What We Are Learning June 2019
Recently, we have been tracing the footsteps of the apostles in the book of Acts. By cross-referencing the epistles and surveying maps, we have been learning – in a fuller sense – that the early church was made up of ordinary people who relied on the Holy Spirit as they lived, served, and proclaimed the gospel in a world sometimes receptive but often hostile to it.
By carefully notating references to the Holy Spirit, we have noticed that He acts as a catalyst for much of the action in the early church. We have also noticed the Holy Spirit comforting and encouraging believers. As the book of Acts progresses, different apostles and disciples come in and out of the storyline. However, one constant “character” in Acts is the Holy Spirit, whose movement is continuous from beginning to end, advancing God’s kingdom through numerous people in differing and often surprising ways.
As we have applied our minds to understanding the acts of the apostles and the work of the Holy Spirit in the early church, two ideas have emerged: