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Acts 1:1-8;12-14 NLT

1 In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach

2 until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit.

3 During the forty days after he suffered and died, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God.

4 Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before.

5 John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

6  So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?”

He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know.

8  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, a distance of half a mile.

13 When they arrived, they went to the upstairs room of the house where they were staying. Here are the names of those who were present: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James (son of Alphaeus), Simon (the zealot), and Judas (son of James).

14 They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.

Acts of the Apostles Series Slide Graphi

The Message

Dr. Rev. Brice Thomas

Sermon Theme: Communities in crisis
Biblical Principle:

 In Luke’s gospel, Jesus said that whoever wanted to follow Him must be willing to publicly identify with Him by taking up their cross and risking a humiliating death (Luke 9:23; 14:27). In our “Peace in a Pandemic” worship series we identified that the way of Jesus was facing violence, oppression and judgment with loving resistance. The word for “witnesses” in Acts 1:8 comes from the Greek root meaning “martyr.” In the book of Acts, this happens over and over again to the apostles who stand up for the way of Jesus despite the persecution they encountered.


The Holy Spirit plays a vital role in the book of Acts. Jesus promises that when His followers are brought before human judges and tribunals, the Holy Spirit will give them the words they need (Luke 21:12-15). How did the Holy Spirit advocate for these apostles when they were attacked and persecuted? What words did the Holy Spirit give them? What words does the Holy Spirit give you in times of crisis?


Memorize these verses and consider what they mean to you. We will discuss them in our prayer meetings throughout the week:

Luke 9:23 - “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
Luke 21:15 – “I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.”
Acts 1:8 – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere.”
Acts 1:14 – “All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together.”


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