you shall receive power … Acts 1:8

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Key Verse

  • But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NKJV

Sequence: Tarry - Power - Witness

  • Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:49 NKJV

What while tarrying?

  • All these were continually devoting themselves with one mind to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. Acts 1:14 NASB
Other versions
  • All these with one mind and one purpose were continually devoting themselves to prayer, [waiting together] along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. Acts 1:14 AMP

The event

  • When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4 NKJV

Followed by

1. Evangelism & Salvations

  • Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. Acts 2:41 NKJV

2. Signs, Wonders & Miracles

  • A sense of awe was felt by everyone, and many wonders and signs (attesting miracles) were taking place through the apostles. Acts 2:43 AMP

3. Witnesses Elsewhere

  • And Saul was there, giving approval to Stephen’s death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria… Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. Acts 8:1&4 BSB

Note persecution led to evangelism elsewhere. 

Conclusion: Tarry in Prayer till you are endued with Power