The Personal, Empowering Presence of God
By Melissa Weinisch
Melissa Weinisch teaches from Acts 2:1-41 on the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and all of its significance for disciples of Jesus both then and now. Melissa Weinisch is the Youth Minister on staff at Reality SF.
The Personal, Empowering Presence of God
By Melissa Weinisch

A People Empowered: The Personal, Empowering Presence of God (02.16.20)

Facilitator’s Note: Each week’s practice guide takes the principles from Sunday and tries to bring them into tangible practice.

Opening Prayer & Remembrance

After greeting everyone, open the meeting time with 3 minutes of silence to help you focus on interaction with God and one another.

Reflecting on the Sermon Scripture

Read Acts 2:1-13 and discuss:

Practice: Releasing Control in Prayer

For the first disciples, speaking in tongues on the day of Pentecost required stepping out into the unknown with the Spirit. In preparation for this manifestation of the Spirit, we’ll practice stepping out and releasing control in prayer together. (Note: Praying in English, not speaking in tongues.)

As a group, take 10 minutes to pray aloud in English. Follow these simple guidelines that might stretch you into releasing control in prayer as a group:


Closing Intercession

End by praying the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come; thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil,
For thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory
Forever and ever. Amen.

Optional Follow-Up

Practice praying in tongues in your personal prayer life, and then share about it with a friend. Try following these steps:

  1. Create space: slow down, setting aside a time and place.
  2. Ask God: express your eager desire.
  3. Give it a shot: even if you don’t know how or if it feels risky, try it.
  4. Practice: commit yourself to releasing control and developing this manifestation of the Spirit.
  5. Repeat: let this be a regular part of your life.