Chapter 1

1 In the first book, O aTheophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began bto do and teach, 2 until the day when che was taken up, after he dhad given commands ethrough the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 fHe presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

4 And while staying1 with them ghe ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me;for hJohn baptized with water, hbut you will be baptized iwith2 the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

The Ascension

6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, jwill you at this time krestore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, l“It is not for you to know mtimes or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.But you will receive npower owhen the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and pyou will be qmy witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and rSamaria, and sto the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, the was lifted up, and ua cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, vtwo wmen stood by them in xwhite robes, 11 and said, y“Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, zwill acome in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Sometimes our expectation of what we think God is going to do is different than what he actually does. The disciple’s assumed Jesus was going restore the Kingdom of Israel but instead Jesus told them that they would recieve power from the Holy Spirit and the responsibility of spreading the Kingdom of God would fall on their shoulders. When we follow Jesus the Holy Spirit lives in our hearts but we can forget the he gives us power. We aren’t supposed to be idle about our faith, we have power so we can be active.

4 Comments

  1. Marla Willey

    Thanks for putting this together! The kids and I read this and talked about it this morning! Great way to start the week!!

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  2. debbie Carlson

    thank you for doing this study

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  3. Brad Jenkins

    This is an awesome idea to put the study on the website, and have the church reading it together. Thanks for the hard work!

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  4. Kerri Ricker

    So great to be doing this together. Love that you aren’t just telling us to read God’s word but helping us to take the steps to put it into action!

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