Journey With Jesus: The Resurrection
Acts 1:4-11 “And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? Thissame Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Today we will take the final steps in our Journey with Jesus.
It started way back on December 3 With the Love Story and Concludes today with BE
The Love Story set the stage for everything that we would experience while on this journey. It would let us see what God was thinking and how meticulously He had it all planned out and How it was His plan from the very beginning and let us in on it for the first time in Genesis 3:15.
The Gospel is a love story and once we have become a part of that love story then we play a part in others experiencing that love story.
Mrs. Hanks, Becky Hooker, Bart Brewer, Bruce Buckle
Every step of this Journey until the resurrection was steps Jesus took for us. Every step after after the resurrection is us taking steps to follow Jesus’s steps. Step into the Water, Our Hearts Burned Within us, Step across the Line, joy in the resurrection, and now BE.
BE is the ultimate in stepping or jumping into the water.
It is the ultimate of a burning heart, it is way over the line. It is walking out the life of a disciple regardless of the cost. Doing so with joy!
Acts 1:4-5, “He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
a. Don’t depart from Jerusalem
important: Jesus was sent to the house of Israel
Don’t weep for me weep for yourselves
He came to save Israel He was their Messiah
b. Wait for the Promise of the Father
It was prayer time
Jesus had walked among them for 40 days since His resurrection now it was time to pray and wait.
They were basically called to a 10 day prayer meeting.
Pentecost is 50 days after Passover
Called to wait in prayer
Notice how quickly they get side tracked
Acts 1:6-7, “Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.”
They picked up on staying in Jerusalem that Jesus was going to restore an earthly kingdom. That was not what they were to be focused on
As humans we miss the main thing all the time and get wrapped around our own ideas this is the launching of the church, the body of Christ,
The spiritual kingdom that has no end. This was the continuation of everything that Jesus started out to do from Genesis 3:15. He came to redeem men from our broken line of DNA which was created by our sin and we now were the ones carrying the Love Story to the World.
In order to do that we needed God.
We needed what Jesus had when he worked His Fathers will
We needed the Holy Spirit.
2. Be baptized with the Holy Spirit
So in Acts 1:8 he refocuses them on the main thing!
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
In verse 5, “John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
So two weeks ago we experienced the baptism in water
Remember that John baptized with water to repentance
We baptize people in water as a profession of faith in what has already happened in our lives
We died with Christ
We were buried with Christ
And we were resurrected with Christ
John said Jesus would baptize us
Not with water
Matthew 3:11, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
This is a baptism of Fire
Matthew 3:12, “His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
3. Be witnesses to Me
After this baptism He says Be witnesses to Me
It is this baptism that gives us the power
To with stand any trial and persecution
It is what made these 11 able to change the world
And for 10 of them to die a martyrs death
Only John died of old age but not until he had suffered greatly.
You see with the resurrected savior and the promise of the Father
The Church is empowered
What Peter did in Acts 2
What Jesus said
John 14:12-13, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
4. Don’t stand gazing up to heaven
Acts 1:9-11, “Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Lets not get side tracked
Good things can side track us
Looking up to heaven
Watching our savior
Our golden calfs
We have a Jerusalem
And the ends of the earth to reach
Next month is Month of Missions
Rise Up Serve Day Saturday May 5
We know that in the USA the body of Christ is largely inactive or asleep when it comes to multiplying disciple makers of our Lord Jesus Christ.
There is good news. The church is rediscovering how to make disciples, disciples that make other disciples. Curtis Sergeant has been at the forefront of the movement.
From 1991 to 2002 Curtis served as a missionary in an island region of China. When he arrived, there was a population of about 7 million and fewer than 100 known Christians. By 1996 he was able to leave because it was obvious that disciples were reproducing other disciples and he was no longer needed. By 2008 there were more than 500,000 followers of Christ on the island.
Here’s what Curtis reports: “Though difficult, these were the most blessed years of my life. I learned what it meant to be a disciple – to truly follow Jesus. Together with my Chinese brothers and sisters, I learned how to make disciples … teaching them to obey all Jesus’ commands. I experienced God’s power at work through me and around me. I saw God change lives.”
“When I moved back to the United States, I found that many American believers have never experienced God working in this way. When I tried to introduce the disciple-making concepts that were foundational to the work God did in China, I encountered blank stares.”
“Most of us cannot merely hear the principles then put them into practice. We need to see, feel, taste, touch and experience before we can implement. This is the goal of MetaCamp: to teach you the principles for multiplying discipleship; and to put them into practice – at MetaCamp – so you can continue to put them into practice in your own life and teach them to others.”
“This is the ‘big idea’ of MetaCamp: to provide an experiential learning environment for reproductive disciple-making. This is a way to obey the first commandment ever given: ‘Be fruitful and multiply.’ ‘Meta’ is a Greek prefix, usually meaning ‘beyond.’ MetaCamp is beyond the ‘normal’ camp experience.
Since China, Curtis has served with the IMB leadership, then with Rick Warren at Saddleback Church and as a Vice President with e3Partners until God called him to plant a church and develop a training center in rural Alabama five years ago.
That church plant and training center in rural Alabama has now seen:
• 117,758 new churches planted
• 2,064,113 people reached
• Over 40 generations of disciples multiplied
Can you imagine what might happen if, in our community, we went from:
• 2% of Christians sharing their faith to 20% or more
• Christians were making disciples that make disciples into multiple generations
• If this began to happen everywhere in our community