Introduction: Jesus’ Vision For His Church
January 31, 2021
In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. (Acts 1:1-2)
The gospel of Luke is the story of what Jesus began to do and to teach.
Acts is the story of what the Holy Spirit continued to do through those that followed Christ.
Theophilus means God-lover.
After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke to them about the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
“…Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6)
Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)
It’s not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. (Acts 1:7)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and in Samaria and the uttermost parts of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
The Greek word for power Luke uses here is dynamis, from which we get the word dynamite.
A Spirit-empowered church giving an ever-expanding witness to His life-changing message.
“The power of the Holy Spirit was not given to enable the Early Church to have better church services; it was given to provide the church with the power to reach unbelievers…The reason God gives us His life is to impact our world.”
After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven. (Acts 1:9-11)