Week One beginning on 1/09/ 2013

 

Recap on the resurrection, the ascension of Jesus, the promises and the choosing of successor to Judas, as the disciples await the Holy Spirit.

Please read Acts 1

Compare Luke 1:1-4 and Acts 1:1-3 . What is the significance of …began to do and teach… (ESV)?

What is the main emphasis of the first 3 verses and and could this be the part of the promise of Matt 16:13-20

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of hell, shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

Acts 1:4-8

What are we discovering about the resurrected Jesus?

Why were the instructions on the Kingdom, the proof of His resurrection  and the commissioning through the Holy Spirit  so crucial for the ministry of the apostles, disciples, the early church then?

How much of this has to do with the 21st century church? Does 1:8 set the right tone for us today?

Acts 1:9-26 

Would 1:11(…will come back in the same way…)(NIV)  have an effect the way everyone is ministering in the book of Acts?

What influence, if any, would eschatology have on the bringing of the Good News?

Acts 1:12-26.  Discuss the criteria and why is this important to the Eleven and to Luke to point out to Theophilus?

 

Thought of the week:

Useful Instruments in the hands of the mighty God proclaiming and serving Him in such a way that  the ripple effect impacts our own walk with Christ, our  homes, schools, work places, communities, neighbourhoods etc.

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