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God's Rescue Plan Involves You

Have you ever lost one of your kids? We were at Universal Studios California shopping in the city market when Anita and noticed Elizabeth was gone! We tried calling the other people we were with but nothing.  We tried shouting her name...nothing.  We were about to contact authorities but there she was holding hands with a friend that was with us.  WHEW!! 

When children go missing, parents go into search and rescue mode.  And that's what God has done for us.  There's not a square foot on this earth that doesn't have His embedded footprints.  He began searching for them the moment Adam and Eve made a choice and lost their way.  Since the He has been on a rescue mission to get us back. He sent His Son to "seek and save what was lost" (Luke 19:10).

Today He sends His church, each of us.  In Acts 1:8 we find His search and rescue plan: "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

Jesus sent the disciples into the middle of Jerusalem and told them to wait. While they were waiting a crowd gathered for Pentecost. Some estimate Jerusalem swelled to over one million people during this time. The Holy Spirit came on them, Peter preached, and the church grew from 120 to over 3,000 that day. 

It didn't stop there. "They devoted themselves to the "apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." (Acts 2:42). That first church in Jerusalem grounded its people in the Word, in deep community, to sharing meals and sharing Christ, and to most importantly prayer. They had to because the task at hand was too big for them to accomplish on their own. They needed each other. Mostly they needed the power of the Holy Spirit.

That hasn't changed, has it? We still have the same commission to be witnesses for Jesus in our Jerusalem's and in our world. We are still called to the Word, to love each other, to share life, and to prayer. And we are still searching for those who have lost their way. 

We are still searching and will continue because God still has children who are missing. Keep praying for your Jerusalem and for the power of the Holy Spirit to guide you to reach those who are lost.

Looking forward to tackling chapter 29 together!

Pastor Tim Asbill Jr.
Lead Pastor