The Spirit-filled Christian and the Gospel (7 Jun 2020)

In June and July 2020, we begin our sermon series on different aspects of the Spirit-filled life.

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
The person who is not born of the Spirit is spiritually dead – dead in trespasses and sins (Eph 5:1,5).

A genuine Christian is born of the Spirit. He is made alive together with Christ by God’s grace. He is saved by his faith in Jesus Christ. He grows from faith to faith. It is abnormal for a Christian not to be filled with the Spirit.

The Spirit-filled Christian is empowered with love, compassion and boldness to share the Gospel. During Covid-19, he cleanses himself spiritually and polished his sword, which is the Word of God.

The Gospel can be shared via social media. After sharing the Gospel, pray that God’s will work through the Gospel. And be thankful that you have once believed and still hold firm.

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).

One man took 3 years before he believed. Another took 40 years. Some seekers need to hear more, and see the genuineness of the Christians’ life. With the gradual re-opening after the Circuit Breaker, there will be more open doors.

To me, Covid-19 pandemic is God’s work of tilling the hard ground of human hearts. Pray for preparation, boldness and wisdom to sow the Gospel seed.

The Gospel is God’s power to save. Without faith nothing will happen. Spirit-filled Christians act on faith in God’s word. Consider it a great privilege and honour to share the Gospel.

It is not our responsibility to convert the listener. It is up to the hearer to believe. The Holy Spirit will convict the hearer of sin, righteousness and judgment (Jn 16:8).

Always end the conversation with the unbeliever or seeker with gentleness and peace, even if the Gospel is not shared. This will make it easier for the next person (Colossians 4:6).

Gospel sharing must be done out of gratitude and thankfulness for the love, forgiveness and grace that he receives daily from Christ. The life of reading the Bible, meditating on God’s word and applying God’s revealed truths is a joy and not a chore for the Spirit-filled Christian (1 John 5:3).

No amount of love, friendship, food, drinks, kind words and deeds can save the spiritual dead. Nonetheless these works must be there for opportunities to share the Gospel. The Christian’s compassion for the lost can only come from the fullness of the Holy Spirit and rootedness in the Word of God.

 

Elder Yoong Yuen Soo