Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A Journey with ACTS: 1:1-3


Here is where it all begins. I will begin posting each section I put together as they are finished. If there is one that speaks to you go ahead a share it with someone else. Don't be shy about leaving comments either...
Blessings In Christ,


“In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. During the forty days after he suffered and died, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God.” Acts 1:1-3 NLT

Luke is one of my favorite Biblical characters. There is not much share of him as of this point but he plays a huge role in building the foundation of the Early Church. The support he offered those closest to him is immeasurable. As he begins this book, he mentions he is writing to Theophilus. While we do not know much about Theophilus...

What we do know is that his names means “Loved by God”. From my perspective, that means this book is written to all who are “Loved by God.” This means that Luke is speaking directly to us today.

As Luke continues from his previous book, The Gospel of Luke, there is a connection that I believe I’ve not really paid much attention to before. This is a continuation of the gospel and an account of how the church moved from being a small group of Disciples who followed Jesus to what it became a movement of people acting upon what Jesus had taught them. The connection from one to the other and that can guide us today.  

Our actions speak volumes, just as theirs did. When Jesus appeared to His followers, they saw that He was actually alive. For many of them, the appearances were completely unexpected but they responded quite well. When we begin to see the unexpected we, as believers, should embrace how alive the church truly can be. 

God has something for all of us and when he calls our actions should show response. Today’s encouragement can serve as a reminder that we are all “loved by God,” that Jesus is indeed alive and that our actions will speak volumes if taken properly.


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