Following are notes from a Connect Group with students from Acts 1:1-14. I feel these points are extremely relevant for our culture and world as we are experiencing unprecedented times with the Corona Virus. Fear and anxiety are at an all time high. Our world needs to know there was much fear, confusion and turmoil in the beginning days of the church, but God remained faithful and true to His Promises. He is Sovereign, All-Powerful, and He is totally in control. You can trust Him, even in this Storm. Take a look at the first 14 verses of the Book of Acts.
-One hundred and twenty ordinary people hardly constitute an army; but in a few days, they would make an impact that is being felt even today. The same resources God gave them are still available to us.
-Christ is the Head of the church and supplies life to His body, giving direction to His people. What He began to do and teach, the church continues as He guides and empowers through His Spirit.
-God’s power is available to God’s people who want to do His will and be His witnesses. You do not have to be an apostle to have the power of the Spirit in your life.
-He is the Lord of history, working out His purposes in this world.
-God shares His power with us as we pray and ask Him for His help.
-His Word is still our lamp and light (Ps. 119:105), and we must obey what it says. God guides His people when they are willing to follow.
If we are faithful to read God’s Word, study it, meditate on it, and obey it, God will guide us when we have decisions to make. The Holy Spirit teaches us (John 14:26; 16:13–14) and directs us when we pray and seek the Lord’s will. The Holy Spirit uses truth, not ignorance; so the more facts we have, the better. We should use our common sense but not lean on it (Prov. 3:5–6), for we walk by faith and not by sight. If we sincerely move in the wrong direction, the Lord will show us (Acts 16:6–10; Phil. 3:15), so we need not fear. It is good for believers to read the Word and pray together as they seek the mind of the Lord.
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Pastor Shan Smith
Jesus follower, Husband, Father, Student Ministries Pastor at Marshall Baptist Church