Three months ago we began a series called Revive Us. This series was unique in that it was not simply a series of sermons, but a collective prayer that we sought to pray together. We desperately need God to do what only he can do! As we conclude this series, our prayer continues, but with one more ingredient, gratitude. We have so much to be grateful for, to rejoice in. So as we move on from this series, we don’t move on from the desire for God to revive us and the gratitude for what he has done.
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 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.”
and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.