The Sunday service was in full swing, and 1,000 worshipers were singing their praises to God. Then a young man from the choir quietly walked to the pulpit microphone and said, “The Lord has shown me that there is someone here today who needs to get saved.”
I groaned within, because I thought to myself, “That’s no revelation. There are 1,000 people here this morning. Of course there are some who need to get saved.” But the young man at the microphone wasn’t finished yet. He went on, “...and you know who you are, because before coming to church today you drank two beers!” A thoroughly startled man sitting in a pew near the front of the church raised his hand in acknowledgement. He willingly went to a side room with some of the church elders and received Jesus Christ as his Savior.
What was this? What happened here? It was a supernatural gift of the Holy Spirit called “the word of knowledge” (1 Corinthians 12:8, KJV). It was a revelation by God to the young man from the choir of information he did not know by his natural senses. And the man who had drained the two beers before going to church was shockingly impressed by the power of God displayed in this very personal revelation. It was this “demonstration of the Spirit’s power” (1 Corinthians 2:4) that convinced him of God’s reality and His love for him. That made it easy for the “two-beer” man to accept God’s gracious offer of salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ.
Pastors, church leaders, and all believers, what should be our “takeaway” from this illustration? Just this — people need to hear the Word of God, and they also need to see the demonstrated power of God.
Consider these few examples of this from the early Church’s ministry in the Book of Acts.
Many more examples could be drawn from both the Scriptures and the experiences of the early Church and the Church today. Let me close with these final thoughts:
So let's obey the biblical command to “eagerly desire spiritual gifts” (1 Corin. 14:1). And as we do so, and as these spiritual gifts are manifested, we will see the fulfillment of the apostle Paul’s marvelous example of Gospel ministry — “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power” (1 Corin. 2:4-5).
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