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Seeking A Spiritual Explosion

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The power of God's Spirit comes upon us when we expect, prepare, and declare God's Word

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There is Power Waiting for You

When is the last time you wanted something so bad that you couldn’t think of anything else?
When I was a kid I wanted to shoot my dad’s bb guns really bad.....
Some people might say, “The Spirit of God isn’t moving....” so they think of going elsewhere only to discover that there are other issues. What is the real problem?
In our text, we discover a group of people that experienced a spiritual explosion because they believed with expectancy, they prepared in response to that expectancy, and they declared the Word of God with boldness.
This is the point where the Church transitions from just a local entity to a worldwide, universal organism.
Peter and Cornelius: New Vision: Change the way you look at people.
Risk: Peter: literally goes to his house
Peter explains the Gospel.
A spiritual explosion is not an event…
10:44 While he is speaking, the Holy Spirit falls
What does it take to have a spiritual explosion? We can experience the power of God like the people of Acts when we come together…

Spiritual Expectation

We usually get what we expect:
Illus: Hans and Frans: “We want to pump you up!”
That is the way some people look at church – pump me up pastor!
10:1-2 Cornelius a man of prayer
They eagerly expected the power of God. They wanted more of God.
Jeremiah 29:13 ESV
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
What do we expect? More of the same?
Can I tell you this morning that your greatest days are still ahead of you? Do you dare believe that for yourself?
The people who experienced the power of God in Acts and as Azusa street were people who expected something more.
But the result was not more of the same – everything changed radically. They were kicked out of churches!
Illus: Facebook “I love the 80’s.” I am an 80’s child! But I don’t love the 80’s. There were some good memories – school, sports, marriage – and I cherish those memories. But I don’t want to go back. They wore some weird clothes! (Someday you will feel the same!)
If we really want the power of the Holy Spirit, our lives and our church may look radically different. Our way of thinking could be changed.
When we desire change, it is not the church that needs to change; it is us that need to change.
“Convention Crash” - What makes “conventions” so great? Lights, sound – no, prayer, expectation, preparation, motivation!
How much of God do we have? The answer is as much as we want! Do you think God is rationing His power?
Experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit will take more than showing up on Sunday (some people think they have done a lot)
• The Holy Spirit does not have work hours that begin on Sunday at 10:30 am when we show up for service
• If we really want to be Pentecostal, it starts not in the church, but in our “upper room.” It starts at home.
• What we are doing all week long will determine a lot of what happens on Sunday.
Some Assembly Required! There is work to do on our part.

Spiritual Preparation: Feed Yourself

1 Corinthians 3:2 ESV
I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready,
Illus: “I am not being fed” We all need discipleship, but after a year or two, we should be able to feed ourselves.
Can you imagine not eating all week and then going to a buffet?
If we are not experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit all week, why do we expect it at church?
Pavlov Worship: Pavlov’s dogs would salivate when the bell rang.
Some people will worship if you sing the right song, or say the right thing.
We need good music, good preaching but we should not base our response to God, or desire for God, on how “good” we think the service is.
Jack Hayford - Many Christians will let someone else to worship for them.
Studies show that over-excitement actually inhibits performance.
Baseball Coach: If I have to get players excited to play, they are in the wrong place.
I have felt the power of God so strongly I could barely stand. Occasionally, God’s grace comes through in spite of me – but other times, my desire for him all week long determines what I experience here.
1 Corinthians 14:26 ESV
What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.
Too many people come to the church table with nothing to offer.
“You think more about your sermon than the people.” If I truly care about you, I will come to church ready to give, not just a sermon, but myself.
How have you come before the Lord today? Did you prepare yourself to come and meet with Him?
Does someone else have to pump you up spiritually? What are you bringing to the table?

Spiritual Proclamation: Focus on the Gospel Message

While he was speaking! No one had to tell them to speak in tongues. No one had to pump them up.
Where the Gospel is preached, the Holy Spirit is present.
Acts 4:8 ESV
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders,
Peter Day of Pentecost 3,000 saved
Acts 4:31 ESV
And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
Acts 9:31 ESV
So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.
The Gospel is the match that lights the fire!!!!!!
Our goal and desire should be to be filled with the Holy Spirit so that we can reach others for Christ and make disciples. If we really want the power of the Holy Spirit, we need to preach the gospel of salvation.
How do we really know if the Holy Spirit is among us?
There is a personal benefit – this is good for us! He prays for us, builds us up, gives us gifts, edifies the church. But the Holy Spirit is not only an inward experience.
It is not based on the volume of shouting, or how many people fall on the floor (although there should be some noticeable responses.)
The bottom line is this: Are people coming to Christ, are people growing in Christ?
Speaking on the Holy Spirit, “You show me a church that does not have a constant flow of new believers coming to the Lord and I will show you a church that is stagnating.” Greg Laurie
The greatest demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit is the salvation of a soul.
Even Speaking in Tongues is a sign to sinners! If we are proclaiming the gospel message of salvation and forgiveness, we can expect the power of the Holy Spirit.
If we just want to feel good when we come to church, we have missed the point. The greatest feeling in the world is seeing someone come to Christ.
What is our message? For who?
If we are going to experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit, we have to make room.
• Are we making room for salvation?
• Are we bringing people to church?
• Are we being intentional in our relationships to show people the love of God?
• If we do not make room for souls, we do not need more of the Holy Spirit.
• Is the salvation of souls a priority for us?
New Vision of people: This was a great risk for Peter. A church for all nations
People are watching us! Your children are watching you. Little eyes see how you love God.
What are the primary ingredients for a spiritual explosion?
What were the primary factors that led to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit?
1. Expectation: Expect something from God
2. Preparation: Prepare yourself instead of waiting for someone to do it for you.
3. Proclamation: Preach the Gospel, bring something with you.
Expect something great from God, prepare yourself to receive it, and proclaim His message of salvation and forgiveness!
What are you anticipating? There must be more!
God’s intention is inclusive of a life filled with power and wonder for every believer, much more than mundane religion.
Perhaps one reason we struggle is that we have settled for an average religious experience and God wants us to be the real deal.
Brennan Manning, “I learned what a wise old Franciscan told me the day I joined the Order -- ’Once you come to know the love of Jesus Christ, nothing else in the world will seem as beautiful or desirable.’ "
“I’ve been to the Mountain Top!”
A personal revelation, experience of God himself, is absolutely necessary – second hand information will not do.
We can do it! It is not impossible, not beyond us. It is within our grasp. God wants us to succeed and prosper in all of our ways in Him!
Give us More of your glory - I want more!
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