What Peter Knew And Said

Peter, who just 50 days earlier had fervently denied Christ, is now preaching with boldness by the mercy of Christ and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. His sermon (Acts 2:14-21) explains from the prophet Joel that the last days had arrived, the promised gift of the Spirit had been poured out, and the world's savior had been identified. Let us as…read more

Be Filled with the Spirit

On the day of Pentecost all the gathered believers are filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered for bold proclamation of the good new of Jesus. Boldness is not rudeness. It is courage mixed with compassion. Let us obey the directive of Christ in Luke 11:13 to ask the Father for the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit-Filled Church

The coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost created a Spirit-filled church that was devoted to unerring truth, sacrificial fellowship, corporate worship, and compassionate witness. The presence, power, and fullness of the Holy Spirit empowered the early church believers creating a zeal and commitment that we may share as we allow the Spirit to work in our lives.

Praying for Power

We are as safe as God is powerful. Paul's prayer (Ephesians 1:18-23) echoes the promises given in 1Peter 1:3-5. Our living hope and our inheritance in the saints are secure through the immeasurable, great power of God.

Praying for Our Inheritance

In Ephesians 1:17-18 Paul continues his prayer for believers by asking God to give them knowledge of the "riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints." The meaning of this is twofold: 1) We are God's beloved and valued inheritance (Malachi 3:16-17). 2) God bestows upon us the inheritance of Himself and of His many promises (Matthew 25:34, John 14:1-3, and other verses). Let Paul's prayer shape our prayers, and let it reorient our lives to serve Him in joy and holiness.

Knowing God Better

Our greatest need and privilege is to know God (Jeremiah 9:23-24). Paul prays for the believers, asking the Father of glory to give them the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God. This knowledge is more than knowing facts or even understanding deep doctrinal truths. It is a relationship with the true, living God, growing in close fellowship with Him as the Holy Spirit gives us insight through the Scriptures.

Who We Pray For

Paul prays that God's glory will be advanced, and he also prays for the spiritual well-being of believers, including himself. Let us pray earnestly, humbly, fervently, and frequently. Pray that we will know God better and be empowered to follow Him in righteousness.

Present in Spirit

Let us be a church on mission together for the glory of God, present together in spirit while physically separated. A church on mission prays and provides care and encouragement. It edifies and exhorts one another to practice integrity even while alone.

The Savior Who Triumphs

Philippians 3:20-4:1 declares that our citizenship is in heaven. This is a grace-based promise, not a merit-based wishful thinking. We eagerly await the return of our risen Lord and Savior. At Christ’s return, He will transform our lowly bodies, by His divine power, to be like His glorified body. Therefore, let us stand firm in the Lord.

The Shepherd Who Provides

Jesus is the Good Shepherd who voluntarily lays down his life for the sheep. This same shepherd provides for us by gathering us together and knowing us personally. He leads us through His word and keeps us safe and secure Him.

Fear Not

Isaiah 41:10 provides promises and commands in a time of fear and uncertainty. We are told not to fear or be dismayed. Then we are given the many reasons why the holy, righteous, victorious, almighty God is worthy of our trust. Let us declare: I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalms 34:4 (ESV)

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