*There was devotion to teaching, fellowship, giving and prayers.
*The Lord added daily to those who were being saved.
*The word was spoken with boldness.
*God was obeyed rather than men.
*Former persecutors of Christ (Saul) become proclaimers of Christ.
Unexplainable simply means that which cannot be explained. It begins with a life that walks by the power of the Holy Spirit. I want that power to be evident in my life. Do you? Then join me in this series based on what I will be learning in the new bible study An Unexplainable Life: Recovering the Wonder and Devotion of the Early Church by Erica Wiggenhorn.
I am generally skeptical of new bible study authors but thus far I am enjoying and being challenged by Erica’s teaching. She is leading us through the first twelve chapters of Acts. I have completed week one in the sample book I received as part of the book launch team. I am anxiously awaiting my whole copy to begin work on week two.
Some highlights for me as I studied the first week on Acts 1:9-14-
Theophilus means “loved by God” or “friend of God.” Since he was addressed by Luke as “most excellent” he was most likely one of high authority in the Roman world.
The Greek word for “power” in verse 9 is dunamis. It is where we get the word dynamite. It is also the same word used to describe the power of God in raising Christ from the dead. We have access to that same power through the Holy Spirit living inside us!
Christ gives us the power to overcome self-to put an end to our selfish ambitions and desires and to serve one another in love. Jesus is trying to explain to them (the disciples) that through the gift of the Holy Spirit they will accomplish this, but they are still wrapped up in their own agendas.
I wrote in the margin:
Please Lord!! Help me to overcome self!!
This expository (verse by verse) study consists of five days of lessons. Erica expounds on scripture with scripture which I am also a big fan of. She concludes each lesson with questions to reflect upon in our own lives.
Next time the week’s lesson is Unexplainable Change.
I received this book from Moody Publishers as part of the book launch team.