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
This past weekend at Covington Baptist Church I preached through Acts 1:1-11. We are starting a new series through the book of Acts.
Acts 1:8 is a moment in the story of the early church that offers insight to the book itself and to our lives today. This verse outlines the mission of the disciples and the sequence of Acts. It is also relevant to our lives as believers and our part in the unstoppable movement of the Kingdom of God.
Jesus was giving the apostles direction but He was also telling them about how they were going to do it.
1. you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you:
The Holy Spirit is central to the movement of the Church and God’s people. So what does the Holy Spirit do?
Convicts us of our sin: John 16:7-11
Assures us of Salvation: Romans 8:12-17
Sanctifies us/enables our obedience: 1 Peter 1:2
Intercedes for us: Romans 8:26-17
Guides us to Truth: John 16:13-14
Gives us Hope: Romans 15:13
This same Spirit that was promised by Jesus is the same Spirit at work in the church today! We are not alone nor are we expected to come up with a plan on our own! He guided the early church and still guides today if we are walking with the Spirit not walking away.
2. and you will be my witnesses
We will receive power to be witnesses. To be a witness not only means to see first-hand but to tell another about that which you have seen, experienced and lived. We are to be active in sharing the Gospel not passively waiting to cross the river Jordan.
3. in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth. Simply put we are to be witnesses HERE, THERE and EVERYWHERE. I am not sure were this quote is from, if you know help me out:
“The light that shines the farthest, shines the brightest at home.” unknown author.
So the question is do you live through the Holy Spirit? Is your church guided by the Holy Spirit?