Sunday’s launch of our new Extraordinary Impact series was incredible. From our worship gatherings to all of our ministries and small groups talking about what it looks like to be a group of Ordinary people making an extraordinary impact for Jesus, the Spirit was and continues to be present in our midst.
At the beginning, middle, and end of the day, it’s all about Jesus! The first-century church grasped this reality. Empowered and emboldened by the Spirit, Peter declared, “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). This reality was their fuel. It formed who they were. Their focus was Jesus.
Can you imagine how exciting it must have been for the first-century church to see over 8,000 people give their lives to Jesus? That’s an extraordinary impact. Peter’s bold declaration of Jesus as the only source of salvation was at the core of the first-century church. Those first followers of Jesus had “seen and heard” the message of God’s unconditional love through Jesus. Many of them listened to Jesus teach about the kingdom of God. Many of them saw Him nailed to the cross. Many of them walked by that empty tomb in absolute astonishment. As the Holy Spirit filled them with the truth of Jesus’ lordship and saving power, they were emboldened to share this message with their world.
My prayer for you and for Northshore is this:
Lord Jesus, fill us with the power and courage of the Holy Spirit. Cause us to believe and trust in Your lordship and saving power so deeply that we will long to live out Your love and share Your grace with our world. Inspire us to give every part of our lives to Your mission and for Your glory. Jesus—our Lord, Master, King, and Savior—thank You for loving us so extravagantly. Thank You for rescuing us from sin and death on this side and the other side of eternity. Thank You for inviting us to join You in Your mission of restoring and re-creating this world. In Your awesome name, Amen!
How will Jesus use you to make an extraordinary impact in your world for Him?