Faith Community Anglican Church Strathpine

Address

St Faith's Church
1 Sutherland Drive
, Strathpine, 4500.


Phone

07 3881 2090


Email

secretary at faithcommunity com au

 

 

Sermon Notes - Waiting on the Holy Spirit

Theme: Waiting on the Holy Spirit

(Jesus Prays for His Disciples)!

 

Key Preaching Verses

1.  Acts 1.8:  “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.”

2.  John 14.16-17:  Jesus prays for His followers, “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.”.

Focus Questions

  • What is your understanding of the Ascension of Christ?  Why was it necessary for Jesus to ascend to the Father.
  • Why pray?  What is the purpose of prayer?  What happens spiritually when we Christians pray?  Why is prayer important not only for the individual but also collectively for Christ’s Church?
  • In what ways does Faith Community Strathpine function as a community of prayer?  (Hint: Give examples!)
  • When is the last time you prayed for someone?  When is the last time someone prayed for you?  What happened?
  • Does prayer work?  (Hint: Give examples to encourage one another!)
  • How do you pray and how often?
  • What is the connection between prayer and the mission, outreach and evangelism of the Church?

Sermon Summary

Jesus’ farewell discourse just prior to His murder and resurrection closes with what some call “His High Priestly Prayer”.  Jesus prays for His disciples and for the future Church that we Christians may embody God’s love in His physical absence.  If God’s love is to be witnessed in the world, it will be through our Christian witness.

“Glory” and  “community” are key words in Jesus’ prayer. “Glory” in St John’s Gospel has to do with the revealing of God.  For example, God’s glory is revealed through Christ’s death and resurrection. “Community” is understood in Jesus’ prayer in several ways. Jesus prays for the immediate community of disciples who follow Him. Jesus also prays for the later community of those who believe through the witness of the first disciples. Jesus prays that these communities of faith will know the intimacy and unity of relationship that Jesus enjoys with the Father.  Community hope is relational!  Community hope is also missional!