A Room with a Purpose (Acts 1:12-26)
Part of the Heart of Our Story series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Acts 1:12–26 (Listen)
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. 13 And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
15 In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16 “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 18 (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms,
“‘May his camp become desolate,
and let there be no one to dwell in it’;
“‘Let another take his office.’
21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” 23 And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Heart of Our Story
A Room with a Purpose
*Is prayer the key to your life?
*Do you have an inner room?
Remembering where you came from can lead you to your next destination!
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. Acts 1:14
And they prayed and said, You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen. Acts 1:24
The legacy of our faith must be imbedded in our hearts!
Three actions in the Upper Room-
I. Action #1 - They formed a community of prayer - Acts 1:12-14
A. One mind - Walking together to effectively accomplish more
B. Continual devotion - Praying together to insure experiencing His will
II. Action #2 - They maintained a continuity of focus - Acts 1:15-20
A. Sensitivity for sharing a timely word
B. Reminder of the true price of betrayal and disloyalty
III. Action #3 - They committed to a continuity of purpose - Acts 1:21-26
A. Importance of filling every need
B. Simple prayer led to supernatural direction
Vision - Form an unbreakable bond through Jesus
Equipping - Allow prayer and fellowship to build your life
Power - Rely on the Holy Spirit to guide your steps
Motivation - Changing the world was their only goal
What are you praying about right now?