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The Gospel Is Not a Message – It Is a Person!
We do not introduce men to a message of redemption, but to a living redeemer!
We do not preach grace, but introduce them to Christ – who is the Spirit of Grace!
Who comes to habitually live, reside and abide in them in his transforming person and power!
We bring men to Christ, the person, so they may come to know Him and experience His Power!
“When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan.
For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified.
I came to you in weakness — timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain.
Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit (introducing you to Him and to His life and living power).
I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the Power of God. (in your encounter with the reality of Him and His transforming power at work in you!)” – Paul, by the Spirit.
“Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some,” 1 Corinthians 9:22.
The loveliness of the Holy Spirit is that when allowed in us, He is able to fit into every circumstance to express himself in such a way as being able to reach the hearts and lives of our audience.
Whether we are preaching in a tent or in a conference, to various cultures and communities – God is able to communicate and express Himself in a manner that will speak to all men everywhere!
Let us learn to allow Him to stand in us wherever we may be, in whatever way He chooses to – men’s lives depends upon it!
~ Johann van der Hoven
Johann van der Hoven is in South Africa. He has been serving the Lord in ministry since 1991 and has hosted numerous apostolic revival meetings in South Africa and in South America. He also currently pioneers a organic church planting movement across South Africa. For more information about him and his ministry visit www.29Vision.co.za or Revival.