The command to evangelize the world was given 2,000 years ago. The population of the world was much smaller than today. When we look at the world of more than 6 billion people we are tempted to equate our limitations with the command of Christ to the church and ask, “How shall this be?”
By Kenneth F Haney
Acts 17:6 describes the distinct reputation of the early Church: “. . . These that have turned the world upside down me come hither also.” The FIRE within them could not be entertained. It leaped with fresh anointing from their hearts to the hearts of everyone with whom they came in contact.
Paul was a prime example of someone who became a laming FIRE of evangelism after his encounter with Jesus. Everyone he met felt the FIRE of his passion and love for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Even Felix the governor felt the FIRE! And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, ” . . . Go thy for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee” (Acts 24:25).
Paul lived very much in the Spirit! While stranded on the sand of Melita, and gathering wood for a fire, a serpent mimed itself on his hand, biting him. Paul threw the serpent and continued his work as though nothing happened. The people waited for Paul to become swollen or die. When he did not, they assumed he was divine. Paul used this opportunity to preach Jesus to them and began to do miracles in their midst s.: that the whole island was stirred.
Healings, wonders, miracles, anointed utterance, these were hallmarks of the Pentecostal FIRE in the early church Paul’s testimony was so convincing that when a prisoner, the guards were changed every four hours to prevent him from converting them. As he once breathed out threatenings before his conversion, he now breathed out the FIRE of the hot breath of the Holy Ghost that filled him.
OUR MISSION – OUR MESSAGE
- We have a message for the whole world. Acts 2:3 8; John 3:5; John 3:16
- We have an experience to share with the world.
- We have been commissioned, given a task to evangelize, baptize, and teach the world.
The Church is to teach all the things that Jesus taught in the Gospels, but the force and power to make this possible is a baptism of the Holy Ghost and FIRE! The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the departed Jesus. John 14:26 states, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
The same Spirit that was in Jesus is in us. John 14:20: “At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” The FIRE is the power to witness and the power to affect those with whom we come in contact even as Christ men and women during His earthly ministry. Filled with His Spirit we have the power of the Comforter of John 14:16. We continue through the Holy Ghost to follow His example and do exactly as Jesus did on earth according to Acts We are the anointed ones!