WHERE’S THE CHURCH? Called to Power

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In our last lesson article, we saw that the Church is call to the harvest. Jesus said to pray for laborers to go and, as we go, we are to do the same work as Jesus did and even greater works (John14:12). So how can we minister like Jesus? We need the same power that operated in and through Jesus. The Church is call to power.

When Jesus was baptized in the river Jordan, the Holy Spirit came upon Him to minister to people in need. Jesus attributed His work to the poser of the Holy Spirit working through Him

(Matthew 12:28; Luke 4:1,18). As Jesus ministered to people’s needs, He realized the need to train others to do the same work. Therefore he choose 12 men to be in the Jesus School of Ministry, teaching and showing them the way to discern need and bring healing to all people. He gave them power (the authority, right to act, ability, privilege, capacity, delegated authority) to do the same work as He was doing.

Further more laborers were needed to do the work. In Luke 10:1-19 Jesus gave to 70 men “authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt them” (Luke 10:19).

But what about now? Are we as the Church to operate only in our own power? Was the Holy Spirit power only for the development of the first Church and not for us now? Jesus has given us the same assignment as He did with the 12 and the 70 (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-18). Therefore we need the same power. As the first Church received (Acts 1:8; 2:1-4), so are we to receive. We cannot be the Church without the Holy Spirit operating in and through us like Jesus.

The Church is called to be filled and continually filled with with power (Ephesians 5:18). Then and only then will people come to a complete surrender and commitment to Jesus, the Head of the Church!

Frank

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