Highlights from Acts: Session 1
Key theme: The Dance of the Holy Spirit
Throughout our study of Acts, we will talk about all three Persons of the Trinity, but the work of the Holy Spirit will be our focus. As many others have said, this book of the Bible should really be called the Acts of the Holy Spirit….because it is the work of the Holy Spirit in and through the Apostles.
The relationship between the Father, Son and Spirit was described by the early church as an eternal ‘holy dance’. They are distinct Persons, yet not separate. Three, yet One. It is the deepest intimacy possible — oneness — and Jesus calls us into the Great Dance of the Trinity. In Christ, we have been brought into the Great Dance of the Trinity.
Jesus is at work through His Spirit to gather a people together, to grow us in understanding of God’s character and work, and to send us out into the world as a blessing and as a call to others. Jesus describes that work in His final words to the disciples:
Acts 1:4-5 says, And while staying with them, [Jesus] ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.
The Promise of God the Father, accomplished and proclaimed through God the Son, and applied to our hearts by God the Holy Spirit.
It is because of what Jesus has done …. not because of anything that we have done … it is because of what Jesus has done that God welcomes us into fellowship…. and the Holy Spirit works throughout this entire process — first to prepare our hearts to believe that Jesus is who He says He is and then to fill us with the power to persist in that faith, to understand the holy scriptures, and to be transformed by the renewing of our minds and hearts as He works in us by that same power that raised Jesus from the dead.
Good News indeed!