God's Word for Today
Acts 1

October 15, 2011

 
 

Acts 1:8 is a key verse. It is command from the Lord to tell the Good News to the whole world and it explains that the power of the church comes from the Holy Spirit and not from man. Ordinary people are able to do extraordinary things because the Spirit of God was at work in their lives. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is an absolute necessity in our lives.

A witness is somebody who tells what he has seen and heard.  When you are on the witness stand in court, the judge is not interested in your ideas or opinions; he only wants to hear what you know.   Some Christians have the gift of evangelism and really focus on telling others, but  all Christians are expected to be witnesses and tell the lost about the Savior.

Acts 1:8 also gives us a general outline of the Book of Acts as it describes the geographical spread of the Gospel: from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria, and then to the Gentiles and to the ends of the earth. No matter where we live, as Christians we should begin our witness at home and then extend it “into all the world.”

As the believers watched Jesus being taken up to glory, two angels appeared and gently rebuked them. Angels play an important role in the ministry described in Acts, just as they do today, even though we cannot see them. The two messengers gave the believers assurance that Jesus Christ would come again, just as He had been taken from them. There are different opinions among Bible students about end time events, but Christians agree that Jesus is coming again and that He can come at any time.

After Jesus rose up into Heaven the disciples met together in the city of Jerusalem.  For more see www.wdbydana.com/sermon.html