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What now?. Acts 1:12-26. The book of Acts. The Gospel Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John The Apostle Paul’s letters . The book of Acts. The book of Acts connects the two collections It is the sequel to first collection NB it is the second volume of Luke’s account

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What now

What now?

Acts 1:12-26


The book of acts
The book of Acts

  • The Gospel

    • Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John

  • The Apostle

    • Paul’s letters


The book of acts1
The book of Acts

  • The book of Acts connects the two collections

    • It is the sequel to first collection

      • NB it is the second volume of Luke’s account

    • It provides the background and context of the second


The book of acts2
The book of Acts

  • Acts and the Marcionite heresy

    • Marcion’s teaching (mid-second century)

      • Christ was the revealer of a new religion unrelated to Israel and the Hebrew scripture

      • Paul was the only true apostle, all others were false apostles (corrupted by Judaism)

      • Luke’s gospel (edited) and 10 of Paul’s letters (edited) were accepted as scripture


The book of acts3
The book of Acts

  • Acts and the Marcionite heresy

    • Acts undermined Marcion’s claims

      • It demonstrated Paul’s legitimacy as an apostle

      • But it likewise demonstrated the legitimacy of the other apostles

      • Even the title adopted by the early church (acts of the apostles)emphasized this


How normative is narrative
How normative is narrative?

  • The mere fact that something is recorded does not make it normative

  • There is a difference between descriptive and prescriptive

    • Some texts merely record what happened

    • Some texts record what should happen


How normative is narrative1
How normative is narrative?

  • Something may be recorded without being an ongoing expectation or requirement

    • The disciples were instructed to remain in Jerusalem (Acts 1:4)

    • They regularly participated in temple and synagogue activities (e.g. 3:1; 5:12; 9:20; cf. 10:14)

    • The Jerusalem church ‘held everything in common’ (4:32)


How normative is narrative2
How normative is narrative?

  • Yet some things are normative

    • Prayer

    • Evangelism

    • Gathering together

    • Ministering to one another


How normative is narrative3
How normative is narrative?

  • How do we know which is which?

    • Are the activities mandated elsewhere?

    • Is there additional teaching on the issue?


The selection of a leader
The selection of a leader

  • It was necessary to replace Judas (1:21)

    • The use of δει

  • The decision was ultimately made by casting lots (1:26)

  • Is this a normative practice?


The selection of a leader1
The selection of a leader

  • NB the steps of the process

    • The set of criteria (1:21-23)

      • The candidate had to have been with them from the beginning

      • The candidate had to be able to serve as a witness of the resurrection


The selection of a leader2
The selection of a leader

  • NB the steps of the process

    • They selected two candidates (1:23)

    • They prayed (1:24)

      • They recognized their limitations re knowing the heart of each man (cf. 1 Samuel 16:6-7)


The selection of a leader3
The selection of a leader

  • NB the steps of the process

    • They cast lots (1:26; cf., e.g., Lev 16:8; Joshua 18:6-10; Nehemiah 11:1)

      • Proverbs 16:33-”The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD”

    • This was the final step


The selection of a leader4
The selection of a leader

  • NB the timing of the episode

    • This took place prior to the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost


What now1
What now?

  • Recognize the need

  • Recognize our limitations

  • Rely on the Holy Spirit


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