Read Acts 1 on your own. (should take about 3 min. or less)
The first simple truth we learn is that Jesus is still alive (v.3)!! Physically gone, spiritually present.
He leaves his disciples a mission before he died, to spread the gospel (Matt. 28:19). The book of Acts is a continuation of this command, it is a book about the acts of God during the formation of the 1st body of believers after Jesus ascends to heaven, the essentials of the 1st church and an example to us within the body.
Truth 1: Meeting together is essential.
Church was God’s idea (not mans), being part of a church was Jesus’ hope for us.
Doing the ‘Christian thing’ is part of a unity that can not be substituted with anything else. Is it a sin not to go to church? Absolutely not! But we are better together. The church is a place to grow, to be sharpened (yes, the uncomfortable blending and mixing of different and difficult personalities) and to do the spiritual things that can only be done in groups. There is a reason Jesus chose 12. There is credibility in numbers, there is accountability in numbers, there is unity and strength in numbers. Different personalities, weather complementary or clashing, that was God’s plan and when you’re missing it isn’t the same.
Truth 2: The discipline of prayer is essential.
What is your prayer life like? I know I can’t say I am in constant prayer like his faithful few in v. 14. But in order for us to grow and to hear the Holy Spirit (referred to as The Advocate by Jesus in John 15:26) we must pray (more on that later).
Truth 3: The main mission of every church and every believer is to spread the good news about Jesus.
Jesus came to tell people that He loved them and that there is way to forgiveness, a rescue and savior from their sins. He wants to us to carry on that message (per the commission given by Jesus in Matt 28:19 and the words he told Peter in John 21:17).
“…Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” John 21:17
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and surely, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matt. 28:19-20
- Where do you stand with the church? Do you attend church? What are you thoughts on church?
- What is your prayer life like? On a scale from 1 to 10 where are you? (1 do not pray at all, 10 I pray constantly)
- In what ways does the commission given to the disciples effect you? Is it still relevant today?