There are 40 million Christians in USA today. Most of them are not about to give up their faith in Christ. But, already a good many of the 40 million have given up their passion for Christ. The greatest need for the church in US is to regain passion for Christ and for the mission He has given us. The future of our communities, nation and the world depends upon a passionate church on mission for Jesus.
Even the first circle of Jesus’ followers, the Apostles, lost their passion for Jesus. This is hard to imagine especially after they had been witness to the amazing things He did for 3 years. And, even though the night before Jesus’ death Peter said, “I am ready to die with you”, his passion failed. The passion of all the disciples failed as they scattered and ran into hiding for fear of being identified with Jesus. And these were the leaders who were supposed to take the message of Jesus to the world?
Then Jesus rose from the dead, and He spent over 40 days appearing to the disciples convincing them that He was alive, and had conquered sin and death. But, great as their passion was after seeing and spending 40 days with Risen Jesus, it was still not enough. This was an external experience of Jesus. Something had to happen inside them… and Jesus pointed them to the promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit who would baptize them with His very own passion for Jesus. This alone would be the sufficient passion to create an unstoppable church that would bring the impact of the kingdom of God into a broken world.
This promise of the Holy Spirit is for us too. You are invited to join us during the month of May for a series entitled IMPACT in which we as a community of Christ-followers seek to be filled with that very same passion of the Holy Spirit so that we can effectively make a difference in our very broken and hurting world.