The picture above is the Cenacle, or “Upper Room,” and is the last standing portion of a Byzantine and Crusader Church (“Hagia Sion”) heir to the primitive Apostolic Church (Acts 2-15). The Last Supper (Lk 22:7-38), the gathering place for the 120 (Acts 1:13), and the and Pentecost (Acts 2:1-13).
- To take a fresh look at the establishment of God’s kingdom and spread of the early church. (In his book, The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church, Alan Hirsch calculates that the early church grew from 25,000 in 100AD to about 20,000,000 by 310AD!)
- To examine the holy passions and their out-workings which marked that church
- To consider how these might relate to our church situation today.
“More and more I believe that this book is in the NT to prevent the church from coasting to a standstill and entering a maintenance mode with all the inner wheels working but going nowhere, out-reaching into no new people groups or seeing no new ventures or no new exploits for the kingdom. The Book of Acts is a constant indictment of mere maintenance Christianity. It’s a constant goad and encouragement and stimulation to fan the flame of our part in God’s purpose – “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).
- The work of the Holy Spirit
- The missional witness of the church
- The expansion of the kingdom of God
- Spiritual Gifts
- Spiritual Formation
- Church leadership
- Church polity (or government)
- The transition from a Jewish church to a Gentile church