Key Verse: Acts 1:1
Big Idea: The church of Jesus continues the ministry of the Son of Man.
Luke opens the book of Acts with a brief introduction to Theophilus, the Greek man he originally wrote the book for. He explains that the first volume, what we call The Gospel According to Luke, was the record of what Jesus began to do and to teach. The book we call The Acts of the Apostles then begins with the ascension of Jesus, and describes the expansion of the early churches throughout the world. This might make the word "began" in Acts 1:1 seem strange, but it is a powerful truth. The work of the churches, Christ's body, is the continuation of His work. He lived a perfect life, doing good and spreading the good news and now He gives us the responsibility of carrying it on.
Our task is simply to be witnesses, at home, in our region and around the world. Because Jesus is our King and is enthroned in Heaven, it is our job to continue the work which He began. This Resurrection weekend, take the time to remember that Easter is not the end of the story, but the beginning.
Discussion idea: What are some of the specific things Jesus did which we carry on?
Prayer focus: Thank God for giving us the privilege of carrying on His work and the strength to do it. Ask for forgiveness for trying to live our lives as if they are our own story, apart from His. Pray for an opportunity to share the gospel.