October 6th

Acts 1-2

  • 1:1 – Acts is considered a second section of the gospel of Luke, most likely written by the same author.
  • 1:11 – Jesus doesn’t die again after his resurrection. He simply ascends to heaven on a cloud and the disciples are told that this is how he will return as well. This is what we are to watch for.
  • 1:12-14 – The disciples continued to pray and meet together after Jesus left.
  • 1:21-26 – Matthias is chosen as the new 12th disciple to fill Judas’ place.
  • 2:1-4 – At the end of the gospels, Jesus tells the disciples he is going away but will send a Helper who is even better than him. The entrance of the Holy Spirit is the fulfillment of that promise.
  • 2:17-21 – Peter interprets the prophecy from Joel correctly. Now that the Holy Spirit is present, the disciples began to see even more miracles and powerful conversions.
  • 2:22-36 – Peter speaks directly to Israelites who did not believe in Jesus but who revered David. David was a national hero and all the connections the Messiah was supposed to have to David were fulfilled in Jesus.
  • 2:37-41 – About 3,000 of the Israelites confessed Christ as Savior and were baptized. Whether they were convinced by the resurrection, guidance of the Holy Spirit, or proven connection to David doesn’t matter. They’re conversions are a testament to the lengths to which God will go to be in connection with humanity.
  • 2:42-47 – These new believers became the first Christian church. These verses are often used as a basis for how we should run churches today.

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