Jesus in Acts

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Jesus in Action

Acts 1:8 "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” NIV

Acts starts as the Kingdom of God breaks in by the Holy Spirit’s power giving birth to the New Testament church! God’s power then awakens God’s purposes within God’s people and suddenly great advancement takes place! Thousands and thousands begin coming to Christ! But this victory was not without a fight.

Our modern day theology tends to be wrapped up in prayers that ask for easy living but God gave us enough power to fight not just for ourselves but also for those around us.

Stop asking for easy living and get in a fighter’s frame of mind. #destinyokc

David spoke of inspiring generations of people who had yet to be born.

Ps 102:18 That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD. NAS

What's God doing in our lives that will make an unborn generation look to Him? It will be a fight but we were born for this fight!

“Jesus didn’t die to keep you safe. Jesus died to make you dangerous!” -Mark Batterson #destinyokc

A great price was paid so we could read the wonderful verses of Scripture we find in the book of Ephesians. If we take a moment to read Acts 19 we read all about the uproar that took place in Ephesus when the Gospel was breaking in to that City. Then more battles follow after that in Acts 20:

Acts 20:1-3 When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said goodbye and set out for Macedonia… for three months. Because Jews had plotted against him... NIV

Acts 20:22-24 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. 23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me... NIV

Paul referenced himself as being bound in spirit to the purposes of God. His focus was so eternal the temporal lives most would pursue had no distracting allure. Our society has tried to tame Christianity into a self-serving religion and Jesus will have nothing to do with it.

We seem to have exchanged the priority of being deeply convicted for the pursuit of being greatly encouraged. #destinyokc

Steel in the hands of nail maker is worth about $30. That same steel in the hands of a needle maker is worth about $300. That same steel in the hands of a Swiss Watch maker converts the steel to precise springs making it worth about $3,000,000. It all depends on whose hands it’s in.

The church in the hands of this Risen King, Jesus, will truly change the world.


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Acts starts as the Kingdom of God breaks in by the Holy Spirit’s power giving birth to the New Testament church!

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be  my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” NIV

Suddenly God’s people are filled with God’s power needing to be awakened to God’s purposes!

Discussion: 

    •    Share some ways you believe we are awakened to God’s purposes. 

    •    In what ways are you fulfilling God’s purposes for your life?

There is something God wanted done that makes you necessary not only for your generation but for God’s multi-generational plan.

    Ps 102:18 That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD. NAS

What are some ways we can make an unborn generation look to Him?

Discussion: 

    •    What do you believe it means that Jesus didn’t die to keep us safe but rather to make us                 dangerous?

    •    Is your life more of an example of ‘safe’ or ‘dangerous’? 

        What steps will you take to become a more of a threat to the enemy in this fight?

Acts 20:22-24  “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me... NIV

Paul referenced himself as being bound in spirit to the purposes of God. His focus was so eternal the temporal lives most would pursue had no distracting allure. 

Discussion:

    •    What areas do you need God to help you bring greater focus to in order to conquer distractions?

    •    What is something you can do this week to leave your world a better place? 


Going Deeper

The Message Bible Introduction to Acts:

Because the story of Jesus is so impressive—God among us!  God speaking a language we can understand!  God acting in ways that heal and help and save us!—there is a danger that we will be impressed, but only be impressed.  As the spectacular dimensions of this story slowly (or suddenly) dawn upon us, we could easily become enthusiastic spectators, and then let it go at that—become admirers of Jesus, generous with our oohs and aahs, and in our better moments inspired to imitate him.”

 “It is Luke’s task to prevent that, to prevent us from becoming mere spectators to Jesus, fans of the Message.  Of the original quartet of writers on Jesus, Luke alone continues to tell the story as the apostles and disciples live it into the next generation. The remarkable thing is that it continues to be essentially the same story.  Luke continues his narration with hardly a break, a pause perhaps to dip his pen in the inkwell, writing in the same style, using the same vocabulary.”

 “The story of Jesus doesn’t end with Jesus.  It continues in the lives of those who believe in him.  The supernatural does not stop with Jesus.  Luke makes it clear that these Christians he wrote about were no more spectators of Jesus than Jesus was a spectator of God—they are in on the action of God, God acting in them, God living in them. 

Which also means, of course, in us.