So, embarking into the book of Acts on Sunday part of the sermon looked at the response of the disciples to Jesus promise of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
They asked “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
The disciples had an understanding of what the power of the Gospel would achieve.
Jesus pointed out their expectation was not wrong, just too limited.
The Spirit empowered fruit of Gospel witness would extend to all the worth.
There was time when some Australian Presbyterian churches would think about outreach and confine themselves to folk with Scottish accents or heritages.
Or families who identified with the denomination, but didn’t attend.
(Legend might have it that some churches might have questioned why people from outside that national background would be interested in worshipping in a Presbyterian church.)
Nothing wrong with that, but it’s too small a vision.
Everyone, everywhere needs to hear about Jesus.
Locally, nationally, and internationally.
We reach out to people from the nationality that gave rise to our church tradition.
But the Holy Spirit means our vision expands beyond them to every other on earth.

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