Summary: This sermon examines some of the condtions that are present when a God event occurs.
Introduction: Occasionally things happen in our world that is the result of a rare phenomenon. This was true with the tsunami that hit Southeast Asia several years ago. This was true when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast in 2005. When our family moved to Tuscaloosa in 2003 we experienced a rare phenomenon. We experienced a 12 inch snow in March, in central Alabama. Here on the eastern shore we occasionally experience a Jubilee event. It is a rare event that occurs in only two places in the entire world. All of these rare events occur when conditions are right. For instance, when a Jubilee occurs there are conditions that come together.
In 1960 a marine biologist named Harold Loesch did a study of the Jubilee phenomenon. This study is recorded in the journal Ecology. Loesch lists five observations that he reported as having a strong concurrence among witnesses of several jubilees:
1. Jubilees occur only in summer.
2. They usually occur in early morning hours, i.e., before sunrise.
3. The wind on the day previous and during the jubilee is from some easterly direction. If wind direction changes, the jubilee will cease.
4. There is a rising tide during a jubilee; a change to falling will stop the jubilee.
5. There are 2 water masses meeting, with the saltier water invading during a jubilee.
The point I wish to make is that occasionally rare phenomenon occur in nature when conditions are right. The same is true in the spiritual realm. When conditions are right we will witness a God event. I was there when the 12 inch snow storm hit Tuscaloosa. One of these days I want to witness a Jubilee, when it visits the eastern shore. Even more significantly, I want to be present when God sends a God event.
Today, I want you to look with me at a God event that occurred during Biblical days. This event is recorded in Acts 1 & 2. In Acts 1 conditions were right for a God event to occur. In Acts 1:15 we are told there were 120 disciples of Jesus. In Acts 2:41 we are told there were 3,000 disciples added in one day. Would you not agree that this was a God event? It is the yearning of my heart to be part of a God event. I want to see God show up and show out in a special God event. We have been praying for a “break through” here at Faith. That break through would be a God event. When this occurred in Acts, in the city of Jerusalem, conditions were right. Conditions had to be right when the tsunami hit. Conditions had to be right when the snow hit Tuscaloosa. Conditions must be right when a Jubilee visits the eastern shore.
I want to take a closer look at the scripture in Acts 1 to discover the conditions that contributed to this God event. In doing this lets take caution in a word of wisdom. We must be careful of name it claim it theology. Name it claim it theology implies that if I do certain things, God will do certain things. Sometimes we are guilty of trying to put God into a box. We preach our sermons, study our lessons, and read books subconsciously thinking we can predict what God will do. God does not work that way. The things that occurred in Acts 1 were never to be repeated again. We can grow and learn from these conditions but we cannot put God into a box. Therefore, as we examine these conditions lets keep this principle in mind.