In preparation for Wednesday nights Bible study, I’d like to share our scripture for that lesson. This will give you time to read and consider the passage and how it applies to your life. I’m also providing an overview of the book of Acts for better perspective while studying.
Title: WHAT IS OUR PURPOSE?
Scripture: Acts 1: 1-11
1 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, 3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me[a]in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Overview of the book of Acts (Acts of the Apostles)
- Name: Acts or more specifically, Acts of the Apostles
- Author: Luke (a physician)
- Who was Luke: NOT an Apostle but a companion of Paul
- Year: 63 A.D
- Sequence: Written after the Book of Luke
- Key Characters: Peter, Paul, John, James, Stephen, Barnabas, Timothy, Lydia, Silas, and Apollos
Nowhere in the book itself does it say outright that Luke is the author. However, there is plenty of information, both within the Bible, as well as external sources, which confirms him as the author. People sometimes get confused about Luke believing he was one of the Apostles. He was not an Apostle; he was a friend of Paul (companion).
Luke wrote this book from the perspective of a historian, to record the work of the Apostles. The book provides a model for today’s church.
Read Luke 1:1-4 and then read Acts 1:1-11 again.
- Who was Luke speaking to?
- Does it sound like the same person wrote both Luke & Acts
Consider these two questions for Wednesday night
- What is your purpose in life?
- What is the purpose of the Church?