Second week of a six-week series called Expanding the Table. We never know what the Holy Spirit is up to and how and where and when the Holy Spirit wants us to live out the commission of Jesus to be his witnesses to the end of the earth. Just like Philip and the Twelve, and what Peter and Paul later came to realize, the table of Jesus is expanded regardless of our own plans, thoughts, or ideas. Philip could have resisted the Holy Spirit. But he didn’t. How often have you, yourself, struggled with this? To be initiators of sharing the Good News and to live out his mission and ministry every day to all people, all nations, and all of creation. Jesus wants us to have an open and willing heart to be led by the Holy Spirit working in, through and among each one of us and as a gathered community in his name for the sake of all people. That openness will take us to unexpected and unplanned places where we will encounter people that might make us feel uncomfortable. Being a witness, being an initiator is uncomfortable, risky and challenging. But that is what Jesus calls us to do.
In this six-week series, we look at how the followers of Jesus after his crucifixion went from disciples to apostles. Jesus instructed them that they were to be his witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. But this commission wasn't as easy as they anticipated. Conflict arose with the growing numbers of followers. They had to figure out how to be a gathered community of Jesus across the world. They had to discover what it means to expand the table. Being a follower of Jesus no longer meant that you came from a certain people, place, or nation.