Power for a Purpose (LG Study)

Introduction

Jesus commanded his disciples to wait for the Promise of the Father before they headed out onto the mission field. Some Christians are trying to connect to the culture and engage in mission without the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives. The power of the Spirit was given to us for the purpose of MISSION!

On Sunday Aug 16th I preached on the subject ‘Power for a Purpose’ and took the congregation through a study of the first 4 chapters of the Gospel of Luke and highlighted the themes surrounding the infilling of the Spirit in Jesus life and then I highlighted the work of the Spirit in the life of the Church applied in the Book of Acts. Luke and Acts are written by the same author (Dr Luke) and are to be read together each giving the other context. The Book of Acts can’t be understood or applied accurately without reading the work of the Spirit in Jesus life in the Gospel of Luke. The Acts of the Apostles and the Day of Pentecost is an application of Jesus ministry on the cross in the Gospels.

Jesus Christ is our example

How did Jesus Christ live His life and fulfill His ministry? This is an important question in light of both Jesus’ divinity and humanity. Luke’s Gospel answers this by showing us that Jesus retained his divinity as the Son of God but chose to set certain aspects of his divine attributes aside to operate in the power of the Spirit and set an example for us of what life looks like in the power of the Spirit (Phil 2:5-11).

To be Spirit-filled, Spirit-empowered and Spirit-led is to be like Jesus! To be Pentecostal and charismatic is to be like Jesus in thought, word and deed. Jesus was filled with the Spirit for mission and Jesus fills us with the Spirit for mission as well.

Mission

The evidence of a Spirit filled life is a life on mission for Jesus. The normal sign of the Spirit filled life may be tongues but the normal fruit of the Spirit filled life is mission. Mission begins with where you live and not just on the other side of the world. When we say we want to be like Jesus, we’re saying we want to be on mission as much as we’re saying we want to be like Him in character.

Discussion Questions (Refer to your Mission Possible Study Guide)

  1. Where have you seen people try to be missional without the power of the Spirit? Results?
  2. What is the baptism of the Spirit and what is the evidence of it?
  3. What does Paul say we need to be in Ephesians 5:18?
  4. Where do you lack the power of God in your life?
  5. Do you sense greater boldness to witness after you pray (Acts 4:29-31)?
  6. Pray for each other to be filled with the Spirit.

Lead the Change!

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