This week’s lesson – You will be My Witnesses

“ ‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’ ” (Acts 1:8, NRSV).

The lesson this quarter focuses on the book of Acts. Just from the name, we can see that the narrative deals with things the apostles did after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension. When we read the book, we read about how the apostles behaved. The verb to act implies behavior, not thoughts or intentions or motivations. The word acts, as a plural noun, can describe the results of those actions. The book, then, focuses on deeds, not words.

“The gospel commission is the great missionary charter of Christ’s kingdom. The disciples were to work earnestly for souls. They were to go to the people with their message. Their every word and act was to fasten attention on Christ’s name, as possessing that vital power by which sinners may be saved. His name was to be their badge of distinction, the authority for their action, and the source of their success.” – Ellen G. White, From Trials to Triumph, p. 17