Pastor Greg continues his eight-part series this week called “RESET.” As we journey into this New Year it is a chance for all of us to hit the RESET button and symbolically lay down everything in our lives and only pick up the things God tells us to pick back up. It is a chance for a blank slate and a fresh start in our personal, physical, relational, business and spiritual lives as well as in the life of our church. This week, Pastor G talks to about resetting our life with repentance for all our sins.
This is Week Five: OUTREACH PART TWO: EVANGELISM
All Christians need to constantly be about the purpose of personal EVANGELISM!
“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, replied….”
“But Saul (also known as Paul), filled with the Holy Spirit, stared straight at him…”
“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit…”
“And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit….”
πληρόω (pléroó) – To fill to maximum capacity. To overflow.
While He was with them, He declared, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait there for what My Father promised, which you heard about from Me. For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they had gathered together, they began to ask Him, “Lord, is this the time when you are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He told them, “You are not permitted to know the times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority. 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 farthest parts of the earth.” ~ Acts 1:4-8
Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like a violent wind blowing came from heaven and filled the entire house where they were sitting. And tongues spreading out like a fire appeared to them and came to rest on each one of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them. ~ Acts 2:1-4
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, replied, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today for a good deed done to a sick man—by what means this man was healed— let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, this man stands before you healthy. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, that has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved.” ~ Acts 4:8-12
And they called them in and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Whether it is right before God to obey you rather than God, you decide, for it is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.” ~ Acts 4:18-19
Whenever they hand you over for trial, do not worry about how to speak or what to say, for what you should say will be given to you at that time. For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. ~ Matthew 10:19-20
When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God courageously. ~ Acts 4:31
With great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on them all. ~ Acts 4:33
While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul went through the inland regions and came to Ephesus. He found some disciples there and said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They replied, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” ~ Acts 19:1-2
So Paul said, “Into what then were you baptized?” ~ “Into John’s baptism,” they replied. ~ Acts 19:3
Paul said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus, and when Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they began to speak in tongues and to prophesy. ~ Acts 19:4-6
προφητεύω (prophéteuó) = “I reveal the mind (or message) of God.”
Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things that are freely given to us by God. And we speak about these things, not with words taught us by human wisdom, but with those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to advise him? But we have the mind of Christ. ~ 1 Corinthians 2:9-16
Usually, we don’t think about our physical breathing. It’s automatic. Spiritual breathing, on the other hand, is something that requires conscious action — a readiness to “exhale” (confess our sin) and to “inhale” (trust God to fill us with His Holy Spirit).
ALOHA GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
READ: Acts 1:4-8
1) What do you think Jesus is referring to when He says “baptized with the Holy Spirit?” Is it similar to being baptized with water or is it different? In what ways is it similar? It ways is it different? How does it happen? How do you know when it has happened?
2) What kind of power does the Holy Spirit give according to this passage? Have you ever experienced that “power?” If so, what does it feel like and how did you know you had received it? Do you think this is a promise intended for all Christians or just some? Why do you think not all Christians have this experience?
READ: Acts 2:1-4
1) What do you think it felt like for them to be filled by the Spirit? Have you ever been filled with the Spirit in this way? What did it feel like? Based on your reading of the New Testament do you think all Christians are supposed to be filled with the Spirit? Why does this not happen for some?
2) Do you think “speaking in tongues” is required evidence or sign of being filled with the Spirit? Is it possible to be filled with the Spirit but not speak in tongues when it happens? Why or why not? Have you ever spoken in tongues? What were the circumstances? How did God use this miraculous gift in your life?
READ: Acts 4:8-12
1) We read in Acts 2 that Peter, along with the other disciples, was filled with the Spirit. Why are we told again here, two chapters later that he is filled with the Spirit when he responds during his trial?
2) From the greater context do you think Peter was filled with the Spirit more than once? Why or why not?
3) If you were being attacked or persecuted like Peter was would you have the boldness that he shows in this situation to “stick to his guns?” Would you feel like you would be “filled with the Spirit” and filled with His power? Why or why not?
READ: Acts 4:18-19 and Matthew 10:19-20
1) After Peter is ordered not to speak what he believes God has called him to speak, how does he respond? Where does this courage and boldness come from? Are you able to be this courageous and bold when you encounter opposition?
2) What might be different in our world today if Peter had backed down to the pressure and done what his accusers told him to do instead if continuing to do what God was telling him to do?
3) What is God telling you to do? Are you encountering any opposition or do you expect to encounter opposition? How will you respond? Where will you find the boldness to stand firm?
4) Do you think Jesus’ words in Matthew 10:19-20 are for you personally as well as for the disciples He was originally speaking to? Why or why not?
READ: Acts 4:31-33
1) What do you think it means when it says the place where they had prayed was “shaken?” Do you think this is a figure of speech or is this something that literally happened?
2) As soon as they were filled with the Spirit what did they do? Do you sense a pattern? Based on your study so far, do you think these two things always go together, that being filled with the Spirit always leads to speaking the Word of God boldly? Why or why not?
READ: Acts 19:1-6
1) What are your thoughts about this story? Have you ever met someone who seemed to be a Christian but they had no idea about the Holy Spirit, no idea if they had been filled by Him and didn’t really understand anything about Him? Did that seem odd to you? Based on Paul’s actions with these Ephesians disciples what can we conclude about their relationship with Jesus before Paul arrived?
2) According to your study so far, is it possible to be a true Christian without being Spirit Filled?
READ: 2 Corinthians 2:9-16
1) What do you think of Paul’s thoughts here? How would you put this into your own words if you were trying to explain his big ideas to someone else? Do you feel like you have the mind of Christ? Why or why not? If not, how can you achieve this?