The Power of the Holy Spirit

Gregory Magruder       Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL     06/02/19
 
“The Power of the Holy Spirit"
Acts 1:1-11
 
INTRODUCTION: This is Ascension Sunday. It marks the ascension of Jesus into heaven 40 days after his resurrection. Jesus had appeared to his disciples many times and proved he had risen from the dead. Jesus told his disciples that the gospel would be preached to all nations. They were to be his witnesses. They were to wait in Jerusalem and receive power from on high. Then Jesus was taken up into heaven (Acts 1:1-3). Ascension Day celebrates Jesus’ return to his Father. He intercedes for us there. But he did not leave us alone. He has poured out his Holy Spirit on us so that he is present with us wherever we may be.
 
JESUS ASCENDED SO WE COULD BE…
 
BAPTIZED WITH THE SPIRIT (ACTS 1:4-5).
 
*Jesus established his body (the Church) on the day of Pentecost by pouring out his Spirit on his followers. The immersion in or baptism of the Spirit is a one-time event for new believers that makes them part of the community of Christ.  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. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (4-5).
 
*We are baptized in the Spirit at our new birth and the moment of salvation. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13).
 
*Every time the gospel went to a new place there was evidence of a baptism of the Spirit to confirm that the new believers were part of the Body of Christ. Examples include Pentecost (Acts 2), Caesarea (Acts 10), and Ephesus (Acts 19).
 
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT (ACTS 1:6-8).
 
*Once the believer is baptized into the church by the Spirit, the believer is empowered by the Spirit to do the work of the church. Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”  He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you” (6-8).
 
*There is one baptism of the Spirit, but there are many infillings of the Spirit. We are commanded to be filled with the Spirit. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).
 
*The Holy Spirit fills us with power to do God’s will and work. Acts has many examples of fresh infillings of the Spirit. The Spirit gives boldness to speak the word (Peter in Acts 4:8 and the church in Acts 4:31). The Spirit filled the first deacons (Acts 6:3) and Stephen, the first martyr (Acts 7:55).
 
ON MISSION WITH THE SPIRIT (ACTS 1:8-9).
 
*The Holy Spirit empowers God’s people to be witnesses. “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.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight (8-9).
 
*The Holy Spirit moves the church into the world to proclaim Good News of salvation. The Acts of the Apostles is a record of how the Holy Spirit advanced the gospel message. Philip is a good example of how the Spirit moved. Phillip the Evangelist was Spirit-filled and served as a deacon in Jerusalem (Acts 6:3). He preached in Samaria (Acts 8:5-6) and then witnessed to the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-39). Philip evangelized up and down the coast of Judea and settled in Caesarea (Acts 8:40). Philip was on mission with the Spirit of God and the vision of Jesus.
 
Does the Holy Spirit empower your life?
 
*God’s Spirit is like breath.
 
  • Breathe Out
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us...” (1 John 1:9).
 
  • Breathe In
“Be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).