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Introduction (thoughts take from Act Normal by Scott Wilson)
New series- Acts- 28 chps- hit key parts/ideas.
First- look at where Acts has been placed in the Bible.
Just as Acts is located between- Gospels/Epistles-
it is a bridge between- life of Christ we find in the Gospels and- doctrines we find in- Epistles.
In- Gospels- see- ministry/teaching of Jesus Christ and in Acts we see life/mission of- Christian community.
The church- intended to play- significant role in- world.
There is a super natural element to the church because the church consist of a supernatural people.
God chose to reveal His power/grace through-
Spirit-filled, Spirit-led, Spirit-empowered people.
Acts was written by Luke as was the Gospel of Luke-
both are dedicated to a man named Theophilus.
Theophilus- likely Christian/Roman- lover/friend of God.
Lk 1.1-4, Acts 1.1-3
Acts- is filled with a lot of action/miracles/signs/wonders.
Also see times waiting/confusion- Peter is miraculously saved but James is put to death with a sword.
Full title- The Acts of the Apostles- some would call it-
Acts of the HS because of its many references to the work/power of the Holy Spirit
Acts of the Ascended Christ because of Lukeís opening words-
Certainly- we see- work of- HS/Ascended Christ in Acts.
However, the Acts of the Apostles is probably a more meaningful title because it demonstrates both the-
work of the HS and
the work of the Ascended Christ
operating in and through everyday men.
The Apostles were fishermen/tax collectors who God called into His service- as He calls men today.
We see ordinary people dramatically impact the world.
Theme verse: Act 1.8-
As you look at the book-
chps 1-5 gospel preached in Jerusalem
chps 6-8 gospel preached in Judea/Samaria
chps 13-28 gospel going beyond Judea/Samaria
Acts- the Gospel certainly goes to the Roman empire, even Rome, but- not to remotest part of earth.
Perhaps- mission set out in Act 1.8- not yet complete.
In Acts we find Paul taking several missionary journeys- the ending of one is the beginning of another.
There must always be new beginnings to take the message to the remotest part of the earth.
That is part of what we, the church, are called to do.
Our mission is to put the world back together.
Godís plan is to restore-
men/women to Himself,
His Kingdom in all of creation, and to
The Message of Luke
We might ask- what message did the Lord leave with the apostles that they should take to- world?
Acts 1:3 (NASB95) To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.
Message- of Acts is that of the King and His Kingdom.
It included the message of the-
Cross of Christ,
forgiveness for the sins of the world, and
good news of salvation through faith in JC.
Before Jesus ascended He told His disciples- I am leaving, but the HS will be with you to empower you-
Mat 28:20 (NASB95) -lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.Ē
With the physical ascension of Christ He said- I am sending you the Comforter, the HS, to be with you.
Where the physical Christ could only be in one place at one time, the HS would be with all
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