Worship Preparation: April 25, 2021

Sunday, April 25, 2021
Read the sermon text: Acts 1:1-11
Read the sermon summary: How do the kingdoms of this world advance? Perhaps through economic means, military might, cultural influence? Compared to this how do we think about the advance of the Kingdom of God? Luke, having connect this work of Acts to his gospel account, introduces the book of Acts with two main themes: the Kingdom of God and the Holy Spirit. This introduction sets the stage for what plays out in the rest of the book. It is a book of witnessing about Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. As we journey through this book together we will find that the advance of the Kingdom of God is quite simple compared to the complex means that nation-states use: God’s people give witness of the person and work of the risen Lord Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. In preparation for the sermon, consider the following questions: What “promise of the Father” is the author referring to in verse 4? What do you think is the expectation that lies behind the apostles’s question in verse 6? What do you make of how Jesus answered (or didn’t answer) their question? What are the implications for the Kingdom of God and our life in this present age while we await Jesus to return in the same way he the apostles saw him taken up?
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
Behold Our God
Who has held the oceans in His hands
Who has numbered every grain of sand
Kings and nations tremble at His voice
All creation rises to rejoice
Behold our God seated on His throne
Come let us adore Him
Behold our King nothing can compare
Come let us adore Him

Who has given counsel to the Lord
Who can question any of His words
Who can teach the One who knows all things
Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds

Who has felt the nails upon His hands
Bearing all the guilt of sinful man
God eternal humbled to the grave
Jesus Savior risen now to reign
You will reign forever
(Let Your glory fill the earth)

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Jonathan Baird | Meghan Baird | Ryan Baird | Stephen Altrogge
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Jared Holt

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