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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
(Part 110)

COMMISSIONED TO PREACH THE GOSPEL – 13


May 15, 2019
Today’s reading: Acts 12:24-13:5


In the commission to preach the gospel, all Christians are to become evangelizers, and some Christians are to become missionaries. Missionaries are those sent off to foreign lands, though mission could also be done to places within a particular nation, or even to towns and parishes in a particular territorial area. Thus as missionaries, Barnabas and Saul “proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues.” (v.13:5a).

Who sends off missionaries? It is both the Holy Spirit and the Christian community. Barnabas and Saul were “sent forth by the holy Spirit” (v.13:4a) but also by the church, as leaders “laid hands on them and sent them off.” (v.13:3b). The Holy Spirit speaks to God’s people as they are docile while “worshiping the Lord and fasting” (v.13:2a). The Spirit speaks through prophets, as “there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers” (v.13:1a).

What are important learnings for us here, especially for us as an evangelistic and missionary community?

First, the Holy Spirit is the agent of evangelization. Apart from the guidance and power of the Spirit, we would not be able to accomplish what God intends. Unfortunately, in the Church today, the Holy Spirit is the unknown or unappreciated Person of the Trinity. Further, the methodology for the New Evangelization, derived from the Pentecost experience of God’s people, is not lived out. So unless we appreciate these, evangelization in our Church will continue to be weak. We must know the Holy Spirit and His methods, be docile to His ways, and go forth in His power.

Second, the Holy Spirit gives gifts to the Christian community in order to provide what is needed for the work of evangelization and mission. Thus there are, among others, prophets and teachers. But the spiritual gifts (not the traditional seven gifts of the Spirit but rather the charismatic gifts) imparted by the Spirit are today not appreciated much in the Church. When was the last time someone spoke in tongues in a Church assembly? Where do we hear prophets speak? But if the Holy Spirit speaks to God’s people through prophets, but prophecy is not appreciated nor encouraged, then how do the people hear the guidance of the Spirit, in particular for mission?

Third, we must be a holy people, as we pray, worship, and fast as appropriate. The work given to us is divine work, the very work of God, the very reason for the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. We must be docile to the Holy Spirit. Holiness and docility enable us to hear the Spirit of God speak to us, as the Spirit said to the church in Jerusalem, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (v.13:2b).

And the result? It is that “the word of God continued to spread and grow.” (v.12:24).

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