2007-11-19 Nail Your Sin to the Cross

Passage Acts 1:1-8:

Acts 1
The Promise of the Holy Spirit

1 In my first book[a] I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. 3 During the forty days after his crucifixion, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God.

4 Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. 5 John baptized with[b] water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

The Ascension of Jesus

6 So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?”

7 He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 1:1 The reference is to the Gospel of Luke.
Acts 1:5 Or in; also in 1:5b.

Passage Galatians 5:19-26:

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

We often think of the empowerment of the Holy Spirit as giving us the courage to tell someone about the gospel-and this is true. Perhaps more important, though, is the power of the Holy Spirit given to us to live out the character of the Kingdom. One of non-Christians’ chief complaints is the hypocrisy in the character of Christians. Even Ghandi said that he would have become a Christian had Christians actually practiced what they said they believed. Christianity spread rapidly in the early days, not only because of miraculous signs, but also because of the character of early Christians- they exuded a joy in life, a faithfulness to Christ, and a compassion for peoplethat was otherwise unknown. Consider Paul’s list of character traits.

Which do you exude to your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers on a daily basis?

[written by Kelly Guy]

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