Sermon Overview & Prayer: "An Adventure Like No Other"

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AN ADVENTURE LIKE NO OTHER – PRAYER POINTS

Jeff Purswell  |  Acts 1:1-8  |  3.20.22

These written prayers are intended to fuel your meditation on this passage and your enjoyment of God in prayer.

In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Acts 1:1-8

PRAYER: Father, as I read the Gospel According to Luke, I ask that the Holy Spirit deepen my personal knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Fill me with awe at the incarnation. Inspire me with the display of his compassion and courage, suffering and sacrifice, discernment, and determination to do the will of the Father. And in knowing him, deepen my love for him and trust in him, that I might follow him in his continuing mission to build his church through us, his people.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank you for a completed salvation. Thank you for living the perfect life that I could never live. Thank you for going to the cross, suffering in my place, and bearing the wrath of God which I deserved. Thank you, that in rising from the dead you conquered death and hell, and secured forgiveness and eternal salvation for all who would believe. By your amazing grace I have been saved! May the reminder of who you are and what you accomplished, inspire me, even now, to make that message known in the world around me!

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, whenever I read Scripture, open my eyes to the glorious anticipation of promises made, and fill my heart with worshipful amazement of promises fulfilled. Let me see beyond moments in history to behold the glory of your eternal plan of salvation for a people you would indwell and call your own. 

PRAYER: Father, as I read the words of Jesus in the gospel, telling his followers who they would soon receive, and who they would become as a result, remind me that you are speaking to me as well! Prompt me each and every day to ask to be freshly filled your Holy Spirit. Take me back to the promises Jesus made about what the Holy Spirit would do in us and through us.

PRAYER: Lord God, as I read of the promised Holy Spirit, I read that I not only receive, but also become.

Empower me as your child to be your witness. As being your new creation looks like holiness, and being your disciple looks like loving, so being your witness means... witnessing! Help me to faithfully and fruitfully steward the precious gift of your Holy Spirit, and to faithfully and fruitfully steward the privilege of being your witness.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we bow in adoration and praise as we consider that we are no longer confined to a place to encounter and enjoy your presence. Thank you that you have chosen instead to save and indwell a people you have called to be your own. Thank you that through this people you will fill the earth with your glory. May my every gathering with your people capture my heart with that display of your glory, goodness, and grace.

PRAYER: Lord, as we read the Book of Acts empower us, inspire us, and guide us to treasure and actively take our place in your story! 

 

OVERVIEW OF THE SERMON:
The book of Acts details the greatest adventure of the New Testament. It could be called, “The Acts of the risen Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, through His church. The first few verses of this story reveals three Christ-centered realities for Christians. The first is a completed salvation that Jesus emphatically accomplished by seeking and saving sinners in His suffering, death and resurrection! The second Christ-centered reality is a divine renewal in which God comes through on His promises to make a new covenant through providing believers new hearts, affections, and power! And finally, Jesus sends His followers on an empowered mission that unexpectedly restores His Kingdom through spiritual renewal rather than political conquest. Those He rescues He transforms, those He transforms He empowers to cover the globe with the good news of Jesus Christ. This is our glorious story as Christians!

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How do the acts of Jesus (Gospels-Acts) speak to those who feel like their life is random or insignificant? 
  2. Can you share how your life displays God’s renewing power and grace? Or can you point out evidence of His renewal in someone else in our group?
  3. This news is not for the strong and impressive. What are your fears, weaknesses, and sufferings that we can come alongside of you in and pray for?
  4. How does this perspective of the Christian life and our witness of Jesus reorient your life?