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Jesus' work continues

Acts 1:1-3, Andrew Love, January 13, 2019


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Starting a new series in Acts
    • To begin by looking at the Prologue
    • Reading v1-3
  • The second volume of Dr Luke
    • Recap of his characteristics
    • The Book of Acts is unprecedented - missiology, ecleisiology, doctrine of the Holy Spirit, soteriology
    • So many key subjects
  • Written again to Theophilus
    • Likely a Roman Official
    • A greeting to a fellow believer
    • Places to use titles and places not to use titles
  • He mentions his former account (Luke's Gospel)
    • This was a beginning
    • Jesus is still teaching through His apostles
  • What a privilege Theophilus had to first read Luke's Gospel and Acts
    • His name means lover or friend of God
  • Overview:
    • The Unfinished work of Jesus
    • The Authorised work of Jesus
    • The Authentic work of Jesus

The Unfinished work of Jesus (v1)

  • The acts of the apostles
    • Really the acts of Jesus Christ through the apostles
  • Luke's Gospel was about what Jesus had begun to do and to teach
    • Acts speaks of His continuing work in the world
    • God's work was just beginning
    • After the incarnation and ascension - the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is the second most important act
  • The book of Acts has closed - what about the work of Jesus in us?
    • Example of the Hymn - 'a work unfinished'

The Authorised work of Jesus (v2)

  • Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit gave commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen
    • Particularly those commandments He gave to the apostles after He rose from the dead
    • E.g. The Great Commission
    • Luke 24:44-48
      • To preach His death and resurrection, to preach the repentance of sins, to preach in His name, to preach to all the world starting at Jerusalem
    • John 20:19:21
      • Jesus is commissioning His apostles
      • He gave them the Holy Spirit to understand the Scriptures (cf Luke 24:45)
    • Not much is written about the time after Jesus' resurrection before His ascension ...
      •  ... but Jesus would have taught His disciples
  • He sent them out in the world
    • We should pray that God raises up men to go into ministry
    • A different situation today but the same Holy Spirit

The Authentic work of Jesus (v3)

  • After His suffering there were many infallible proofs
    • E.g. eating broiled fish and honeycomb - a real body (v39-43)
    • Example of Doubting Thomas (John 20:24-30)
  • If you are worried about the authenticity of the Scriptures
    • Re-read the Scriptures
    • Come to a settled understanding
  • Give a sure and certain sound
    • Recognise that God uses ordinary people - consider the spread of Christianity throughout all the Roman Empire
    • Filled with the Holy Spirit
    • Pray that God would use us and fill us with the power of the Holy Spirit
  • Remember that it is the work of Jesus Christ
    • Example of the Apostle Paul - Romans 15:18-19
    • Not the work of individuals, churches or nations
    • We are to give the glory to God
    • Be encouraged and recognise that it is God's work
  • Jesus continues His work by the Word of God and power of the Holy Spirit
    • It is always the combination of both
    • The Bible itself will not transform lives
    • It is the Holy Spirit working through the Bible that lives are transformed and saved
    • 1 Thess 1:5
  • Our great need is to speak the main things
    • v3c
    • Speak of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God
    • Not to give our own thoughts but pass on the main themes
      • Example of the parable of the Prodigal Son
      • Example of of the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
    • An ongoing work
    • To study the work of Jesus and pass it on
    • Hear the call of the kingdo

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


Sermon Passage:

Acts 1:1-3

1The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: (KJV)


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