Promise of the Spirit

Study Guide

As Luke begins the book of Acts, he focuses on Jesus, the Risen King, who calls his disciples to move forward on his mission to bring God’s Kingdom to earth. As they bear witness of the gospel, the Holy Spirit will empower and move through them. So should we forsake all other things and embrace our identity as ambassadors of Jesus.
  1. Many of us aren’t on mission for God because we’re waiting for specific information about what to do or how to do it. What is something you know God has called you to do? How can you move forward with that mission even if you don’t have full clarity around it?

  2. Instead of looking for God, we often simply want him to solve our problems and make our lives better. How have you seen this to be true in your life? What can you do to grow in awareness of how God has revealed himself to you?

Key Points
  • In this sequel to the Gospel of Luke, the author focuses on what Jesus is continuing to do through the apostles who are empowered by the Holy Spirit.

  • Jesus’ presence signals that the Kingdom of God has come to earth, and he is trying to help the disciples understand the nature of the kingdom and what it means to be part of it.

  • Like the disciples, we often think our biggest problem is lack of clarity and information. However, our primary problem is that we don’t move and trust that God will give us clarity when we need it.

  • God always begins by revealing himself to those who aren’t worthy. Then, he asks them to identify with him, forsake all else, and follow him on the mission of his purpose.

  • Only when we trust God, move towards him, and embrace his mission will the power of the Spirit work through us to change the lives of others and grow our own faith.

Other Scripture References

Scripture: Acts 1:1-26