Ordinary People: Extraordinary Power
How does a grass-roots gathering of men and women following an unschooled rabbi from northern Israel become a world-wide movement that has impacted countless lives for over twenty centuries? How will this movement continue to flourish in the 21st century and beyond when the church feels the reverberations of a culture that is often indifferent or hostile towards its existence and in which the church, itself, is in some instances “asleep in the light”? The answers lie in the Book of Acts.
This history of the church, written as a companion volume to the narrative of Jesus’ life and ministry found in the Gospel of Luke, tells the stories of ordinary men and women who were empowered by the Holy Spirit in an extraordinary way in order to be a witness to the life, death, resurrection, and return of Jesus, to impart his saving life to others in the places in which they lived, worked, and played, and beyond. The story of God’s use of ordinary people in the Book of Acts is for us, ordinary people who are called to live in dependence upon the Spirit’s power and leading, to understand ourselves as the sent people of God for the sake of the world, and to be assured that an imperfect people and an imperfect church can be greatly used by a perfect God and his extraordinary power.