Are You Catching?

Sunday, January 9, 1994
| Acts 19:1-7

When we are filled with the Spirit, we become infectious, spreading the "virus" of God''s kingdom.

There are two kinds of people in the world today: those who go through life spreading viruses and those who go through life spreading seeds.

We hear a lot about communicable diseases these days. Just as humanity was beginning to feel smugly safe with its ability to track down and wipe out "germs," along came the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) to make us all feel vulnerable and at risk again.

But there are communicable graces as well as communicable diseases. Transmitting the Good News of the gift of Jesus Christ through God's grace is the witness of the Holy Spirit. Paul was anxious to make sure all who confessed Christ experienced the Spirit so that the gospel could spread quickly through the world.

This is the great division in the world today. It is not between rich and poor, black and white, Jew and Gentile, male and female. It is the division between Jude 18, 19 and Acts 2:1, 4.

Jude 18, 19: "In the last time there will be scoffers indulging their own ungodly lusts ......

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