THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2014
WHAT WE PROCLAIM
Today’s reading: Acts 10:34-38
We are empowered to witness. “We are witnesses of all
that he did” (Acts 10:39a). What is the essence of the
witness we are called to? We proclaim the good news of Jesus
Christ. We evangelize.
we proclaim “Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all”
(v.36b). We want people to meet Christ, and to live Christ
by letting him reign as Lord of their lives.
we proclaim the word that God sends to His people, that of
peace. “You know the word that he sent to the Israelites
as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ” (v.36a).
People are looking for peace but cannot find it. But the Prince
of Peace has already come. It is only in Jesus that we can
be in right relationships with all.
we proclaim the good that Jesus did and does. “He went
about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil”
(v.38b). Jesus brings salvation and liberation.
we proclaim that anyone who turns to God and mends his ways
is accepted into the Kingdom. “Rather, in every nation
whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.”
(v.35). We help bring people to repentance and faith in Jesus.
They are restored as children of God.
we proclaim that Jesus came for all. In truth, I see that
God shows no partiality.” (v.34b). The good news of
salvation in Jesus is for all. The work started in Jerusalem,
then expanded to Judea and Samaria, then to the ends of the
In doing such proclamation, we are empowered to witness. We
go in the very power of God, for this is His work. Thus “God
anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the holy Spirit and power.”
(v.38a). In the same way, God anoints us with the Holy Spirit
and power. We then proclaim “what has happened all over
Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached”
(v.37), till we reach the very ends of the earth.