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January 4, 2021 5:00 am
Pastor Mosser and Bible teacher Alan Wright. If you have a good sequel to have the same main character that's Pastor Alan Wright welcome to another message of good views that will help you see your life in a whole I'm Daniel excited for you to hear the teaching today.
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More on this later in the program right now. Let's get started with today's teaching here is Alan Wright are you ready for some this deems the teachings and miracles in the history of Jesus did not and when Jesus left the earth. His ministry continue through where and a study that were just starting on the book of acts, and our attorneys write a story of beginning. Acts chapter 1 verse one brand-new study about the limitless power that we see in the book of acts that we are reclaiming today, and it's appropriate and I can't wait to get Lawson to acts chapter 1 verse one in the first book, oh Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach until the day when he was taken off after he had given commands for the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he chosen himself alive to them after suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during 40 days and speaking about the kingdom of God while staying 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 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.
So when they come together, they asked him, Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel. They said to them, it is not for you to know times or seasons of the father is fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth when they when he said these things as they are looking on, he was lifted up in a cloud took him out of their side and while they were gazing into heaven as he went to hold two men stood by them in white robes and said militarily, why do you stand looking at heaven. This Jesus was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven, and most 40 chapter 2 will be spending more time here in the coming weeks, but for today. The first four verses chapter 2 when the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting in divided tongues as of fire appeared to them, and rested on each of them and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Well I guess was last summer that I better report on a John Grisham book John Grisham.
My favorite kind of summertime author for just reading books easy to read stories, knows how to twist a plot and I had nothing of rent. Almost everyone John versions books by last summer I told you about one called the reckoning goes from bad news to bad news to worse news and the bad news and even worse news and that's the whole blog I just came on.
I just said you know school.
Our spoiler alert is terrible book and I said don't redirect so I feel that I feel bad for Grisham and some I give him a good report on the last two books I read of his Morris equal Camino Island tells a story of a young man who loves books, rare books has a bookstore and twisting plot and narrative about some rare books that is missing and so forth. It was really a fun fun fun so that he came out with a sequel and I sure don't need sequel to the business equal Camino and is also set there on the little island in the northeastern shore of Florida and same same main characters in it. If you really like book and you're glad for there to be a sequel like a sequel because a sequel has the same the same characters that has the people you view like a character and you want to sequel because you like that character you want to find out what's next in that characters like it also means you like this and it's a good thing to have the story continue and so that's what happens a single main character or characters. It continued and then the same store continues new twist to the plot and different things are going on me. Also in and see what you have the same in movies, especially in sync theme music at the same sound to it and then sequel. What's funny is often bring in new characters that come alongside the main character in order to in order to to make it interesting will what we see at the very beginning of the book of acts is that Luke almost every scholar agrees, wrote about the gospel of Luke and the book of acts, Luke is saying this is a continuation of what you saw in my gospel account of Jesus. What Jesus began to do and teach you saying I'm now to show you that it continues. In other words, the best way to understand the book of acts is is a sequel to the gospel of Luke is about the same main character Jesus.
It is the same story when new dimensions. It is the same sound of the gospel, and it invites in new characters and those new characters. Believe it or not, our you and me into your right Anglican Bishop, a preeminent Pauline scholar of the New Testament theologian and in his one of his commentaries on acts.
He says this beautifully. The opening paragraph of the book of acts declares clearly and softly that it is a sequel to even suggest a kind of title the deeds and teachings of King Jesus. Part two is all about what Jesus is continuing to do and to teach the mysterious presence of Jesus and also the whole story he is announced as King and Lord not as an increasingly distant memory.
But as a living and powerful reality. A person who can be known and loved and obeyed and followed a person who continues to act within the real world called the book of acts of the apostles, we should think of it as the acts of Jesus part two is what it is is to acts of Jesus. It's a sequel. And the reason is a sequel in the first place and this is maybe the most important and exciting today as we set up the book of acts is that it's a sequel because it will about the same. He wrote the same main character.
It is about Jesus is essential if you sequel you got. I have had the main character continue our age is just it just doesn't work I'll try think my favorite sequels was a little worse equals in movies and a pretty good single. The classic classic movie alone.
The first home alone. I think it was maybe best grows more than any other comedy. Up until that that that time. This little boy was his name McCauley Culkin.
I things as is and and he played his Kevin McAllister character Larry there with the movie was about this and how can they ever do anything nearly as good, but it came out I was another story were somehow they found a way to make it reasonable that this little boy got left home at the end during Christmas vacation time in New York, and it's it's the first one, and so they like me.
When making tons of money on this thing that that talking about time they got around to number three ships and leasing him. He's not sure if it's a good movie the main character isn't there anymore.
That's that's the problem was the problem, jaws sequels, my generation group draws you scared it was just crazy and groundbreaking Spielberg movie element makes more jobs with other shawls movies were just terrible. And the reason is they thought that whoever the guy was.
It was out there trying to get draws on key team members know what the main character shark with the main character and they blew him. When they came. We had shot.
We didn't like the other shot. We like the first shop shop all three jaws three neither desperate third dimension is terror, Orlando, Florida. The sea world and in the short remember the people living like hell. The short got from the ocean over to Orlando anyway.
It was just her is if you have a good sequel have the same main character and what he is saying is that Jesus is just as much.
The main hero of the story I'm telling in acts, as he was in the gospel of Luke verse one and look at this in the first book of Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach until the day when he was taken after given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen and it starts with this beautiful name Theophilus in the first book of Theophilus which means beloved of God for Seo Seo. Since God Leo is the word for love is either beloved of God or lover of God is writing. Most scholars seem to some may be imminent citizen of the time, but also think that you could not just think of the specific, probably real person.
Theophilus but anyone who is beloved of God. This book is for you say Alan Wright will have more teaching moment from today's important series at Arlington ready for a new year and this is the year you start planning on dreaming for a great new year right ministries has produced a beautiful, inspiring love calendar with each month not only depicts the month in a heart stirring image also includes especially A blessing for the Mike Allen explains in his new book, the power to bless which releases February 2 is available from Amazon for preorder now blessing faith vision (he then told them to be fruitful or not isn't the reward for your productivity. The fuel for the 2021 blessing while calendar gives you space to write down all your important appointments and make plans for a wonderful new year.
And most importantly, each time you see the beautiful image for them on your heart will be strengthened empowering this year.
Don't just organize your life for the 2021 blessing calendar is our gift to you. When you make a donation is not right ministries. Contact us today and start your year out right by the power of blessing. Call us at 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor and got a work day's teaching you once again is and when it comes to this person wanted to see her again that what he's saying here is all that Jesus began to do it was it was about what he began to show that side of their work to do and teach, this is what verse 11 says this Jesus, who was taken up from you and have a will, in the same way so what is saying here is that I've already written about what Jesus began to do and now I'm gonna write about what he continued to do is a continuation of the story of Jesus.
We learn a lot about the Holy Spirit.
The third person of the triune God as we study the book of acts. Start with this. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of Jesus we go look at Romans chapter 8. There are three references to the holy spirit here.
You, however, not in the flesh but in the spirit of the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
But if Christ is in you. Although the body of debacles in the Spirit is life because of righteous look at this.
The spirit of God the spirit of Christ and the Spirit are the three different spirits. No, no, just three ways of speaking of the person of God. So the Holy Spirit is the spirit of God the father any of the spirit of Jesus and he is the spirit of Jesus, who is with us now this is what Jesus promised in John chapter 14 to his disciples. Giselle asked the father and give you another helper, speaking of the Holy Spirit, who will be with you forever in the spirit of truth is another name for the spirit of truth in the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows of you know, every dwells with you and will be in you and I will not leave you as orphans will come to you talking about his final coming.
He's talking about I come to you in spirit, yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me because I live, you also will live and in that day you will know what days you talking about I will use on that day and that day you will know that I am in my father and you are in me and I in you all when Peter after he preached the sermon, and 3000 people came to Christ and in the began meeting in homes, people being out of their number daily as we seen in a recent sermon a is walking by man whose lame begging and God heals the man people start looking around Peter as if he's a God and Peter at act 312 was to make clear that this is about him at all. When Peter saw it, the address of the individual what you wonder at this what you stare at us like we looking at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made in one piece and has nothing to do with me. This is clearly a story about Jesus.
So he preached Jesus in the first Christian sermon and then as soon as a miracle happen is that you misunderstand this doesn't have anything to do with us.
It is by faith in his name.
He says in verse 16 and I love this phrase as I pointed out before, the faith that is through Jesus has given this man account. All of this explains why the Lord told the disciples to wait until the Holy Spirit came before they starting spreading out the mission of Jesus Christ when he why is like. Jesus is saying, don't try to start the SQL without me. I am the main character. It will be a flaw in Jesus is not the main character, beloved Christianity is not a recollection of what Jesus did. It is a fellowship with Jesus and what he's doing now. Christianity is not merely an attempt to think about what Jesus would do and try to do that Christianity is the presence of Jesus with us now continuing his ministry through us. It has always been about 10 Jesus and the story. Luke says, starting in the gospel continues in the book of acts is a sequel because Jesus has been and always will be the main character gives the king from the beginning and he is writing now that he is writing forevermore. He is the King of glory.
I tell you he is the hero of the story, and he always will. It's a sequel and is a sequel also because it is saying it's the same story as the key to any kind of series writers gotta be the same. The same story.
I don't know, sometimes I'm just willing to share the most embarrassing things in my life because I like to model the humility of it all. I don't ever told the body publicly what I was what I was on the chest and I get all my life when I was a senior in high school my second semester I had enough credits to graduate school full day MA let us… Go home early and so I finish Monday at noon and I would come home to eat lunch and fix a sandwich locally delivered homework go back over tennis practice and what did my second system is to receive your ear and y'all in that day back at the TV on when I got home at noon and ate my sandwich only three channels that were available to us, and the only thing on any of those three channels were daytime dramas.
Okay, much as was your high school second semester I got hooked on days of our lives as well. Other stories ever sit down to wait a minute, this one family has had 42 divorces people of mistaken identity, presumed dead, who came back and I went back in with some of the people. Also, when I was in high school still show this just keeps go into the story you just want to keep going. In the story. You can't change and have a whole different story with all different people, and call it a series or SQL.
You just have to keep the story going against my favorite TV show all time. I got one W Andy Griffith show.got to be and I think I've seen all the episodes but I go back and rewatch him all the time but I realize that once they had the show in Barney had left the show when Barney was gone. I just don't watch anymore.
I just want a more when I realize it's is because the story was about Andy Griffith taking care of of the town of Mayberry. He was about Andy Griffith and his friendship with Barney and then once that was on the story will. The problem with the disciples that is unknown.
On the one hand, frustrate other hand, almost comical watching though they had spent three years with Jesus seen as miracles even been used by him and it hurt everything that he taught from the beginning. Jesus said that the message to repent for the kingdom of God is at hand. Even though Jesus had foretold his death and resurrection that we promised to send spirit to all of these things there problem was I didn't I didn't understand the story. Alan writing these good news message Jesus's ministry. The SQL from our series unlimited pastor Ellen is back with us in the studio assuring a parting good news thought for the day. In just a moment with this early then ready for a new year and this is the year you start planning on dreaming for and breaking here right ministry has produced a beautiful, inspiring blog calendar with each month not only depicts the Montana heart string image that also includes especially A blessing for the month, and after having explains in his new book, the power to grant, which releases February is available from Amazon for preorder now blessing biblically-based faith vision the left then told them to be fruitful and multiply. Blessing isn't the reward for your productivity. The fuel for the 2021 blessing while calendar gives you space to write down all your important appointments and make plans for a wonderful new year. And most importantly, each time you see the beautiful image for them on your heart will be strengthened by the empowering this year. Don't just organize your life for the 2021 calendar is our gift to you. When you make a donation is not right ministry's contact us today and start your year out right by the power of blessing, six 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor.org you know this to be with pastor out as we kick off this new series and the title is unlimited in today's teaching, replacing the bookmark your Jesus's ministry the SQL the best way to think of the book of acts where we are going to be right much this month and then some little bit later on were to come back to it. The best way to think of the book of acts is to think of it simply as the sequel to the gospel of Luke Luke boat wrote both Luke and acts as a beautiful thing to think that it's the ministry of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke that we see in the SQL is the ministry of Jesus and the church. So we think of it as the acts of the apostles, but is really the acts of Jesus continuing through the early church, and so when you read the book of acts you're really reading SQL and if you look at it that way, then it becomes even more glorious journey to walk with the early church and see Jesus continue his ministry through them. Today's good news message is a listener supported production Alan White ministry