Big Hill Bible Studies
31 July 2018 Entry
Here is something to think about. Yesterday I asked you to think about what you based a lot of your relationship with the Lord on. With that in mind, lets go to Acts 1:8 and read it. ". . . but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." (NASB)
The question this verse prompts (at least to me) is "Where do we get our power in the church today?" Christ told the apostles they would receive their power when the Holy Spirit would come to them. These men in the early days of the church had no seminary training, they had no church experience or church history other than the Old Testament and no model or mentors to consult for strategy in growing their church. These were ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. But they had the Lord and His promised Holy Spirit. That was more than adequate for them, and should be for us today as well - don't you think?
The challenge for you to consider today consists of a series of questions
1. Do we take our power from the Holy Spirit?
2. What is the "power" we are to receive?
3. How do we receive it and when do we know we have it?
4. What are we witnessing to others and how far are we willing to go?
There is a lot of talk about revival. Many think revival involves outside speakers and special services focused on growing congregational numbers within the church. In light of this passage and its impact, consider the church in Jerusalem in Acts did not hold a revival. The people heard the Word of God proclaimed by the Holy Spirit through the apostle Peter. A well known, outside speaker did not impress them with their words. God moved men to proclaim His Word and the people heard Him. They were convicted by the Holy Spirit and responded. They acted on the message.
Is it possible we are expecting the wrong things? Acts 2 tells us that 3,000 people came to the Lord at Pentecost. There was not a lot of public service announcements, radio and TV advertising, or facebook promotion. The power of the Holy Spirit was at work within the apostles and spoke through Peter and the other apostles (2:4). I also note during studying that there is no record of growth strategies or numbers. Acts 2 even records that "the Lord added to the church." (2:47). I believe we are to focus on the Lord and be obedient to Him. We are to be His disciples. We are to use the power provided by Him through the Holy Spirit to proclaim the same message the apostles shared with those 3,000 at Pentecost. We are to study to show ourselves adequately prepared to speak in season and out of season. When we seek first the kingdom and proclaim the Lord, He will provide all we need to be obedient to Him. Are we ready to take God at His Word and begin the needed revival within our own hearts, allowing Him to work in us and through us? Bottom line - are we ready for the change He is willing to produce in us? What do you think?