Acts 1

Our local body of believers, New Life Church, decided to read through the book of Acts – one chapter per day – during the month of February.  What follows are thoughts that came to mind during that reading.

Acts 1

Jesus gave proof to many that He was still alive, after he had died.  And He promised the apostles would be baptized with the Holy Spirit – that they would receive POWER when the Holy Spirit would come on them, and they would be witnesses for Christ in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and the ends of the earth! This is a promise and command for us too!

 

Acts 1:3-8

3 After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. 6 So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 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.”

 

The disciples were devoted together in prayer.

 

Peter decided the empty position among the had to be filled. Perhaps it was at Gods leading, or perhaps not. Scripture does not tell us either way. But Matthias was added to the leadership.

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