The Acts of the Spirit

Today we continue our look at ACTS – and I would like to begin this morning with a challenge question for you.  “We generally know the book we are discussing by its shorthand title: ACTS.  But what is its full title?”  The correct answer is – THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES.  Although - in all honesty - it’s kind of a misnomer – like in the case of the Prodigal Son, which might better be called the Loving Father or the Compassionate Father.  At best, ACTS records some acts of some apostles – concentrating on Peter in Jerusalem and Paul in the pagan world.  But perhaps a better title for this book would be: “THE ACTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,” because it is the Holy Spirit that is really the main actor.  St. Luke wants to show that every aspect of the early Church’s life was directed by the Spirit of Christ – EVERYTHING: its worship, its communal life and - above all - its mission.

Prayer: Almighty God, grant to Your Church Your Holy Spirit and the wisdom that comes down from above, that Your Word may not be bound but have free course and be preached to the joy and edifying of Christ’s holy people, that in steadfast faith we may serve You and, in the confession of Your name, abide onto the end; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.