Thoughts and Questions – 31st May 2020

Thoughts and questions, w. b. 31/5/20
Acts 1:1-11 – Pentecost

Luke, it appears, is writing Acts (as he did his Gospel) for some form of dignitary named Theophilus (which means, in English, friend of God). v1

Jesus is meeting with His disciples for the final time and is giving them their last-minute instructions.

  • Why do you think eating was such a key thing for the risen Jesus to do with His disciples? – see v4, also, as recently seen, John 21:13 and elsewhere Luke 24:30
  • Do you think we could use food more within our gatherings? Why/why not?
  • Do you remember receiving the Holy Spirit for the first time?
  • What was the setting and what happened when you did?
  • Have you received some form of a ‘top-up’? When, and how?
  • Why do you think Luke and the disciples try to get an answer to the Kingdom at this time, and what do you think they mean by it? – v6
  • How do you understand, or how have you experienced, the ‘power’ that would accompany the receiving of the Spirit? – v8
  • Considering what you know of the stories told in Acts how would you describe the word ‘witness’?
  • In what different ways in your life do you offer a witness for Jesus?

Final thoughts:

Within our reading for today we have the ascension and promise of Jesus’ Second coming.

  • How important to you is the second coming?
  • How does the promise of the second coming affect your day-to-day life?