Acts 1

Vs. 4, “On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.”  After the resurrection, Jesus spent forty more days with His disciples instructing them (vs. 2).  He was reminding them that the thirds person of the Trinity will be coming.  The Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit for many Christians is the most difficult to understand.  While there are differences in understand the baptism of the Holy Spirit (vs. 5), we as Christians have the confidence that we have the Holy Spirit in us.  The Holy Spirit helps us to be holy and sanctified for God.  The Holy Spirit guides us and helps us to do the will of the Father in Christ Jesus.  In this chapter, we see the disciples obey Jesus and wait for the coming of the Spirit (vs. 9-26).  I love how we see the dependence shown in fervent prayer (vs. 14).  We also see the adding of Matthias as Judas Iscariots replacement among the twelve (vs. 20-26)

Regarding application…You are Witnesses. Vs. 8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  How can I not highlight this verse for our application today?  This was Jesus’ last command before He ascended to Heaven.  This fulfills the importance of what we call the Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20).  Though we have not physically seen Jesus, we still have the important job of witnessing because we have experienced Jesus through the Holy Spirit.  Brothers & sisters in Christ…This is our purpose.  So often we ask ourselves, “What is God’s will for me?”  We are to be witnesses of Christ in all that we do.  A witness in a trial bears testimony for what they saw and believe.  We do the same thing.  That is why we devote time to reading the Bible, because the more we know, the more effective our witness becomes!

Introduction – Acts

Acts is pivotal book in the New Testament.  Luke is believed by a vast majority of scholars to have been the author of this book.  It is Luke’s part two of his Gospel written to Theophilus, probably a Roman citizen.  Luke was a companion of Paul and it widely believed his eloquent Greek and vocabulary points to Luke being a physician.  Luke probably wrote Acts in the early 60’s (not 1960’s…but 60’s A.D.)  In Acts we see the beginnings of the church.  It is full of intrigue and adventure as we see the Gospel literally go from Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.  Acts teaches us how to be followers of Christ.  Of course, in Acts we also see the promised Holy Spirit come and indwell believers and empower them in the early church.  We have much to learn and apply these truths in Acts to our churches today.