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Promise of the Spirit

Acts 1:1-14, Andrew Love, January 27, 2019

Sermon Notes:


  • Quote from Spurgeon
    • Example of Elizabeth
    • Example of Zechariah 
    • Example of Simeon
  • Three believers before the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus
    • Example of others filled with the Holy Spirit
    • In Acts 1 Jesus is giving the promise of the Holy Spirit
      • Far greater than the above had experienced
  • Overview:
    • The Promise of the Spirit
    • The Power of the Spirit
    • Principles that apply to us

The Promise of the Spirit

  • The disciples were transformed
    • They had gone into the temple from the locked room
    • They were not fearful
    • They were bold
  • Jesus gave them of the Holy Spirit and gave them insight
    • On the day of Pentecost Peter preached with great insight and boldness
  • They were to wait in Jerusalem
    • About 40 days after Jesus was resurrected
    • About 10 days after Jesus had ascended
    • 120 were gathered in the upper room (v13-14)
  • Filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost
    • A fulfillment of a promise - the Book of Joel
  • The Holy Spirit would only come in a permanent way once Jesus had ascended into heaven and been glorified
    • The Holy Spirit will teach all things - He would be their teacher
    • The Holy Spirit gave the apostles special revelation to write the Scriptures
    • The Holy Spirit witnesses to Jesus Christ (v8)
    • Luke 24:49
    • A power to preach the Word of God with such boldness
      • 3000 were saved when Peter preached
  • The disciples will be baptised in the Holy Spirit (v5)
    • Jesus was ushering in the Kingdom of God
    • God was now near
    • God's people were no longer an ethnic group but Jew and Gentile
    • People saved in faith
  • Pentecost is a unique event
    • It was something new and something different
    • Two mistakes to avoid:
      • It cannot be repeated as it happened then
        • Visible fire
        • All given the gift of languages
      • There can be no further outpourings of the Holy Spirit
        • Acts 11:15-16
        • Acts 3:19, 4:8
    • The filling of the Holy Spirit comes on many occasions throughout the Acts of the Apostles (and Church History)
      • Example of Moldova

The Power of the Spirit

  • The Holy Spirit was to come down in power and they were to receive this power
    • To give an ability that they hadn't had before - to preach effectively
  • The disciples were concerned for ethnic Israel
    • Luke 24:21
  • Jesus rebuked them and wanted to them to consider the whole world (v8)
    • Two trains of thought:
      • Jesus is not denying the restoration of ethnic Israel
      • Jesus is saying that there is one Church - Jew and Gentile
    • What we can say:
      • Jesus' concern is that His disciples would do the work of evangelising the world
      • Our task is to evangelise the world - to take out the gospel
  • These men had a bad track record - little faith
    • Likely 7 were fisherman
    • Uneducated
    • Failures in many ways
    • Yet Jesus had chosen them to be a witness to Him
    • They were empowered to witness
  • Jesus did not start His ministry without being baptised by John, going into the wilderness and returning in the power of the Spirit
    • Jesus was anointed in order to preach the gospel
    • Quote from John MacArthur

Principles that apply to us

  • As Christians we have the Spirit of God living in us - He is for us, to do the works of God
    • Are we living in step with the Holy Spirit or do we grieve Him?
    • Do we live and walk in the Spirit?
    • Do we ask God to fill us with the Spirit?
    • Quote from Spurgeon
    • Ask, seek, knock
    • Do we have Spirit filled ministers teaching us?
  • The Holy Spirit is promised to believers if we ask
    • The disciples received the Holy Spirit
    • False teaching: we will not evangelise and preach unless we have the Holy Spirit
      • Often the Holy Spirit quickens us as we evangelise and preach
  • If we want to flourish as a church, we need to know more of the power of God in our lives
    • We must pray for each other
    • Example within the fellowship
    • We must pray to be individually used by God

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Acts 1:1-14

1The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 4And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. 6When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. 12Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey. 13And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. 14These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. (KJV)

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