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Spirit Appointed

[Paul, to the Ephesian elders at Miletus:] “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” —Acts 20:28 NIV Key Thought Paul reminds the Ephesian elders of three…

Hard Times in the Spirit

[Paul, to the Ephesian elders at Miletus:] “But there is another urgency before me now. I feel compelled to go to Jerusalem. I’m completely in the dark about what will happen when I get there. I do know that it won’t be any picnic, for the Holy Spirit has let…

Proof They Belong

When Paul placed his hands on [the people he had just baptized], the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. —Acts 19:6 NIV Key Thought The Holy Spirit is a vital part of our conversion and a crucial part of our daily walk with God…

Bottom Line!

While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” —Acts 19:1-2 NIV…

Stop Signs!

[Paul and his companions on the second missionary journey] went to Phrygia, and then on through the region of Galatia. Their plan was to turn west into Asia province, but the Holy Spirit blocked that route. So they went to Mysia and tried to go north to Bithynia, but the…

Spirit-Led Conclusions

[The apostles and elders in Jerusalem writing to Gentile Christians:] “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay no greater burden on you than these few requirements …” —Acts 15:28 NLT Key Thought Acts 15 is a remarkable reminder of the power of the Holy…

Confirmed

[Peter, addressing the apostles and elders at the Council in Jerusalem:] “God knows people’s hearts, and he confirmed that he accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us.” —Acts 15:8 NLT Key Thought These words come from Peter’s defense for taking the good news…

Spirit-Inspired Joy!

And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. —Acts 13:52 NIV Key Thought The Holy Spirit’s presence in God’s people is accompanied by joy! Jesus was full of joy because of the Spirit (Luke 10:21), and the same is also true of his disciples (Romans 14:17;…

Authority!

Saul, also known as Paul, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he looked the sorcerer in the eye. Then he said, “You son of the devil, full of every sort of deceit and fraud, and enemy of all that is good! Will you never stop perverting the true ways…

Propelled!

Sent off on their new assignment by the Holy Spirit, Barnabas and Saul went down to Seleucia and caught a ship for Cyprus. —Acts 13:4 MESSAGE Key Thought We can be run off. We can be sent out. But the real yearning on most of our hearts is to be…

From Worship to Mission

While [the Christians in Antioch] were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” —Acts 13:2 NIV Key Thought Worship, whether individually in our daily lives or assembled with other Christians, should propel…

Foretold by the Spirit

Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius). So the disciples determined, every one according…