Tonight we are sharing in a beautiful experience for any church, the setting apart of men to serve in the office of deacon. Please plan to come at 5:30 this evening in the Great Room for the Deacon Ordination and Commissioning Service. There will be a reception to follow. Also I’m looking forward to our first Evening of Prayer and Praise, two weeks from tonight, November 30, as we gather to cry out to the Lord in preparation for the great opportunity we have to share the Gospel with our city in the month of December.
Open your Bibles to Acts 3. In the first two chapters of Acts we see Jesus ascending to the right hand of the Father to reign there until He will come again. He promised to send His Holy Spirit to empower the church for the unstoppable quest of getting the Gospel to the nations. So on the Day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came upon the group of about 120 and the Spirit-filled body of Christ was formed. As a result of their witness and the preaching of Peter thousands of people are saved in one day. Acts 2 goes on to explain how the Holy Spirit formed them into a spiritual family that was growing in love for God, for His Word and for one another. And it is really a sweet thing. It would be so easy for them to just do what we often do … settle in and just enjoy the good life in the church. But they were living in the irrepressible power of the Holy Spirit. And so we read in… (more…)