“If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of they did would stop and everyone would know the difference.” – A.W. Tozer1
In two weeks, we will be in Las Vegas, Nevada launching Grace City Church. The area of Las Vegas we have selected to start in is one of the least reached places in the US. If we were foolish enough to try and launch our ministry without the Holy Spirit, we would surely fail.
Jesus said, “As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me…for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:4-5). One advantage of launching a new church in Las Vegas is we have no misconceptions: Without God, we will fail.
Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. Prior to launching His earthly ministry, Jesus the man entered into a season of intense spiritual preparation by fasting and praying in the wilderness for forty days. “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” (Matthew 4:1).
As a result, Jesus was spiritually empowered to launch His ministry.
And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee,
and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country.
And he taught in their synagogues(Luke 4:14-15).
If Jesus needed the power of the Holy Spirit to do ministry, how much more do you and I?
Before He ascended into Heaven, Jesus told His disciples that before they were to launch their ministry, they were to wait in Jerusalem until they were spiritually empowered for the task before them.
But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.(Luke 24:49)
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
After a week of intense prayer (Acts 1:14), they were filled with the Holy Spirit, as Jesus had promised (Acts 2:1-4). As a result, 3,000 people were saved and baptized as the first church in history was born! (Acts 2:41-47).
If the disciples needed the power of the Holy Spirit to do ministry, how much more do you and I?
With this in mind, Grace City Church will begin our ministry in Las Vegas on Sunday, June 3, 2012 with 40 Days of Prayer. We are expecting to come out of this 40-day immersion in prayer empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Please pray for and with us:
- God will protect us from the evil one as we plow the ground and war in prayer.
- God will transform us and ready us for all He has in store for us Vegas.
- Like in Acts, God will give us a great outpouring of His Spirit that will also result in a great harvest of souls and the birth of a very strong, high-impact church.
1. Alan Redpath in “Christian Life” magazine. Christianity Today, Vol. 29, no. 18