If there is anything that is needed today, it is preachers, pastors, and teachers who have power in the messages they present. This was very evident in the Early Church. To start with, Jesus promised; “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8). Notice these following references that prove the Holy Spirit was working through the Apostles.
“And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all” (4:33).
“And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people” (6:8).
“[Apollos] powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus” (18:28).
This all began on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came. There was nothing the Apostles did to earn such a gift except to obediently “wait” (1:4) and “devote themselves to prayer” (1:14). Then they received the gift of the Holy Spirit (2:1) and His convicting power in them resulted in open repentance. Thousands were added to the Church.
As never before, we need the Holy Spirit to lay hold of the Church and rekindle a dependence on Him for the work we must finish.
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