Acts

LENT ADVENTURE 2016

Read Acts 1:1-8

In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptised with water, but in a few days you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’

Then they gathered round him and asked him, ‘Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’

He said to them: ‘It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’

The book of acts is often called the Acts of the Apostles but it is really about the Acts of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is mentioned 96 times in the New Testament, four times in Mark, five times in Matthew and John, 13 times in Luke and 42 times in Acts! The central figure in the Book of Acts is the Holy Spirit. He takes the lead role. As people discover the Holy Spirit and allow the Holy Spirit to take the lead role in their own lives and the lead role in their churches, the church became irresistible.

An Irresistible Church is a church that is characterized by the presence of God, His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit makes a church irresistible and a place of power. People notice something different about the people who make up that kind of church. A powerful Church should make a difference in the community in which it is placed and to whom it serves. These kind of people don’t sit back and wait for people to come to them. They go. They are sent out into their city. Into their community to show what it means to follow Jesus.

The same power that dwelt in Jesus, dwells in us. He sent his disciples. He sent his Holy Spirit to empower us. You have been sent. You have authority and power to proclaim and demonstrate the gospel. In Acts 2:1-4 we read that: When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 

Michael Green comments that “These poor, uneducated individuals of different nations and backgrounds, constituted the temple of God as they met for worship. They were the place where his Spirit was encountered”  The early church was the place in which God’s presence could be known in the whole world. 

Today, be filled with the Holy Spirit. Encounter Him. Let Him empower and equip you to be a witness: To go, speak and act as a follower of Jesus.

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