Acts 2:41 “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”  Acts 2:47 “…And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. Acts 4:4 …many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.

In Acts 1:8 Jesus said a Christian who has been baptized with the Holy Spirit will become an active and effective witness of the Christian faith.  Jesus taught this truth and His followers demonstrated it.

We don’t know for certain how many people considered themselves followers of Christ at the time of His death, but we know He appeared to over 500 of them between his resurrection and ascension (1 Corinthians 15:5).  On the Day of Pentecost 120 of them were baptized in the Holy Spirit and over the course of a few months the number grew from a few hundred to over 5,000

I long to see thousands of sinners come to Christ.  I am not interested in numbers but I am interested in people.  I want to see sinners set free from the addiction to alcohol and drugs.  I want to see sinners living in bondage to pornography, gambling, gluttony, gossip, pride, jealousy, and unforgiveness come to Christ.  I want to see people who have been complacent about Church, the Bible and eternity get saved, filled with the Holy Spirit and become active in leading their friends to Christ.  I pray for a revival to sweep through our community — a revival characterized by sinners being set free from sin and Christians being empowered by the Holy Spirit. 

Let’s sing: “There shall be showers of blessings, oh, that today they mighty fall.  Now as to God we’re confessing, now as on Jesus we call.  Showers of blessing, showers of blessing we need.  Mercy drops round us are falling, but for the showers we plead.”