THE MESSAGE

Sermon notes, further readings, & devotionals

OUR WORD TODAY:


  1. ACTS 1:1-11
  2. Acts 1:1-5 In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. During the forty days after he suffered and died, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God. Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
  3. Acts 1:6-8 So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” 7 He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
  4. Acts 1:9-11 After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. 10 As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”


MAIN POINTS:

  1. THE CHURCH IS THE POINT OF ETERNITY WHERE HEAVEN AND EARTH MEET.
  2. Are we dirty? Sure, we are Earth! Do we have the power to heal the Earth? Absolutely, we are also Heaven.
  3. GOD GIVES GREAT GIFTS
  4. Matthew 7:11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
  5. Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
  6. WAITING ON GOD IS WORTH THE WAIT
  7. Trust is better than understanding
  8. WE GET TO WORK, WHILE WE WAIT.



WHAT NEXT?

  1. Change what you are looking for. Begin to pray with an attitude of joy and expectation. When you begin to become jaded, ask forgiveness and turn back to joy.
  2. Take a next step toward commitment and trust. Sign up for growth track this October.
  3. Use your waiting time to build your expectation. Start a new reading plan below!

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