The book of Acts is all about the launch of the church... the people of God, empowered by God, for the mission of God. In Acts 1 we see Jesus lay out the power, the purpose, and the plan that his followers will need to accomplish the mission. What follows is a revolution that changed the world. Today, we (the church) are continuing that revolution. The mission of God is not finished. He continues to use His church to accomplish his purpose in the world. Long live the revolution!
Consider a specific way that you can be a witness for Christ in your neighborhood this week.
Series: Long Live the Revolution (Part I)
* The Church is God’s vehicle to reach the whole world… The church is the people of God, empowered by God, for the mission of God.
* Our own willpower is not sufficient to be, and accomplish, all that God asks us to be/accomplish. We need a greater power… the Holy Spirit.
* God’s purpose/mission for the church hasn’t changed… That others may know of Jesus and what He’s done for them. We are His witnesses.
* The plan is that it start locally, and then expand like ripples in a pond outward to the whole world.
1. What was most interesting or encouraging to you about the sermon this week?
2. What was most challenging to you about the sermon this week?
3. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer? What does it mean to live a Spirit filled life?
4. According to Acts 1:8 we are to be His (Jesus’) witnesses. What does it mean to be His witness? How do we do that in our day to day lives?
5. Jesus seems to lay out a plan, or a strategy for the church when he tells the apostles that they should start in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. What does this strategy look like for us today? What’s our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and ends of the earth? How have you been able to be a witness for Christ in one or more of these areas?
6. The action step this week was to consider a specific way you can be a witness for Christ in your neighborhood this week. Have you been able to do this? If not, what are some possible ways you can do this?