Words from the Heart for Wednesday July 8th, 2020
But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Acts 8:12 (NIV)
Proclaiming the Good News
In a 2019 Globe and Mail survey, Québécois were discovered to be the happiest of Canadians. While 67% of all Canadians consider themselves very happy, that percentage is even higher in Quebec, at 74%. Québécois are also more likely to report having a sense of purpose: 67% compared to 62% in Canada overall. in 2017, 94% of the population 12 and over in Quebec reported that they were either satisfied or very satisfied with life, compared to the national average of 92.9%.
There is inherent within the preaching of the Gospel the power to transform lives. When the Gospel is presented, the Holy Spirit awakens the soul that has been dead in transgressions and sin. The book of Acts gives us an example of this through the preaching of Philip. Acts 8:12 says “But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” In this case, Philip is in Samaria. The Holy Spirit is at work through him and people are being set free from the demonic. But the real change comes as Philip preaches the Gospel – the preaching of Jesus’ death on the cross and the need to repent and place their faith and trust in Christ. The signs and wonders that were common in Philip’s ministry were not his central message. They were a blessing to those who were set free, and they caught the attention of the people, so that when Philip began to proclaim the Gospel, the people listened. The heart of ministry is always the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
These have been words from the heart.