Stuck Behind the Walls

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a sermon about waiting for the Holy Spirit and applies it in a very relevant way to our lives by tying it to the fact that many of us still wait for the Spirit to bring us out the confines of our own mind so that we can live the abundant life that God intends for us. Based on Acts 1:1-11

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*Call to Worship
As we worship this morning, we are in the Lord;
He calls us to be one with Him.
We gather to worship what God has done in our lives .
We praise the One who gives us all we need.
We worship a powerful and awesome God, who calls us together in fellowship.
Let us worship God!

*Prayer of Confession
Dear Lord, our lives are filled with Your influences. We try to find You when we are lost, but often wander or follow the wrong voices; we try to hear You when the world won’t be quiet, but often choose the easy options over the right ones; we try to feel You in our hearts when evil tries to make us numb, but often seek temporary happiness. Help us to know that through God we are filled with the Holy Spirit, who empowers us to get our from behind our walls to do God’s work in the world…(Silent time of prayer)

*Assurance of Pardon
Jesus fulfilled His prophesy by teaching and preparing His followers. He gives us power of the Holy Spirit. As we confess, He grants us mercy and forgives us our sins so we can tell others about Him.
Thanks be to God!

Acts 1:1-11 (NRSV)

The Promise of the Holy Spirit
1 In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning 2 until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4 While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

The Ascension of Jesus
6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11 They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”