NOT an Absentee King
Mark these key verses in your Bible:
6:7– “So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. 9:31– Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers. 12:24– But the word of God continued to spread and flourish. 16:5– So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers. 19:20– In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.”
What signs in the early Church assure us of Christ’s continued triumphant reign?
- The risen Lord Jesus ascends and sends (1-2).
- The risen Lord Jesus rules over the rising opposition (3:1-8:3).
- The risen Lord Jesus reaches down to outcasts and opponents (8:4-9:31).
- The risen Lord Jesus brings in the nations (9:32-12:25).
- The risen Lord Jesus is expanding his borders to restore the fullness of his kingdom (13-28).
Jesus has risen from the dead and has ascended to the Father. The gospel has expanded to places like Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, just as Jesus told his disciples (Acts 1:8). Even the Gentiles are coming to faith in Christ (Acts 11:18). Now in chapters 13-28 we will see that the gospel is continuing to spread and as a result churches are growing. What is the main component? The Word of God! Follow us along in this series as we learn how key the Scriptures are to maturing local churches!
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You can also listen to our previous series on Acts: