Acts 2:1-13 #HouseChurch

In Summary
Gathered in the context of continual prayer (1:14), the Spirit “suddenly” comes. Rushing wind, tongues of fire, and the chaotic cacophony of the disciples overflowing in supernatural speech! Two immediate results: people from foreign nations begin to encounter the presence of God, and the Spirit-filled believers are the focus of mockery and scoffing.

If we want to impact nations, we too need to be filled with the Spirit–but are we prepared to endure the opposition that we will face?

Eating: Fisherman’s Pie, Garden Peas.
Present: Peter & Taryn + Isaac; Sophie, Ryan; Linda + Adam; Roxann, Katie, Esther.
Passage: Acts 2:1-13

As usual we spent some time scribbling on Scripture to work out what’s going on in the passage:

Then eventually we come to the
Questions & Comments

Acts 1:12-26 #HouseChurch

In Summary
Having been told to ‘wait for the Promise of the Father’ — the Baptism of the Holy Spirit — the apostles gather the disciples together for some serious prayer. And the first thing they must do is to work through the pain of Judas’ betrayal, and work out how their apostolic team is going to replace him. A process of prayer, Scripture, and straightforward defining of the necessary criteria leads to two suitable candidates being proposed — and then they cast lots.

Is this a failure of seeking spiritual guidance? Should they have waited more patiently for supernatural revelation?–maybe it would have arrived at Pentecost! Was Paul the real twelfth apostle?–we never really hear any more about Matthias.

The DTS I’m leading begins this week. God, please give me supernatural wisdom and revelation to understand exactly what your will is, and the discernment to know when I should continue to press in for more clarity before making decisions–and when I should just be decisive, trusting that in Your sovereign power you are able to work even my mistakes to Your glory!

Eating: Roast Chicken, Mashed Potato, Roast Vegetables; Choc Ices; Tea.
Present: Peter & Taryn + Isaac; Ryan (Sophie, Lucy); Roxann, Katie, Mathieu; James; Haley.
Passage: Acts 1:12-26

As usual we spent some time scribbling on Scripture to work out what’s going on in the passage:

Then eventually we come to the
Questions & Comments

Acts 1:1-11 #HouseChurch

In Summary
After finishing working our way through Mark, we’re now moving on to the Book of Acts. Why didn’t the world revert to its intended perfection immediately after Jesus had died for our sins and risen again? Because He wants us to be involved in the task of bringing the kingdom of God upon earth as it is in heaven. This is the commission with which Acts begins: to be Jesus’ witnesses–here, there and everywhere! Luckily, we’re not left to complete!the task on our own — we’re promised the presence and power of the Holy Spirit!

Eating: Barbecue Chicken, Baguettes, Salad.
Present: Peter & Taryn + Isaac; Sophie, Lucy, and Ryan; Linda + Adam.
Passage: Acts 1:1-11

As usual we spent some time scribbling on Scripture to work out what’s going on in the passage:

Then eventually we come to the
Questions & Comments

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On that subject…
— Wait on God, asking Him to fill you with the fullness of the Holy Spirit, with His presence, His purity and His power, so that you can be a witness to those around you. Pray specifically for opportunities to share the proofs that Jesus has given you of His reality.