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Matthew 28:16-19

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Acts 1:1-9
In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 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. 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. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 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.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

Message Notes

1. You were not just saved from something you were saved to something.

19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

We have been saved from our sins and the good work is the work of making disciples.

2. What He has called us to He has equipped us for.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you

His power is available to us all the time, but, just because something is available doesn’t mean it’s being used.

We must utilize the power Christ has given us through the Holy Spirit

3. Being empowered requires you to change the question.

We doubt when our first question is why. We worship when our first question is how.

Worship is when we proceed with confidence assuming that everything that is happening can and will be used for the purpose of someone else knowing Jesus Christ.

He is with me and He can use that!