Church Requel
Steps & Missteps
Today we study another in-between moment in the lives of the first disciples of Christ - that moment in between the ascension of Jesus but before the Holy Spirit came upon them. What does it mean to wait upon the Spirit of Christ? Open your Bibles to Acts 1:12-26.
Locations & Times
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  • Church Requel
    2 Marion Ave, Mansfield, OH 44903, USA
    Sunday 11:00 AM
Why "Requel?"
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Here at Church Requel we want to celebrate the good news of Jesus in a way that makes sense and relates to every day people. From the songs we sing (contemporary) to the clothes we wear (casual) to the language we use (understandable) we want to be “requel” in our approach. We want to retell the story that has been around for more than 2,000 years in a new, fresh way with a message each week that is straight from the Bible. We invite you to join us as we sing, pray, celebrate and learn from the Word of God.
Jack Nichols Drum Kit
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We have some wonderful news to share with you. Very soon we will be purchasing a brand new electronic drum kit for Church Requel. The new set will give us the ability to control the volume and mix it well with all the other instruments. Sheri Nichols will be making most of this donation to honor the memory of Jack. We all know how much he loved music. So now every time the band plays using this new drum set, we will be able to think about Jack jamming along with us! If you’d like to also contribute along with Sheri - just mark your envelope “drums” with the amount you want to give towards it. You can also make your special donation online at give.churchrequel.org.
Community Night Of Worship
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On Tuesday, June 19th Church Requel will join 6 other churches
along with their worship leaders and pastors for a Spirit filled interdenominational night of praise to our Lord at the Renaissance Theater. The doors open at 6:30. The event is completely free due to donations from the churches involved. This has been an awesome event the past two years. It’s been so wonderful to see Brandi join the other worship musicians. We hope you plan on being there!
Church Picnic - June 24th
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Our first fun outing will be on Sunday, June 24th. After church we’ll all head straight over to North Lake Park for a great time of fun, fellowship and food! This will be a potluck meal so be thinking about what you favorite side dish or dessert you might want to share. The church will provide the burgers, hot dogs, buns, lemonade and water, along all the paper plates and eating utensils. We’ll also have some fun games to play after the meal. AND we’ll take our annual church photo - so everyone plan to come and have a good time!
Food Pantry
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We continue to need non-perishable foods. When you come to church Sunday mornings bring some food to share with others, who may be sitting in the pew next to you. The Food Pantry is downstairs and will be open for 15 minutes after each Sunday service. You are welcome to receive food if you have a need. We are looking for volunteers to work in the food pantry 15 minutes each Sunday. Please see Sheri if you are able to help.

Donate To Church Requel

Use the link below to make a one time donation to Church Requel using your debit or credit card. We want to make sure you know that we provide this as a convenience for those who use the debit or credit card responsibly in their financial lives. It is not our intent for you to go into or add to credit card debt to give to CR. We appreciate your ongoing financial support of our ministry!

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Steps & Missteps - Acts 1:12-26 NIV

#1: The first and hardest lesson from Acts is to ___________ .

When we finished last week, the disciples were all looking up in the sky trying to see Jesus. The angel reminded them of their instructions…

“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised…

What was the gift? Explained in detail in John - The Holy Spirit. And so they left the hill and returned to Jerusalem…

Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives.” Acts 1:4, 12 NIV

Today we talk about waiting - one of the most difficult lessons for any Christ follower to learn. Important to note that “WAIT” is not “doing nothing.” We get that idea, don’t we? Waiting is just standing around. There is a difference between “waiting” and “doing nothing.” The American concept of “get ‘er done” “pull ourselves up from our bootstraps” “take charge” really conflicts with this concept.

As a Christian, though, waiting is not nothing. It is a active, servant-focused activity that submits our own thinking and our own power and our own solutions to the thinking, power and solutions of God’s Spirit. We’ll talk more in a minute about what this looks like, But first…

#2: Three Things They Got Right! What do we do to keep ourselves in active “wait” mode and not slip into either do something mode or do nothing mode? The disciples showed us 3 things they did that helps…

A) They ___________ .

“They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women
and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.” Acts 1:14 NIV

Prayer is always a good idea, but especially when in wait mode. We learn some special things about their prayer. “Joined together.” There is something powerful about the joining together and mutual prayer support of other Christians. We’re not alone. We’re not doing nothing. We’re praying together. One prays. The other agrees in prayer. Then someone else prays. “Constantly” is not something that they did once and moved on. They were of a mindset of praying. Waiting for God to move and reveal what His next step would be. “Along with…” Not limited to just the disciples. Prayer is never an exclusive activity among the elite Christians. There are simply those who pray and those who don’t.

B) They ____________________ .

“Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas.” Acts 1:16 NIV

Things go wrong in the church. The church is made up of people - fallen, sinful, selfish people saved by the good grace of a loving Savior. People do make mistakes. Even leaders in the church go down the wrong path. The first disciples didn’t try to cover up Judas’ betrayal. They brought it out into the open. They talked about it. They faced up to it. They made it ok for people to acknowledge the failure of one of the most important leaders in the new, fledgling Christian movement. Our tendency is to do just the opposite. To hide. To cover up. To not admit the wrong doing. Failing to address the failure never makes the failure better. Only worse!

C) They _________________ .

“For it is written the Book of Psalms…” Acts 1:20 NIV

When you’re actively waiting on the Holy Spirit, it’s always good to study the Word of God. God does speak through the Bible! Don’t be looking for any secret, private messages. But when you read, also be willing to stop and listen. Even before you read, say a little prayer - “Father God, I’m listening. I’m waiting. I’m yours. Do with me what You will! Help me to hear Your voice today!”

#3: What they didn’t get right? __________________ .

“Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us.” Acts 1:21 NIV

So they’re praying, transparent, studying the Scriptures and come up with the message - Judas needs replaced. That much is true. But where did it say that THEY were the one’s who were supposed to do the replacing?! Isn’t it amazing how many times we conclude that God just must have our help? As if God couldn’t choose and make known the 12 disciple on His own?

In fact God did just that, right? We’ll read later on in Acts 9 that Saul, on the road to Damascus is suddenly confronted with the bright light of Jesus Himself! In 8 different places (Gal. 1:1, Rom. 1:1, 1 Cor. 1:1, 1 Tim. 2:7, Acts 26:12-18, 1 Cor. 15:3-10, Gal. 2:8, 1 Cor. 9:1-2) we discover that Paul (formerly Saul) is named as an apostle of Christ. Doesn’t that make you wonder if the disciples were solving a problem they didn’t need to solve? (Especially when you consider the methodology - dice!)

“So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they prayed ‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.’ Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.” Acts 1:23-26 NIV

So why is this part of the story of Acts? As an example of what TO DO or maybe more likely NOT TO DO. Remember their instructions? Wait for the gift. Wait for the Holy Spirit. When did the Holy Spirit come? Acts 2. When did they name the 12 disciple by casting lots? Acts 1.

#4: Waiting for God means…

A) __________________ the Holy Spirit’s movement

Not just a gut feeling. More than that. We’ll see that when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples, there was no doubting it. The Spirit can be quite dramatic. But He can also be subtle. We are talking here about relationship. I can tell things about Mary Kay by just looking at her face, her cues that I pick up on that no one else does. Why? Because I’ve been with her for over 40 years. Knowing the Holy Spirit’s movement is the same thing. It comes with relationship. The longer the relationship the more sure you can be when you sense. On the other hand, if you are out of relationship, it can be very difficult to tell. Waiting also means…

B) and then ________________ .

Part of the waiting involves commitment. I want to go where You go, Lord. I want to do what You want to do, Lord. Use me. I’m Yours. That’s the servant heart of the Christ-follower. After all, what does it mean to be a “follower?” It also means NOT moving until you know God is moving. Not talking about living our lives. Still need to work, to go about our daily tasks. But the big decisions and the choices we make as Christians should be moved by God as we follow. Don’t want to move ahead. Don’t want to fall behind.

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