The Spirit-Empowered Church

February 4, 2024 LESSON 10

Luke 24:46-49 NLT And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. (47) It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ (48) You are witnesses of all these things. (49) “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”

  • John 14:16-17 NLT And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. (17) He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.

Acts 2:1-4 NLT On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. (2) Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. (3) Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. (4) And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

  • Mark 16:17-18 NLT These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. (18) They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”

Acts 6:1-7 NLT But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking believers complained about the Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food. (2) So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program. (3) And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility. (4) Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word.” (5) Everyone liked this idea, and they chose the following: Stephen (a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit), Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas of Antioch (an earlier convert to the Jewish faith). (6) These seven were presented to the apostles, who prayed for them as they laid their hands on them. (7) So God’s message continued to spread. The number of believers greatly increased in Jerusalem, and many of the Jewish priests were converted, too.

Acts 8:5-8 NLT Philip, for example, went to the city of Samaria and told the people there about the Messiah. (6) Crowds listened intently to Philip because they were eager to hear his message and see the miraculous signs he did. (7) Many evil spirits were cast out, screaming as they left their victims. And many who had been paralyzed or lame were healed. (8) So there was great joy in that city.

Acts 13:2-3 NLT One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” (3) So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.

1 Timothy 3:8-13 NLT In the same way, deacons must be well respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers or dishonest with money. (9) They must be committed to the mystery of the faith now revealed and must live with a clear conscience. (10) Before they are appointed as deacons, let them be closely examined. If they pass the test, then let them serve as deacons. (11) In the same way, their wives must be respected and must not slander others. They must exercise self-control and be faithful in everything they do. (12) A deacon must be faithful to his wife, and he must manage his children and household well. (13) Those who do well as deacons will be rewarded with respect from others and will have increased confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.

  • Romans 16:1-2 NLT I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a deacon in the church in Cenchrea. (2) Welcome her in the Lord as one who is worthy of honor among God’s people. Help her in whatever she needs, for she has been helpful to many, and especially to me.

2 Timothy 4:5 NLT But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.


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