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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Intentional Start

The story of Jesus doesn’t end with Jesus. It continues in the lives of those who believe in him. The supernatural does not stop with Jesus. Luke makes it clear that these Christians he wrote about were no more spectators of Jesus than Jesus was a spectator of God—they are in on the action of God, God acting in them, God living in them. Which also means, of course, in us? - Peterson

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” - Acts 1:6-8
People since the beginning of the church have been questioning God’s methods and timing. Don’t worry about things that you have no control in, but trust in God (make Jesus Lord). 
Here’s the plan:
1. When you accept Jesus as Savior then God comes to live in with you and empower you (use it!).
2. We are to be witnesses of what we have seen and experienced (Jesus coming out of you!).
3. Who and where? A. Jerusalem represents where you live and the people that you know.
B. Judea is the state you live and people who you have things in common.
C. Samaria represents the United States and those who you may not agree with/dislike.
D. Ends are the rest of the countries of the world with different customs, language, and lifestyles.
Verses 9-11 reminds us that Jesus is with us and He’s coming back soon!  Amen?