Monday, September 10, 2018
Acts 2:46-47: And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Billy Graham was a follower of Jesus. God worked salvation through him. Decade after decade this man of God continued to bring the message of Jesus to the world. Thousands of people came to hear him speak. He spoke with the power and grace of God. Thousands over those decades came to believe in Jesus' saving grace.
For all the success that God brought to the Kingdom of God through Billy Graham, even his ministry could not keep up with the Apostles. The reason why was, the Apostles were amongst the people of the community, DAILY. Every day, God sent the Apostles out amongst the people. Every day, God blessed the community with salvation through the Apostles. Every day people were being added to the Kingdom of God.
The Church: (AKA, you and I)
The question then becomes, Can the growth of the Church that was under the Apostles, be duplicated in the United States? It is being duplicated in Asia and Africa. Why not here?
The answer is simple. IT CAN BE DONE HERE simply by being "Jesus with skin on" where we work, live, and have our being. When you are, at the very least, well respected as a Christian man or woman, when your life and words show and share Jesus' forgiveness and life, then it can be done. Let go of your concerns and let the Holy Spirit work through you. It is that simple.
So let us see what God will do through us as we Love One Another.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.