Centrifugal Force

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” [1]

This outline denotes Luke’s literary structure and purpose. Christianity is not a sect of Judaism, but a worldwide movement of the one true God fulfilling His OT promises to restore rebellious mankind to fellowship with Himself.   This worldwide mandate told believers to go into all the world, not wait for the world to come to them.

However, we must take care that we are being a witness right where God calls us before we move out into all the world.  I remember when my wife and I were applying to be missionaries overseas, the missions committee wanted to be sure that we were being witnesses here before they would approve us to go overseas.  That was a very biblical idea they were promoting and it proved to be very effective for our 12 years in Germany.

This is also the pattern that the book of Acts follows from start to finish. It was a good pattern then, and a good pattern now.  The success of the church then was the result of them following this pattern and I am confident that the church today will still enjoy the same success if we follow the same pattern.

This next week we will move on to the exciting story in Acts chapter two, where we will examine the results of the obedience of the disciples waiting to be endued with power on high to pull off this mission to the ends of the earth.  We will also examine and compare our experience today with their experience then and ask the question: “Is This That?”

So, in closing, let us ask ourselves if we are following the mandate and going out to the world, or are we waiting for the world to come to us?  Let’s follow the Biblical pattern.  Let’s do this!

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ac 1:8). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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