Empowered to Evangelize
The work of the Spirit is perhaps the most important theme in the book of Acts. Luke makes sure to remind readers that the Spirit is the one moving in the life of the Church and outside the Church to set the stage for Jesus to be proclaimed as Lord and Messiah. In Acts 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, all throughout Paul’s trials and even his shipwreck in chapter 28, the Spirit does signs and wonders through the believers to set the stage for Gospel proclamation. It is so central to the Gospel that Paul makes a point to contrast it with Greek and Jewish techniques of persuasion: “My message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power”. 1 Corinthians 2:4 NASB
Last month in our high school small groups we learned how the Spirit worked through the Cane Ridge Revival to jump start our church movement, the Restoration Movement. Lots of amazing things happened at this communion service over 200 years ago, but the most amazing thing is that thousands of people felt the Spirit move and became Christians! The area we live in used to be a haunt for outlaws and outcasts, but after the fires of the Second Great Awakening moved through this area, we proudly proclaim ourselves to be the buckle of the Bible Belt. The Spirit empowered the Church in an amazing way, changing an entire region!
This is my prayer for schools today, that the Spirit would move in a powerful way to change the hearts and minds of students there for Jesus. I know many people look at schools, and the students in them, as a dark and distant hope, but that is what was said about central Kentucky 200 years ago, before the Spirit empowered the Church. Let’s pray everyday for another movement!