“Filled with the Spirit, we devote ourselves to God and one another,
and preach the kingdom of God
Christmas is about God with us. Easter is about God for us. Pentecost is about God in us.
I. Filled with the Spirit (v.1-13)
“God put His Spirit in us so we could be known for our power. Sadly, most believers and churches are known for talent and intellect rather than supernatural power. What’s worse is that we’re okay with it…. I'm willing to bet there are millions of churchgoers across America who cannot confidently say they have experienced His (the Spirit's) presence or action in their lives over the past year. And many of them do not believe they can!” Francis Chan
II. We devote ourselves to God and one another (v.42-46)
v.42–47 gives us a glimpse of what the early church valued and practiced. They valued and practiced as disciples of Jesus: devotion to God and his Word, fellowship with one another, radical generosity and sharing, and praying and worshipping together.
As a result of Christ-centered values and spiritual practices in the early church, two powerful effects took place:
1) “enjoying the favor of all the people.”
2) “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
III. We preach the kingdom of God (v.14-41;47)
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15
As we love God and obey his Word, walk in deep community with one another, give selflessly, and pray continually, we will once again change the world by the power of the Holy Spirit.