What’s Next? – Ps Kerrin Wallis [12/05/2019 AM]
The book of Acts is like an adventure packed movie.
- After the Resurrection – What next?
- Everything exploded amongst Christians after the Resurrection.
- When Kerrin decided to first kiss Teagan, all she said was “well that was weird”. Kerrin was devastated but soon realised that there was much more to marriage. They then had Boston and they were amazed at how their lives changed. They thought ‘what do we do now we have a child?’
- The disciples experienced the love of God and wondered at the after effects. God was birthing things in their lives.
Act 5 – What came next was:
- The disciples gave all they had to the service of Church.
- They experienced revival – a willingness to give all their finances to further the cause of the Church and to the service of God.
- The Holy Spirit awakens an awareness of the spiritual life.
- We need to understand eternity will unlock generosity.
- We are stewards of this life. We need to understand that all we have comes from Him and remember that: God is God and I am not.
- Kerrin was in Bible College and he and his brothers were at K.F.C. when a new Christian came in and insisted on paying for their meal.
- You can tell when someone has a revelation – it unlocks generosity.
- Generosity of words and money as well as time.
- For the early Christians generosity was the result of the growth of the early Church.
- Persecution was a result of the movement of the early Church.
- When there is an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, it opens the gate of persecution.
- It brings out the toughness in you.
- It stirs a spark of fire. The church grows when it is persecuted.
- When courage is challenged, courage grows.
- We need to be bold with our faith. Life can be hard, but we need to be bold.
Acts 4:31 (NIV)
31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
- When God pours out His Holy Spirit, people will be bold.
- ‘Every day I preach the Gospel, and sometimes I use words’ was reportedly spoken by Saint Francis of Assisi. Our actions should always reflect Jesus Christ.
3. Souls get saved
- People find Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit was poured out for a reason.
Acts 1:4-8 (NIV)
4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, 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.”
6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
- We can get distracted by the stuff of the Holy Spirit.
- Vs 8
- Jesus is very clear that you and I will be witnesses.
- He fills us with the power to be bold witnesses.
- There is a rule of first mention in the Bible and we need to find the pattern of what comes next.
- In Acts the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and then became bold.
- People find salvation because of boldness to spread the good news.
- Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and became bold. The disciples left the Upper Room and then the Church was born.
- The Holy Spirit is poured out into our workplace, family and friends.
- You are the best person to preach the Gospel to reach your family and friends. We witness to people with our lives.
- Tell people about what God has done in your life.
- The Holy Spirit will do His part and bring them to Him.
4. Committed Disciples
Acts 6:1 (NIV)
In those days when the number of disciples was increasing
- Disciples are disciplined followers of Christ.
- They made a conscious decision to follow Christ, a deliberate, passionate decision.
- Under Roman rule, the disciples put their lives on the line when they began to witness about what Jesus had done for them.
- They were committed followers, disciplined to follow Christ.
- The Merriam-Webster Dictionary Definition of disciple. 1 : one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another: such as Christianity : one of the twelve in the inner circle of Christ’s followers according to the Gospel accounts
- Disciples made it their goal to become like Christ.
- They made the decision to devote themselves to Christ.
Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
- God will add daily those who will be saved when we devote time to the Word of God.
- Definition of Church attendee – once every 4 or 5 weeks.
- We need to be a Church that is devoted and prepared to make Church a priority in our lives.
- To reach a generation takes devotion.
- The number one priority in our lives is to invest in relationships to build Godly friendships in your lives.
- Devoted disciples, committed to Christ.
- God will add to the Church.
- Surrender and invite God to be King of our lives.
Suggestions for Discussion Questions
- What does it mean to you to be stewards of this life?
- Do you believe that when courage is challenged, courage grows?
- Discuss what you think it means by God will add daily those who will be saved when we devote time to the Word of God.
- The number one priority in our lives is to invest in relationships to build Godly friendships in your lives. How does effect people?