For the early church, the infallible evidence of being a Christian was the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus, at work in a person's life. The ways the Spirit manifested varied from person to person (not everybody spoke in tongues for example), but the bottom line was this: if you were a true believer, you received the Holy Spirit. It is clear in Acts 19:1–7 that Paul had not been with the people in Ephesus very long before he began to realize that they were missing something. After a little gentle probing, he saw that what they were missing was the Holy Spirit. When Paul told them about Jesus, they believed in him and were baptized—in Jesus' name this time. Then when Paul laid hands on them, they received the Holy Spirit, Jesus' living Spirit, and showed evidence of it in their lives.
Para la iglesia primitiva, la evidencia infalible de ser una persona cristiana era el Espíritu Santo, el Espíritu de Jesús, trabajando en la vida de una persona. Las formas en que se manifestó el Espíritu variaron de persona a persona (por ejemplo, no todas hablaron en lenguas), pero la conclusión fue esta: si usted era un verdadero creyente, recibió el Espíritu Santo. Se muestra claramente en Hechos 19: 1–7 que Pablo no había estado con la gente en Éfeso mucho antes de que empezara a darse cuenta de que se estaban perdiendo algo. Después de un sondeo leve, vio que faltaba el Espíritu Santo. Cuando Pablo les habló de Jesús, ellos creyeron en él y en ese momento fueron bautizados en el nombre de Jesús. Luego, cuando Pablo les impuso las manos, recibieron el Espíritu Santo, el Espíritu viviente de Jesús, y mostraron evidencia de ello en sus vidas.
초대교회의 경우 그리스도인이 된다는 확실한 증거는 성령, 사람의 삶에서 일하는 예수님의 영이었습니다. 성령께서 나타내시는 방법은 (모든 사람이 방언으로 말하지는 않겠지만) 사람마다 다릅니다. 결론은 당신이 참된 신자라면 성령을 받았다는 것입니다. 사도행전 19장 1-7 절에서 바울은 에베소에 있는 사람들과 무언가 놓치고 있다는 것을 깨닫기 시작한 지 오래지 않았다고 분명히 말합니다. 조금 부드럽게 다가간 후, 그는 그들이 잃어버린 것이 성령이라는 것을 알았습니다. 바울이 그들에게 예수님에 대해 이야기 했을 때 그들은 그를 믿었으며 이번에는 예수님의 이름으로 세례를 받았습니다. 그런 다음 바울이 그들에게 손을 얹었을 때, 그들은 예수님의 살아 계신 성령을 받았으며 삶의 증거로 나타냈습니다.
Church congregations throughout Coastal Carolina Presbytery are struggling to repair their own buildings and meet the many needs in their congregations and communities following Hurricane Florence.
Miriam is a teacher at a public elementary school in her indigenous community in Guatemala. When the government funds for the school hadn’t come halfway through the school year (but had for all of the non-indigenous public schools in the area), she led a march of teachers from their small town in the mountains to the municipal building in Xela, six miles away. Outside the government building, indigenous teachers and parents held a rally and delivered a letter demanding the money allocated for their children’s education.
A 3-year-old I’d baptized as an infant was coming back to visit after his family had moved to a different state. There, unconstrained by family tradition, his grandmother and mother found a church with a good kids’ program and a band. They occasionally come back “home” and join us for worship.
Each year, Emory University and many other organizations around the country name a class of leaders who have made a significant impact in business, research, leadership, public service or philanthropic endeavors. This year, PC(USA) mission co-workers the Revs. Shelvis and Nancy Smith-Mather were named to Emory’s 2018 class of “Forty Under Forty.”
As news comes in of the devastating effects of Hurricane Michael, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is organizing a response that will help sustain life and restore hope in the coming days. “Our hearts break and rise up in prayer for the people of northern Florida, Georgia and southeast Alabama,” says Laurie Kraus, PDA director. “Right now, we need the church’s prayers and financial assistance.”
“It was an amazing night.” “The food and the spirit of the people of people there.” “The renewed sense of a community persevering together.” These were some of the reflections from those present at the annual Farm-to-Table Gala that benefits Stony Point, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) conference center located about 45 minutes northwest of New York City.
Sometimes faith renewal happens in ways you would never imagine. Mission co-worker John McCall, who has served in Taiwan for more than 20 years, works to build the leadership skills of the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan. He leads groups of pastors who meet monthly to find encouragement and challenge, but he felt called to do more. He wanted to give the pastors he was mentoring an opportunity to find spiritual renewal.