Sermon Outline :: Prelude to Power
by Michael Catt
Volume 1 - Part 1
"PRELUDE TO POWER"
Luke 1:1-4; Acts 1:1, 2
- Luke wanted to record history.
- Luke wanted to present a true picture of Christianity.
- Luke wanted to emphasize the evangelistic thrust of the church.
This study should have a ten-fold effect on us:
- We should be more committed to prayer and evangelism.
- We should have a greater desire to walk in the power of the spirit.
- We should work diligently to keep unity in the church.
- We must reject the notion that Christianity is an easy believism.
- We should have a greater commitment to the local church.
- We must admit that the purpose of the church is not about me, but about others.
- We must learn to depend on the Holy Spirit.
- We must not compromise.
- We must be people who desire that the truth be preached.
- We need to ask God to use us so that our lives count for eternity.
Part 2: "LET'S ROLL"
- ACKNOWLEDGE WHO'S IN CHARGE.
- RESPOND TO GOD'S CALL.
- EMBRACE THE TRUTH.
- WALK IN THE SPIRIT.
- LIVE IN LIGHT OF HIS COMING.
Part 3: "WAITING TIME IS NEVER WASTED TIME"
- WE MEASURE OUR EFFECTIVENESS BY HOW WE STACK UP TO ACTS 1:8
- God's power is available to all.
- God's power is within.
- God's power demands action.
- WE MEASURE OUR EFFECTIVENESS BY OUR VIEW OF WHERE THIS WORLD IS HEADED. vs. 11
- WE MEASURE OUR EFFECTIVENESS BY PRAYER. vs. 13, 14
- WE MEASURE OUR EFFECTIVENESS BY OUR COMMITMENT TO THE WORD. vs. 15-26
Part 4 "YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHIN' YET"
- INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS REGARDING PENTECOST AND THE COMING OF THE SPIRIT. THE BACKGROUND FOR THE DAY OF PENTECOST. Lev. 23
- THE HISTORIC AND SYMBOLIC SIGNIFICANCE OF PENTECOST. Acts 2:1-4
- They were all in one accord.
- When the time was right, the Spirit moved in.
- The filling of the Spirit.
- Speaking in other tongues.
- THE CONTEMPORARY APPLICATION OF PENTECOST.
- The purpose of the Spirit's coming.
- The purpose of the Spirit's baptism.
- The problem in today's church.
Bottom line, non-negotiable truths:
- The work of the Spirit is a unifying work, not divisive.
- The Spirit came to bring conviction, not confusion.
- The Spirit was not given for argument but for proclamation.
- The Spirit exalts Jesus - not Himself.
- The Spirit equips us with all we need to do the job Jesus left us to do.
- The Spirit is not a toy to play with.
- If anyone does something in the name of God that causes disorder, division or schisms - that is not of God. The Father, Son and Spirit are in agreement.