Three Thoughts from Acts

I have been preaching through the book of Acts and wanted to jot down a few observations through the first three chapters.

1. Acts 1
The first chapter of the book of Acts gives us insight into the What, Where & How the community of believers (the church) is to go about impacting those around them. We see in 1:8 the the What, Where & How:

Acts 1:8 (NIV)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

What: we as the church are to be Witnesses of the Gospel.
Where: we are to go to the ends of the earth.
How: the Holy Spirit enables both the What & Where.

Questions for thought:
– Do you/your church focus on getting the Gospel to your community or the ends of the earth?
– Do you/your church rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit or programs and religious activity?

2. Acts 2
The second chapter of the book of Acts gives proof to Jesus’ promised gift the Holy Spirit. In turn the Holy Spirit enables believers to exist in community and impact the Kingdom of God.

Acts 2:1-41 – describes the coming of the Holy Spirit and Peter preaching the Gospel showing the power of the Holy Spirit that enables believers to be witnesses.

Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Result of living in the Spirit
The believers were devoted:
– to the apostles teaching
– to the fellowship
– breaking of bread
– prayer

The Holy Spirit enabled the Apostles to do many signs and wonders and everyone was filled with awe. The believers also shared their gifts talents and even their possessions so that no one among them had a need that couldn’t be met. And their authentic community impacting those around them the passage said that the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Questions for thought:
– Are you/your church devoted to showing up? Being devoted to prayer, meeting needs, the Word of God?
– Do you/your church provide opportunities to impact the community with the Gospel?

3. Acts 3
The third chapter in the book of Acts shows a sign/wonder mentioned in chapter 2. This third chapter also gives and explanation of the miracle being done.

Acts 3:6-7 (NIV)
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.

We need to be careful not to rely on the social aspect of ministry and unapologetically share the Gospel. We as witnesses share the message of Jesus and the we take one another by the hand until we are strong and then sent out.

Questions for thought:
– do you/your church on focus on social needs or do you focus on the Gospel which will enable you to meet needs?
– Do you/your church stop after the Gospel or do you continue to disciple until there is strength enough to be sent out?

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