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Act Five: Spreading the

News of the King & The
Mission
of the Church

Scene One: From Jerusalem to
Rome
All that Jesus continues to do and
teach… (Acts 1:1)
Acts tells the story of the continuing
mission of the exalted Christ by His
Spirit to give salvation to the church,
and through the church to the whole
world.

Exaltation of Jesus

Coronation day: installation of
rightful king

Place: Right hand of God (Acts
2:33)

Name: Lord (Phil. 2:9-11)

Hidden (Heb. 2:8f.)

Work of Exalted Christ

Subdue his enemies (Acts 2:34f.)

Makes disciples (Matt.28:18-20)

Pours out blessings of salvation (LkActs)

Directs world history (Revelation)

“The book of Acts, the
epistles, and Revelation… are
predominantly about the work
of the exalted Jesus in the
church and in the world.”
-Hendrikus Berkhof

” (Acts 2:33) .“Exalted to the right hand of God. he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.

Pentecost: Coming of Spirit Spirit pouring out Jesus Luke 3:21-22 Spirit pouring out Church Acts 2:1-13 .

Pentecost: Acts 2:1-13   Old Testament Promise Jewish feast of Pentecost  Firstfruits  Inclusion   of nations Wind and fire: Powerful presence of God Tongues: Salvation for the nations .

Pentecost: Acts 2:14-41 Peter’s Sermon Outline       Spirit means last days (17-21) Life of Jesus (22) Death of Jesus (23) Resurrection (24-32) Exaltation (33-36) Response with promise of the Spirit (38-39) .

as where the Spirit is there is the Kingdom.A question about the kingdom (Acts 1:6)… …An answer about the Spirit (Acts 1:8) “It is not so much the case of where Jesus is there is the Kingdom.” -James Dunn .

Era of Witness Spirit K in g d o m m issio n o f Jesu s to I s r a e l d e a th r e su r r e c tio n e x a lta tio n P en teco st K in g d o m m issio n o f ch u rch to n a tio n s .

Pentecost: Acts 2:14-41 Witness to the Kingdom:  By Spirit through incarnate Jesus (gospels)  Of the exalted Christ by the Spirit through the church (Acts) .

Mission…  Israel’s mission to be light to nations: Failure!  Jesus fulfills Israel’s mission  Jesus gathers new Israel to continue mission to nations  Church continues Israel’s. Jesus’ mission .

From Pentecost to Church      Formation of new Israel (1:12.26) Pentecost (2:1-13) Peter’s sermon (2:14-36) Response: 3000 added (2:37-41) Formation of ideal witnessing community (2:42-47) .

The Spirit Forms a Community: Acts 2:42-47  Devotion to apostles’ teaching. fellowship. 43-47)  Lord adds to number (v. and prayer: Celebrating and nourishing kingdom life (v. 47) . breaking of bread. 42)  Life of kingdom manifested: Attractive ‘good news people’ (v.

Story of Acts (1:8)  Witness in Jerusalem 3:1-6:7  Witness in Samaria and Judea 6:812:24  Witness to Ends of Earth 12:25-end .

which is announced in 1:8 and confirmed along the way with the socalled progress reports. across formidable cultic.” -Rosner . relational. and geographical boundaries. ethnic.“Acts narrates the progress of the gospel from a small gathering of Jewish disciples of the earthly Jesus in Jerusalem. Acts is unmistakably a story of missionary expansion. to Paul's bold and unhindered preaching of the risen and ascended Jesus to Gentiles in Rome.

Witness in Jerusalem: Continuing Jesus’ Mission  Word and deed (3:1-26)  Suffering (4:1-22)  Prayer (4:23-31)  Work of God (6:7)  Attractive life of community (4:32-37. 6:1-6) .

Phillip (6:8-8:40)  Common believers (8:4. 11) . 11:19-21)  Beyond Jews  Gentiles (10.Witness in Samaria and Judea  Beyond Jerusalem  Unplanned expansion by persecution (8:1- 3)  To Judea and Samaria  Beyond Apostles  Stephen.

Witness to the Ends of the Earth  Antioch: First Gentile church  Paul’s missionary journeys  Paul’s trials and witness  To Rome .

13)  Christians: ‘Evidence of grace of God’ in church at Antioch (11:23)  ‘Great number of people brought to the Lord’ (11:24)  Sent Saul and Barnabas (13:1-3) .Church as a Missionary Community: Nearby and Faraway Pattern in Antioch (Acts 11.

Spontaneous Expansion of the Church (Roland Allen)  Attractive life of the community  Spontaneous evangelism by common members of the church  Planting new churches .

15:23)  Three  missionary journeys Build them up for faithful witness  Visits on journeys  Letters .Paul’s Pattern  Pioneer church planting (Rom.

The Apostle Paul  Rabbinic training: old age and age to come .

Prophetic Spirit Expectation Messiah Sin Death Evil Satan Knowledge of God Love Joy Justice OLD AGE AGE TO COME .

The Apostle Paul Rabbinic training: old age and age to come  Rejects Jesus’ proclamation that the age to come has arrived  Converted (Acts 9:1-18)   Sees everything in a new way .

Paul’s Teaching  The kingdom of God has dawned in Jesus’ death and resurrection .

New Testament Fulfillment Powers of sin death evil Satan OLD AGE Power of Spirit’s renewin g work AGE TO COME .

and resurrection. death.“The whole content of Paul's preaching can be summarized as the proclamation and explication of the eschatological day of salvation inaugurated with Christ's advent. It is from this principal point of view and under this denominator that all the separate themes of Paul's preaching can be understood and penetrated in their unity and relation to each other.” -Ridderbos .

Paul’s Teaching The kingdom of God has dawned in Jesus’ death and resurrection  Nurturing the life of Christ Organic: Growing up to maturity Architectural: Building on a foundation  .

Paul’s Teaching The kingdom of God has dawned in Jesus’ death and resurrection  Nurturing the life of Christ  New life and new obedience  .

reconciliation. adoption Obedience motivated by love Obedience normed by law Whole of human life .New Life and New Obedience       Obedience based on what God has done Resurrection life in the Spirit New relationship to God: Justification.

Paul’s Teaching The kingdom of God has dawned in Jesus’ death and resurrection  Nurturing the life of Christ  New life and new obedience  For the sake of the world  .

but also winsome.” .For the sake of the world  Exemplary and attractive “The Christians’ lifestyle should not only be exemplary. It should attract outsiders and invite them to join the community… Their ‘exemplary existence’ is a powerful magnet that draws outsiders toward the church.

For the sake of the world Exemplary and attractive  Public life of culture  “…the obligation of Christians to ‘live as citizens’ in the world of politeia [the public life of the state] in a way that is worthy of the gospel.” -Winter .

Paul’s Teaching The kingdom of God has dawned in Jesus’ death and resurrection  Nurturing the life of Christ  New life and new obedience  For the sake of the world  The coming of the Lord  .

” -Johnson .Ending of Acts Why so abrupt? Loose ends?  Story of Acts has not ended  Continues today until Christ returns  “…the ending of Acts is truly an opening to the continuing life of the messianic people. as it continues to preach the kingdom and teach the things concerning Jesus both boldly and without hindrance.

Scene Two: And into All the World Tasting and Displaying the Kingdom: The Church’s Witness Our Place in the Story .

49:6. I Pet.12:2-3.2:9: Model people  Is.3:14: Channels of blessing  Ex.Our Place in the Story   What time is it?’ Where are we at in the story of the Bible? Light to the world: Continuing Israel’s mission  Gen. Gal.19:3-6.5:14-16: Light to the world  Making known the kingdom: Continuing Jesus’ mission . Matt.

’ .Summary: Jesus’ Kingdom Mission  Announced reign of God with words  Demonstrated reign of God with deeds  Explained kingdom of God with teaching  Embodied reign of God with life  Prayed for reign of God to come  Suffered for reign of God  Formed community to live under rule of God  ‘As the Father has sent me. I am sending you.

rather he inspired his disciples to prolong the logic of his own action in a creative way amid the new and different historical circumstances in which the community would have to proclaim the gospel.“Jesus has not left us with a rigid model for action.” -Bosch .

Our Place in the Story     What time is it?’ Where are we at in the story of the Bible? Light to the world: Continuing Israel’s mission Making known the kingdom: Continuing Jesus’ mission Bearing faithful witness: Continuing the mission of the early church .

Bearing Faithful Witness: Continuing the Mission of the Early Church Foretaste  Preview  .

We have a foretaste of the Kingdom…  Actual taste now  Complete meal in future We are previews of the Kingdom…  Actual footage of movie/kingdom  Designed to interest viewer in future movie/kingdom so they will want to participate .

Bearing Faithful Witness: Continuing the Mission of the Early Church     Foretaste Preview Following the church in Jerusalem and Antioch (Acts 2:42-47. 13:1) Witness to God’s rule over all of life .

this mission is central to our being. to proclaim the assurance that in the name of Christ there is forgiveness of sin and new life for all who repent an believe– To tell the news that our world belongs to God. Contemporary Testimony: 44 . to feed the hungry. In a world estranged from God. where millions face confusing choices.Following the apostles. for we announce the one name that saves. the church is sent– Sent with the gospel of the kingdom to make disciples of all nations.

as lights in the darkness. as salt in a spoiling world. without fitting in. Contemporary Testimony: 45 . To follow this Lord is to serve him everywhere.The rule of Jesus Christ covers the whole world.

..Embodying salvation means.living under Christ’s lordship in all of life.. . ..

Sacred/Secular Dualism (See Wolter’s p.66-68) Sacred Secular Prayer Activities Worship Minister Profession Missionary s Church Family Realms Making love Watching TV Journalist Politician University Government .

Clash of Kingdoms Antithesis Kingdom of darkness Kingdom of God Creation .

13:1) Witness to God’s rule over all of life To the ends of the earth .Bearing Faithful Witness: Continuing the Mission of the Early Church Foretaste  Preview     Following the church in Jerusalem and Antioch (Acts 2:42-47.

Our Place in the Story        ‘What time is it?’ Already/not yet era of kingdom Act five: Church continues the kingdom mission of Jesus Foretaste Preview Witness to Christ’s rule over all of life To the ends of the earth .

What does it mean to live in the Biblical story today?     As university students As citizens In a world of poverty and overconsumption In a world of diminishing resources .

End of Act Five .