Intro to Acts
This week we begin a new sermon series in the book of Acts. Written by Luke, it is a continuation of what he recorded in his gospel account. The gospel of Luke ends with Jesus ascending back to heaven. His account in Acts begins with Christ's ascension. This is crucial to Christianity because of all the religions, ours is the only one founded on a man who is still living (1Timothy 2:5). The book of Acts records for us the Holy Spirit's working in and through the early Church and ends abruptly. For us today we should appreciate that because we in fact are the continuation of Acts today--the risen Lord's work in His Church.
- As with his gospel, who is Luke addressing the book of Acts to?
- What are the three most popular theories regarding who Theophilus was/is?
- Why is the ascension of Christ so important?
- Looking at verse 5, what is Jesus saying to his disciples? How does this compare to Matthew 3:11, Luke 24:49, and Acts 1:8a?
- Who is the Holy Spirit and how is His role different from the Father's and Jesus'?
- Do you have the Holy Spirit? How do you know? How is He evident in your life (both inward and outward)?
- Is there a difference between being filled with the Spirit and baptized in the Spirit? Why or why not?