After Jesus ascends, two men in white robes ask the disciples: “…why do you stand looking up toward heaven?” They weren’t called to stand and watch, but rather to move on and show others Jesus’ love. We also have seen and heard the great news about Jesus’ love and the promise of forgiveness and grace, but we are not called to stand and watch, but to share with the world!
Worship this week with Holy Communion:
Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/New Member orientation
10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Devotions for this week:
“You shall be my witnesses” April 2-3, 2016
SHARE: What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding
Sunday, Acts 1:1-14, You Shall Be My Witnesses
Monday, Acts 1:15-26, Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas
Tuesday, Acts 2:1-13, The Coming of the Holy Spirit
Wednesday, Acts 2:14-36, Peter Addresses the Crowd
Thursday, Acts 2:37-42, The First Converts
Friday, Acts 2:43-47, Life among the Believers
Saturday, Acts 3:11-26, Peter Speaks in Solomon’s Portico
TALK: Consider some of these ideas:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Jesus left his followers with the promise of the Holy Spirit, which would be God’s presence with them at all times and in all places. Jesus also left them (and us) with hope that one day Jesus would return, and this world would be restored to the world God intended. In the meantime, we have been given the charge to witness to God’s intended world with our thoughts, words, and actions.
How can your witness be helpful to those who do not know Christ? What would you say to someone who asks you about Jesus?
What do you hope for? What keeps you hoping?
PRAY: Lord Jesus, after your death and resurrection you sent your followers into the world to proclaim your resurrection to the entire world. Send us into the world to bear witness to all you have done in our lives. Amen
BLESS: May God fill you with the hope and anticipation of the Holy Spirit. Amen.