance.

And lift up the Cross!


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