Jesus and the Apostles (Acts 1:1-26)
Welcome to Lesson 3 of your Bible Study of Acts.
In this lesson, we will examine three narratives within the first chapter of Acts including:
- Luke’s prologue to the book
- Jesus’ instruction to his disciples to stay in Jerusalem
- Selecting a new apostle to replace Judas
Luke’s prologue in the Book of Acts
Read Acts 1:1-3
- What is the “first account” to which Luke makes reference in Acts 1:1? What did Luke write about in that first account?
- What is the relationship between this “first account” and the Book of Acts (considered to be a sequel to the “first account”)? How are the themes of Acts related to this “first account”?
Jesus’ instruction to his disciples to stay in Jerusalem
Read Acts 1:4-8
- In vv. 1:4-5, What did Jesus instruct his disciples to do and why?
- What three promises did Jesus make to his disciples should they adhere to his instructions?
- What role does Jerusalem play in the story that Luke relates between his gospel and Acts?
Many commentators consider Acts 1:8 to be the key text in the Book of Acts.
- What are the four main ideas that are contained within this verse? (Hint: The first is “receiving power”)
- Can you think of other passages or stories in Acts where these ideas appear again?
Selecting a new apostle to replace Judas
Read Acts 1:15-26
In the latter part of this chapter, Peter arises in the midst of the disciples and leads the group in selecting a new apostle.
- Why was it necessary to replace Judas? Why not go on with just 11 apostles?
- What criteria was necessary for someone to be chosen as an apostle? (There were at least two criteria). Why was this criteria important for the work of those first apostles?
- What does this criteria say about the uniqueness of the first apostles?