Acts Chapter 1 and 2
Verse of the Week
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
The Big Idea
The Holy Spirit's Presence, Power and Purpose in the Church.
Acts Chapter 1
In the book of Acts, Luke continues the story he began in his Gospel. The book starts off with the apostles (those who saw Jesus) being told by Jesus to wait. The apostles had walked with Jesus through Jesus’ ministry, they witnessed His death and they had just witnessed Him being raised from the dead. We can imagine that they were ready to go out and tell the world what they have experienced. However, Jesus said to wait. The reason being is that He didn’t want them going at it alone. He promised to give them the Holy Spirit. This would be how the early church had the power to get the gospel (good news) to the ends of the earth.
In Acts 1:8, what was the purpose of the Holy Spirit?
Give an example of when you didn’t wait on the Lord and did something on your own strength. What was the outcome?
In vs 14 and vs 24, what do we see the apostles doing together? Prayer was absolutely essential to the early church. Why do you think this was so?
Acts Chapter 2
Just one chapter later, what Jesus promised has happened. The Holy Spirit comes! In VS 4 we see the word “enabled”. This means that the Holy Spirit gave them the power to carry out the mission that God gave them. In this chapter we also see what happens when people respond to the gospel and allow the Holy Spirit to work in their lives. People were speaking in other languages and many miracles were happening and lives were being changed. We see at the end of chapter 2 that 3000 people were saved after just one sermon. We also see that the Lord continued to add to that number day by day and we are continuing to see that this very day.
How do we receive the Holy Spirit?
What has been your exposure and experience to a relationship with the Holy Spirit?
What were the apostles empowered to do when they received the Holy Spirit?
What were the key ingredients that made the early church so successful?
What was your main takeaway from these chapters?
What is our next step for this group?