Weekly Meet-Up RESOURCES
DATE: Sunday, January 7, 2018
FERVENT CHURCH – Voorhees, NJ
Preached by Pastor Mike Rosado
POWER Series – Part #1: An Introduction
MEETUP WEEK #1 Format: MEET-UP Questions
TODAY’S MAIN IDEA: The scripture PROMISES POWER which is given to us for a PURPOSE. It’s His power, but our responsibility to live it out.
START THE CONVERSATION – QUESTIONS:
Describe a time when the power went out? What was it like? What did you do first? What was it like and what sensation did you experience when the power came back on?
Describe an experience from your life that you would describe as “powerful”? (It does not matter how you define “power” or in what context you experienced the power.)
Please Read ACTS 1:1 – 11 (ESV)
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.8 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 end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
What parts of the scripture passage stood out to you? What part is the most encouraging? What part is the most challenging? What does this passage tell us about “POWER”?
Two Theological Approaches to Holy Spirit
Cessations is the doctrine that spiritual gift such as speaking in tongues, prophecy, and healing ceased with the apostolic age (when the dies in the 1st Century).
Continuationism is a doctrine that the gifts of the Holy Spirit have continued to the present age, specifically those sometimes called “sign gifts”, such as tongues, prophecy, and healing.
Regardless of your theological understanding of the power of the Holy Spirit, the scripture promises each of us power. Of the two theological approaches described above, which do you agree with most, and why?
FEAR associated with “FUNCTIONING in POWER”
1.) What if God doesn’t show up?
Give an example when you feared and questioned “What if God doesn’t show up” in a certain experience. Describe the experience? What about the experience made you doubt that God and His power would show up?
Have you ever put yourself in a situation where you relied on God so much to show up, that if God didn’t show up, failure was certain. Describe the scenario to the group.
2.) What if God does show up?
“God showing up” can be an abstract concept that is difficult to define or understand. As a group, describe what it means for “God to show up”. Is it a sensation? Is it physical?
According to scripture, we can do “All Things” through Christ who gives strength. What are some of the “All things” that you want to do through the power of the Holy Spirit on behalf of the Kingdom?
What are some ways that you can share how God’s power has impacted your life with some one else this week? What could you share? With whom will you share?
REMINDER: STARTING JANUARY 28th – Service Starting time will be 11am