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Weekly Prayer & Study Guide 

Monday – Read Ezra 1-3; Acts 1:1-26, I Corinthians 15:3-7. Waiting for the Holy Spirit. After Jesus rose from the grave he appeared to Peter, the disciples, and more than 500 witnesses for forty days. Jesus told them to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. 8 You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” On the fortieth day, Jesus ascended to heaven to sit at the right hand of his Father. The eleven disciples and the women did as Jesus commanded them. They returned to the upper room in Jerusalem and were constantly devoting themselves to prayer as they waited for the Holy Spirit to empower them to be witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection and to share his Good News throughout the world. During this time, Peter stood among 120 believers and led a discussion about the need to choose a twelfth disciple to replace Judas Iscariot. They needed someone who had been with them throughout Jesus’ entire ministry from the time Jesus was baptized to the time he was taken from them. They nominated Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed and said, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles. Prayer was essential to the disciples during this time of waiting and organizing. Spend fifteen minutes in prayer seeking God’s direction for your life.

Tuesday – Read Ezra 4-6; Acts 2:1-13. Pentecost. Pentecost was a day-long harvest festival also known as the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) which took place fifty days after Passover. It was one of three pilgrimage feasts when all of Israel gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate God’s goodness. On Pentecost, they were all together. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. The Holy Spirit filled each one of them and empowered them to speak the Good News in every language. 5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.” This outpouring of the Holy Spirit was a sign that God intends for the Church to proclaim the Good News to all people. But at first, the crowd, filled with devout Jews, did not understand what it all meant. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you discern the meaning of the scriptures and the things God does in your life.


Wednesday – Read Ezra 7-10; Acts 2:14-21. The Preacher and The Prophecy. The crowd of devout Jews did not understand what was happening, so Peter, the one who denied Jesus three times, the one whom Jesus told, “Feed my sheep,” stood with the eleven and began to preach. He told the people, “These are not drunk. This is the fulfillment of the prophet Joel’s prophecy.” 17 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. 21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ Like the crowd on Pentecost, we do not always understand what God is doing in our lives, but the Holy Spirit can empower a preacher to help us see how the Holy Spirit is active in our lives, fulfilling God’s promises from the past in the present. The Holy Spirit descends and brings things to speech. The Holy Spirit makes ordinary people, into preachers. In the Book of Acts, people receive the Holy Spirit in order to speak. That same Holy Spirit descends, and people start preaching. Even though they’re speaking different languages… there’s simultaneous translation. Everyone understands. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak through you to share the Good News with someone who needs Good News.


Thursday – Read Nehemiah 1-4; Acts 2:22-36. Jesus Is Lord and Messiah. Peter told them the Good News about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Peter convinced them of their sin and their part in crucifying Jesus. 24 But God raised him up, having freed him from death, 

because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. Each one of us had a part in crucifying Jesus. It was our sin that put him on the cross. But Jesus has conquered sin and death, and you may “know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.” The statement, Jesus is Lord, is one of the oldest Christian confessions of faith. The word Lord in Greek is Kyrios. It means King, Master, Sovereign Ruler. Jesus is the King of kings, and the Lord of lords. Messiah is a Hebrew word that means Anointed One. Jesus is God’s Anointed One who will save us from our sins. In prayer, confess your sins to God and seek forgiveness. Then, worship Jesus as your Lord and King.


Friday – Read Nehemiah 5-7; Acts 2:37-42. What Should We Do? 37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” When we confess that Jesus is Lord and put our faith in him to save us, we submit to baptism and become part of the Church which is the body of Christ. In baptism we are forgiven of our sins, made a new creation in the Lord, and receive salvation. In prayer, remember your baptism, and be grateful. Pray for anyone you know who has not been baptized.


Saturday – Read Nehemiah 8-10; Acts 2:42-47. The Growing Church. These first converts to the Christian faith devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. They connected to God in worship. They connected to each other in small groups. They connected to ministry by giving and serving. They connected to the world by telling others the Good News about Jesus. Through all of these connections, the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. The Holy Spirit has been bringing new people into the life of Bixby First Methodist Church. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you connect to God, to others, to ministry, and to the world and use you to welcome new people into the church to receive salvation in the name of Jesus Christ.

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