• Questions for ACTS Chapter One

    These questions are on the New Life Website for those on line; each person in the room should have a copy, as well.

    Their purpose:

    - For you to be able to evaluate the teaching of Lesson One – we are trying to see if the objectives of the lesson are met. When we finish chapter one, you should be able to answer the questions. We will address the questions that you are unable to answer.

    - The second reason for the questions is for self-evaluation of your own attentiveness to teaching, your ability to hear the Holy Spirit Speaking. The question to ask: Am I absorbing what is being taught in Chapter One and am I willing to obey the Holy Spirit?

    The Theme: Acts 1:8 - But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

    The Great Commission: Matthew 28:16-28

    16Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.17And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

    Unity in the Body of Christ – Ephesians 4:1-16.

    1I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;5One Lord, one faith, one baptism,6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.7But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.8Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.9(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?10He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:14That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;15But speaking the truth in love, may grow up

    into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:16From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.


    Jesus’ Direction of the Mission of the Local Church.

    - The Gospel was to begin in Jerusalem – at Home.

    - The Gospel was to travel to Judea – Community.

    - The Gospel was to travel unto Samaria – Suburbs.

    - Then unto the Uttermost part of the World.


    GUIDELINE TO ACTS:

    Chapters 1-7 the Apostles and Prophets are ministering to THE JEWS FIRST.

    In Chapter 8, the Ministry goes to the Samaritans through the Evangelist, Phillip.

    Chapter 9, Saul is Converted from Persecutor of Christians to Christian.

    Chapters 10, 11, the Gospel is offered to THE GENTILES through Peter.

    Chapter 12, the Christians are persecuted by Herod Agrippa I, grandson of Herod the Great. Agrippa I also sat on the throne at the Birth of Jesus. The Apostle James (for there were two) was the brother of John, and a member of Christ’s inner circle of three, along with Peter and John. He proclaimed the Gospel after Jesus’ Resurrection and was the first Apostle to be martyred for his faith.

    The Ministry of the Apostles becomes less prominent (the Jews have been set aside, also the Kingdom of God is set aside) and Paul’s Ministry takes the Gospel to the Uttermost Part of the World.

    Chapter 13 – Christianity moves unto the UTTERMOST PART OF THE WORLD. The Holy Spirit sends out SAUL (Name was changed to Paul) AND BARNABAS on the FIRST MISSIONARY JOURNEY.

    Chapter 15: 1-35, the Missionaries come back GAVE A REPORT to the Jewish Council. MUCH CONFUSION HAD ERUPTED ABOUT WHAT THE GENTILES SHOULD PRACTICE.

    The conclusion: Gentiles was not to Circumcised and Obey the Law.

    CHAPTER 15:36-18:22, the Missionaries set out on the SECOND MISSIONARY JOURNEY. The Delegates returned to Jerusalem.

    Chapter 18: 23-21:26, the Missionaries started the THIRD MISSIONARY JOURNEY.

    Chapter 21:27ff, Paul’s Journey to Rome.

  • Assignments on ACTS

    Read Acts 1 then answer these questions.

    1. To whom is the book addressed - 1:1? (Think: What does this name mean?)


    2. The author had written a "former account" what subjects) - 1:2?


    3. Special Assignment: Compare Acts 1:11,2 to Luke 1:1-4. What conclusion do you reach about who wrote       the book of Acts? Give reasons for you answer.


    4. State the theme of Acts (note 1:8). (Bonus assignment: Take the time to read the whole book. As you make a list of major themes are frequently mentioned in the book.


    5. What group of people had Jesus chosen and given commandments to? (Think: What does this tell you about men became apostles?)


    6. Define "apostle."


    7. For What did Jesus present many proofs- 1:3?(Think: Name some of the proofs.)


    8. How long did Jesus appear to the the apostles and what did He discuss with them?


    Where were the apostles to remain and why - 1:4?


    10. What did Jesus promise they would receive and when? to whom did Jesus address he promise of 1:4,5? (Think: Is it addressed to all Christians? What does this tell you?)


    11. List passages that contrast Jon's baptism to the Holy Spirit baptism similar to v5.


    12. Special Assignments: List difference between water baptism and Holy Spirit baptism by comparing passages on Holy Spirit baptism to Mark 16:15,16;Matthew 28:18-20, etc.


    13. What question did the disciples ask Jesus - 1:6?


    14. How did Jesu answer their questions - 1:7?


    15. What did He say the Holy Spirit would do for them - 1:8?


    16. Define " witness. " What does this tell you about the work of the apostles?


    17. Special Assignment: Lis four things you learn in verses 1-8 about Holy Spirit baptism. (Think: How does this differ from folks today who say they received Holy Spirit baptism?)


    18. Compare Acts 1:3-8 to Mark 9:1 (note the "power" and the kingdom). How did the coming of the Holy Spirit relate to the coming of the kingdom? (Think: Jesus  refused to say when the kingdom would begin, but what had he said about when the Spirit would come - v5.


    19. Special Assignment: Read Col. 1:13; Rev. 1:9; and 1 Cor, 15:21-26. What do you learn about the doctrine that Jesus' will begin when He comes again?


    20. In what geographical order would the gospel spread - 1:8?(Think: How does his compare to the order in which the gospel was actually spread as the book of Acts unfolds?)


    21. Describe how Jesus finally left the earth - 1:9-11.


    22, What promise did two "men in white apparel" make? (Think: what does this tell us about Jesus's second coming?


    23. From when did Jesu ascend to heave, and where did His disciple go from there- 1:12? Nate consult a map for these locations.)


    24.Name the eleven apostles as listed in Acts 1:13. (Think: Why only even?)


    25. Who else was with the apostles? How many were there altogether - 1:14-15?


    26. Describe how Judas died - 1-19?


    27. What did people call the place were he died - 1:19?


    28. Describe the prophecy that Peer applied o Judas's case - 1:20. Give book/chapter/verse for the Old Testament location.


    29. To serve as an apostle, what kind of man was needed and what work would he do - 1:21,22?


    30. Name the two men who were suggested as possibilities to replace Judas - 1:23.


    31. Who actually chose Judas's successor and how was it done  1:24-26? (Think: What was the significance if casting lots?)


    32. How does this compare to how other apostles were chosen? What can we learn?


    33. Who was finally chosen?


    34: Case Study: Some churches claim to have apostles or successors to Jesus's apostles. Based on what we have learned, could this be true? Explain your reasons.











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