“Fueled for the Mission” • Acts 1:4-11 (audio sermon)

This is message #2 is Creekstone’s new series in Acts, The Revolution. In this message, we learn what it means to be fueled for the mission as gospel revolutionaries. 

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Acts 1:4-11 • “Fueled for the Mission”

 

Message introduction. Yesterday, when I got in the car to go run some errands, that little orange light came on… 

 

Some of us have plenty of fuel in our cars, but spiritually we are out of gas. The little orange light is on in our souls and we know it.  

 

Main point:  This morning we are going to learn what it means to be fueled for the mission as gospel revolutionaries. 

 

Read passage – Acts 1:4-11 (ESV)

4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed 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 and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

 

  1. There is a Spiritual Power to Receive
    1.  
      1. The need for this spiritual power
      2. The experience of this spiritual power – “the baptism with the Holy Spirit”
        1.  
          1. Water baptism is the shadow of Spirit baptism’s reality.  Water baptism symbolizes the promise of God. Spirit baptism seals the promise of God: to cleanse us from sin, unite us to Jesus and empower us with the Spirit.
          2. Spirit baptism has two key aspects: 
            1.  Assurance (Spiritual Peace) – Rom. 5:5“the love of God has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit”
            2.  Ability (Spiritual Power) – the indwelling Spirit endows us with various gifts to be used for mission (teaching, giving, admin., helps, mercy…)
          3. Theologically, the baptism with the Spirit happens at conversion and is a one-time event. However, we are intended to experience ongoing, continuous “fillings” with the Spirit as well. That actually is what we see in the book of Acts and it is still the pattern today.
      3.  How do we wake up spiritually? How do we receive this spiritual power?
        1.  
          1.  Brew the gospel– get spiritually caffeinated, get awake to the grace of God
          2.  Galatians 3:1-2, “You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard?”
          3.  How? 
            1. Read through a chapter of the Bible – look for seeds of grace, plant ‘em
            2. Audio Bible (youversion)/Psalms
            3. Read a book on grace (1 chap every morning or evening – see blog – Abba’s Child, The Prodigal God, Transforming Grace)
            4. Listen to gospel-centered music (sovereign grace, indelible grace)
            5. Review sermon notes
            6. My blog & others (I’ll try to post some others) – KINDLING
  2. There is a Kingdom Vision to Possess
    1.  
      1. A global kingdom vision
      2. A local kingdom vision
      3. How can we get over this provincial, limited perspective and have a truly kingdom vision?
        1.  
          1. Talk well of other local churches  
          2. Partner with other local churches when possible – SIDE by SIDE in April 
          3. Pray for other local churches  
  3. There is a Personal Testimony to Share 
    1.  
      1. The expectation of personal testimony
      2. The opportunities for personal testimony
        1.  
          1. Formal – from a stage
          2. Informal – over coffee or on the sideline of a youth soccer game
      3. The fear of personal testimony- after all, the Gk word for “witness” (martures) is martyr!
      4. So, what do we say in a personal testimony?  
        1.  
          1. Tell about how you came to understand and embrace GRACE 
            1. Use the specific event – a Sunday message, a conference, a friend
            2. Use theological categories:  creation, rebellion, redemption, restoration
            3. Use Bible passages like Rom. 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”
            4. Use an illustration such as “The  A+ for the F” (posted on blog)
          2. A Personal testimony is nothing more than a story of grace... and how grace is changing you —> resting in the grace/love of God, repent more, forgive more…

 

Conclusion.  According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), in the past five years, fuel exhaustion (running out of gas) has been the leading cause in over 230 small plane crashes in the US.  Frank Allegretti was 64 and had been a pilot for more than twenty years, but apparently ignored his gauges and crashed his plane into a cornfield in Iowa.  He ran out of fuel, went into a tailspin and couldn’t pull out of it.

 

What about a spiritual tailspin? What are we to do? Nothing! We don’t DO anything. To pull out of a tailspin, we must receive something.

 

Being fueled for the mission begins with…

  1. Receiving spiritual power through faith in the love of God expressed through Jesus 
  2. It includes possessing a kingdom vision, and 
  3. Results in sharing my personal testimony of grace when the opportunity arises.  

And that is what the Revolution is about: the transforming grace of God to us in the person of Jesus, who lived, died, rose, reigns now and who one day will return again. 

 

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