Ready, Set . . . Action!
by: Adam Stout
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem . . . Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (v. 8)
People who want pulse-pounding, edge-of-the-seat storylines flock to action movies. The book of Acts is action-packed. Supernatural tongues of fire materialize out of thin air. Sorcerers, jailbreaks, insurrections, resurrections, and miraculous healings leap off the pages. Best of all, every word is true.
Acts is the sequel to Luke’s Gospel account. While Luke’s Gospel focused on Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, Acts focuses on life after Jesus’ ascension. Acts is an action story “filmed” on location, spanning thousands of miles. It tells the ongoing story of Jesus Christ and his church empowered by the Holy Spirit.
The story moves from Jerusalem to Judea and beyond. God’s people travel down dusty roads and across raging seas to share Christ. There is no wall thick enough, no religious persecution strong enough, no gossip vicious enough to stop the spread of God’s word.
Hang on to your seats! Over the next 15 days, we will witness God’s incredible, often surprising acts of power. These works are not confined to the book of Acts. Whether we feel it or not, the Holy Spirit is active. He calls us to share the good news to the ends of the earth: “Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (2:21).