Summary: The command of Jesus to His disciples is go into all the world and preach the gospel. But before doing that, the desciple should wait.
GO! BUT WAIT!
I. THE LAST INSTRUCTION OF JESUS BEFORE GOING TO HEAVEN
Mar 16:15 He said to them, "Go throughout the whole world and preach the gospel to all people.
Mar 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Mar 16:17 Believers will be given the power to perform miracles: they will drive out demons in my name; they will speak in strange tongues;
Mar 16:18 if they pick up snakes or drink any poison, they will not be harmed; they will place their hands on sick people, and these will get well."
Luk 24:49 And I myself will send upon you what my Father has promised. But you must wait in the city until the power from above comes down upon you."
1. Go and preach the gospel
2. But wait first until the power from above comes down upon you
II. THE PROMISE FROM THE FATHER
Act 1:3 For forty days after his death he appeared to them many times in ways that proved beyond doubt that he was alive. They saw him, and he talked with them about the Kingdom of God.
Act 1:4 And when they came together, he gave them this order: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift I told you about, the gift my Father promised.
Act 1:5 John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
1. You will be baptized with the Holy Spirit
Baptizo – Greek word which means to be immersed (filled inside and outside)
III. THE PURPOSE OF BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
To receive Power – dunamis – Greek word from which we derived the English word dynamo and dynamite
To make us Witness – Martus – Greek word which means martyr who is not afraid to die for God’s cause.
IV. WHO ARE ENTITLED TO THE PROMISE OF POWER
Act 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Act 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, [even] as many as the Lord our God shall call.
1. Unto you ( early disciple, Jews)
2. Your children (future converts)
3. To all that are afar off – (other nationalities, gentiles)
4. As many as the Lord our God shall call ( to those who believe Jesus)
V. HINDRANCES IN RECEIVING THE BAPTISM WITH POWER
Mat 6:15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
2) Prohibited practices
Deu 18:10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through the fire, or who uses divination, or is a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer,
Deu 18:11 Or a charmer, or a medium, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
Deu 18:12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and it is because of these abominable practices that the Lord your God is driving them out before you.
Luk 11:11 Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?