Acts 1:8 KJV
“But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
The Acts of the Apostles begins with people who are told not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father. This whole book begins with the church being patient, waiting until they were to receive something. Jesus uses the words John said: that he baptized with water, but there is one that will baptize you with the Holy Ghost. In verse 6 of the first chapter you can see the tension in the disciples. Jesus has been appearing and disappearing and they are very unsatisfied with it. The apostles have a group meeting and they ask Jesus when is the kingdom going to be restored? This is actually the last time they ask a dull, slow question of Jesus. He immediately said it is not for you to know and then returns in His thought of the Holy Spirit.
I believe that the Holy Spirit in the church makes Jesus real and causes our prayer life to be real. Jesus says to the apostles you are going to receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and to the uttermost part of the earth. This encounter was to effect ourselves first, our families second, our community third, and our world fourth. Jesus says here’s how the kingdom will be made real. It will flow out through you and beyond you in the power of the Holy Spirit.
If the theme that Jesus is resurrected from the dead and the centralness of prayer is to be known, the church needs to be empowered by the Holy Spirit. It is my prayer that our community would be an Acts Community, a community that glorifies Jesus and is marked by prayer. In the weeks to come it is my prayer that we will continue to strengthen our faith, confidence, and trust towards our resurrected Lord. It is my prayer that in this summer period of rest that we will be refreshed and encouraged in our faith by recognizing that Jesus is central to all that we