Disciplines Leading to Holy Spirit Power

Acts 1:12-26

Disciplines Leading to Holy Spirit Power

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Jesus has instructed the disciples over 40 days.

Jesus has presented himself to his disciples by many proofs over this time and he has given them instruction on what to do before they are empowered to go do the mission.

Jesus’ disciples display that they have heard and they are seeking to obey.

It’s an in-between text in which they have to trust the Lord Jesus, obey his instruction and practice what they know.

This text also shows us some “how to” in regard to vital elements that precede supernatural empowerment. 

LET ME BE CLEAR. OUR “PENTECOST” TOOK PLACE AT REGENERATION. HOWEVER, WE ARE TO BE SUBSEQUENTLY FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT AS WE OBEY THE LORD. THE OBSERVATIONS HERE ARE NOT PRESCRIPTION FOR RECEIVING SUPERNATURAL EXPERIENCES AT THE WHIM OF THE PRACTITIONER (“I’ve done all these things now God owes me an experience” kind of mentality). HOWEVER, THESE OBSERVATIONS ARE PRACTICES OF PEOPLE WHO HEAR AND OBEY THE LORD AND WHEN THEY NEED POWER TO PREACH, BEAR WITNESS, PERFORM KINGDOM WORK OR CONFIRMATION OF FAITH OR STRENGTH TO DEFEAT SIN THEY WILL NOT BE LEFT UN-HELPED.

BIBLE STUDY NOTE: We are going to use the three main tasks of exegesis (observation/interpretation/application) as our headings so that 1. you can, by repetition, learn to ask the vital questions for exegeteing Scripture and 2. learn how to exegete as you read.

WHAT DO WE SEE? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT DO WE DO WITH IT?

Observation 1 What do we see?

1. The disciples waited in expectant obedience v. 12-13

1. Jesus ordered them not to depart Jerusalem but to wait for the Spirit. (1:4)

2. So, they just did what Jesus said to do because they trusted Jesus.

What does it mean?

1. Obedience always carries an expectation of good.

2. Disobedience always carries the suspicion of distrust.

3. The disciples simply trusted Jesus to do them good and make good on his promise.

What do we do with it?

1. We must make war for our faith in Jesus because war is truly made against our faith in Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 3:5 “For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to learn about your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and our labor would be in vain.”

2. Fight the lies and doubt that cast a shadow on the goodness of God and his desire to do us good.

3. Believe Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:24 that he who hears and him and does what he says builds his house on the rock.

Observation 2 What do we see?

2. The disciples were devoted to unified prayer in obedience to Jesus v. 14

1. One accord – “homothumadon” – one and the same, one mind, one mission

2. Devoting – to continue, to remain

3. The Prayer – “the prayer” – What prayer? It does not say.

4. Jesus’ brothers are there!

– John 7:5 – Jesus’ brothers did not believe in him

– Mark 3:21 – Jesus’ family thought him to be out of his mind

– 1 Corinthians 15:7 – Jesus appeared to James (his brother James)

– 1 Corinthians 15:6 – Jesus appeared to more than 500 disciples at one time (where are they now?)

What does it mean?

1. The disciples were unified and acting on Jesus teaching regarding prayer.

Luke 18:1-8

2. Unity and prayer are key factors in the kingdom of God.

– Unity communicates doctrinal truths.

– Prayer gets kingdom work done (see John 15:16).

3. Jesus’ followers are already making disciples while waiting to be empowered (James has been discipling his brothers).

4. Paul indicates that the 500 Jesus appeared to are “brothers”, therefore, Jesus was still at work although they are not here in Jerusalem.

– Jesus is at work even when we don’t see him and that work does not get press.

What do we do with it?

1. We are to fight for unity.

– Treat others as though they were more important than yourself.

– We are to be on Jesus’ mission with Jesus’ means as the primary tool of unity.

– We are to live in deference to the other. Consider others better and more worthy.

– Outdo one another in showing honor.

– Make disciples who make disciples!

– Be encouraged that the Lord is at work even if you are not getting the press!

2. We are to be a praying people.

– Don’t think in terms of adding more prayers to our worship service.

– Do think in terms of a Matthew 6:5-15 kind of prayer.

– Prayer with the audience of one not so others think we are spiritual

– Prayer in the “closet”

– Prayer fueled by the trust Father knows before I ask

– Prayer that seeks the exalting of the name of Jesus

– Prayer for the kingdom to come

– Prayer for the King’s will do be done

– Prayer for provision to stay on mission

– Prayer for forgiveness and to be able to forgive

– Prayer to fight against temptation and evil

Observation 3 What do we see?

3. The disciples grow in their understanding of the Scriptures v. 15-16, 17, 20

1. Peter gives some insight into the “God breathed” nature of Scripture: “…the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David…”

2 Peter 1:21 “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

2. Peter makes application to their situation from the Psalms.

What does it mean?

1. Jesus’ 40 days of instruction on how to read the Old Testament was very effective! (no duh)

2. There is present practice to be gleaned from the Scriptures rather than our culture.

– Peter did not appeal to the latest model for leadership. Peter used the Manual!

What do we do with it?

1. We are to work at knowing the text of Scripture and making application to our situations in life rather than letting culture speak to our situations.

2. Powerful moves of the Spirit won’t come from following the curse’s line of thinking.

Observation 4 What do we see?

4. Luke adds some historical commentary v. 18-19

1. Luke is know for his “asides”, (his commentary from his research about the situation he inserts the comment about).

2. Luke’s account differs slightly from Matthew’s account in 27:3-5 only in who bought the field and in the greater gross detail of the bloated and rotting body.

What does it mean?

1. “The NIV, along with many other translations, puts these verses in brackets to indicate that they should probably not be thought of as part of Peter’s speech but rather as an explanatory comment by Luke. The story given agrees in the main with the only gospel record of the matter (Mt. 27:3–5). The details that seem at variance can be reconciled if we read the two accounts together thus: after refusing the money the priests bought the field in Judas’ name and on his behalf, and it was there that he hanged himself. His body was no longer hanging by the time it was discovered, but had fallen from its suspended position to the ground where it had split open.”

2. Accounts that match completely are usually rehearsed. Accounts that are slightly different but center around an event point to an actual event happening and being recounted from different experiences (Officer Bryan Goresh).

3. Judas betrayed Jesus, returned his prize, hanged himself in historical reality. The gospels carry not legend but HISTORY!

What do we do with it?

1. We take confidence our bible is historical, accurate and testified to by eyewitnesses thus validating the message!

Observation 5 What do we see?

5. The disciples work to apply and obey scripture v. 21-22

1. “So” indicates the cause and effect relationship between the Scripture’s instruction and the subsequent actions. In other words, they read and understood now they had to do something.

2. They see the need to literally obey and have Judas’ empty spot filled. (many speculations as to why from some rules about 1 leader to 10 followers {12 to 120} / Jesus’ words about them sitting on 12 thrones judging the 12 tribes of Israel).

– They are simply seeking to obey what is written in application to their current need.

– This requires good study skills that observe, interpret and apply properly.

What does it mean?

1. Peter and the rest have learned how to observe, interpret and apply well from Jesus during his 40 day ministry.

2. The disciples are laboring at hearing and obeying!

What do we do with it?

1. Lets work hard at being people of the Word.

Observation 6 What do we see?

6. The disciples display unquestioning confidence in the providence of the Lord v. 23-26

Proverbs 16:33 “The lot is cast into the lap but its every decision is from the Lord.”

What does it mean?

1. The disciples truly believe the Lord to be Yahweh Yireh, the God who sees.

– Genesis 22:14 taught them that the Lord sees and thus supplies before hand.

– God’s foresight is his foreordination!

2. God is truly in charge of the details and we can “roll and trust him, he’ll cause the dice to land.”

What do we do?

1. We trust and obey because Father, Son and Spirit are good.

2. We must be careful to not over-engineer our days.

3. We are to not get flustered when things get sideways on us. We can respond in peace and rest knowing the God who sees will also make a way.

4. We must live with the expectation that the Spirit will bring the kingdom and do so through our kingdom work and give us all we need for power, authority, supply and joy.

Worship!

Psalm 147:1 “Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.”

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