Monday, April 20, 2015

Acts 4:5-12 Peter’s Testimony before the Sanhedrin

KEY VERSE: Acts 4:8-10 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well."

KEY THOT: It is when Christians openly proclaim the Gospel that they are filled with the Spirit.

The infilling of the Holy Spirit is given as God’s power to testify about Christ. It’s only when a church is constantly testifying about Christ to unbelievers (becoming witnesses) that the Spirit continually fills the church. Worship and Word ministry that is Spirit-filled must be missional to attract the Spirit’s spontaneous infilling and empowering.

If a church wants to be a Spirit-filled community, its ministry focus must always be missional. Every ministry must support the frontline operations in spiritual warfare to rescue Satan’s captives out of darkness into the light of Christ’s kingdom. That is, evangelism must be the reason for worship, word, communion, prayer or fellowship. Like the NT church in Acts 2:42-43, 47, “they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And AWE CAME UPON EVERY SOUL, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles…And the Lord ADDED TO THEIR NUMBER DAY BY DAY those who were being saved.”

So, as an individual Christian, I must commit myself to regular evangelism as a first priority ministry so that the Holy Spirit's infilling may overflow to my ministries within the church and my work outside the church in the marketplace and in the region.

Father, thank You that You have given us Your Spirit to empower us as witnesses that will proclaim Jesus before the world. Deliver us from self-centred ministry so that we might become gospel-centred in all our ministries. Amen.

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