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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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