As a church, we recognise that throughout biblical history that children of believers are to be recognised as part of the people of God and therefore the sign of the covenant (baptism) is to be given not just to believers but also to children of believers.
‘Do all the good you can by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.’ (John Wesley)
We need to pray for the power and presence of God by his Spirit, if our witnessing to Jesus is to be effective. Be encouraged! As we speak to family members and colleagues and neighbours, we are not on our own! And once again notice the pattern, when we are filled with the Spirit, what happens? We tell other people about Jesus.
Jesus’ name means ‘God saves’ and his offer is given to the whole world. That includes you. God will welcome you if you humbly admit your sin and ask for forgiveness. What have you done with this offer?
Do you want to be part of God’s new and restored world? Then you must repent and believe in Jesus so that your sins may be wiped out and that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. (See Acts 3:19)
What can we offer people as a church? We can help to feed the hungry and befriend the lonely. But the main thing we have to offer people is Jesus himself. As we pray for the lost, we ought to be pleading with God to perform spiritual miracles in people’s lives, for God’s glory alone.
God uses fallible humans to establish contacts with those outside the church. It’s not always easy but if we each take on board what it means to be a learning church, a loving church and a worshipping and praying church, then it will become a little less hard.
When we repent and are baptised in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off.
Imagine that each of us began to earnestly pray to know more of the Spirit’s power in our lives. This will only happen as we ask God for it, and as we prayerfully study the Bible. Are we doing that? Then imagine the impact the Holy Spirit will have on us all, from the shyest to the most extrovert. In different ways, with different people, we’ll begin to talk to people about Jesus more than we ever have before.
Is your heart troubled today? What a truth this is to help us to keep perspective – Jesus is getting everything ready for us to spend eternity with him in Heaven. Let’s think about the ascended and reigning King Jesus more than we sometimes do!