Lesson No. 330
(Acts Chapter 1)
“Why Stand Ye Gazing Up Into Heaven?"

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Jesus ascends to heaven
1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3 to whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 4 and, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.  5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6  When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
Matthias is chosen to replace Judas
12  Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey. 13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) 16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.
18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.
20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.
21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 25 that he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. 26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.


Lesson No. 330           “Why Stand Ye Gazing Up Into Heaven?"
 Acts Chapter 1                                                             10/29/2016
1)      Luke gives us a 'run down' on what happened; is he convinced about this Jesus as Savior deal?  How does he say Jesus 'commands' His church?  (Hint: verses 1-3).
2)      What does Jesus teach about our 'baptism' and what's the big deal about the Holy Spirit and us 'witnessing' for Him?  (Hint: verses 4-8)
3)      You have to love the scene as Jesus ascended into heaven!  (verses 9-11)
4)      So what did the first church do after Jesus gave them authority under his great commission (Matthew 28: 18-20, Mark 16: 15-18)?  (Hint: 12-14)  Is this what we should do 'first thing' as we receive and act on 'our commission'?
5)      Who took charge of the church, and why (verse 15)?  Was he appointed by God?  (John Chapter 21: 15-19)
6)      Is this 'appointment by God himself' valid today?  (Hint: Ephesians Chapter 4: 11-14)
7)      What was the first order of business, and how did they go about conducting the event?  Does this 'casting lots' make sense?  (Hint: verse 20)
8)      Does this mean that congregations (believes and seekers) or churches (believers) should  'roll the dice' , or vote on church business, which includes appointments, deciding on a church vision or mission, or any other 'spiritual' issue?  How about things in the physical?
9)      What lessons have we learned about the 'Acts' of the first church?  Are we an 'Acts Church'?
10)   What other kinds of churches...not denominations....are there?

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