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Start Off With Prayer Pastor Timothy Chan Chinese Grace Bible Church July 17, 2011
07.17.20112 Acts 1:1-14 (NIV 1984) 1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach
07.17.20113 Acts 1:1-14 (NIV 1984) 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
07.17.20114 Acts 1:1-14 (NIV 1984) 3 After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
07.17.20115 Acts 1:1-14 (NIV 1984) 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
07.17.20116 Acts 1:1-14 (NIV 1984) 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
07.17.20117 Acts 1:1-14 (NIV 1984) 6 So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
07.17.20118 Acts 1:1-14 (NIV 1984) 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.
07.17.20119 Acts 1:1-14 (NIV 1984) 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
07.17.201110 Acts 1:1-14 (NIV 1984) 9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
07.17.201111 Acts 1:1-14 (NIV 1984) 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.
07.17.201112 Acts 1:1-14 (NIV 1984) 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
07.17.201113 Acts 1:1-14 (NIV 1984) 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city.
07.17.201114 Acts 1:1-14 (NIV 1984) 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.
07.17.201115 Acts 1:1-14 (NIV 1984) 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
07.17.201116 Introduction The genesis of the Early Church is marked by two unique tracks. It is the birthing work of the Holy Spirit and the working of people in prayer.
07.17.201117 Introduction It becomes remarkably clear when people of prayer come alongside the work of the Holy Spirit, there is great dynamics capable of transforming the enemies of the Gospel and overturning the greatest Empire known in the first century.
07.17.201118 Introduction Such discovery reveals the deepest secret of His power found in His people.
07.17.201119 Introduction Prayer is a high priority and a strategic ministry in the Early Church. Those who are used significantly by God always fulfill this ministry.
07.17.201120 Introduction In just 30 years, a handful of disciples, followers and the family of Mary gathered in a small place turned the world upside down.
07.17.201121 Introduction Prayer is the equipping tool God has graciously given to His people.
07.17.201122 1. Prayer empowers our testimony as the people of God _______________ and _______________ the work of the Holy Spirit. correspond to depend on
07.17.201123 Acts 1:4 (NIV 1984) 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
07.17.201126 Acts 8:26, 29 (NIV 1984) 26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”
07.17.201127 Acts 8:26, 29 (NIV 1984) 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
07.17.201128 John 14:17 (NIV 1984) 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
07.17.201129 John 16:13 (NIV 1984) 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
07.17.201130 Acts 16:6-10 (NIV 1984) 6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.
07.17.201131 Acts 16:6-10 (NIV 1984) 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.
07.17.201132 Acts 16:6-10 (NIV 1984) 8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.
07.17.201133 Acts 16:6-10 (NIV 1984) 9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
07.17.201134 Acts 16:6-10 (NIV 1984) 10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
07.17.201135 Ephesians 3:16 (NIV 1984) 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
07.17.201136 Luke 12:12 (NIV 1984) 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”
07.17.201137 2.Prayer _________ and ___________ our spiritual lives as the people of God yield to His ____________ in ________. renewstransforms promises faith
07.17.201138 Acts 1:5 (NIV 1984) 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
07.17.201139 Philippians 1:9-11 (NIV 1984) 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,
07.17.201140 Philippians 1:9-11 (NIV 1984) 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,
07.17.201141 Philippians 1:9-11 (NIV 1984) 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
07.17.201142 John 14:26 (NIV 1984) 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
07.17.201143 Luke 10:38-42 (NIV 1984) 38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.
07.17.201144 Luke 10:38-42 (NIV 1984) 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.
07.17.201145 Luke 10:38-42 (NIV 1984) 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
07.17.201146 Luke 10:38-42 (NIV 1984) 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,
07.17.201147 Luke 10:38-42 (NIV 1984) 42 but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
07.17.201148 3. Prayer ____________ the power of oneness as the people of God _______ His Word. illustrates obey
07.17.201149 Acts 1:14 (NIV 1984) 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
07.17.201150 John 17:11 (NIV 1984) 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one.
07.17.201151 Acts 1:14 (NIV 1984) 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
07.17.201152 Acts 4:23 (NIV 1984) 23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.
07.17.201153 Conclusion We witness the resurrection power of Jesus Christ and His teaching.
07.17.201154 Conclusion Greater still, we will need to put Grace church on active duty.
07.17.201155 Conclusion We will need to experience the power of His transformation as we continue to pray in accordance with the Word and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
07.17.201157 Ezekiel 22:30-31 (NIV 1984) 30 “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.
07.17.201158 Ezekiel 22:30-31 (NIV 1984) 31 So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD.”