Back to the Future Message Series

BACK TO THE FUTURE

Part 2 – The Power and The Purpose
Acts 1:4-14

October 31, 2021
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

 

INTRODUCTION

The power of the church in the 1st Century is still the power of the church in the 21st Century, The Holy Spirit.

1. THE POWER OF THE CHURCH IS THE HOLY SPIRIT.  (Acts 1:4-5)

A. Acts 1:4-5  On one occasion, while Jesus was eating with His disciples, He gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.  5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

B. The early church did not have political power, economic power, or cultural power but they had a supernatural power.

C. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit is God.

1. Everything that can be said about God can be said about the Holy Spirit.

a. The Holy Spirit is eternal.  (Hebrews 9:14)

b. He is the creator.

Genesis 1:2  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

c. The Holy Spirit is all powerful, all knowing, and all present – He is God.

D. The Holy Spirit was active in the Old Testament.   In every case, the Old Testament refers to the Holy Spirit as just coming upon someone for a defined purpose and then leaves them but in the New Testament the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us forever.

E. The Holy Spirit baptizes us into God’s family.

1 Corinthians 12:13  The Holy Spirit has fitted us all together into one body.  We have been baptized INTO Christ’s body by the one Spirit, and have all been given that same Holy Spirit.  (Living Bible)

F. The Holy Spirit indwells our life.

Romans 8:11 And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you.

G. Acts 1:8  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you…

H. The power and effectiveness of the Holy Spirit within our life is in direct proportion to our surrender to Him.

The more we surrender our life in obedience to the Word of God, the greater His power will flow through our lives.

2. OUR church IS NEVER TO LOSE SIGHT OF OUR PURPOSE. (Acts 1:8)

A. Acts 1:8  But you shall receive power, after the Holy Spirit is come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

B. That church together must grasp the idea that we are a people on mission for God.

Romans 8:29  For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son…. (NLT)

3. THE CHURCH IS TO BE UNITED IN LOVE.  (Acts 1:14)

Acts 1:14  All of these with their minds in full agreement devoted themselves steadfastly to prayer, waiting together.  (Amplified Classic)

4. the church is to be devoted to prayer.  (Acts 1:14)

Acts 1:14  All of these with their minds in full agreement devoted themselves steadfastly to prayer, waiting together.  (Amplified Classic)