Continuing Jesus’ work of evangelism
Acts 1:1-11
Dr. Edward Bland, 08/06/17
 
I.The confirmation of Jesus’s ministry of evangelism- vs. 1-3
a.Luke writes to tell us of Jesus’ work and teaching in the ministry- vs.1
b.The duration of his ministry and the charge to the apostles- vs.2
c.The confirmation and validation of Jesus’ ministry success- vs. 3
 
II.The command for preparation for the ministry- 4-5
a.Post resurrection fellowship experienced
b.The commandment to wait for power to do the ministry
c.Baptism of the Holy Ghost is preparation for evangelism’s work- vs. 5

  1. John 14:16-17, “And I will pray the Father and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever
  2. Even the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with and shall be in you
1.Indwelling of the Holy Ghost enable and prepares saints for evangelism
2.He is with us, and He is in us
 
III.The clarification of Jesus ministry of evangelism- vs.6-7
a.The disciples earthy focused question- vs. 6
  1. Their minds are on earthy things not godly things
  2. Their minds are on reigning and ruling earthy
b.Jesus strong rebuke of self-centered thinking- vs. 7
c.Jesus clarifies the mission and redirect the disciples’ focus
 
IV.The commission to evangelize the world- vs.8
“But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
  1. The priority of evangelism is in the “BUT”
  2. The power to do evangelism through the Holy Ghost
  1. “Come upon you” is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (I John 2:27, the anointing we have received)
  2. The commandment to witness
  3. Ye shall be witnesses is an imperative verb
  4. Witness is the Gr. word mar-toos means giving testimony to what you know
  5. The command as to where to evangelize
  1. Jerusalem is local mission for souls
  2. All Judea is doing surrounding evangelism
  3. Samaria is extended evangelism in U.S.
  4. Uttermost part of the earth is foreign mission for souls
 
V.The conveying of the priority of evangelism- vs.9-11
a.They are standing and gazing rather than going
b.Two angels standing and watching them gazing up into heaven
c.Why you standing gazing up into heaven? When you have work to do
d.This same Jesus, the same way he is leaving, the same way he is coming back
  1. He left visibly
  2. He left bodily
  3. He left with all power in his hands

 
Jesus is coming back to reward some and to judge others
 
Will you be ready when he comes?