I trust that you have been joining us in worship every Sunday at 11 a.m. on either KSWO-TV (local ABC affiliate), BoxCast, Facebook Live, YouTube, Twitter, or our church website.  Even when we gather back for our in-person worship services we plan on continuing to broadcast our worship services in these ways into the future.  Because of social distancing we will continue the teaching of our Sunday School lessons on these social media platforms and our church website into the foreseeable future.

Though we typically end our Wednesday afternoon (4:15 p.m.) Prayer Meeting/Bible Study during the summer months, this summer we will continue to offer this ministry on our private FBC Prayer Facebook page.  If you have missed out on this special mid-week time together and are on Facebook just request to join this Facebook group.

During our Wednesday afternoon Prayer Meeting/Bible Study we take about 15 minutes praying for needs of those on our prayer list as well as group member requests and then we spend about 15 – 20 minutes in Bible study.  I would be thrilled if you would join us for this awesome time together.

Let me take a moment now and get you caught up on where we are in our study of the book of Acts.  Here are some things we have looked at concerning our first 5 studies to date:

We have studied Act 1:1-5 and have called the book of Acts “The Unfinished Book”.  I don’t mean that in the sense of revelation.  I believe every word God intended to be in this book is there.  It is an unfinished book when it comes to accomplishment.  I believe that God wants every New Testament church today to write a new chapter, so to speak, as we continue to move out to share the Gospel to the neighborhoods and the nations.

As we looked at Acts 1:6-8, we discovered that God promises us His presence and power as we faithfully share the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Just like He did for the apostles, the Holy Spirit in us produces a changed life, courage, and compassion to be a dynamic witness for Christ.

Acts 1:9-12 is a scene filled with drama, intrigue, and emotion.  Jesus ascends back into heaven just as He predicted.  He ascended to complete His incarnation, to give us the Holy Spirit (Jn. 16:7), and that we might do greater works (quantitative, not qualitative) than Jesus did (Jn. 14:12).  The word of promise is that Jesus is coming back personally, visibly, and locally which leads us to worship, work, and witness for Him more.

The last half of Acts 1 has to do with that 10-day prayer meeting as the disciples tarried for the Holy Spirit and made preparation for the day of Pentecost.  We discovered that if a church wants the power of Acts 2 it must first have the preparation of Acts 1 which is submission and supplication (continual prayer) to Christ.

We looked intently at Acts 2:1-4.  Someone said, “The church is bogged down between Calvary and Pentecost.  We have been to Calvary for pardon, but we never made it to Pentecost for Power.”  Bethlehem was God WITH us.  Calvary was God FOR us.  But, Pentecost is God IN us.  The invisible, irresistible, influential, Holy Spirit begins residing in you at the moment of salvation to do something wonderful through you.  That is His desire.

Tony Christie
Associate Pastor

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