As believers in Jesus Christ, we strive to make a difference in the world and impact our society positively. We embark on various ministries and have good intentions such as sharing the gospel, feeding the poor, and loving our communities. However, amidst all these noble tasks, we sometimes forget the crucial element needed for effective and fruitful ministry – the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Before ascending to heaven, Jesus Christ commanded His disciples not to begin the work of evangelizing the world until they were clothed with power from on high. In today’s preaching, Reverend Julio is set to bring to our attention the significance of the Holy Spirit in ministry, drawing inspiration from the notable encounter between Peter, John, and a lame beggar in Acts 3:1-9. As believers, let us recognize the Holy Spirit’s indispensability in our ministry and seek His empowerment in all we do.
Apart From The Holy Spirit We Can Do Nothing
The Passage: Acts 3:1-9
3 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.[a] 2 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. 3 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. 4 And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” 5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” 7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God,