Week Nine - Day Four
Where do I start in this Mission?Where do I start in this Mission?
Luke 24:44-49 - Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should su er and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the prom- ise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
Acts 2:33 - Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you your- selves are seeing and hearing.
John 16:8 - And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righ- teousness and judgment
“Go,” from the Great Commission in Matthew 28, is a command Jesus gives to all his disciples. Luke 24:47-48 says “that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are wit- nesses of these things.” From this section there are 3 main points to glean. First, the disciples were to tell people that repentance and forgiveness of sins was nec- essary. Second, the disciples were to begin this mission right where they were, in Jerusalem. Third, they could do this with conviction because they were witnesses of these things.
Jesus immediately follows these instructions by reassuring them that they won’t do this alone. He says, “I am sending the promise of my Father upon you.” What is this promise and why does it comfort and enable the disciples? The author, Luke, also wrote the book of Acts, which is like a part-two of his first book. Acts 2:33 reveals that “the promise” from the Father is the Holy Spirit! The Holy Spirit comes to live in every believer. The Holy Spirit is who will clothe them “with power from on high.” John also wrote about the Holy Spirit, saying, “And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8).
In our own power, we can’t convict or convince anyone of their need of salvation from Jesus. But, the Holy Spirit can. He is the Spirit of God that convicts and causes people to realize their need for Jesus. So if Jesus says every believer has the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and we “are are clothed with power from on high” then this is how God chooses to use us to accomplish his mission! He goes before us, works through us, and accomplishes the Great Commission!
- Do you believe that the Holy Spirit might convicting someone you know of sin, righteousness and judgement? What is that person's name? Begin to pray this week for the Holy Spirit to his work in them.
- Do you know how to begin a conversation about faith with someone?
- If the answer is yes, will you begin a conversations about faith today with someone in your path?
- Write down 3 ways you could begin a conversation about faith.
- If the answer is no, begin to research ways to share the gospel.
Dare2Share is an organization about sharing one's faith.
A good book on this subject is "God Space: Where Spiritual Conversations Happen Naturally" by Doug Pollock.
Another book with a concise approach is "Share Jesus without Fear" by William Faye.