‘The Gathering’ is for all students and young adults and happens every first Sunday at Ebe Church Building, 6pm.
Last Sunday we continued to talk about a passage of the Bible that is commonly referred as the Great Commission. (Matthew 28.16-20)
As Christians we believe that we are saved through faith in Jesus, and though we are saved through faith alone, we are not called to be only believers. "Christian" means follower of Christ and therefore as Christians we must follow Jesus' teachings. Here Jesus commands us to make disciples and to teach them to follow his teachings and commands as well. We are also aware that everything we do must be done out of love (1 Corinthians 16:14), that if we don't have love we are nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2).
We talked about this mission that Jesus entrusts us with and looked again at a quote from 'Living Mission' by Miriam Swaffield and Rich Wilson "Our mission and witness come from valuing people as God values them and a conviction that life with Jesus is a better life. It has to be motivated by love more than duty. As a missional community considerable space needs to be created to think about, plan and pray for our witness. Praying for our friends, prioritising time with them and being accountable in our witness is all part of that. Our witness requires us to live see-through lives in a way that is authentic and at the same time provokes curiosity.”
Together we watched an extract from the DVD "The Holy Spirit and Outreach" (Philip Jinadu) and took time to respond in groups to what was said.
The first part was about the impact of the Holy Spirit on us, and how it should be translated with more passion, more boldness and more wisdom and we questioned where we are lacking and where we are strong.
The second part was about the impact of the Holy Spirit in our world.
In Act 1:8 Jesus says: "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
It was explained in the video that in this verse the word ‘power’ comes from the Greek ‘dunamis’ which gave the word dynamite and how the impact of this power should be in word, works and wonders. In groups we discussed how the Holy Spirit is working through us in our lives and how we can encourage each other.
Here is a quote from the missionary Amy Carmichael "Holy Spirit, think through me till your ideas become my ideas." The Holy Spirit reveals the spirit or God in us in the same way that what are called "signs" points to the reality of Jesus. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is ongoing, it is not a one off, but we see it moving in us and around us in different ways, through our words, works and wonders.
Are we continually passionate, bold and wise? Are we motivated by love? When and how is God using us more?