Remember the Spirit



Key Bible Verse: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Dig Deeper: Acts 1:1-8

It is not mere adherence to discipleship tactics that leads to disciple-making fruit. It is the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. In fact, in his brilliant book Pentecost and Missions, Harry Boer points out that the apostles and the early church were evidently not motivated by duty to obey the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. Rather, they were propelled in mission by the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost and the continual filling of the Spirit among the believing Jews and Gentiles. Our hope is not in our obedience to the Great Commission but in the empowerment and saving power of God through the Holy Spirit.

We have absolutely no chance of fulfilling the Great Commission without the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. We often forget that a mere gospel presentation does not lead to someone following Jesus. People are dead in sin. Who among us has the power to tell a dead man to get up and walk? Indeed, it is arrogance on a cosmic scale to try to make disciples without actively engaging the Holy Spirit in relationship.

– Joey Shaw in All Authority

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