Acts 4:4 -9 This is the key to understanding the book of Acts. Peter then goes on to talk about Jesus who was crucified…..
In the gospels we see how the disciples deny Jesus, have bad motives like Judas and so on, and yet, they turned the world upside down. How could fishermen turn the world upside down. Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Luke 24:49 “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
Don’t start until you are clothed with power from on high. Gideon will be a mighty man of valour and he was transformed by the spirit of God. There are examples of Saul and David. The Bible is full of stories of when the spirit came upon them. We need to be clothed with power from on high, to be empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit fills us up. It’s transforming. Acts 2:1 “When the day of Penticost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”
1. Jesus is born of the spirit and when the spirit came upon him, he started doing his ministry. The Father clothed with power from on high
2. Acts 8:12 – 20 Philip went to Samaria. He preached the gospel, laid hands on the people and the spirit came on the new Christians. People were saved through Philips preaching.
3. Acts 9:17 Conversion of Saul of Tarsus. Ananias went to Saul’s home and told him that he was to receive his sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
4. Acts 10 Peter went to Cornelius home. God had spoken to Cornelius. While peter was speaking v44, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word, including the Gentiles.
Read on for pt 2 on “How we can live a grace-filled life”