Crucified! Buried! Risen! Everything Jesus said has proven true! More than a good teacher, more than a wise friend, He is God of all! Fear evaporates and hope springs up as we encounter the risen Lord. Imagine the anticipation and excitement building among the first followers of Jesus as they waited together for the promised Holy Spirit. What an amazing time to be part of the Church!
The promises and commands of Jesus resonate with us today just as they did over 2000 years ago. Acts 21:8 says, “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.” The mission is not finished. God has called us and empowered us to take the gospel to the world.
Are you ready for God to move in your family? Do you anticipate an amazing move of God in your workplace? Are you eager for God to change your community? The time for waiting is over. God is moving! The local church is an unstoppable force. Its potential as an agent of change in our world is realized when those in the church begin operating with urgency for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Are you ready for change around you? If so, begin by asking God to do something new in your heart. Let’s go!
1) What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
2) Jesus tells the disciples in Acts 1:8 that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes. What comes to mind when you think of the word “power”? Does your life exhibit the power of God?
3) Who can you share the gospel with today? Who can you invite to church?