These chapters give us a glimpse of what the church looks like when people are yielding to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to work through them. Peter summed up this point well in Acts 5:32 when he said, “we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him." It was a cooperation and teamwork of “witnesses” and “Holy Spirit.” This goes along with what Jesus said to His disciples in John 15:26-27: "But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.” The Holy Spirit testifies of Jesus Christ, and we cooperate with Him and testify also. There isn't any job the Lord has given us that He expects us to do without His grace and ability. Let’s not strive; let’s pray and ask Him to “grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus" (Acts 4:29-30).
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan