December 16, 2018
Moving Forward in the Holy Spirit
Text: Act 1: 1-11
1. To trust the resurrection power in Christ and apply it to our lives
2. To answer the call of God about coming into full time ministry as God calls us
3. Those who are hungry for more and want to have power for everyday life going into 2019
4. To have the baptism of the Holy Spirit
Acts 1: 4
Luke gave this critical command of Jesus in detail in Acts. Wait for the promise of the Father, which is the Holy Spirit.
Before Jesus died, after His resurrection and even when Jesus ascended, Jesus reminded the disciples of His Holy Spirit coming and the release of it.
The books of Luke and Acts shows pictures of our need and reliance on the Holy Spirit and what the Holy Spirit longs to do. (Luke 4:18)
We need to go out there, with the Holy Spirit empowerment to draw Sauls to become Pauls. We have the power of the Holy Spirit to reach out.
So waiting for the Holy Spirit is crucial. The disciples even waited for the Holy Spirit to be given.
We are called to share the gospel as we wait for Jesus to return. Our focus is to be on Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Even when Jesus was raised from the tomb, the angels told them not to seek Jesus in the tomb.
Even when Jesus ascended into heaven, the angels had to to tell them to move forward and not keep looking up.
We need to stop being so heaven minded or being too stagnant. We need to move forward in the Holy Spirit. We must preach the gospel in our daily lives and release the power of God and the Holy Spirit.
We need stories and experiences of what God is doing today, not just old stories or things of the past.
3 things to get this power? :
1. We need to understand the power of the Gospel. By sharing the gospel, we release His power. We are called to be sent. We must point people back to Jesus.
2. We must practice our Spiritual discipline diligently. Luke 24:32 reveals that we sometimes miss that Jesus is with us. We need the word to illuminate us and have His Spirit within us, knowing His voice (John 10:27)
3. Step out in faith by serving. (Ephesians 2: 10). He has anointed us to serve by His Spirit. To serve with great zeal, excellence and not treating anything mundanely by His Spirit. We become confident in the serving and we know His voice even more clearly. The small things become the training ground for the more and greater of the Holy Spirit.