A Weak Sauce Testimony

A Weak Sauce Testimony
(San Pedro Sula, Honduras circa 2007)

I love to preach on Acts! The Second Chapter of Acts church absolutely captures my imagination and my spirit soars every time I encounter the passage. I love it so much that I have preached on Pentecost every two or three years for my entire ministry. In response to my messages I am sometimes asked, “Does the Holy Spirit still give the gift of preaching in languages we have not learned?” What a great question. Some years ago I had the opportunity to speak at one of the largest churches in the Western Hemisphere; “La Cosecha Church” in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The church was started by my dad’s friend Miseal and had grown to over 25,000 per weekend. I can’t say I was nervous to preach there but I was clearly excited! I remember looking out over an open air sanctuary that would seat thousands and thinking, “Dear God, if ever the gift of tongues (the Acts 2 variety) would come in handy, it would be right now. I would not need this interpreter and I could be sure that I would speak your words and not my own.” I opened my mouth hoping beautiful Spanish would pour out offering a clear and powerful presentation of the Gospel. I said…. “Good evening, I am Shane Bishop from Christ Church in Illinois and I am so glad for the opportunity to share with you.” Rats! What an utter disappointment! It came out in English! We had to do the sermon the old fashioned way. I spoke a line in English and the interpreter spoke the line to the people in Spanish. How is that for a weak sauce testimony?

-Rev. Shane L. Bishop is the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois

Shane Preaching

Published by Rev. Shane L. Bishop

Senior Pastor of Christ Church, Fairview Heights, IL since 1997. I am an orthodox Christian but I am not in a bad mood about it. A Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church.

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