Category Archives: Acts Course

What “Missions” Is And How Central The Local Church Should Be To It

Unit 2: Issue 2 – Project 1

What “Missions” Are

“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

– Acts 1:8

When the Great Commission was given by Jesus to the apostles it was the first instance in the book of Acts where they had received direction from God.  He said to wait on the Holy Spirit to empower you, and then witness all the way to the ends of the earth.  This command was not only given to the apostles, but handed down from generation to generation, even to us.  This command has lasted centuries and needs to continue being the focus of each and every Christian journey.  We all have something to contribute to the advancement of the Kingdom of God which resides inside of us.  Some are good at drawing a crowd, some at developing meaningful relationships; some at directing and leading, some at serving and protecting.  The gospel is at the core of missions and drives us to live missionally.  But living missionally in our own back yard isn’t enough.  Missions abroad, expansion, whether long distances or short, were vital to the growth and expansion of the first century church.  They also continue to be today, where the doors on one church close, the doors on another must open.  Where the gospel is unheard of, it needs to be taught and proclaimed. Read the rest of this entry

The Authority of Local Churches over Missions

Unit 4: Issue 2 – Project 1

The Authority Local Churches Should Posses in Local Missions

The Great Commission has been given.  We (as Christians) are to go and make disciples of all nations; without partiality or judgment.  Our mission is simple, to share the good news with all who will listen, to genuinely love people into the kingdom of God.  This means that we don’t just fill up a seat on Sunday, but that we actually live out that command.  Jesus said that the greatest two commandments in the Old Testament were to “love the Lord your God with all of your heart mind, and soul and with all of your strength” and to “love your neighbor as yourself”.  What better way to fulfill both of those commandments than to fulfill the Great Commission?  By loving God we gain a heart for people.  That is because God love’s His creation and as we draw nearer to Him, our desires are slowly changed and His are integrated in with ours, ultimately replacing our own.  If He loves us, it would make sense that we would start to develop a love for people in general and want to share with them this good news that has changed our hearts and minds so much for the better!  This is why it is important that we not just fill up a seat every Sunday, but that we actually receive the message spoken to us, hopefully full of mission and vision to go and make disciples. Read the rest of this entry

A Historical Account of the Unfolding of the Great Commission Through the Book of Acts

Unit 2: Issue 1 – Project 1

The Giving of the Great Commission

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 Read the rest of this entry

How Today’s Church Should Use the Principles and Patterns in Acts

Unit 1: Project 1

How to Interpret Acts

The key to fully understanding anything in life is the approach taken.  If we don’t learn in a given way that we learn best with, than the result will most likely be a lack of complete understanding.  Likewise, the key to soundly understanding scripture is the way you interpret it insomuch as your approach to understanding the scripture of interest in its full context.  Interpretation is the key, also, to understanding and utilizing any principles and/or patterns in the book of Acts.  Without a sound understanding of the full context in which any given principle or pattern is documented in the book of Acts, it is likely that these things would be improperly interpreted and implemented into present-day church practice; whether it be principle (theology) or pattern (ministry). Read the rest of this entry