READ: Acts 2:38-39; 5:32
- The Holy Spirit is mentioned in approximately 55 verses in Acts. He is present on numerous occasions and credited with numerous activities. He appears responsible for the words of the Old Testament Scriptures. He speaks to and through key people. He leads and directs both individuals and churches. He calls out missionaries. He empowers men and women to speak what needs to be heard in different situations, and much more.
- The language around the Holy Spirit and humanity includes, “full of the Spirit,” “filled with the Spirit,” “Holy Spirit has come upon,” “pour out my Spirit on,” “receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,” “lie to the Spirit,” “test the Spirit,” “resist the Spirit,” “receive the Spirit,” “the Spirit said,” “the comfort of the Spirit,” “the Spirit fell,” “the Spirit told,” “sent out by the Spirit” and more. He is active in a wide variety of ways in Acts.
- Someone once called the Holy Spirit, “the quiet member of the Trinity.” Looking at Acts gives me the impression that might not be the case. He is clearly active and vocal in Acts. As we spend the next few weeks looking at various texts which surface the role of the Spirit, we’ll become better and better acquainted with how He longs to work in our church, too. The Spirit is not to be feared; He is to be worshiped and appreciated. And we can all do that better than we do.
- What is your current familiarity with the Holy Spirit’s role?
- Watch for the presence of the Holy Spirit as you are reading Acts from week to week.
- Commit to being open to what He might be leading you to become.
PRAY: Thank the Holy Spirit for His role in your life. Pray that you are aware of His presence. Ask God to receive our worship with joy.