“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” Acts 4:12
There was nothing holding them back… They’d seen too much and experienced what living with Jesus in their lives was truly like. Peter and John would never again deny the transforming power of God as they stood before the religious leaders who accused them of healing a man crippled from birth at the temple gates. Thousands would have seen the miracle man jumping and leaping and praising God as he was set free from the prison of immobility. There was no turning back. Their courage and boldness and the presence of the Holy Spirit within them was too much for the proud religious leaders who could not contain the explosive growth of this new 'Jesus movement’ throughout the known world of that time.
Today that same Jesus movement is still growing across the planet and it was great to see churches celebrating Pentecost Sunday in many nations. We had the privilege of being part of a gathering of every denomination of church in the Hervey Bay region last Sunday. The Baptist Church was packed to capacity. Reports from school chaplains, Scripture teachers and people whose lives have been transformed by the Gospel made for an inspiring night of unity and vision. As we sang the classic anthem ‘Great Southland of the Holy Spirit’ the entire crowd stood and many came forward to rededicate themselves to the Lord and to their ongoing desire for the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
Thank you to the combined churches of Hervey Bay and to our good friends at Bayside Church for the invitation to be there for Pentecost Sunday.
In just over a week we begin our tour of the Queensland Coast all the way to Cairns and back. Thanks for your prayers and support as we get back on the road and into action!!!