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Worship is always a response to who God is and what he has done. Multiple commands in the Bible to “Praise the Lord” are motivated by God’s character and action. “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever” (e.g. Ezra 3:11, Psalm 106). We marvel at God’s greatness, “Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?” (Psalm 113:5-6) and at his goodness, “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap” (Psalm 113:7). This awe and reverence for God is where we start our worship, with adoration.
Next week we will see how awe of God leads us to repentance.
Call to Worship - Isaiah 49:13
Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted.
Song - What A Beautiful Name
Song - All The Poor and Powerless
Assurance of Grace
Song - It Is Well
Song - Glory To God Forever
SERMON - You Will Be My Witnesses
Scripture - Acts 1:1-11 (ESV)
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
4 And while staying[a] with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
What do you see in this passage about the work of God in the world?
The role of the Father?
The role of the Son?
The role of the Spirit?
The role of disciples (us)?
How are these various roles related?
Song - Holy Holy Holy
Numbers 6:24-26 The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.