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This Week’s Sermon Audio: Stop Waiting and Start Witnessing–Acts 1.1-11 (Kyle Rapinchuk)

Next Week’s Sermon: Acts 2:1-21 (Kyle Rapinchuk)

Last Week’s Scripture Memory: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”–Acts 1:8

Next Week’s Scripture Memory: “And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”–Acts 2:21

 

Devotional/Reflection: Acts 1 is a passage that always strikes me as somewhat humorous. The disciples are told to wait for the Holy Spirit, then they are told they will have to wait for the kingdom of God to come in fullness, but at the moment when Jesus has finally commanded them what to do in the meantime, they are left staring into the clouds. I’d like to say that I know better, but I think I too often find myself in a similar position as the disciples. I imagine I’m not the only one. We desire the return of Christ. We long to see him return in glory. But we get so caught up in the vision of heaven that we miss the reality of our task in the present. Too often Christianity is about “getting saved” and then waiting on heaven. Rather, Jesus’ command in these verses looks more like a task we are called to accomplish. It looks like a drama in which Jesus, the main actor, has given his role to the audience and told them to continue the play. On our own, we would be woefully insufficient. However, Jesus has promised the Holy Spirit as our encourager, our helper, our comforter, and our guide. By the power of the Holy Spirit, the disciples were emboldened and empowered to proclaim the gospel; by the power of the Holy Spirit, we too can and must do the same. I challenge you, just as Acts 1 has challenged me, to be missionally minded. Consider the ways in which God has called you to witness on this campus, in this community, and in your life, then be obedient to that command. But don’t try to do it alone. Pray earnestly for the Holy Spirit to empower you and connect closely with a Christ-centered, God-exalting,and missional-focused community that can help you in this task.

Study Questions:

  1. How can we do a better job of building Christ-centered, God-exalting, missional-focused community with other believers?
  2. What hinders you from fulfilling Jesus’ mandate to witness?
  3. How can we better pray for and be obedient to the Holy Spirit?
  4. To whom is God calling you to be a witness? What steps will you take to be obedient?

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