The Holy Spirit. God’s Provision For Mission Today. Looking beyond the nuts and bolts. The Holy Spirit is the Executor of the Godhead………. When Jesus ascended after His death He left his last will and testament with His disciples...Matt 28 : 18-20.
Looking beyond the nuts and bolts.
*Mission shapes the Church
* Context shapes the Mission Mode.
For us to join with Jesus in His Mission.
The Mission Objectives being pursued
+ Conditions and demands of context
= Shape and Mode of Church
Couldn’t this apply to any human enterprise?
Are we Christians or Deists?
For the kingdom of God depends not on talk but on power.
1 Corinthians 4:20
Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”
Let’s take a closer look at the Twentieth Century
Bethel Bible College, Topeka, Kansas, USA
312 Asuza Street Mission, Los Angeles, USA, 1906
A First Wave of Pentecost for the 20th Century
Pandita Ramabai (1858-1920) a well educated woman born of an upper caste, had become a Christian in the latter part of the 19th c. An astute scholar, she was recognised by the Sanskrit scholars of Calcutta University who had conferred on her the distinguished titles of Sarawatti and Pandita. She mastered 7 languages and translated the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into Marathi, her mother tongue. She authored The high Caste Hindu Woman and A Life of Christ, as well as numerous tracts distributed throughout India. During a severe famine in her region of India she opened a home for girls and in this endeavour was totally dependent on God for provision, and prayer was her lifeline.
In January 1905 Ramabai began to speak about the need to seek God for revival. Before long, 550 people, mostly women and girls, were meeting twice daily, praying for revival and for the endowment of power. On June 30, Ramabai was teaching the girls from John 8 when suddenly the Holy Spirit fell as in the Book of Acts. Everyone in the room began to weep and pray aloud. The revival had begun.
Ramabai suspended regular school activities, giving the Holy Spirit free reign in their midst. At the outset, confession of sin and repentance dominated, but then came glad singing, wonderful praise and joy-filled dancing. Some experienced visions and supernatural dreams. Many experienced baptism in the Holy Spirit accompanied by speaking in tongues.
By the third generation after Bethel and Asuza Street, and many other places the place of Pentecost had become confused.
Spiritual Treasure in Clay Pots?
Most outpourings are accompanied by unusual signs that result in abnormal behaviour according to the status quo of the middle and upper classes.
To participate in these outpourings is humbling for the middle and upper classes.
The power of God manifested in the outpourings meets the needs (especially healing) of the poor.
Pentecostal outpourings are more appealing to the poor than the other classes.
Humility of heart leading to obedience is the goal of the Spirit’s work.Personal comment from research into outpourings of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit moved through the existing Churches.
ALL OF THEM.
Episcopalians - Anglicans
Pope John Paul II speaking about the Charismatic Renewal Movement.
Is it too early to say?
Will the Urban poor be impacted this time?
There will be more !
Re-check the mission maths centuries?
The Mission Objectives Being Pursued
+ Conditions and Demands of Context
= Shape and Mode of Church
+ Holy Spirit’s Empowerment
= Fruitfulness as Jesus intended.
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