Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 1

I was recently charged with the responsibility of holding a discussion class on the book of Acts over a twelve week period. Some of my readers have asked if I could share the class as an on-line discussion because they could not make it out to the Wednesday night talk backs. I have never tried such a thing before; But I figure, what’s to be lost by giving it the old college heave-ho? So let’s all have a discussion on the book of Acts shall we?

1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.5 For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”

6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:1-8 NIV

Some quick notes as we begin:

The Book of Acts is addressed to Theophilus which basically translates “God lover” or  “Friend of God”. He could have been a real person or maybe the book is simply addressed to any person who loves God.

The Book is officially entitled The Acts of the Apostles, but it is important to note  the chief actor in the book is the Holy Spirit through the apostles.

The author of this book is traditionally accepted as Luke the physician who accompanied the apostle Paul on his missionary journey. This is the testimony of the early church fathers: Eusebius, Clement, Origen, Irenaeus, and Tertullian. Further both the Gospel of Luke and Acts are addressed to Theophilus seeming to make them two parts of a whole.

The book is dated to around 63 A.D. and covers the span of time from around 33- 63 A.D. when Paul was imprisoned in Rome. Neither Paul’s death (65 A.D.) or the fall of Jerusalem (70 A.D.) are mentioned.

Here is my first question for discussion:

Acts 1:1-8 mentions that Jesus taught many things after his resurrection. We see some of these teachings in Acts 1:1-8/ John 20:19-21:23/ Luke 24:13-49/ Mark 16:9-20/ Ma 28:16-18

Create a list of  things you see Jesus teaching post resurrection. If you could only sit in on one of these teaching which would you choose? Why?

I will give you a few days to ponder this first question before I post the next. I look forward to our discussion. 🙂

17 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 1

  1. I am so glad you are giving it the “old college heave-ho” as you put it. Looking forward to our discussion as well. See you, in a couple of days.

  2. The teachings I see post resurrection are forgiveness, faith, to spread the Good News, knowledge from the scriptures, and in His authority/name you will perform miracles heal the sick and cast out demons. The one I would like to sit in on would be when Jesus was explaining the scriptures to his disciples. To have the scriptures explained first hand from Jesus means that I would really know how he intended for me to interpret/understand his word. I have to add that with each moment of hearing him speak my heart would be jumping for joy that my Messiah lives!

      • There are so many but if I could only pick one subject I think I would want to hear Jesus explain faith. I know my faith increases with testimonies from the Saints. I can just imagine the enthusiasm in Jesus’ voice as He explains faith to me. My faith-o- meter would be off the charts.

      • You are right this would be an interesting and I think eye opening topic to hear Jesus discuss in person. I think many would be surprised by his teaching. I wonder if he would speak on overcoming fear as part of walking in faith or if he would focus more on ignoring fear and just standing on the promises. What do you think?

  3. >> “If you could only sit in on one of these teaching which would you choose? Why?”
    I guess that would be on His emphasis on the need to spread His Word: to preach the Gospel.
    Why? There is no doubt that we are all called to the ministry of reconciliation. We are all called to be His witnesses in various ways, including actually telling others.

    Would it make any difference if I had been able to “sit in” on His teaching? I don’t believe it SHOULD. The truth of His Word should be sufficient. The REALITY of His undertaking as we share should be enough . . . but the thought of seeing Him and listening to His actual voice, and maybe even discussing with Him is appealing – (hey! I can do that now!) – but I’m sure it would have had an impact.

    You make me think!

    • I am glad I could make you think! You have challenged me with your words many times so I thinkm this is only fair! Thank you for your answer. I think being able to sit and ask questions of the Savior face to face would have been so powerful particularly in the area of evangelism. He was pretty clear about what the outcome of evangelism would be and to be able to ask him how to maintain strength in the midst and to hear him answer in audible words would be so powerful!

  4. So difficult to choose just one teaching..Everything has such power in it. I guess I would have to say it was Jesus’s final appearance and His commission to them. I love it when He says I am sending you what MY Father Promised. The promise of power from on high which the world cannot understand because it is supernatural. Thank you Jesus!!

    • I love that one too Lee! I love to hear sermons on the Holy Spirit preached by the great preachers of time. I can only imagine hearing a sermon preached by the One who sent the Holy Spirit and understood everything about Him,!

  5. Even though I am very late to this discussion as God has led me to it today – I would like to say that I like how Jesus addressed those who were doubting him as he knew even his own disciples were wrestling with doubt despite having lived and walked so closely with him. I wish I could attend your bible studies! 🙂

    • Thanks for this input. I generally only get to teach one class a year at my church because of my other ministry obligations and so I choose a book or a chapter and do a 13 week session on it. House on Fire was a great study and last year I did Ferocious. I am probably going to do God’s First Five Again soon. And this time around I will probably put the notes on line. Keep an eye out and you can follow along.

      • yes, now that God has led me to your blog – I am not going to forget it any time soon! 🙂

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