Kirby Woods Baptist Church

How the Movement Begins

How the Movement Begins
Acts 1:1-11

In the early 1990’s, about two in 10 U.S. adults were churchless. In the early 2000’s, it was three in 10. Today, nearly five in 10 of the U.S. population is churchless.-Barna Research Group

Kirby Woods must experience a supernatural Gospel movement that begins with the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit.

Gospel Movement Begins with…
Knowing the Resurrected Jesus (1-3)

“In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.”-Acts 1:1-2

The Gospel accounts-Matthew, Mark, Luke and John-communicate “all that Jesus began to do” and” teach” so you can personally know Jesus’ life and teachings (1).

“Eyewitness testimony offers us insider knowledge from involved participants. It also offers us engaged interpretation, for in testimony fact and meaning coinhere, and witnesses who give testimony do so with the conviction of significance that requires to be told.”-Richard Baukham in Jesus and the Eyewitnesses

In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.”-Acts 1:1-2

The “commands” Jesus gave through the Holy Spirit” were for the disciples to make disciples, followers of Jesus, through telling the message of all Jesus did and taught (1-2).

He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.”-Acts 1:3

The disciples were skeptical, shocked, and slow to believe Jesus was resurrected from the grave (4; Mt. 28:1-10; Mk. 16:1-8; Jn. 20:1-18).

Jesus predicted his own death and resurrection time and time again as events that must happen according to God’s plan (3; Mt. 16:21; Mk. 8:31; Lk. 9:22; 17:25; 24:44; Jn. 9:22, 44; 13:3; 17:25; 18:32-33; 22:37).

Skepticism of Jesus’ resurrection is not a reason to deny it but to investigate the “many proofs” in the eyewitness accounts   (3; Mt. 28:9, 16; Mk. 16:14-19; Lk. 24:13-30, 34-36, 50-53; Jn. 20:16-19, 24-29; 21:1-25; 1 Cor. 15:5-7).

Gospel Movements Require Us to…
1) Grow in a Gospel-Centered Relationship
“This is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”-Jesus in John 17:3

For dynamic movements of Jesus’ Gospel to transform Memphis, there must first be  a personal movement of the Gospel in our hearts.

2) Evangelize from the Overflow of Knowing Jesus
 “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”-Jesus in John 11:25-26

Knowing the resurrected Jesus brings a “newness of life” that causes you to overflow in your witness for Jesus (Rms. 6:4).

Gospel Movement Requires…
The Empowering Presence of the Holy Spirit (4-8)
And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, ‘you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’”-Acts 1:4-5

John’s water baptism symbolized an individual repentance and faith were necessary for forgiveness of sins and final salvation from the wrath of God (Mtt. 3:1-11; Mk. 1:2-5; Lk. 3:3-14).

“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”-Jesus in Luke 11:13

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is your immersion into the enabling presence and power of God indwelling your life so you live an extraordinary life as a witness (4; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; Eph. 5:18).

 So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’”-Acts 1:6

 He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.’”-Acts 1:7

The future is “ fixed” by God “the Father” because the “times and seasons” under his sovereign “authority” (7; Deut. 29:29)

“ But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”-Acts 1:8

The enabling power of the Holy Spirit makes you a faithful and fruitful witness (8; Jn 15:5, 16).

Kirby Woods can lead an expansive Gospel movement in Memphis through the Spirit’s enabling power t to make us effective “witnesses”  (8).

Gospel Movements Require Us to…
1) Expect God to Do a Supernatural Work

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”-Ephesians 3:20-21

What if God does a work that exceeds anything you have ever asked and greater than you have ever imagined for Kirby Woods?

2) Commit to Attempt the Impossible
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”-Albert Einstein

“When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, ‘Who then can be saved?’ But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”-Jesus in Matthew 19:25-26

Gospel Movement Brings…
Intensity to Fulfill the Mission (9-11)

 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.”-Acts 1:9

Jesus’ promised ascension set into motion the coming of the Holy Spirit to empower Jesus’ disciples to be witnesses with the aim of making disciples (Mt. 28:

“I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment…”-Jesus in John 16:8

 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’”-Acts 1:10-11

The ascension of Jesus and the sending of the Spirit is a real reminder that we are living in the last days and time is nearing its end (Mt. 24:42-44; Lk. 21:25-26;2 Tim. 3:1-5; Heb. 1:2; 2 Pet. 3:3-4).

“Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”-Ephesians 5:15-16


“This gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”-Jesus in Matthew 24:14

Gospel Movements Requires Us to…
1) Ask God to Do the Extraordinary
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”-Jesus in John 14:12-14

“Forgive me for being so ordinary while aiming to know so extraordinary a God.”-Jim Elliot

2) Live in Light of Jesus’ Return
“The anointing that you from him abides in you…and now, little children, remain in Him, so that when he appears we may have confidence, and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.”-1 John 2:27-28

Jesus’ imminent return and our accountability to him should drive us to be Spirit-empowered witnesses (1 Jn. 3:2; Col. 3:4; 2 Tim. 4:8; 1 Pet. 5:4; Rev. 22:20).

Challenge-Do I want Kirby Woods to lead a Gospel movement in Memphis?


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