Summary: Holy Boldness is a series of messages in Acts highlighting the Christians’ role in the New Testament Church.
LET’S ROLL – ACTS 1:1-8
One of the heroic stories to come out of the 9/11 tragedy is the story of Todd Beamer. He along with several passengers on flight __ have become hero’s to us because of their bravery. In all likelyhood, their actions, in the face of death, saved hundreds of life, possibly the White House or Capital. The phrase he used as they decided to storm the cockpit was ‘Let’s Roll.’
In many ways, this is the theme of Acts - let’s get going. Let’s go out and share – but first, they had to get their bearings - listen to one last message from the Lord and gain focus.
Acts 1:1 The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. 3 To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. 4 Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, "Which," He said, "you heard of from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
6 So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, "Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?" 7 He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."
Afraid the church wants to roll over & go back to sleep. We aren’t interested in - risk - sacrifice. We want safety, security.
✒ No time for business as usual.
✒ There’s more to Xn life than most are experiencing. Victory is possible. Church can make a difference.
Church today consumed w/ entertaining - feeding - serving the saints - and we’re losing the world.
Lloyd Ogilvie talking to Sr. Adult man - in church all his life, served on committees and said, ‘the one thing my church never gave me was a relationship w/ Christ that would make my life exciting. All I’m asked to do is usher, fold envelopes and go on outings with other equally unfulfilled people.’
Ray Steadman - “...whatever happens in the world happens as a result of something that is, or is not, happening in the church.’
Books detailing great events of the 20th century – where’s the church? We’ve been relegated to the back page - Church is old news & it’s our fault. CHURCH LACKS POWER.
Our standpoint – early ch. had NOTHING going for it.
✒ No buildings – no budget.
✒ No TV ministry/ no cassettes/ ‘How To’ books.
✒ No famous celebrity/ athlete testimony.
✒ No technology - denominational literature.
✒ faced the loss of their leader – opposition from religious establishment - threat of Roman govt.