Did you ever have a chore list growing up, when your parents left for a day or evening? A series of mostly mindless tasks to do and they pretty much always repeated: wash the dishes, clean your room, feed the dog... on and on, day after day. Many Christians fall into a pattern where they treat spiritual disciplines like a chore list from Jesus when He left for heaven - go to church, check, read your bible, check, give a little money, check... but Jesus didn't leave us a check list of items to complete, he left us a commission that would challenge us to trust Him and take risks.
UNSTOPPABLE 1 - RECEIVE
Did you ever have a chore list growing up?
A lot of Christians seem to approach their spiritual growth like a chore list. But that's now how we were designed to engage with our Heavenly Father and it certainly isn't the transformational life we're' called to in Jesus
Jesus didn't leave us a chore list for entrance into HEAVEN, He gave us a commission for HERE
Acts 1:1-3 (NIV)
1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach
2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
What we read in Acts, Jesus wants to reproduce in our context.
A Kingdom of commissioned witnesses who in the power of Holy Spirit face challenges and make choices to look more like Jesus by daily living out His death and resurrection, all while continuing to advance Jesus’ UNSTOPPABLE Kingdom.
Acts 1:4-7 (NIV)
4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.
Jesus left us a COMMISSION not a CHORE list.
Chore = task
Commission = function
Acts 1:8 (NIV)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
You will receive POWER from Holy Spirit
You have a PURPOSE to be His witness
He has a PLAN to reach the world through His witnesses
Bottom Line: The PEOPLE of Jesus, through the POWER of Jesus help every PERSON find real life in Jesus
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