Living in Holy Anticipation (Acts 1:1-11)

Gearl Spicer Gearl Spicer, February 21, 2021
Part of the Just In Time - Capturing The Moments series, preached at a Sunday Online service

Acts 1:1–11 (Listen)

1:1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 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.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”


Sermon Notes

Just In Time - Capturing The Moments
Living in Holy Anticipation
Acts 1:1-11

Do you remember the last time you experienced a major life change?

"He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or epochs with the
Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive power when
The Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both
In Jerusalem and Samaria, and even the remotest part of the earth." Vs. 7-8

They also said, Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky…vs.11

Radical changes that led to an amazing future:

I. Grasping the blessing of the resurrection - vs. 1-3
A. Orders are given to be obeyed
B. Suffering opened the door to the kingdom
C. All the preparation was for effectiveness

II. Listening to instructions led to Holy Spirit power - vs. 4-5,8a
A. He keeps His promises
B. He speaks clearly to our hearts
C. Understand dynamic power is coming

III. Realize the mystery of future Kairos moments - vs. 6-7
A. Live in anticipation of the future kingdom
B. Live under His authority

IV. Staying focused leads to eternal impact - vs. 8-11
A. Present a living witness
B. Focus on your future

What are you anticipating?

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