Reflections on TFB's July 20, 2008 Sunday sermon.

Yesterday, Pastor Jay, teaching in 1 Samuel 14, challenged us to act as heroes. He reminded us, via Acts 1:8, that we as followers of Jesus are equipped to act.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Written before the giving of the Holy Spirit at Shavuot, this passage promises to the gathered disciples what we now experience as reality: the Holy Spirit provides us with the ability to act (see the definition of dunamis, here translated "power"). There is no valid excuse for lack of action, for we are equipped. Further, we have insight into the way things are and how we ought to respond (John 16:13). The things that hinder us, that keep us silent and immobile, are shadows under which we foolishly cower.

We know who we are and whose we are. Let us act.

"Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the LORD will work for us, for nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few."

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