Power to Save
“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” (Acts 2:41 NIV)
There are many things God wants us as Christians to do, but the main thing he wants us to do is to preach gospel and see people saved. The hardest thing to do in the natural, however, is to get people who are dead in their trespasses and sins to come alive and receive the message of the Bible. Yes, it’s hard if we’re relying on our cleverness or gimmicks to share the gospel; if we’re lifting up our own name or the name of our church or denomination instead of sharing the gospel; if we’re diluting the gospel by adding to or taking away from the message to make it more user-friendly or culturally relevant. The apostle Paul exclaimed, however, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation… [emphasis added]” (Romans 1:16 KJV). If we share the precious and simple message of the good news of Jesus Christ, it has power to save! The Holy Spirit will come as we lift up the name of Jesus and his gospel, for the Holy Spirit was sent to glorify Christ.
Look at the messages preached by Peter and Paul in the book of Acts. They all point to Jesus, and we see the result in the following words written by Paul to the church of the Thessalonians: “…our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction” (1 Thessalonians 1:5).
Yes, we need Bible study; yes, we need praise and worship; but the Lord gave us a mission. Why would he give us that commission if it were impossible to fulfill? Let’s share the simple truth of the good news of Jesus: that God so loved this world that he sent his only Son to die on a cross for your sins and mine, that he rose from the dead as the first-born among many brethren, and if we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ we will not perish in our sins but have eternal life. It says in the book of Acts that “when the people heard this message, they were cut to the heart and said, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’” (Acts 2:37). Let’s be encouraged to share that simple message today. It has power to save!
Read Acts 2:22-41.