But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
In Acts 1:8 Jesus gave His disciples a final exhortation before He ascended up into Heaven. This divine challenge is often referred to as the Great Commission and is seen as a continuation of Matthew 28:18-20. Unfortunately, though, the grammatical construction of the verse does not lend itself to being a command. Jesus is not directing His disciples to do something. Rather, He is describing what will happen when they are filled with the Holy Spirit. Thus, Acts 1:8 is not a command. It is a conclusion!
The Holy Spirit inspires and empowers believers to be living witnesses of Jesus Christ. Notice that such a calling begins in their local community. This verse is often used in reference to global missions, but the reality is that this empowerment begins at home. In other words, our community should be different because we are different.
With that truth in mind, come and join us this Saturday as we demonstrate the love of Jesus to our community. No matter what your talents or passions are, there is something for everyone to do (cut grass, pray for families, serve hot dogs, meet our neighbors, etc.) Every member of HCC can be involved. Let’s be living witnesses of Jesus’ love and the power of the Holy Spirit. See you Saturday!