The Mission of the Church – Part 1 of Series

Acts 1:1-11

The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

What does Jesus promise his followers?

He promised them the ‘baptism of the Holy Spirit.’

This means that the Holy Spirit would come and empower them to live righteously and serve faithfully.

What do his followers think?

In the disciples’ minds, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the coming of the promised kingdom were closely related and the Old Testament often connected these concepts.

They concluded that Christ was about to establish His kingdom here on earth, but that was not God’s plan. (v. 7)

What is the mission given by Jesus?

To wait on the Holy Spirit.

To be His witnesses.

They were to be witnesses in Jerusalem, all Judea, Samaria and the world.

What is your role in mission?

Acts 1:8 Challenge

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