Thursday, April 22, 2010

Acts--Specialty Tools for the Job

For Jesus to continue his work through you,
you need the specialty tool of…

  • A Solid Foundation (v. 3)
  • Supernatural Power (vss. 4, 5, 8) 1 Corinthians 15:20; James 1:18
    • The word “pentecost” in Greek means fiftieth. Pentecost, also called the Feast of Weeks, was a time for Israel to offer to God the first fruits of their harvest (Lev. 23:15-21; Num. 28:26-31; Deut. 16:9-12).
    • The word “baptize” means to immerse a person in water or to deluge with. It has the meaning of being totally identified with something, in this case, the Holy Spirit. The passive phrase “be baptized with” indicates that God did the baptizing; the disciples merely received it. 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:25
      • In Acts 2, the believers in Jerusalem receive the Holy Spirit.
      • In Acts 8 and 10, the new believers in Judea and Samaria receive the Spirit.
      • In Acts 19, believers in Ephesus receive the Spirit.
  • A Sharp Focus (vss. 6-8)
    • Focus on the great task for the here and now – to bear witness of Jesus Christ.
  • A Sure Hope (vss. 9-11)

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