For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call. — Acts 2: 39
We are called upon to spread the promise of salvation to coming generations.
In His first sermon, Apostle Peter proclaimed salvation in Jesus Christ, which can be attained through baptism and by receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit.
“For the promise is to you”
With the gift of the Holy Spirit, we have received the promise of eternal life. This promise remains in effect for each one of us: God desires to complete the work that He has begun in us (Philippians 1: 6). Moreover we have been given the task of prophesying (Acts 2: 18), which means
- proclaiming the will of God through our words and conduct.
- creating awareness of the great deeds of God through our praises.
- spreading the message of salvation to coming generations.
“For the promise is to … your children”
The Lord has promised that His church will endure forever (Matthew 16: 18). Today He sees to it that the Apostles can fulfil their commission until His return (Matthew 28: 20). However, it is up to us to spread this message to those who will come after us.
First and foremost, parents are called upon to intensively care for the eternal life of their children by planting faith into their hearts. Of special note in this context: let us always remember to sanctify the Sunday. Our children must recognize that the divine services are more important than all other activities in which they engage during the week.
The divine service is our encounter with God, which is indispensable for our inner equilibrium. This commission applies to all of us in an expanded sense.
Spreading the promise of salvation
In order to spread the promise of salvation in Christ, we are called upon
- to proclaim the gospel by talking about Jesus and His love and grace.
- to be convincing to others by visibly applying the gospel in our lives.
- to encourage others by proving our love to our neighbour—especially to the children and young people.
Let us also spread the New Apostolic doctrine to others.
- In order to make it known to others, it is indispensable for us to know it ourselves!
- In order to convince others, we must ourselves be convinced—we believe that the timely teaching we receive is inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Together let us get involved in building the future of the Church.
- Let us pay attention to the image we convey about our Church in the statements we make on the Internet, for example.
- Through our commitment to the congregation we will convince our children of its importance.
- In order to build the church of tomorrow, let us already today take into consideration the needs of future generations, and if needed let go of our own ideas and habits.
* Thoughts from the Chief Apostle adapted for the divine service held on Sunday, 20 September 2015 at Midrand Congregation.