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Community on Mission: Security in Crisis

Security in Crisis

Acts 1:12-26

Background:

  • Post-Resurrection and Ascension
  • Pre-Pentecost
  • Judas betrayed Jesus despite being in his inner circle

Crisis:

  • Judas’s Death
  • Judas needed to be replaced

Resolution:

  • God directed the choosing of Matthias

Big Idea: God will work it out.  Just as God directed the early church through this major decision He will continue to direct his church in times of crisis. 

Three truths to cling to in the midst of crisis:

  1. God gives peace
  • Overcoming Betrayal:
    • Admit you have been hurt
    • Remember everyone is capable of evil
    • Remember all leaders are not the same
    • Remember Jesus is the prototype
    • Seek Christian counsel
  1. God gives direction
  2. God gives the church

Community on Mission: Continuing Jesus’ Mission

Continuing Jesus’ Mission

Acts 1:1-11

Big Idea: God gave us the Holy Spirit as our power source for mission – plug in to Him.

3 keys to being successful on mission for Jesus:

1. Jesus is the prototype (v. 1-3)

2. Plug in before you go (v. 4-5)

Trap Motives:

  • “Because it is there”
  • Available Resources
  • Duplicated Success
  • Vanity
  • Need

Where do we find the Spirit’s guidance?

  • Prayer
  • The Word
  • Other Christians
  • Circumstances

3.  Get to work… (v. 6-11) 

  • …don’t waste time arguing about stuff you don’t need to know (v.6-7)
  • …for everyone, everywhere (v. 8)
  • …until Jesus returns (v. 9-11)

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