Empowered by the Holy Spirit: We Will Not Stop Proclaiming Christ
The theme is inspired by Peter and John’s words in Acts 4:20. When commanded to stop preaching and teaching in Christ’s Name, they replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
As we move into our eighth year of the Decade of Pentecost we could be tempted to move away from the message of Christ and begin preaching more popular messages as other preachers are doing. We must, however, resist this temptation and continue to preach Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. For only the message of Christ will lead people to eternal life (Acts 4:12).
Embracing the 2017 theme, “We Will Not Stop Proclaiming Christ” will help to ensure that we remain true to our calling of proclaiming Christ to all. In His Great Name we will proclaim the message of salvation, plant Spirit-empowered missionary churches, and send missionaries to the unreached people and places of Africa and beyond.