Acts 2



This is week 3 of series leading to Pentecost Sunday.

Week One

-Scattered. Primarily we spoke about the disciples and what they did or didn’t do when the shepherd was struck…This week I want to look at not only. What did they do? The gathered.

Week Two

– Gathered – what the disciples did, but a whole community of believers who were missing their shepherded

Week Three

today…. released.


At Pentecost they are empowered and come out of the upper room with the authority, boldness, ‘anointing’ to do a few things they were incapable of on their own strength, ability or merit.

I. ‘Receive Power’ to


What is contained in Acts 1:3-13 is the narrative of the preparation of individuals (church as whole) to continue the Ministry that Jesus began.

It’s what is called ‘The Apostolic Succession’ – The person and ministry of a(n) apostle is literally one who is sent.

Acts 1:8, ‘But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me


in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’ (NKJ)




– which denotes ‘a robust force’ at work in demonstrative ways for all to see and feel.

1 Corinthians 2:1-5






1) a making manifest, showing forth 2) a demonstration, proof

To Be Witnesses





1) a witness 1a) in a legal sense 1b) an historical sense 1b1) one who is a spectator of anything, e.g. of a contest 1c) in an ethical sense 1c1)



: Are you or have you been ‘witness’ to something special concerning Jesus and the Gospel?


Witnessing vs. Evangelism

– R. C. Sproul – Ligonier Ministries



: The second element of our empowerment for service is to make disciples.

II. Make Disciples

– Matthew 28:18-20

4 Greek Words that make up / constitute what it is / means to be a disciple.



: So after we’ve gathered and been empowered we move toward our mission to witness and to make disciples.

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