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The Biggest “But” in the Bible – Acts 1:1-9

Randy Schneider

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Credit: Men’s Life Bloomington – Paul Konstanski

ACTS 1:1-9

    In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”
    6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
    7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
    9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

Questions:

  1. Have you ever thought about the “but” at the beginning of verse 8? What is the “but” contrasting?



     
  2. After receiving the “Challenge” (in verse 8), how do you think they felt when Jesus immediately left them?



     
  3. For a group of guys who never traveled more than a few miles from their homes, how do you think they understood this challenge that they would take the gospel to the ends of the earth?



     
  4. How does the Holy Spirit help us be a better witness for the kingdom?



     
  5. What is the “but” in your life? (Something where you are asking the wrong question in light of what God really wants to do through your life.)




     
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