Waiting — Now What?, Part 1

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The Risen Lord Jesus commissioned his disciples to be his witnesses, and the church did so for many centuries. Lately, however, the techniques used by the church have become less effective. But Jesus tells us how we can be effective again. Pastor Luke teaches from Acts 1:1–14 in “Waiting,” the first message in a new series “Now What?


OPEN. 1. What’s the longest time you’ve ever sat in a waiting room?

UNPACK. Read Acts 1: 1–14.

2. Luke says his first volume was about both what Jesus did and what he taught. If both are important, which, in your experience, is more likely to be overlooked? Why do you suppose that is?

3. In most translations (although not the NRSV) verse 1 reads, “all that Jesus began to do and teach….” What does that suggest about this new, second book that Luke is writing?

4. Why would it have been important for Jesus to offer his disciples proofs? What kind of proofs did he offer? For how long?

5. Jesus tells his disciples not to leave Jerusalem (verse 4). What in verse 3 would have made them want to leave? To do what? Why?

6. Why is it significant that a cloud took Jesus out of sight? Consider Numbers 9: 15–23; Psalm 97: 1–5; Luke 9: 28–36.

7. Jesus told the disciples to wait, but the two angels(?) suggest they have better things to do than stare into the sky. What are some alternatives?

8. What commission did Jesus give his disciples (verse 8)? What would they receive to carry it out? How would that be helpful to them?

APPLY. 9. Timing isn’t the disciples’ concern, Jesus says (verse 7). Why is waiting harder when you don’t know how long it will be?

10. Based on your answer to #3, what does it suggest about the work of the Holy Spirit? —about the mission of the Church?