An interactive devotional based on the May 28, 2017 sermon, What’s Next?
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Encounter the Word
In 30 short years (one generation!) the church grew from what was considered an insignificant Jewish sect to a major force in the Roman Empire. Luke wrote Acts as a companion piece to his Gospel to show how Christianity was NOT a political threat to Rome, but rather the work of God’s Spirit in building up a spiritual “kingdom,” one made up of all who live by faith in Jesus. This book holds a strategic place within the New Testament as a bridge between the Gospels and the letters (epistles). It picks up where the Gospels (especially Luke’s) leave off, and introduces the main church leaders – – Peter, Paul, John and James.
The book of Acts opens with the story of Jesus’ ascension. His ascension is explained to the disciples by two angels. They point out that Jesus will indeed return as he said he would. Therefore, they are not to stand around and wait for him, but to get on with their mission. [Read more…]