Sermon Notes for October 25, 2015, “The small church with a BIG Heart” by Pastor Carlos Bulalayao


G.A.T.H.E.R.I.N.G.

“The small church with a BIG Heart”

~Carlos S. Bulalayao, Jr.~

10.24.15

Acts 1:1-8New International Version (NIV)

Luke 1:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach

2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.

3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.

5 For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”

6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 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.”

  1. We are Theophilus (God’s Friend)

Theophilus- Prominent Jew in Alexandria (Coptic)

  • A Roman official (Most excellent)
  • Paul’s Lawyer
  • Jewish priest
  • Greek- “Friend of God”

James 2:23 “And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.

John 15:13-15 “13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

14 You are my friends if you do what I command.

15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”

  1. We were Gifted with a Promise! (The Holy Spirit)

4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.

5 For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”

Immediate Fulfillment: Acts 2

Future Fulfillment: It happens every time a person accepts the Lord Jesus Christ as his/her

personal Savior and Lord!

  1. We are God’s Martus! (Witness)

8 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.”

Empowered!

Witness!

Panta Ta Etna!

Takeaways:

  • I am Theophilus! and I desire to make HIM as my BFF!
  • I have the PROMISE who empowers me everyday 24/7
  • I am CREATED to be a powerful MARTUS for Him
  • Panta ta Ethna!

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