Welcome to the final installment of this 4 part series on the tangible presence of God, highlighting some of the different ways we can especially encounter Him. We’ve already looked at the presence of God in worship, through prophecy, and in healing, and in this video we explore how evangelism is most effective when the lost directly meet with Jesus.
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:4-5, “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.”
Elsewhere in Romans 15:18-19, he says, “I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done – by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.”
Paul defined his message as not being primarily about his (admittedly incredibly rich) wisdom and teaching, but instead he wanted his effectiveness to be assessed by demonstrations of the Spirit’s power. Likewise, he thought that the Gospel is only fully proclaimed when the power of signs and wonders is present.
We see these principles illustrated in Acts, as repeatedly evangelism was closely tied to the power of the Spirit and the tangible presence of God.
All this is because the number 1 thing that marks followers of Jesus as different from the lost is that we have God’s presence with us. And thus this tangible presence should be front and center in our evangelism.
In this video we outline the 3 ways that we can share the presence of Jesus with others by:
- Praying for them
- Speaking truth and life
- Serving them
As we look for those opportunities, it might be scary to begin with, but ultimately it is an amazing journey to be on!
Once you’ve watched the video, please feel free to share with others – and let us know below what questions or insights you have!
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