Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
29-MAY-22 | ACTS 11:19-30 |
SEEING SPIRIT EXTENDED OUR MINISTRY
PTR. NARRY SANTOS
SERMON NOTES: SEEING THE SPIRIT EXTEND OUR MINISTRY
We are continuing our 6-part sermon series entitled “Partnership with the Holy Spirit” (Studies from the Book of Acts). Two Sundays ago, we talked about when & how we can experience the Spirit empowerment (Acts 6:1-7). This Sunday, we will learn that the Spirit extends our ministry. We see this extension in the way God uses (& wants to use) all God’s people. In Acts 11:19-30, we will discover how the Spirit works in accomplishing different tasks through different people.
1. THE SPIRIT USES LAY PEOPLE TO EVANGELIZE (11:19-21)
The Spirit uses lay people (even unknown & unnamed followers of Jesus) in the context of suffering (11:19a), who traveled far & wide to “spread the word” to Jews (11:19b) & to tell the good news of Jesus to the Greeks (or Gentiles) (11:20). The presence of God was evident with them & the problem led to progress in people turning to God (11:21).
2.THE SPIRIT USES LEADERS TO ENCOURAGE (11:22-24)
The Spirit uses church leaders to send Barnabas (“Son of Encouragement”), who was “a good man, full of the Holy Spirit & faith” (11:24a), to see if God’s work is evident in Antioch (11:22). Barnabas saw the grace of God there & encouraged the people to keep remaining true to God (11:23). The result is the Spirit brought a great number of people to the Lord (11:24b).
3. THE SPIRIT USES MINISTERS TO EQUIP (11:25-26)
The Spirit uses ministers (like Barnabas) to get more help (from Saul of Tarsus) (11:25), who both became partners in equipping & educating the church in Antioch for a year (11:26a). As a result, they “taught great numbers of people” (11:26b), especially the disciples (or Christians) in Antioch (11:26c).
4. THE SPIRIT USES CHURCHES TO EFIDY (11:27-30)
The Spirit uses the church in Antioch in a time of severe famine (11:27-28) to edify (or build up) the church in Jerusalem through the former’s provision of help & sending of gifts with Barnabas & Saul as emissaries (11:29-30) to benefit the followers of Jesus in Judea.
22-MAY-22 | DEUT 16:1-3 |
CHRIST IN THE PASSOVER
BRO. TEDDY AND SIS. DVORA LEMAS
SERMON NOTES: CHRIST IN THE PASSOVER
15-May-22 | Act 6:1-7 |
Experience The Spirit’s Empowerment
Ptr. Narry Santos
SERMON NOTES: EXPERIENCE THE SPIRIT’S EMPOWERMENT
This Sunday, we begin our 6-part sermon series on the Book of Acts entitled “Partnership with the Holy Spirit.” We want to understand how the Spirit is involved in our daily roles, relationships, and responsibilities. To kick off this series, we will look at how we can experience the reality of the Spirit’s power, as we learn from the experience of the Jerusalem church (1:8; 2:4, 38; see 2:41, 47b; 4:4; 5:14) In Acts 6:1-7, when & how can we experience the Spirit’s empowerment?
1. IN DIFFICULT DAYS, GROW IN PRAYER & GOD’S WORD (6:1-2, 4, 6)
The Spirit works powerfully in the context of growth (6:1a) & challenging conflict (6:1b). In response to both, the apostles knew what to do: grow in the ministry of God’s Word (6:2, 4b; see 1:20; 2:16-21, 25, 34-35, 42) & prayer (6:4a; see 1:14, 24; 2:42; 4:24, 31). We create an environment for the Spirit to work powerfully when we are in God’s Word & prayer. In difficult times, let’s grow more in both prayer & the Word.
2. IN DEVELOPING LEADERS, GO FOR GODLY CHARACTER (6:3, 5, 7)
The Spirit works powerfully in the context of raising more leaders (6:3, 5) & causing more growth in God’s ministry (6:7). Difficult days are an opportune time to add more leaders in God’s work. What kind of leaders? Godly ones (“full of the Spirit & wisdom” [6:3]; “full of faith & of the Holy Spirit [6:5a]; see “full of God’s grace & power” [6:8], 6:10). They also chose leaders who can relate with the people who are going through the challenging time (6:5b). We create an environment for the Spirit to work powerfully when we grow in godliness & develop godly leaders. In developing leaders, let’s go for godliness & grow godly ones.
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