OUR CREATOR IS CREATIVE
Acts 1:12-26 NASB
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. 13 When they had entered the city, they went up to the upper room where they were staying; that is, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. 14 These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
15 At this time Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren (a gathering of about one hundred and twenty persons was there together), and said, 16 “Brethren, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For he was counted among us and received his share in this ministry.” 18 (Now this man acquired a field with the price of his wickedness, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out. 19 And it became known to all who were living in Jerusalem; so that in their own language that field was called Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 “For it is written in the book of Psalms,
‘Let his homestead be made desolate,
And let no one dwell in it’;
‘Let another man take his office.’
21 Therefore it is necessary that of the men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us— 22 beginning with the baptism of John until the day that He was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.” 23 So they put forward two men, Joseph called Barsabbas (who was also called Justus), and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen 25 to occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26 And they drew lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.
- So Far So Good… (v. 1:12-14)
- Right Decision or Wrong Direction? (v. 1:15-22)
- They Did What? (v. 1:23-26)
- All of the Bible is equally true but not all of the Bible is equally clear. Acts is descriptive of what happened, not prescriptive of how things should be. What do you do with unclear parts of the Bible? (v. 1:12-26)
- We tend to idealize the early church as though it was perfect. When we idealize the past we will always criticize the present. How does it help you to know that God has always uses imperfect people to write His perfect story? (v. 1:12-14)
- Was Peter right to lead in picking a replacement or was he wrong? How does it encourage you to know that God is able to work everything together for good and bend everything to fit His will? How could this set us free from the pressure, stress and anxiety of leading?
- Acts isn’t about awesome saints, it’s about an awesome Savior who is unstoppable. Where is your story more about you than Him?