With an Introduction behind us, we launch forward this week into the Book of Acts with a look at Acts 1:1-5. In this passage, we are immediately struck by a strange twist in the story of the Gospel. Once Jesus has given the disciples the task of sharing Christianity with the entire world, He then tells them that the next step in this massive global mission is simply to head back to Jerusalem and stay put. Sounds a bit anticlimactic?
Actually, the danger was that they would try to take on this task in their own strength, a strategy which wouldn’t have taken them very far. In order to have any chance of accomplishing this great task of evangelizing the world, they would have to stay put until they received a totally new way of relating to God: the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Here are some of the questions we will be asking on Sunday as we discuss this passage:
- Why does God give us stuff to do, and then sometimes ask us to wait?
- Is this promise of the Holy Spirit something that originated with Jesus, or with John the Baptist, or does it go back to promises God made in the Old Testament?
- What are the similarities between a baptism in water and a baptism in the Holy Spirit?
- Are people who follow Jesus still baptized in the Holy Spirit today?
- How do I know if I have been baptized in the Holy Spirit?
- Do I want to be baptized in the Holy Spirit?
Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, as we share from the Book of Acts with a Sermon called “The Promise of the Holy Spirit”.