Introduction to Acts
Acts 1:1-11

Background: Luke is recognized as the author of Acts although never

explicitly declaring so.  Believed to be a Gentile (not specifically mentioned

in Scripture or by early church fathers).  Luke was a physician who was

known to be the traveling companion of Paul.  Acts is a history of the

propagation of the early church and although referred to as the Acts

of the Apostles would more aptly be described as the Acts of the Holy

Spirit.  Dating is believed to be around 63 AD.  It was written to Theophilus

 (lover of God) and may or may not have been an actual person. 

I.  Jesus (vs. 1-3)
a. In what way does Luke indicate he had communicated what Jesus did

and taught? _______________________________________________ _________________________________________________________
b. What might this other communication be? ______________________ __________________________________________________________
c. How does verse 2 reflect the conclusion of Luke  (24:50-53)? _______ 
_________________________________________________________
d. What proofs for Jesus are set forth? __________________________  __________________________________________________________ 

II. The Promise of the Holy Spirit (vs. 4-8)
a. Why were the disciples commanded to remain in Jerusalem? _______ 
__________________________________________________________
b. How is the reference to “the Promise of the Father” in verse 2 a parallel

to John 14:15-18? __________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ 
c. When Jesus was about to ascend what was foremost on the disciple’s

minds? ______________________________________________________
d. What change would come about in the disciples as a result of the

indwelling of the Holy Spirit? _____________________________________
e. What would the Holy Spirit enable the disciples to do and where? ______
_____________________________________________________________

    
III. The Ascension of Christ (vs. 9-11)
a. How did Jesus depart from the disciples? ______________________
_________________________________________________________
b. What was their response? __________________________________
________________________________________________________
c. What promise made in verse 11 still has the Church looking 
heaven-ward while we obediently witness earth-ward? ____________
_________________________________________________________

IV. Application:  Does the Holy Spirit still indwell, empower, and embolden

us to witness? _________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________  
 

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