11th August 2016
Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to witness effectively to Jesus?
The coming of the Spirit on Jesus' followers on the day of Pentecost propelled them into witness. When the Spirit came they began praising God in languages they had never learned, and a large crowd gathered to see what all the commotion was. Peter explained the message about Jesus with great effectiveness and 3,000 were added to their group that very day.
Jesus tells the disciples in Acts 1: 'You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses...' These words have continued to inspire the spread of the Gospel throughout history, even in the face of fierce persecution. Jesus' message to us hasn't changed: through the power of God's Holy Spirit we will have what it takes to be an effective witness to Him in our world today.
Firstly he calls us to PRAY. Alone, yes, but also together. On the day of Pentecost the disciples were 'together in one place'. God's power is at work when we pray together with unity of heart and purpose. I cannot forget praying with others in the early years of my time at King's every Wednesday at 6.30am, for God to open people's hearts to the Gospel. At the time, we were seeing two or three people come to Christ each year. On one occasion we had a picture of God opening up a 'fountain of salvation' in our community, with hundreds coming to Christ. Over the last 20 years, hundreds of people of all ages and backgrounds have come to Christ at King's. I am so grateful to God for what He has done, but also challenged to keep praying, because there is much more He wants to do!
Secondly Jesus invites us to ASK GOD FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT'S HELP (Luke 11:9-13). Do you ever get the feeling God is waiting to be asked? The truth is we instinctively blunder on without drawing on the incredible resources God has for us.
Finally, we need to be ready to ACT when the opportunity arises, just as Peter did on the day of Pentecost. He rose to the challenge to explain the message about Jesus, even though Jesus had only recently been crucified for that very same message.
We all have the unique message about Jesus to share, a message of life, love, forgiveness and hope. Each of us has our own unique story to tell of God at work in our lives. In addition to this we all have a completely unique set of relationships and opportunities to share that story. Jesus' encouragement to us all is that He has given us what we need to do this, and to do it effectively. Let's pray, ask for the help of the Holy Spirit and act on the opportunities God has given us.
Annie Twort leads Alpha at King's and oversees New Life, a group for new Christians. She is married to Dickie and they have three grown-up children.
Steve Tibbert will be back in September.
Posted by Annie Twort
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.