Our first week, we looked at the example of Acts 2, when by the power of the Holy Spirit, followers of Jesus are able preach the Gospel in the language of those who were listening. Then we opened it up to the youth with the question of why they thought God chose to have the Gospel proclaimed in this way, and what truth can we take it from it that impacts how we, in 2018 Portland, go about the business of God’s kingdom and making disciples.
The youth jumped right in and explored with incredible depth the truth of God’s heart for people. Here are just a few of the insights the kids came up with:
- “Maybe, it’s kind of like how we are all a part of the body of Christ and we are all different parts of the body. Maybe God wanted everyone to hear the Gospel in their own language, because he doesn’t want the body of Christ to look the same.” Berlyn
- “Well, it’s easier to share the Gospel to the other people who speak your language, if you hear it in your own language first.” Kapella
- “I think I get it. I’m in Spanish class at school, and it’s really hard to learn a new language if you weren’t raised in it. And the Gospel was kind of like a new language, so I bet it’s so much easier to understand if it’s in your own language.” Destiny
Over the next few weeks we will be looking at practically what does this look like for us. We will explore things like; HOW do we seek to understand the places that people are coming from, what is the Gospel we are sharing with people, what is our own personal His Story, what are the different reactions the Gospel can get and how do we respond to those, and much more.
We invite you all to be in prayer for the youth as we explore these things, and that the Holy Spirit would grant clarity, understanding, courage and a deep love for the Gospel and the people we hope to share it with.