Evangelism is Cooperating With the Holy Spirit, Part 5 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #45)

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Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is 2 Corinthians 5:20 which reads: “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”

Our soul winning quote today is from D. L. Moody: “You’ve got to get people lost before you can get them saved.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 28 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism is cooperating with the Holy Spirit.

Jesus promised the enabling empowerment of the Holy Spirit. The last words a person says are often considered important. The last words of the most important person who ever lived, Jesus, are certainly considered to be some of the most significant words ever uttered. Interestingly they involve the promise of the Holy Spirit and evangelism. Acts 1:8 reads: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

The first evangelists relied on the power of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus promised to give His followers the power of the Holy Spirit as we share the gospel, He did more than say some nice-sounding words. He gave a promise that His followers relied upon and employed effectively.

For example, the first message ever given in the first church in history was the detailed proclamation of the gospel by the apostle Peter. As Peter and the others were controlled by the Holy Spirit , they boldly proclaimed the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus for our sins. The Holy Spirit so empowered Peter’s words that 3,000 were saved and baptized that day.

Later Peter and John were arrested for preaching Jesus. Instead of being intimidated into silence, they relied on the power of the Holy Spirit to aid them as they fearlessly proclaimed Christ. Their boldness stunned the authorities. Not sure what to do with them, the authorities threatened Peter and John, then let them go. The response of the apostles wasn’t to back off sharing their faith. No way. They did just the opposite. They cried out to God for more boldness to speak God’s Word. God’s answer came in the form of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 4:29-31 reads: And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”

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