This is the first of six divisions in the book of Acts. In this first division, the Holy Spirit comes upon the disciples at Pentecost giving birth to the church. This ignites a fire beginning in Jerusalem and spreading to Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. This section involves primarily Jews.
Observation: As we have indicated before, it is important as you read through this section to note those activities, events and habits of the Early Church which we call “timeless, supracultural principles” that apply anywhere, and under any conditions. These principles apply to the church today. I will list some (not all) of these principles in this section. At times I will leave a blank expecting you to read the verses and fill in the missing key principle.
Acts 1:1-5: Jesus commands the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:6-11: “You will receive ________ when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses”.
Acts 2:1-13: All received the Holy Spirit and spoke under His control.
Acts 2:14-41: Peter preached boldly from the Scriptures which resulted in repentance, baptism, and three thousand souls being added to the church that day.
Acts 2:42-47: They devoted themselves to ______, _________, _______________, and prayer.
Acts 3:1-10: Physical healing results in praise and a witness to the name of Jesus.
Application: Which of these principles are part of your life and church? What changes do you or your church need to make to follow the way of the Apostles and the Spirit?
Tomorrow we will look at the remainder of this section. I trust your appetite is increasing for God’s Word so that you will read ahead and make your own observations.
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