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December 2, 2021 7:05 am
Insight for living ministries. You'll hear Chuck Swindoll and the entire team speak openly about the great commission of Jesus not only as a pivotal moment in church history, but is the divine mandate that defines our purpose every day. Today on Insight for living Chuck Swindoll will show us how our mission launched by Jesus is propelled by an unparalleled force verities not only a force, but a divine companion as well.
In a worship service just before Easter, Chuck presented his message called essential fuel or fulfilling the mission, the morning has been spent turning our attention to our Savior's triumphal entry which came before the agony of his suffering and death. And of course before the resurrection on that first Easter morning moving ahead because we have spent our time in Matthew's gospel and we been wanting to give you a glimpse of what occurred in the lives of the disciples after after they became aware that in fact the Savior had been raised but they were in that in between time were they were unsure how they would operate once he left them, as they called it once he abandoned them.
They felt like orphans, but the secret was the fuel that God would give them when he sent the Holy Spirit to enjoy their lives and free them from their fears and opened their mouths to speak freely of their Savior which ultimately in their generation turn the world upside down amazing.
I'll be reading from acts chapter 2 a chapter that has been terribly confused by so much false teaching. My desire today is to take it simply and read it clearly and you understand it accurately so that we can apply it correctly. For this is the beginning of a whole new transition of life as they moved the disciples moved from the visible presence of the Lord Jesus to the invisible power of the Holy Spirit acts 213 12 on the day of Pentecost. All the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm. It ended fill the house where they were sitting. Then what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them and everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability at this time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem when they heard the loud noise.
Everyone came running and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers.
They were completely amazed how can this be, they explained these people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages. Here we are Parthians and Medes Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia punches the province of Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt and the areas of Libya around Sirena, visitors from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Christians and Arabs and we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done. They stood there amazed and perplexed. What can this mean they asked each other but others in the crowd ridiculed him, saying they're just trying that's all. And so the confusion continued which we hope to clarify the search the Scriptures with Chuck Swindoll.
Be sure to download his searching the Scriptures study by going to inside world.or/study Chuck titled his message essential fuel or fulfilling the mission rather than death.
Silencing a person often makes that person's words, all the more significant I thought of that when we lost the John Billy Graham back in February. February 21, 2018.
I thought that doesn't end his message. It simply advances it interesting the news of his death spread around the world rather quickly. I found it certainly more than curious that his word spread as well. Recordings from his messages statements he had made found their way into print as well as across the media all around the world's words took on new meaning now that the live sound of his inimitable southern drawl now taken from us. Think about the words of your own parents did not mean as much to you while they were alive but once they were gone, you find yourself able to quote to remember them things occur and it will remind you of something your father taught you or your mother had said same for a long time friend just doesn't silence a person's message. It underscores and brings it back to us in a very significant way. I think it was this because Clarence Edward McCartney to write his book Bible epitaphs ended up found this wonderful paragraph.
I have no dread of the cemetery.
Sometimes it's better to be there and have fellowship with the dead who were buried and to walk down the street of our cities and meet the unburied dead. That is, those in whom faith and hope, love, and purity have long been leaving only the animal alive. Sometimes McCartney adds sometimes we can learn more from the silence of the dead than from the speech of the living. That was certainly true of the disciples three 3 1/2 years, often in very intimate settings. Jesus poured himself into those 12. He spent time teaching and instructing warning promising predicting he healed in their presence. He performed miracles of one kind and another.
All the while they were preoccupied or worried about something else are concerned about themselves or what people might think or say or do but when he died, how often they must've said we could remember the words of our master and they would quote him verbatim. On another occasion. This is what he promised when he was still with us and out would come another statement.
This death underscored and made significant the words he had said while he was alive. The transition came when he was to leave them and you know your Bibles know that he told his disciples aside, Judas finally left the room and went out into the darkness to carry out his awful deed in the 11 faithful remained as he taught them almost without any interruption. John chapter 13 chapter 14 chapter 15 chapter 16. All of this comprising what is called the upper room discourse. He unveiled the truth regarding the one who would become his advocate.
The Holy Spirit, not all of this is old news to Christians today, but to those disciples. It's brand-new information they know nothing of this there concerned that he's gonna leave them there worried about what they're going to do once he's gone. It was all they could believe to think that he would not set up his kingdom and overthrow Roman and take charge and put them in rulership within. But that wasn't his plan is plan initially was to go to the cross and pay for the sins of the world they never got it until after the fact even told him you'd be raised from the dead, and when the tomb was found empty. The disciples had no clue what it happened even when the women said to them, he's been raised from the dead. We read they doubted the question.
Those words but once it all landed with full force. It began to make sense, and especially the teaching regarding the Holy Spirit let me give you a word that you're seldom here connected to him, but I think of that word. Often when I think of the mission of the of the disciples.
The Holy Spirit became the fuel. The fuel that would ignite the instrument of evangelism. The Holy Spirit became the fuel that would charge them with the courage they needed, and the willingness to go to the state for martyrdom would be their future. Ultimately, but when the Holy Spirit took charge. They didn't care how they died or if they died they were no longer operating in fear because the fuel of the Holy Spirit changed the better word is transformed their lives. But before I go there I want you to turn to acts chapter 1. Let's look again at that familiar eight verse where Jesus is at the Mount of olives.
This is after he is been crucified after he has been raised from the dead. This is now 40 days after all of that and is about to ascend into the clouds. He says in verse eight, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth. There standing there, Jesus is standing before them, and the very next thing that occurs is the ascension, Jesus departs from the earth and the ascension vanishing into the clouds look at it in verse nine. After saying this he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching and they could no longer see him look there still longing for the words in the next verse, verse 10 they sprained it to see him rising into heaven. They knew they would never see him on this earth again so there's training to catch the last glimpse of him, suddenly two angels appear described here is to white robed men who stood among them and look at the words of these men. Men of Galilee, fire you standing here staring into heaven. Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven. In the same way you saw him go you know what I really believe I believe their grief is so great, they hardly heard those words, their grief is so great it's like those words flew by them until they later realized in the presence of the Holy Spirit. What Jesus had in mind. I love the way Philip Yancey writes of this in his book the Jesus I never knew listen to Yancey's words, Jesus left few traces of himself on earth he wrote notebooks or even pamphlets a wanderer he left no home or even belongings that could be enshrined in a museum. He did not marry several down and begin a dynasty we would infect know nothing about him except for the traces he left in human beings. That was his design.
The law and the prophets had focused like a beam of light on the one who was to come. And now that light, as if hitting a prism as if hitting a prism would fracture and shoot out in the human spectrum of waves and colors. Magnificent statement.
Now, though there were going get a picture of all of this in their own lives. Yancey goes on to quote Augustin who said this, you ascended from before our eyes and we turned back grieving only to find you in our heart. Those are marvelous words, we turned back grieving feeling as though you had abandoned us only to realize in a matter of days. You were right here, right here in our hearts. Love that line lost in our grief.
We turned away, rejecting the whole thought of losing you and realized within a matter of hours. We have you in our parts in Allah's have the holy spirit.
So we say to you what Jesus meant to those disciples during his earthly life.
The Holy Spirit means to us in our earthly life of Jesus. Of course continues to be our Lord. But the Spirit of God has been brought alongside to bring to our remembrance of things Jesus taught and to give us the kind of strength, vision, courage, insight, cooperation, willingness to serve the Jesus gave his disciples so we read that the apostles verse 12 returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of olives, a distance of about a half-mile. When they arrived they went up to the upstairs room of the house where they were staying.
Now fast forward to the beginning of chapter 2. So were in the upper room. Here the disciples.
11 of them their name forest.
By the way, right here in verse 13 you'll see them. Name one by one, and there were others that met with them the raw hundred and 20 believers altogether in this room, large room. Now notice very carefully.
Do not let your minds wander. This is where confusion has taken over and all kinds of things have been drawn from the second chapter that were never a part of the original scene because misinterpretation of what it actually is teaching. Let's just let the passage speak for itself. Now, when was it verse one on the day of Pentecost. Pentecost is a transliterated Greek word Pentecost stops, which means the 50th. This came 50 days from the first Sunday after Passover. So here we are 50 days later after Passover had occurred and they are gathered in this room. Jesus has been gone from them. We just read about it and because it is Passover time. The city of Jerusalem is running over with people from all walks of life from all over the world, at least, that world and then suddenly something took place in that upper room.
I say suddenly because verse two begins with the word is no warning. There's no announcement before dawn. Suddenly something occurred there in the room and there was a sound from heaven like the ring of a mighty wings. Suddenly there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty wind, so it sounded like a windstorm, but there was no wind. Phenomenal supernatural. This sound this Holy Spirit is the companion Jesus spoke about and there's much more we need to learn from this passage in the book of acts you're listening to Insight for living in a message from Chuck Swindoll called essential fuel for fulfilling the mission and to learn more about the ministry of insight for living. Please visit us email@example.com and then I'll remind you that insight for living produces a number of resources designed for all ages and stages of your family effect. If you receive the recent mailing from us, you discover the vast array of creative tools including a children's audio series called pause entails through creative and memorable stories and fun music with playful lyrics your kids and grandkids will learn timeless theological truths through positive tales and for the curious student of the Bible you see insight for living offers.
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Dave, I have a personal theory about Christmas. It explains at least to my satisfaction. The mystery of its magnetism. You see for years. I wondered what draws people into the Yuletide mode. Sure some of us get turned off in early October.
We reseal those fake trees popping up at the mall but somehow we can't resist the spirit of the season.
Once we find ourselves enveloped in the sights and the smells and the sounds of Christmas. I why is that so my theory I think explains it best Christmas scratches the itch of grace deep within all of us.
It provides an opportunity to do something tangible for someone else with no agenda for ever getting paid back. It gives us a chance to counteract that selfish streak we all hate in ourselves. In the simplest of terms.
Christmas prompts us to demonstrate grace our Lord knew exactly what he was talking about when he taught that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
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