|Andy Bruins preaching from Acts on Sunday 25th April 2021.|
The book of Acts tells us the story of the first 30 years of the history of the New Testament Church as it spreads from Jerusalem all the way to the Rome in the heart of the Empire. It’s the beginning of the fulfilment of the Great Commission, to take the gospel to the ends of the earth and make disciples of all nations.
This is our story. The contents of this book sets the tone for what we too should expect if we are take up that commission in our day.
In these opening verses, Dr. Luke gives us an insight into how the Lord Jesus readied and prepared his disciples for the task ahead of them.
Q Read v1-2. Who is writing this book and what is his “former book”? What was that former book about? Who does Luke tell us will continue to be the main player in his second book? Why is that surprising?!
Q Read v3-4. How long did Jesus stay with His disciples for after His resurrection? What was He doing all that time? Why do you think it was important He did this?
Q Read v4-5. Why does Jesus want His disciples to wait in Jerusalem?
Q Read v6-11. What is the task that the disciples will need the Holy Spirit for? Is this still true today?
Q Why would it be a bad idea to try and go about this task (v8) without the power of the Holy Spirit? How do we get this power today?
Q These last verses indicate that our task of being Jesus’ witnesses will continue until He returns (see especially v11). What kinds of things are likely to distract us from keeping going with it?
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