In Acts 1 we are given insight into Jesus' final moments with his disciples, in which he begins to prepare them for life after his departure. The disciples, as would be expected, are anxious to know where everything was headed. Was this going to be the time Israel is restored to its proper kingdom place? Would this be the final judgment?
The disciples are concerned with these questions, but Jesus isn't. Instead, Jesus is concerned that they remain patient and open to a coming gift, God's promised gift, the gift of the Holy Spirit.
According to Jesus, the gift of the Spirit will bring empowerment, not empowerment to build a nation, but empowerment to experience and display the presence of God's kingdom in this world. And with the Spirit's presence, manifested in, through, and around his followers, the world will taste and see the loving invitation of God for restoration. In the words of the Apostle Paul, it is through the Spirit that Jesus' followers are set free to become the "unveiled faces" of Jesus in this world (2Cor. 3.17-18).
Here's the deal, as followers of Christ, we cannot do anything apart from the presence and power of the Spirit. In fact, the Spirit, Jesus tells us, is our helper (Jn.14.26).
So how do we open our lives to the presence of the Spirit? And what are the ways we've already begun to experience his presence in our live?
Join us in our new series, Testify! Experience with the Spirit, as we hear and learn from a variety of leaders about the myriad of ways the Spirit reveals himself to us.