CHRIST’S CHURCH AND THE APOSTLES (Ca. A.D. 30-100)
Acts of the Apostles
“The focus of Scripture turns to the work of the apostles and others in their efforts to spread the good news about Jesus throughout the world, and to the beginning of the church, which is comprised of Christ’s faithful disciples. Luke records the work of the Holy Spirit in the church of the first century. After a brief introduction to his writing, Luke stresses the powerful manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the confirmation and spread of the gospel message.”
Read: Acts 1:1-5
Power of the Holy Spirit
“Jesus had told the apostles to wait in Jerusalem until they should receive power from on high, a reference undoubtedly to the power of God’s Holy Spirit, which he had promised they would receive.
In the midst of a throng of Pentecost celebrants, the Holy Spirit descends in power upon the small band of Galilean men whom Jesus has chosen to be his spokesmen. Luke also records the sermon preached by Peter where he strongly indicts his audience for having played a part in crucifying their Messiah. The occasion heralds not only the special power of the Holy Spirit in the ministry of teh apostles, but also the formal beginning of Christ’s spiritual body, the church.”
Read: Acts 2
All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.