Understanding the Scriptures
|Treatise (v. 1)||Writing|
|Infallible (v. 3)||Cannot be wrong|
|With one accord (v. 14)||In unity|
|Supplication (v. 14)||Asking|
Acts 1:8—An Outline for the Book of Acts
The command Jesus gave His Apostles to be witnesses for Him “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” forms a pattern or outline for the book of Acts: Acts 1–7 records the preaching in Jerusalem, Acts 8–9 reports the spreading of the gospel to Judea and Samaria, and Acts 10–28 tells how the gospel began to be taken to the “uttermost part of the earth.” Remember this pattern as you read Acts.
Acts 1:18—How Did Judas Die?
Acts 1:26—What Are Lots?
Giving forth or casting lots was a process similar to drawing straws today. The Apostles were not, however, using a random method to choose a new Apostle. This was a method the Lord had commanded them to use in the past as a way for Him to reveal His will to them (see Leviticus 16:7–8).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study Acts 1.
An Assignment for the Apostles
Review Acts 1:1–8 and answer the following questions in your notebook:
How long did Jesus visit with His disciples after His Resurrection?
What did He teach them?
Why were they to remain in Jerusalem? How long?
What did they learn about the restoration of Israel at the Second Coming?
What did Jesus command them to do after they received the Holy Ghost?
Using the information in “An Outline for the Book of Acts” in the “Understanding the Scriptures” section above, write an outline for the book of Acts next to verse 8 in the margin of your scriptures.
A New Apostle Is Chosen
Review the account in Acts 1:13–26 of the Apostles calling a new Apostle to replace Judas, noting how they “appointed,” “prayed,” and “gave forth their lots.” Write a sentence or two about each of these key ideas to summarize what happened.