Summary: This is the second study in the book of Acts still more intrduction.
The New Things
Acts # 02
I. The introduction to the Book. 1:1-2 A New Book
Luke was what Jesus began to do and teach while He was were physically and Acts is what He continued to do and teach spiritually through the Church. It is Christ that still works. Notice these things:
A. The believers ask the ascended Christ to Show them which man to elect as an Apostle
Acts 1:24 And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen
B. It is the Lord that adds believers to the assembly
Acts 2:47 Praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
C. It is Christ, through His Spirit Who sends out the first missionaries.
Acts 13:1-3 Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.
D. Paul and Barnabas relate what God did through them.
Acts 14:27 Now when they had come and gathered the church together, they reported all that God had done with them, and that He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
Warren Wiebsbe writes this “Every Christian needs to move out of Like’s Gospel into Acts. Knowing about the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ is enough for salvation but not for Spirit-empowered service. We must identify ourselves with Him as our ascended Lord and allow Him to work through us in the world. The Church is not simply an organization engaged in religious work; it is a divine organism, the body of Christ on earth, through which His life and power must operate. He died for the lost world; we must live to bring that world to Christ.”
II. The teaching of Christ prior to His ascension. 1:2-8
A New Experience (Luke 24:36-53)
A. Christ continued his teaching until the moment of His Ascension.1:2
1. Christ was teaching himself and through the Holy Spirit.
2. Christ taught the ones that he had chosen.
B. The appearances of Christ to the Apostles. 1:3
NOTE: Christ did not stay with the Apostles during this time. He would appear and teach them and leave.
1. Many convincing proofs.
2. Over a period of Forty days.
NOTE: The appearance of Christ could have a two-fold reason.
1) He wanted to increase the Apostles faith.
2) This also increases their knowledge.
Luke 24:45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.
C. The commands that Jesus gave. 1:4-5
1. Not to leave Jerusalem.
2. Wait for the promise or baptism of the Holy Spirit.
NOTE: What was this baptism to accomplish?
1) It would unite all believers into one Body, to be known as the Church.
1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body— whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.