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Acts: Beginnings – Eyewitnesses

Acts 1:1-11 – Sermon Questions for Reflection:

  1. Acts is partially a history of the church (God’s people).  There are three ways to study history: like cold scholars, casual admirers and committed soldiers.  How do all three of those apply to studying Scripture? Where have you seen these approaches in your life or church?
  2. How is Jesus’ ascension in Acts 1:9 similar to or different than the stories of God’s Glory/Cloud seen in Ex. 33:12-23 with Moses on Mt. Sinai; in Ezekiel 10 (esp. vs. 4, 18-19); and Jesus on the Mt. of Transfiguration in Matt. 17.  What can we observe about all these ‘appearances’ of God? What is the most encouraging aspect of the Ascension of Jesus?
  3. Why is it significant that Luke addressed Theophilus, a Roman official, in both of his books?  Why do you think God allowed this reference to remain in Scripture?
  4. What does Acts 1:8 suggest about the way God feels about all of humanity?  What encourages you the most about this verse? What challenges you the most?

Acts: Beginnings – Eyewitnesses