The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts Ten Questions to Ask the Text: 1) Who are the characters
in these verses? 2) Where does this take place? 3) What’s going on in these verses? 4) What is the role of the supernatural in these verses? 5) What is the role of the Holy Spirit in these verses? 6) What is baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to these verses? 7) What is the picture we get of the church in these verses? 8) Is there anything here that implies things should be the same today? 9) Is there anything here that implies things should be different today? 10) What picture does this show of how we should expect the Holy Spirit to move, normally, today, for anyone? 11) Summary Acts 1:1-11 Jesus’ Post-Resurrection Discipleship Time 1) Who are the characters in these verses? a. Luke: the author, traveling companion of Paul’s, not an eyewitness of Jesus, 2nd generation Believer, a Gentile b. Theophilus: the one Luke is writing to c. Jesus: here in His resurrected body, before His ascension, teaching the disciples further d. Holy Spirit: present in everything e. Apostles: trained by Jesus for 3 years, Jesus appeared to them after resurrection for 40 days f. John the Baptist: baptized people for repentance, preached that one mightier than he was coming g. Two Men in White Robes: came after Jesus ascended, told the disciples, “Jesus will return…” 2) Where does this take place? a. Mount of Olives (vs. 12) 3) What’s going on in these verses? a. Jesus has been resurrected and is instructing His disciples. Luke makes mention of Jesus instructing the disciples over 40 days, opening their understanding of the kingdom of God. b. Jesus instructs the apostles to wait for the promise of the Father. c. The apostles ask Jesus about restoring the kingdom to Israel, and Jesus’ brushes off this question by talking instead about receiving power from the Holy Spirit to be witnesses. d. Then Jesus ascends to Heaven and two men in white robes show up and tell the apostles that Jesus will return. e. Vs. 2: Luke refers to his previous book, where he mentions Jesus “giving commands… to the apostles” before ascending. This can only be Luke 24:36-51, in which Jesus hints at a command to proclaim “repentance and forgiveness of sins” (vs. 47), but the only real command He gives is “Behold, I am sending the promise of My Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” (vs. 49) So these “commands” seem to be certainly the idea of waiting to receive power and, by assumption, the Great Commission. f. Vs. 4: to make it extra clear, Luke reiterates the fact that Jesus “ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father.” This promise, Jesus reminds them, He had already told them about (Luke 24:49, perhaps also in John 14:26 or Luke 11:13). g. Vs. 5: and to be extra, extra clear, Jesus connects the promise He’s making with what John the Baptist had declared (Luke 3:15-17). For a timeframe, Jesus says it’ll happen “not many days from now” h. Vs. 8: Jesus promises, again, the coming of the Holy Spirit, this time emphasizing that He’ll bring “power” to “be witnesses.” 4) What is the role of the supernatural in these verses?
not for all those who were hanging around?
. Who were these crowds? I assume they’re all Jews. giving. according to these verses? a. etc). it would make sense to take this one and apply it to us as well. Jesus ascends into heaven d. “the promise of the Father” (Acts 1:4) d. It’s so important that of all Jesus taught the disciples after the resurrection. but lacking real repentance. Is this a subtle way of indicating that a new authority and power was coming on these guys only. The point is. Jesus himself showed by his actions that it was more important than talking about restoring the kingdom to Israel. It’s a promise from the Father that will clothe the apostles with power from on high to be witnesses in Jerusalem and ultimately the world. specifically telling them to wait for power. “the promise of My Father” (Luke 24:49. Two mysterious men in white robes show up out of nowhere e. different from when Jesus breathed on them and told them “receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:2122) f. because this already happened. b. Is there anything here that implies things should be different today? a.5)
a. regular people like us. and they’d been trained by Him daily for three years. to this one topic. It’s an immersion with the Holy Spirit and fire. Luke suddenly starts calling the disciples “the apostles” instead of “the eleven” or “the disciples” like at the end of Luke. It’s distinct from a baptism of repentance in water. Jesus promises being “baptized with the Holy Spirit” c. Since we’re pretty quick to take other commands Jesus told His disciples and apply them to us (prayer. Jesus links the coming baptism in the Holy Spirit with what John the Baptist declared. He doesn’t say. If Jesus told his disciples they needed to receive this power from the Holy Spirit. Jesus refers to receiving power to be witnesses. “receiving power” to “be [Jesus’] witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria. The men promise that Jesus will return in just as unusual a method What is the role of the Holy Spirit? a. Jesus commands the apostles through Him b. What is the picture we get of the Church in these verses? a. by way of Acts 1:1-2) b. tax collectors and soldiers are named in the midst of the crowds. Jesus was in the crowd. in comparison. seeking the kingdom of God first. At one point. John wasn’t talking just to the apostles but to “crowds” that gathered. from the Holy Spirit c. Baptism in the Holy Spirit seems to be something that Jesus really. by way of Acts 1:1-2) c. Jesus presented himself alive. c. 10-11) b. The church needs to be baptized in the Holy Spirit before it can really accomplish anything of much use Is there anything here that implies things should be the same today? a. Some seem religious. Luke seems to give overwhelming space. but it doesn’t say they were.” but he says in general that it’s coming. The church is way too focused on end-times (vs. Specifically. Jesus is very clearly talking to his disciples. and he makes no disclaimers that Jesus will only baptize some of them in the Holy Spirit and fire. different from John’s baptism of repentance in water (Acts 1:5) e. resurrected from the dead b. Maybe others were present. 6. this is a diverse lot of people that John is talking to. by way of Acts 1:5) g. Jesus promises power to be witnesses “when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” What is baptism in the Holy Spirit. a baptism “with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Luke 3:16. really wants these guys to get. It’s distinct from when Jesus breathed on the apostles and they received the Holy Spirit. and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8) h. “clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49. shouldn’t we also need this power? b. “There are 11 of you here who will receive this.
where they’re all staying. He baptizes us. N/A
. The women d. in one place. Andrew. John. and spending continual time in the temple. rejoicing and going to the temple “continually” (Luke 24:53). He gives us power to be witnesses. 11) Summary a. In the upper room. Peter suggests they pick someone to replace Judas. according to these verses? a. Jerusalem. Joseph: one of the men chosen as a possible replacement for Judas. the picture is a little fuzzy. for anyone? a. they’ve been staying together. Matthew. while also rejoicing and going to the temple regularly (Luke 24:53) 3) What’s going on in these verses? a. Judas: betrayed Jesus. Philip. There’s some evidence that this coming of power Jesus talks about is for anyone. The Holy Spirit is a promise. The Holy Spirit is critical in everything.” k. Should we all expect what the apostles will get? These verses don’t really say. all we know is he fulfilled Peter’s requirement that he had been with them “during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us. Holy Spirit: Peter says that He spoke through David in the Psalms h. “devoting themselves to prayer” in one accord (vs. 5) What is the role of the Holy Spirit? a. b. An upper room (possibly from the Last Supper of Luke 22:12). bought a field and died grotesquely i. normally. an upper room b. Peter: one of Jesus’ early disciples. a central figure in the early church.10) What picture does this show of how we should expect the Holy Spirit to move. This is a supernatural phenomenon if there ever was one. like Joseph all we know is that he was assumed to be a good “witness” and that he was with the apostles “during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us. At this point.” c. and He spoke commands through Jesus Acts 1:12-26 Preparing for Pentecost 1) Who are the characters in these verses? a. James. praying. Simon.” and apparently they all assumed he’d be a good “witness” (vs. The apostles (Peter. Jesus’ brothers f. The Holy Spirit spoke through David. 120 “brothers” are all in one accord. He spoke through David in the Psalms 6) What is baptism in the Holy Spirit. Jesus chooses Judas’ replacement through the casting of lots c. Bartholomew. Thomas. Lord: the disciples pray to Jesus to guide the selection of the one to fill Judas’ place 2) Where does this take place? a. about something they had to do today b. but here Jesus is specifically talking to “the apostles. 21-23) j. James. today. takes the leadership in advocating the selection of another apostle g. Matthias: the man chosen by lot to replace Judas. so much so that Jesus expected His apostles to heed His advice and wait for power before launching out to do anything else b. and Judas) c. so they choose 2 (Matthias and Joseph) and then draw lots and end up with Matthias as the replacement 4) What is the role of the supernatural in these verses? a. a Sabbath day’s walk from Mount of Olives b. Mary. The apostles (and possibly all 120 “brothers”) return from the Ascension and go the place where they’re all staying. 120 “brothers” b. c. Jesus’ mom e. years ago. 14). rejoicing.
not hurrying about trying to build something) 8) Is there anything here that implies things should be the same today? a. There’s a unity and equality here. and I would think the same equality would be present in the modern church. but we know they’re all there in unity. the “brothers” weren’t just going about their fishing businesses passively waiting for Jesus to send the Holy Spirit when or if He wanted to. but all 120 believers. or gender. devoting themselves to praying for the promised Holy Spirit as Jesus told them to do. Well. so it doesn’t sound like this life of devotion. old and young. we must be willing to actively seek it and not just be passive about it. In preparation for the promise of the Father. and dependence on God are for a select few elite. The Holy Spirit is already clearly moving in the church at this point. but they’re praying. because Peter requests that whoever is chosen to replace Judas meet that requirement. or a random unnamed child or other person. today. selflessness. The church is serious about praying and rejoicing in God c. all wanted Him. It seems
. so maybe this lifestyle is something that was divinely ordained only for this moment in history b. c. All the “brothers” are living this way. for anyone? a. class. but for all of us b. c. We know that some of the people there hadn’t been with Jesus the whole time. of the same mind. men and women. The church is serious about doing what the Scriptures say to do d. a love from the Holy Spirit. This seems to imply that this lifestyle of devotion is for anyone who wants it. The simple practicalities of 120 people all living in peace together and continually devoting themselves to prayer and rejoicing in the temple seems to imply that this is something for a specific moment in time. everyone is seeking God. The church is built on a combination of man’s wisdom and God’s supernatural work (the disciples choose Joseph and Matthias as candidates. a random woman. and joy. joy. 9) Is there anything here that implies things should be different today? a. and a few relatives of Jesus. unity. Given the statistics. normally. If all met that requirement. rejoicing. the Holy Spirit is bringing unity. Everyone else is a wife. c. but God chooses Matthias. There are 120 “brothers. The church is serious about obeying Jesus’ command to wait in Jerusalem for power b. Peter brings up the fact that they need to pick a new apostle. but they and over 100 others are all waiting together. but they were proactively seeking Him. whoever Jesus specifically told to wait for the Holy Spirit. Jesus specifically told the apostles (and possibly all 120) to wait for the Holy Spirit. The church is living life together. b. calling. regardless of age. taking care of administrative duties.7) What is the picture we get of the Church in these verses? a. and I think it’d be hard to argue that we shouldn’t expect the same from Him today. and all were willing to wait for Him. presumably children as well. Already. And not only are they waiting. It’s interesting that Jesus told the apostles to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father. a seriousness and steadfastness in their seeking the promise of the Father. There’s nothing in the verses that specifically says. devotion. and what we see here is that not only are they waiting. or age. this picture of the church seems to be for anyone. 11) Summary a.” but only 11 former apostles. we don’t know at this point whether they all get the power or not. regardless of gifting. This seems to indicate that. This section shows not just the apostles. that the empowering of the Holy Spirit is not for a select few but for any and all of us. and living together. there’d be no need to say that. in unity e. gender. “This is how you should live if you’re a Christian” 10) What picture does this show of how we should expect the Holy Spirit to move. staying in the same place f. The church is of one accord. 1 new apostle. of all sorts of walks of life. but it’s not as explosive as in the coming chapters. This seems to indicate that if we want to receive the power of the Holy Spirit like Jesus promised the apostles.
and mass repentance and salvation. Peter preaching with a powerful anointing.” f. people speaking in tongues. praising God. formerly a little headstrong. Peter preaches in power. Suddenly. and considering the results of the sermon. earthly languages. or were the crowds divinely gifted to hear it as such? Either way. God made this current life in the Spirit plus the promise of the future empowering of His Spirit available to all who wanted to seek it. g. “All” 120 gathered were “filled with the Holy Spirit” e. There’s an obnoxiously loud wind sound. kinda’ scared. h.” “amazed. people getting filled with the Holy Spirit. This draws the attention of Jews from all sorts of nations who were all gathered in Jerusalem. This is the day of Pentecost. Peter and the 11 then stand up. Then it says that about 3000 people were added to the church and that those who believed were baptized 4) What is the role of the supernatural in these verses? a. to make some sense of it all d. people see flames of fire. tongues being understood as real languages. in a scary. it’s not important. b. 3) What’s going on in these verses? a. Peter’s sermon was apparently pretty anointed. Peter: the main speaker. because we also know the disciples were in the temple “continually. Jerusalem b. The 11: they all stand up together during the craziness. I guess because the location is not specifically mentioned. but the text doesn’t say that. and 2) shares a really powerful and pointed version of the Gospel. A “house” (Greek could mean a house. and you’ll receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” f.” (vs. There’s a mysterious sound from Heaven like a “mighty rushing wind” that’s so loud it fills the whole house c.” This would explain how everyone noticed the commotion right away. The 120 “brothers”: they’re all gathered together b. No Native Americans or Eskimos. any building. The only condition seems to be waiting and devotedly seeking it. wouldn’t the text say so? Either way. staying. which seems odd. the Holy Spirit comes like a strong and loud wind.” Were the 120 speaking real. magical flames of fire. But. There’s mention of Jesus’ supernatural signs and wonders that He worked and His resurrection. weird sort of way. “Repent. because right away people ask. The supernatural is all over these verses. be baptized. They’re all “bewildered. and everyone begins speaking in different languages. again. if it were the temple. d. Was this supernatural? I think so. considering the fact that Peter hasn’t exhibited this kind of authority previously.clear to me that. in at least this case. and selfish e. They see even more mysterious flames of fire resting (sitting. b. 2) Where does this take place? a. 1-2) I assume it’s the previously-mentioned upper room. e.” but some mock the believers and say they’re drunk because they’re apparently acting so foolishly.” which basically boiled down to people from all over the Roman and Medio-Persian empires. He fills the believers. The crowd: “devout Jews from every nation under heaven.” and “perplexed. Maybe it was the temple.
. the temple…) where the disciples are “all together in one place. “What do we need to do?” and Peter tells them. It’s 10 days after Jesus left. and he 1) explains what’s going on. and the believers are all together in one place. c. Holy Spirit: He fills the believers and opens their mouths to speak in tongues c. it’s cool. “All” 120 “began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them utterance. but the crowds were all “hearing them speak in his own language. remaining) on each person d. Acts 2:1-14 The Holy Spirit Gets Crazy 1) Who are the characters in these verses? a. Not only were the 120 speaking in languages they didn’t know. uncomfortable.
there’s loud wind noises. 39). according to these verses? a. even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. 38) b. and with the filling comes “a sound like a mighty rushing wind. which also was heard. “poured out [the Holy Spirit]” (vs. it brought power to be a witness i. 38-39) i. but only the 11 are said to have stood in the midst of the crowd. experiential way. Practicallyspeaking. and only Peter is recorded as having said anything. The Church is united together b. 33). at least 3000 were deeply convicted d. the Holy Spirit didn’t just sneak in and out quietly e. evidenced by speaking in actual earthly languages. The Church is moving in the miraculous (speaking in tongues. and your young men shall see visions. and the power for effective. 3000 people understand the Gospel and become born-again f. mocking. 7) What is the picture we get of the Church in these verses? a. b. “pour out of My Spirit” (vs. and they shall prophesy. Peter says Jesus received the promised Holy Spirit from the Father and poured it out. people spoke in tongues. and drunk people are often overly emotional. which means “to take hold of or receive that which is your own” f. perplexed. Emotional – people mocked them as being drunk. which is the craziness that everyone saw (vs. Baptism in the Holy Spirit seems to be an infilling of power from the Holy Spirit. Evangelistic – 3000 people gave their hearts to Jesus because 120 were filled with the Holy Spirit. Peter says that anyone who repents and is baptized “will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Church is serious about seeking the promised Holy Spirit d. however.” (vs. “promised Holy Spirit” (vs. The Holy Spirit fills “all” 120 who were gathered waiting for the promise of the Father. c. 17). people saw the fiery flames resting on them. Obvious – It was clear something happened.” d. David) j. visions. the sound of wind… g. 4). Miraculous – supernaturally speaking in tongues. anointed evangelism. The Church is serious in its obedience of Jesus’ commands c. others were angry. The Church is weird and chaotic (look drunk. a stay-at-home mom filled with the Holy Spirit probably won’t be used to stand up in the streets preaching. “filled with the Holy Spirit” (vs. According to Peter. “receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (vs. supernatural phenomena. the Holy Spirit is fulfilling Joel’s prophecy that He would be “poured out on all flesh.i. There’s fulfilled prophecy (Joel. Interesting to note. fiery flames)
. Life-changing – Peter is filled with boldness and anointing. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off. supernatural understanding of tongues. and your old men shall dream dreams. e. The Holy Spirit is most certainly the one who caused Peter’s message to “cut to the heart” of the listeners 6) What is baptism in the Holy Spirit. is that apparently all 120 were filled with the Holy Spirit. flames of fire. h. people felt convicted c. There’s mass repentance and salvation – 3000 getting saved all at once is clearly a supernatural work of God 5) What is the role of the Holy Spirit? a. everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself. speaking in tongues) e. Some may be just as dynamically filled but have a different calling from God and will be used in a different way. fire is seen on them.” “tongues of fire” that rest on each person. 33. and speaking in other languages that are understood by the crowds that gathered. The Holy Spirit is presumably the One who gives Peter the power to get up and preach in a powerful anointing. in a dynamic. 33). Experiential – everyone heard the sound of the wind. and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy. This seems to imply that not all who are baptized in the Holy Spirit will respond in the same way. “receive” is lambano. prophecy. amazed.
e. and for your children. dreams.” and “even on my male servants and female servants. 39 Peter states it even more clearly: “For the promise is for you [those listening]. 38 Peter says that everyone present (of over 3000 people) can receive the Holy Spirit just as the 120 just did. If it’s the Holy Spirit. Joel says God’s Spirit would be poured out “on all flesh. 39 You could argue that God hasn’t necessarily called everyone to be filled with the Holy Spirit in the Acts 2 sense. 21 Joel says that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Whatever happened at Pentecost has a feeling of uniqueness to it. f. visions. some people may be offended. Vs. We should be able to feel His presence tangibly and there should be no question in our hearts whether the Holy Spirit was actually present. everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself. The Church is not ignored j. so surely it’s for us since we’re much later now b. uncontrollable way. and people will be changed.” and since we apply this part of the prophecy to anyone. or for every Christian.” and if we call ourselves Christians. an uneducated fisherman. Vs. be baptized). and prophecies. This picture is very different from
. 41 It only says that the 3000 received Peter’s words.” Seems really inclusive. The Church has wisdom (Peter. Vs. class. preached using some obscure OT verses) i. Vs. but it does say the promise is for ALL those who God calls to HIMSELF. 11) Summary a. b. Vs. in a very miraculous. Experience would tell me that when people have repented and been baptized.” “your old men. class.” including “your sons and your daughters. 3000 people get saved at once) g. d. gender. It doesn’t say anything about them being filled with the Holy Spirit d. Vs. regardless of age. No one says anything about this being a unique. today. regardless of age. The Church is harsh and confrontational 8) Is there anything here that implies things should be the same today? a. experiential. 33 Peter explicitly states that what they were “seeing and hearing” was the fulfillment of Jesus’ promise that the Holy Spirit would come. but others will be drawn to Jesus. 38 It sounds almost like Peter is saying that if we 1) repent. 9) Is there anything here that implies things should be different today? a. If we earnestly seek the filling of the Holy Spirit and wait on God for Him to come. unless there’s a good reason not to d. is stuff we should do too. wouldn’t it be for all of us too? Everything else Peter tells them to do (repent. etc. chaotic. for anyone? a. and were added to the church. but the actual evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of the fact that we should experience similar things today.” “your young men. normally. c. then we’ve definitely been called to God. and 2) are baptized. There should be speaking in tongues. c.” We’re definitely “all who are far off. they didn’t always experience a Pentecost-type scenario. If it’s for all of them. 17-18 In his prophecies. once-in-history experience that shouldn’t be seen as the norm. gender. g. etc. The Church has the truth (Peter’s sermon isn’t wishy-washy but authoritative) h. He will show up in power. and the church will see fruit in evangelism. we should apply the other part as well. Vs. so it seems to reason that He’d fill us too. Vs. Vs. and for all who are far off. 17-18 Peter applies Joel’s endtimes prophecies about the Holy Spirit to his time.f. b. 10) What picture does this show of how we should expect the Holy Spirit to move. supernatural. and He filled all 120. Why shouldn’t things look like they did at Pentecost? The text seems to say that this is what it looks like when the Holy Spirit comes and fills His people. c. then we’ll 3) receive the Holy Spirit as the 120 just did here. regardless of era. The Church is powerful (Peter is bold. were baptized.
b. the church is developing a routine b. 7) What is the picture we get of the Church in these verses? a. The Holy Spirit is the one empowering the apostles to do signs and wonders d. Daily. unpredictable. so we should seek it too Acts 2:42-47 Church Life in the Holy Spirit 1) Who are the characters in these verses? a. selling belongings to be able to help those in need f. signs and wonders. controlled. The Holy Spirit is the one leading people to repentance every day 6) What is baptism in the Holy Spirit. favor. The church itself is living life together and sharing everything. Beyond that. they’re in the temple and in each other’s homes “breaking bread” g. People are getting saved daily. But He changes people. The apostles are performing signs and wonders e. They – the 120 plus the 3000 newly saved Believers. all former Jews from all over the Empire b. unity. generosity. sacrifice. peace. Love. The church is “devoting themselves” to the apostles’ teaching. This Holy Spirit is crazy. saves people. love. devotion. mercy. the topic isn’t discussed c. growth in numbers. according to these verses? a. and exalts the Son. wild. Though He’s not mentioned by name. and prayers c. selflessness. uncontrollable. breaking of bread. joy. the same people who a few months previous had killed their leader and wanted to kill them too c. and they’re experiencing favor h. favor. growth in maturity and wisdom. baptism in the Holy Spirit should lead to a community like this b. favor. fellowship… Power. fellowship. a community that really enjoys each other c. Baptism in the Holy Spirit in this sense is available for anyone (“all who are far off”). After the explosion of growth and power at Pentecost. generosity. Houses – they were breaking bread in their homes together “day by day” 3) What’s going on in these verses? a. living life together. the Holy Spirit is bringing the love. The unity. In that case. It’s interesting that there’s no mention of whether the 3000 who were recently saved experienced their own version of Pentecost. b. God – God is adding to their numbers daily 2) Where does this take place? a. peace. and joy are sure signs of supernatural involvement c. and unity that the church is experiencing c. And daily people are being saved and added to the church 4) What is the role of the supernatural in these verses? a. another supernatural work 5) What is the role of the Holy Spirit? a. Everyone is feeling a sense of awe and fear because of all God is doing d. inner witness that we tend to be more comfortable talking about. devotion. joy.the quiet. The church is a family. peace. openness. People – the church was finding favor with the people. Without His filling at Pentecost. justice. Signs and wonders are being done by the apostles d. What happened earlier in Acts 2 seems directly related to the ideal community we see here. This whole bliss-filled state of the church was launched by a supernatural explosion at Pentecost b. Wow! The church looks perfect here. They’ve got “glad and generous hearts. Jerusalem b. the reality of God’s presence.” they’re praising God. The temple – they were in the temple together “day by day” c. none of this would be happening b. The church isn’t concerned about worldly pursuits but obsessed about Jesus and church members 8) Is there anything here that implies things should be the same today?
He’s the promise of the Father Acts 1:8 Holy Spirit brings power and ability to be witnesses
. unity) is amplified and expanded into this almost surreal. generosity. today. after being baptized in the Holy Spirit. the picture of the church first developed in Luke 24 and Acts 1 (selflessness. It says that they “all” were living this way. Disciple: they’re referred to as disciples in Luke because their Master is still with them. awe. for anyone? 11) Any other observations or thoughts?
Acts 1:2 Holy Spirit is agent through whom Jesus gave commands 1) Apostle vs. Acts 3 The Lame Man and Peter’s Second Sermon 1) Who are the characters in these verses? a. according to these verses? 7) What is the picture we get of the church in these verses? 8) Is there anything here that implies things should be the same today? 9) Is there anything here that implies things should be different today? 10) What picture does this show of how we should expect the Holy Spirit to move. I don’t see anything clear that says this shouldn’t be what we aspire to. b. devotion to prayer. selflessness. but after He “left. When a group of people are all filled with the Holy Spirit. b. The only thing that implies some aspects of this lifestyle are unique is that only the apostles are said to be performing signs and wonders. for anyone? a. today. unity. worship. peace.” they were “sent ones” Acts 1:4-5 He baptizes with the Holy Spirit. normally. not just a few elite 9) Is there anything here that implies things should be different today? a. utopian lifestyle. After Pentecost. but that being said. not “all” 10) What picture does this show of how we should expect the Holy Spirit to move. normally. 11) Summary a. but He’s just as much present in the regular routine of the church. devotion.a. We should expect him to bring joy. joy. this is what everyday life should look like. 2) Where does this take place? 3) What’s going on in these verses? 4) What is the role of the supernatural in these verses? 5) What is the role of the Holy Spirit in these verses? 6) What is baptism in the Holy Spirit. baptized in Him. love. We should expect him to bring signs and wonders too. the church is growing. and life seem unstoppably good. etc. The Holy Spirit comes in fire and wind and craziness as in earlier in the chapter. It’s very clearly a picture of what was happening with this one specific group of people at this one specific time. favor. The Holy Spirit is everywhere and in everything.