23 May 2021
Acts 2 v.1-6, 12-16, 21-24, 37-42, 47b and Acts 9 v.10-22
| Sermon by Revd. Ian Pallent at St. Ouen’s Parish Church, Jersey
Ordinary evangelism – what is our role? Today’s sermon on Pentecost Sunday encourages us to be filled with the Holy Spirit and be “An Evangelising Church.”
Evangelism isn’t necessarily being like the great apostle Paul or a full-time missionary overseas. Evangelism is in our ordinary settings of life, work and home. Ordinary evangelism is for everyone. Ordinary evangelism is about being able to give a reason for the hope we have.
Jesus is looking for our availability not our ability; our honesty about our concerns and fears more than our strengths; and our obedience more than our confidence. This sermon explains what it means to be i) open before God, ii) honest before God and iii) obedient to God, by using the example of Ananias, the disciple sent by Jesus to restore the sight of Saul (Paul).
When a piece of coal is isolated it loses it’s heat. We must not underestimate how much we need one another. To be an evangelising community, we all need to be meeting together in church or elsewhere, and continually asking Jesus to fill us with the Holy Spirit – to be re-kindled, renewed and empowered to be God’s vision for His Church:-
- A Devoted Church
- A Caring Church
- A Worshipping Church
- An Evangelising Church
Recording from 8.30am service, 23 May 2021: What is The Church? (4) God’s Vision for His Church – An Evangelising Church