Grow Deep - Sent Week 1

Week 1: June 2-8

Sent With a Promise

Memory Verse: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you …” Acts 1:8a

When I was young, making a request to my parents was an art form. Asking for time to play or to visit the park could result in the answer “not today,” “maybe,” “a little later,” or “yes.” But by asking, “Do you promise?” after the “maybe, later or yes,” the answer rose to a superior level. When Mom said, “Yes, we will go at 2 o’clock … I promise!” it became a Mega-yes.

I empathize with the disciples at the Ascension. Jesus had just made an incredible promise. They were going to receive something called the Holy Spirit. It would give them authority, and they would become missionaries to the world. Then, He disappeared.

I would have been thinking: “Um, Jesus? How does this work? Should we wait here? Are You going to get Him now?” Thankfully, two angels were sent to ask the disciples what they were doing standing around staring at the sky. It was kind of like “Hey, dudes. He is coming back in the same way you saw Him leave. You need to get everyone ready.”

God promises us this same Holy Spirit. We are disciples in today’s world. Others see Jesus through our words and actions … at the grocery store, the gas station, at school. We are on a mission to share the great news of Jesus’ life, His death, resurrection and promise of life everlasting.

Today, let’s pray confidently that we hear God clearly, and that the Holy Spirit gives us words that are needed in every situation to drop seeds of salvation wherever we are sent. God made it possible for us to be messengers who can bravely share His love and gift of salvation to a hurting world by the power of the Holy Spirit. Now, that’s a Mega-promise!

Sunday, June 2
Read: Acts 1:1-11
The day of Ascension and Jesus’ return to heaven marks a promise sent by God through Jesus for all disciples. That promise became tangible once the Holy Spirit arrived on Pentecost. From that point on, every Christian’s life changed. As a disciple, the Holy Spirit sends us to witness to those not yet saved.
Reflect: What does His promise mean for us in our culture? How can we show God’s love in our lives? What specifically does that look like today in our everyday lives at school, home and work?

Monday, June 3

Read: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
God’s promise of the Holy Spirit came with another promise. It came with the promise of different and unique gifts from the Holy Spirit. It still comes with the promise of spiritual gifts that equip us to go where we are “sent” and to carry God’s love to others.
Reflect: What gifts do you feel God has given you? If you are unsure, ask a Christian friend whom you trust what they see your gifts are. Often others will see these before you do! How does God’s promise to send the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts and abilities give you courage? How can your remembering that promise help you to share your faith with someone, even when you are nervous about it?

Tuesday, June 4
Read: John 14:15-27
In these verses, Jesus promises His disciples that His Father will send an Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to be with them forever. The Spirit will teach them all things and will remind them of everything that Jesus had told them.
Reflect: What is the promise that Jesus made to His disciples? What did Jesus mean when He said He would send “another” Helper? How does His promise apply to us today? How is the Holy Spirit a Teacher?

Wednesday, June 5

Read: Joel 2:28-32
God shows His mercy to His people when their hearts turn to Him. He blesses those who love Him. He promises to restore those who repent; He promises to pour out His Spirit on them.
Reflect: God promises to hear our sincere prayers if we humble ourselves before Him. What does that look like in your life? How has God’s promise of the Holy Spirit made a difference in your life and in the lives of others? How can you begin to see the world through God’s eyes and pray for things that grieve Him? Call a friend or family member today; talk about the ways that God has “changed” your life through the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Thursday, June 6

Read: Galatians 3:1-14
Paul tells us that living a life of faith is what pleases God. He wants us to focus on our relationship with Him and not on doing works to earn salvation.
Reflect: What did the Apostle Paul say about Abraham in verses 6-9 and 14? Why did he use Abraham as an example? How is the message of these verses relevant for you today? How does the indwelling Holy Spirit instruct you?

Friday, June 7

Read: Isaiah 46:10-11
God makes a promise to us that He knows everything, from beginning to end. He will fulfill His promises, and His people will do His will and go where He sends them.
Reflect: How does it make you feel to know that God is in control? God calls us to come to Him. He is coming back. What is the Holy Spirit calling you to do to fulfill His purpose in you before He returns? How does God’s promise of the Holy Spirit to His disciples intersect with the message in these verses? How can you help others to see God’s grace and mercy and to be ready when He returns?

Saturday, June 8

Read: Hebrews 9:11-28
The blood of Jesus was perfect and pure. Christ needed to shed His blood only once to save the world forever. He is the perfect answer, a forever salvation to those who believe! His Holy Spirit in us guarantees salvation is ours.
Reflect: Christ came to earth blameless and perfect. He came for the sole purpose to tell others about God and to sacrifice His life for us all. When we are afraid to speak about Jesus to others, how does the knowledge of what He did for us give us courage? Jesus sends us to bear witness of who He is. How can you engage in conversation with someone who does not believe in salvation by faith but believes in sanctification by works? The Holy Spirit will guide you. It is a promise.