We are spending Easter season exploring the books of Acts. Having our focus on the building blocks of new creation that we see throughout. New creation is highlighted in the Lord’s prayer – “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” In other words, the in-breaking of heaven into earth by the work of the Holy Spirit through people of faith. Phillip, in Acts 8:26-40, shows us what it looks like to be available to God for just such an in-breaking.
Apostolic impulse. (sermon video here)
Apostolic impulse is a building block God gives, and then uses, to spread the good news of salvation. When we say apostle, often we think of the 12 that Jesus invited, trained, and sent to continue his mission of making disciples. And we often follow up our thinking with “that’s for other people.” But, at the heart of an apostle is someone who is sent. And we can all be sent – across the room, street, or world.
The four parts of the apostolic impulse are: 1) listening for God, 2) responding in obedience, 3) meeting people where they are physically and spiritually, and 4) welcoming others into the fellowship.
All of these things you and I can do. For indeed, being sent is a gift from God not an evangelism training program.
Romans 10:14–15 (NRSV)
14 But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? 15 And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
Hello, beautiful people.
Messengers of the good news. Vessels of truth and grace. Midwives of new creation.