Over the years that my passion and ministry has been serving the Lord, I watched churches and denominations spend huge amounts of time and money on developing a successful approach to missions. From outside consultants to ‘out-of-the-box’ programs, the sum that has been spent is staggering just over the past one hundred years! Still there are hundreds of unreached people groups.
We need not look anywhere else than our Bibles. Not only did Jesus train the disciples how to evangelize, but as soon as the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, the Apostles and those with them in the Church were equipped and knew exactly what to do. There was no missions committee formed to plan missions or a church growth campaign, or outreach programs.
· Peter was filled with the Spirit and preached the gospel, “so those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41).
· When Peter and John were harassed by the religious authorities and told not to preach in the name of Jesus, they insisted that “we must obey God rather than men” (5:29).
I can guarantee that any effort to reach the lost will have a minimal impact if the Holy Spirit is not the driving force behind evangelism and mission. I trust you are in total agreement with His method.
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