To Be God’s Witness to the End of the World
By Pastor Rachel
Acts of the Apostles, or simply Acts, is the second book written by Luke after the Gospel of Luke and tells of the birth of the Christian church.
The opening paragraphs of Acts turns our eyes back to Jesus’ words and deeds during his earthly ministry and points out what he is doing now—the expansion of God’s kingdom to the ends of the earth.
1. Jesus is the foundation of our faith
It begins by briefly touching on how Jesus showed himself to the apostles and gave convincing proofs that he was alive. For us, it assures us that we have an unshakable foundation of our faith—Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.
2. Follow God’s plan, not yours.
After this, the apostles asked Jesus whether he was going to restore the kingdom to Israel at that time because they have been waiting painstakingly for it. This was their plan.
But Jesus replied, “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.” What they didn’t understand back then was that the kingdom Jesus is setting up is a kingdom reigning over hearts of those who trusted in God. Instead of giving a date, Jesus commissioned them to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth and promised them that they would receive the power of the Spirit in doing this. Now This was Jesus’ plan.
3. Join the mission. Share the gospel. Be His witness.
After giving the commission, Jesus was taken up before the apostles and they looked intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two angels asked them, “Why are you looking into the sky?” It reminded them that they were focusing only on the things above on and forgetting their mission on earth. The angles then basically said to them, “He will come back! Now go share the gospel!” The promise of the Holy Spirit and the promise of Jesus’ return equipped the apostles to carry their mission—to be God’s witnesses to the ends of the earth.
It is also our mission. Our vision at the English Fellowship is to save one more soul for Christ. Let us be His witnesses to the ends of the earth by the power of the Spirit and do it in the hope that Jesus will come back. May God continue to pour His Holy Spirit unto us and empower us as we continue His work on earth.