ACTS 1:1-11

 

Verse of the Week

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”   [Acts 1:8]

Main Points
 

  1. The Holy Spirit: The Presence of God (v. 1-5)
    We can not live a Christian life without Jesus. Trying to be a Christian and just live this “perfect” christian life without the Holy Spirit is miserable and we can’t do it. Jesus presented himself and taught for  40 days to the disciples to prepare them. Why was Jesus appearing to them and teaching them about the Kingdom? They had to see the Man before they could be effective in the Mission. They had to be rooted in the Gospel and have a true relationship with the Resurrected Jesus. We can’t do Ministry without a relationship with the Man. We can’t walk in power or in our purpose without first being in His presence. Romans 1:16 says the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. The Gospel is the base of all ministry that glorifies God. When we trust Jesus by faith, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. We all experience the work of the Holy Spirit: our first experience is God wanting to come in (Behold I stand at the door and knock. When we come to faith the Holy Spirit lives inside of us.The Holy Spirit teaches us, guides us, and comforts us. First, We need a relationship with Jesus, through this relationship the presence of God lives inside of us to supply what we need and do.

  2. The Holy Spirit: The Power of God(v. 6-8)
    God can use you. It’s not about your ability, it’s about your availability to be used! God is much more interested in our surrender than our ability. Baptized means “immersed” - they would be immersed in the Holy Spirit so they could be empowered to obey and proclaim the Kingdom. The important thing is to not be curious about the future but be effective in the present. (Presence → Power → Purpose)  What’s the key to walking in the Power of God? We find the key to walking in God’s power in His purpose for it. OBEDIENCE to Him, His mission, and Glory. The Holy Spirit is the fuel to accomplish the mission. The Holy Spirit is the power to accomplish the purposes of God. The Holy spirit empowers us to be busy doing the right things for the right reason. Demonstrating and Declaring the Gospel in and through our lives. We have to remember to glorify the giver of the gifts and not the gifts themselves. Tongues, Healing, any gifts given by God are for His purpose and so that we will see Him in the gift and give him praise.The Power of God is for the Glory of God. We must continue to rely on the power of the Holy spirit and not our own ability. Warren Wiersbe said it this way, “The Holy Spirit is not a luxury, it’s an absolute necessity”. 
     

  3. The Holy Spirit for the purposes of God
    The power of the Holy Spirit is to testify of and bring praise to the Glory of God. “By their words, their walk and the works, the disciples told the world that Jesus was alive.” -Wiersbe-  A maturing disciple is growing in four things, Knowledge, Obedience, being Spirit Led, and  Missional Living. We serve a missionary God. Obedience to the Great Commission requires power - we can’t accomplish it in our own strength but we’ll accomplish it in His. We are meant to take part in making disciples to the ends of the earth.  In seeing His purpose we see the need for His power. As long as we’re aligned to His purposes, we’ll receive all the power we’ll ever need. Why is the spirit quenched and division occurring amongst churches? We forget the purpose and we take our eyes off the mission. When our eyes come off the Person of Jesus and the Purposes of God, we will undoubtedly quench the Holy Spirit. Religion and tradition can not supersede Scripture. If we’re not about the purposes of God, there will be no spirit, when there’s no spirit, there’s no life, and there’s no power. We  don’t want to lose sight of the Man and the mission. We don’t want to lose sight of the person and purpose. We are not interested in modifying behavior and having nice “church going”  people. We pray to see people convicted, submitted and completely changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Are we those people? Are we demonstrating and declaring the Gospel in Who We Are?
     

Question Bank

  1. How has your week been spiritually?

  2. What has the Lord shown you through the passage this week?

  3. Is receiving Jesus by faith your next step? If God has been trying to come in, let him.

  4. How do you quench the spirit? 

  5. What is something God is calling you to do?