From Powerless to Pentecost: When God Says WAIT (Sermon Audio)


This is the audio from the May 23, 2021 sermon, “From Powerless to Pentecost: When God Says WAIT”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Deer Run Church of Christ.

Text:  John 20:19, Acts 2:38-41, Acts 1:4, Acts 1 & 2

How did the disciples move from John 20:19 to Acts 2?  I believe the secret is found in Acts 1:4 as God calls them to wait — wait for the outpouring of His Spirit.  Moving from powerless to Pentecost often means taking time to . . .

  • Worship.  Acts 1:14, John 3:29-30
    • At the heart, worship is about God becoming greater and us becoming less . . . in our own eyes.  Waiting is excellent for learning to worship God in every and all situation we face.  While we wait, we worship.
  • Act.  Acts 1:21-22, Jude 1:21-23
    • Being called to wait doesn’t necessarily mean we do nothing.  Often the season of waiting is needed to give us the time to finish work in progress that God has already begun in our life, or through our life.
  • Inspect.  Acts 1:24-26, Romans 8:24-27
    • The pause brought about by waiting should lead us to take a serious look at both our self and God’s Word.  Inspecting our life and our actions should always be done with the desire to gain God’s perspective.
  • Trust.  Acts 2:12-16, 1 Corinthians 1:7-9
    • Waiting not only helps us to learn to trust God in greater ways, we find that He provides what is needed both while we wait and when it is time for whatever is next.  Living with trust says that God’s plan is always better than our plan.

When life doesn’t move at your schedule, pause to see if God is calling you to wait in order to move you from powerless to Pentecost.  As you wait, learn to Worship, Act, Inspect, and Trust.

What will you do when God calls you to wait?