Luke starts his second book, The Acts of the Apostles, by reminding his readers that in his previous book (The Gospel of Luke) he had written about “all that Jesus began to do and teach.” The implication, of course, is that he now describes what Jesus continued to do and teach through the church itself.
No wonder this early history is chockablock full of the Spirit and mission and prayer.
The Spirit, promised by Jesus as the equipping power for the disciples’ task as witnesses of Jesus, is poured out on the whole community, filling them with power to live and share the gospel.
Mission is the natural outflow, starting on the Day of Pentecost itself as Peter rises in front of the gathered masses, declaring the good news of Jesus, and seeing thousands who believed and were baptized, right then and there.
Prayer is the continuing, undergirding task of that gathered community (both prior to Pentecost and every day thereafter), resulting in ongoing harvest as more and more new believers stepped into the Kingdom, empowered by the Spirit, following Jesus.
May Heritage, too, in this day, be characterized by these three, in every increasing measure.
May 27 Acts 2 Pentecost – Filled with the Spirit
June 3 John 20:19-23 As the Father Has Sent Me …
June 10 Matthew 28:18-20 The Great Commission
June 17 Acts 3-8 Growth in the Kingdom
June 24 On Mission
July 1 On Mission
July 8 On Mission
July 15 With Prayer
July 22 With Prayer
July 29 With Prayer
Aug 5 With Prayer – Filling of the Spirit
Aug 12 With Prayer – Listening to the Father
Aug 19 With Prayer – Workers for the Harvest
Aug 26 Family Service – Prayer – Boldly, Always
Sept 2 With Prayer . . .