Waiting for Wonder (Acts 1:1-11)
Part of the Heart of Our Story 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, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 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.
4 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; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 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.” 9 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.”
Heart of Our Story
Waiting for Wonder
*What are you waiting for?
The church moves forward by:
*Our LOVE for HIS church will determine our focus, commitment and impact!
"He said to them, It is not for you to know the times or epochs which 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 in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." Acts 1:7-8
"They also said, Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go to heaven." Acts 1:11
Watching His plan unfold -
I. Affirmation of HIs plan - Acts 1:1-3
A. We must submit to His Spirit
B. We must focus on the kingdom
II. Instructions to follow - Acts 1:4-5
A. Our hearts must yield to His commands
B. Our lives are guided by His Spirit
III. Captivating reminders of the times - Acts 1:6-8
A. Jesus always clarifies any questions that might confuse
B. Our responsibility centers in our witness
IV. Gazing at the answer - Acts 1:9-11
A. He makes an inedible impression in our hearts
B. Heaven affirms His total plan
Do you love His church?