Sermon on Acts 1:8 Coated with Power

Sermon on Acts 1:8 Coated with Power


Acts 1:8 represents the passing of the baton between the Son and the Spirit regarding the divine mission on earth. Jesusindicated in the upper room discourse (John 13-17) that in His physical body He would return to heaven. His presence herewould be replaced, so to speak, by the Holy Spirit; and He told the disciples in Luke 24 to tarry in Jerusalem until the Spiritarrived. In Acts 2 we have this arrival, the unleashing of the Holy Spirit upon the church. The book of Acts (and all subsequentChristian history) is the story of what Jesus Christ is continuing to do (see v. 1) on earth through His Spirit working in His church

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1: The Promise of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8)

In the opening chapter of the book of Acts, we encounter Jesus speaking to His disciples about a promise – a promise that goes beyond human capabilities and worldly strength. The promise is the Holy Spirit. In Acts 1:8, Jesus declares, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you."

This promise is not a mere assurance; it is a divine guarantee that God's presence will dwell within us, providing the supernatural strength needed for the mission He has set before us. As believers, we must recognize the significance of this promise and open our hearts to the Holy Spirit's transformative work.

2: You Will Receive Power (Acts 1:8)

The power promised to us is not arbitrary or fleeting; it is the very power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead. This divine empowerment is not for personal gain or worldly achievements but is specifically designated for the fulfillment of God's mission. We read in Acts 1:8, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you."

This power is not contingent on our abilities or strengths but is a gift freely given by our Heavenly Father. It is a power that equips us to overcome obstacles, face challenges, and boldly proclaim the message of salvation to a broken world. As recipients of this divine power, let us surrender our inadequacies and rely on the Holy Spirit to lead us into the fullness of God's purpose.

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3: You Will Be My Witnesses (Acts 1:8)

The divine power we receive through the Holy Spirit is not intended for self-glorification but for a specific purpose – to be witnesses of Jesus Christ. Acts 1:8 continues, "And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

As witnesses, we are called to reflect the love, grace, and transformation that Christ has brought into our lives. Our mission is not confined to a specific location or demographic; it encompasses the entire world. The Holy Spirit empowers us to share the Gospel boldly, making disciples of all nations and bringing light to the darkest corners of the earth.

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In conclusion, dear brothers and sisters, let us recognize the immense privilege and responsibility that come with being coated with power for missions. The Holy Spirit, promised to us by our Savior, empowers us not for personal gain but for the expansion of God's kingdom. As we embrace this divine empowerment, may we be faithful witnesses, testifying to the transformative power of Christ in our lives, and carrying the message of salvation to the ends of the earth. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide and empower us as we fulfill the mission entrusted to us by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

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