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Increase in Power (24 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Kingdom
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Acts Chapter 4 and 5

God is always bigger than our last encounter with Him. There is more to God than what we've experienced!

This week, we're going to look at the early Church and how they experienced more and more of the Holy Spirit's power.

Main Scripture: Acts Chapter 4 and 5

- Focus on verses 4:31,33 and 5:12,16 for increasing power of the Holy Spirit.
- Focus on verses 5:29-32 for continuing a life of faith expressed in risk.
- Focus on verses 4:19-20, 5:29 for seeking more of God in any situation.

EQUIP: The expansion of the power of the Kingdom.

Teaching Point 1: The early Church had ongoing experiences of being filled with more and more of the Holy Spirit's power.

- Peter was empowered mightily to testify of Jesus before all of the rulers and elders of their community (Acts 4:8).
- The whole community of the early Church was strongly compelled by God's power and grace to share their possessions and hold everything in common (Acts 4:32-35).
- The apostles' growing ministry of healing and other signs and wonders drew crowds from all over (Acts 5:12, 16).

''We owe the world a powerful Gospel of signs and wonders.'' - Bill Johnson

The world is waiting to see who Jesus is, and we are the ones who show them. ''Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This 'letter' is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts'' (2 CORINTHIANS 3:3).

The more we go after God, the more like Him we become. Obviously, this doesn't mean we somehow ''become'' God, but it means we start to look like Him more and more in our everyday lives. We ''can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord - who is the Spirit - makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image'' (2 CORINTHIANS 3:18).

The early Church saw ...

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