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Acts 1:8 Weekend

Our sixth annual “Acts 1:8 Weekend” occurs at Ingleside next Friday night through Sunday morning, November 8-10.  Get more details and register to participate here.

Our missions conference takes its name from the verse of Scripture where Jesus said to his disciples:

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, ESV)

Notice three insights that emerge from a careful reading of this verse.  First, the mission requires more than our own ingenuity and effort.  The Holy Spirit, who indwells every believer, empowers this mission.  So, to be yielded to, filled with, in step with the Spirit is essential.

Second, the heart of the mission involves our “witness.”  Whatever else we do, we must go with the gospel on our lips.  The gospel is a message.  It is good news about what God has done to save all who repent, believe, and confess Jesus Christ as Lord.  The gospel is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believers” (Romans 1:16, ESV).  Going to do good works is laudable, but it is not genuine Christian missions.  “Witnesses” always go with the gospel.

Third, the mission Jesus has given us is multi-dimensional.  It has local, regional, national, and international dimensions.  Of course from a historical vantage point, the gospel did actually spread from Jerusalem (locally), to Judea and Samaria (regionally), and to the end of the earth (internationally).

At Ingleside, we continue to be committed to every dimension of an Acts 1:8 missions strategy.  We are committed to mobilizing our members to go with the gospel here in Macon, across our region, throughout our country, and to the ends of the earth.  As we do, we are confident that God will call people from “every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9, NIV) to become followers of Jesus Christ.  The result:  great glory to God!

Make a plan today to be part of our Acts 1:8 Weekend.  And, as you participate, ask the Lord to show you what next steps of obedience should be for you personally.  Every believer is to be involved in some significant way:  praying, giving, or going.

I’m grateful to be part of a church where “going with the gospel” is a core part of our identity and purpose.  I look forward to seeing you at our Acts 1:8 Weekend!