The Early Church Ascension and Pentecost. Prayer of the Week Reinhold Niebuhr: “ Serenity Prayer”. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.
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God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next.
What is “the first book” referred to in Acts 1? Who wrote it? And who is “Theophilus”?
- The first book is the gospel according to Luke, who is also the author of Acts
What does Jesus direct the disciples to do during His “forty days” of appearances? How do we know when to celebrate the Ascension? What does Jesus say will happen after his departure?
List some “ascensions” in religious history.
How can we understand the Ascension?
Perhaps as… (it is a “mystery”)
What was the Pentecost originally?
How did the Holy Spirit become manifest on the Pentecost? Significance compared with Babel?
How is the Pentecost a “reverse”of tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9)?
To whom did the disciples preach on the Pentecost?
What is the central issue of the so-called “Council of Jerusalem”? What does it reveal about unity of early Christians? Whose position seems to be accepted, and what is that position?
“Council” of Jerusalem