Read Acts 1:1-11

Reflect on how far the story takes you from Acts 1 to Acts 28.

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

The Book of Acts begins with a few frightened disciples in an upper room in Jerusalem.

It ends around 30 years later with small groups of Christian believers in many of the major cities of the Middle East, and also in parts of the Roman Empire, including Rome itself.

You can read about the growth of the Church after that in many history books, and how the Emperor Constantine made it an official religion of the Roman Empire.

Expansion across the world has continued ever since. The key little phrase to understanding the story is here in Acts 1:8  you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.    Those early disciples were not great international figures, with political power or wealth. They were ordinary women and men who were filled with the extraordinary power of the Holy Spirit. It is that same Holy Spirit who comes into the everyday lives of Christian believers now, in the 21st Century.

This Book of Acts is not yet finished; the Holy Spirit comes into your life and mine to equip us with the power to go on spreading Good News of Jesus.

The Book of Acts is the story you are in right now, for the same Holy Spirit is in you today – and His powerful presence is with you to bless you. We are living in the period of Acts 29! click here to hear Peter speak about Acts 29

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