How Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?

(JohnThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » 20:19-23 and Acts 2:1-21)

By Rev. Dr. Sergio ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.

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June 08, 2014 (PentecostBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... » Sunday)

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Introduction

One New YearNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... »’s Day, in the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, CaliforniaCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... », a beautiful float suddenly sputtered and quit. The truck was out of gas. The whole parade was held up until someone could get a can of gas. The amusing thing was this float represented the Standard Oil“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » Company. With its vast oil resources, its truck was out of gas.

Often, ChristiansThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » neglect their spiritual maintenance, and though they are “clothed with powerThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... »” (LukeGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » 24:49) find themselves “out of gas,” actually they are out of power from GodThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).

Today we are going to study how the disciplesThree Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples. Read more ... » became powerful when they received the Holy SpiritYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... », and that’s the meaning of the Pentecost.pentecost1

I. JesusThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » Comforts His Disciples (v.21).

It was the evening of the first day of the week, and the doors of the houseHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » where the disciples had met were locked because they were afraid of the JewsWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... ». Jesus came and stood among them. He greeted them, PeaceCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... » be with you.”

As I mentioned in my recent EasterJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » messageThe Message of Transfiguration. Read more ... », Jesus’ greeting of “peace” (vv. 20:19, 21, 26) to his disciples during that timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » was a timely manner, simply because they were perplexed, afraid of the Jews, and had doubts. As agents of ChristGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... »’s missionCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... » to the worldThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » with unstable minds might hinder their importantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » missionsCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... ».

Jesus knew that, that was why he told them “Peace be with you!” It was like “Make whole your minds.” Repetition of that kind of greeting may mean the importance and urgency of peace and calmness in their heartsThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » and minds.

II. Jesus Gives“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » AuthorityLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... » and Power (v.22-23, Acts 2:1-21).

2.1.  The Holy SpiritProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » Gives GiftsCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... », and Power (v.22). In Acts 1:8, it says that “you will receiveThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” Dunamis is translated “power” which may also translate to strength, force, or miraculous power. Every ChristianThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » needs this kind of power. Our cellphoneThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... » is useless if it has low battery or without energy, or without electricity. It needs to be plugged in after its power is drained. Same with us, we need to plug in with the source of power, the Holy Spirit, to make us powerful in our faithI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » and serviceGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » to God.

  Look at the lifeThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » of the ApostleA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » PeterThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... ». He denied Jesus three times simply because he was weak then, simply because he was not yet empowered by the Holy Spirit. However, when he was empowered by the Spirit on the Pentecost Day, he became bold, powerful and willing to surrender his life for the sake of the GospelDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... ». He boldly preached before the multitude, and in just one preaching he converted about 3000 people. Indeed, the Spirit helped Peter in his preaching.The-Gifts-of-the-Holy-Spirit

During the Pentecost, the Spirit gave manifold gifts such as prophecyProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », some dreamGod is With Us. Read more ... » dreamsA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... », some can see visionsA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... », some can see, and interpret signsThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » and wonders, etc. In the Epistles of Paul, he mentioned more gifts probably also given during that time, but missingJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » in the account or probably not yet discovered by the receivers.

The Apostle Paul mentions several gifts of the Holy Spirit in I CorinthiansThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » 12:4-11 such as utterance of wisdomThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... », utterance of knowledge, healingThe Physician Doesn’t Want Her Daughter be Entertained, but Look What She Does to Get What She Wants. Read more ... », working miracles, prophesy, discernment of spirits, various kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues, etc.).

You might argue why other brothers have gift of healing, and you have none. Our gifts (charisma) are depending on the Giver, the Holy Spirit, verse 11 says, “All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.” (NRSV). We do not work for the gifts, it is just given to us, according to God’s will.

On the other hand, probably that gifts are already within us. The NRSV translates “All these are activated…” the work of the Holy Spirit then is just to activate them. God has already given us the charisma within us, the Holy Spirit activates them, and we will just explore, test613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » and use them.

2.2. The Authority to ForgiveThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... » SinsNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » (v.23). Jesus says, “If you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven. If you retain people’s sins, they are retained.” That’s why until now the Roman“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » Catholic Church practices confessionHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » of believersHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » to the priests. However, for us Protestants, we believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » in the priesthood of all believers that’s why that authority is not only for the professional priests, but also for lay priests.

However, MarkThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » 6:14-15 says, “Because if you forgive people their offenses, your heavenly FatherThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive people their offenses, your Father will not forgive your offenses.” So what shall we do? Forgive our transgressors, forgive our enemiesThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... », and forgive them even though they are not asking for it.

III. Jesus Entrusts His Mission (v.21).

Jesus entrusted the gospel to his disciples. He commanded them, “As the Father has sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » me, and so I am sending you.” The LordIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » has given us the power of the Holy Spirit for us to use it in God’s mission. Going to the mission fieldsHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » without power from above, we could be easily defeated by our enemies. Look, the apostle Peter preached, and he converted about 3000 people. The apostle Paul healed“I was Blind, Now I See”. Read more ... » the sickThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... », and endured hardship in going to other lands for God’s mission. They did all of them due to the power of the Holy Spirit.

 IV. Jesus Instructs His Disciples

4.1. To wait (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-5) Jesus says, “Stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Waiting is not an easy task.It will test our patience, it will test our loveWhat is the Greatest Commandment?. Read more ... », and it will test our faith. But we need that sometimes, like what Jesus told to his disciples, “stay!” and the disciples stayed in the city waiting for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

4.2. To constantly prayProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » (Acts 1:14). While they were waiting for God’s will, for the power to comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... », they were praying. The secret of church growth in KoreaA System that Korean Church Used to Grow So Rapidly. Read more ... » is because of fervent prayers of believers. They pray more, when they are in the church, they do pray before the worship starts. They pray while the pastorProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » preaches. They pray before they giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » their moneyCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » in the offeringThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » box, they go to their prayerIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... » booths to pray, they go to their prayer mountains to pray and fast.

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Conclusion

I knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » all of us want to experience like what the disciples did experience on the Pentecost day. Actually that outpouring of the Spirit to them was not just one time event. They did experience that many times if you will just study the book of Acts.

We Christians must be filled with the Spirit always. That’s why we need to always plug in to the source of power which is the Holy Spirit.

Let me give you points on how to be filled with the Spirit always based on the wordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » of God.

  1. Make sure that you are born againThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » or have faith in Jesus ChristThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » (John 3New Year, New Creation. Read more ... »:16).
  2. Make sure that you thirst for God’s Word (I Peter 2:2).
  3. Make sure to ask in prayer for the infilling of the Holy Spirit (John 14:6).
  4. Make sure to use it for God’s service, esp. sharing the Gospel.

To end this message, let me give you what D.L Moody“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » once said, “I believe firmly that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and selfishness and ambition and everything that is contrary to God’s law613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... », the Holy Spirit will fill every corner of our hearts. But if we are full of pride and conceit and ambition and the world, there is no room for the Spirit of GodCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... ». We must be emptied before we can be filled.”

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