Extraordinary Power           Acts 

When I was a young surfer I grew up watching Michael Peterson surf Burleigh and Kirra Points on the Gold Coast. MP seemed to be on turbo all the time. He had speed and power in his turns beyond what others were doing at the time. Gary Elkerton similarly I had never seen power turns like that before. In different lineups and any different times it has seemed, there have been surfers whose abilities rose above that of others. This came from a mix of natural freakish ability with discipline and practice. The book of acts is almost the opposite of that it is the story of ordinary fishermen chosen by Jesus who seemingly transform the world. It is through God’s power, not their ability and it is through his generous gift, not their discipline and practice.

Acts is the second part of Lukes’s writings both addressed to Theopolis.

Lukes great aim is to set out the commission of Jesus in Acts 1:8 But 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.

Luke puts flesh on it and indeed Acts breaks naturally into 3 sections

Acts 1:9 – 8:3 The witness to Jerusalem.

Acts 8:4 – 12: 25 The witness to Judea and Sumaria

Acts 13;1 – 28:31 The witness to the ends of the earth…

Acts show how the seemingly ordinary men that Jesus chose are transformed by power from on high or from above through the Holy Spirit and ho after this act they proceed to change the world.

It is the historical record of how a religious movement that started in a little corner of Palestine that reaches Rome and impacts the world.

A good summary is given in Acts 17:6 These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also,

Throughout Acts, there are reporting statements so Theopolis and we can see the dynamic growth of the church. After the Jerusalem church is birthed and at Peters preaching.

Acts6:7 And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith. 

As Christianity spreads through Palestine & Sumaria via Stephens Martyrdom and Pauls’s conversion.

Acts 9:31 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied. 

At the growth of the church in Antioch and the Gentiles are accepted by Peter.

Acts 12: 24 But the word of God increased and multiplied. 

The church extends into Asia Minor and the Galatian preaching tour

Acts 16:5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.

Expansion into Europe and Paul preaches in the great Gentile cities of Corinth & Ephesus

Acts 19:19-20 And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily. 

Paul arrives in Rome and is imprisoned but given the freedom to preach.

Acts 28:30-31   He lived there two whole years at his own expense and welcomed all who came to him, 31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance. 

The great lesson of Acts is that…  ‘the life of Jesus goes on through his church’…

“An inquirer from Hinduism came to an Indian Bishop. All unaided he had read the New Testament, and the story had fascinated him and Christ had laid his spell upon him. “Then he read on… and felt he had entered into a new world. In the gospels, it was Jesus, His works, and His suffering. In the Acts… what the disciples did and thought had taken the place that Christ had occupied. The Church continued where Jesus had left off at his death. ‘Therefore’, said this man to me, ‘ I must belong to the Church that carries on the life of Christ.’ ”     Dr. John Foster.

When people look at you and your church do they see religious tradition or the life of Jesus carried on through his people?

With the power of God within us, we need never fear the powers around us.– Woodrow Kroll

Many Christians estimate difficulty in the light of their own resources, and thus they attempt very little and they always fail. All giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His power and presence to be with them.  – Hudson Taylor

“Let your life reflect the faith you have in God. Fear nothing and pray about everything. Be strong, trust God’s word, and trust the process.”  ― Germany Kent

“The mystery of grace is the power of God.”  ― Lailah Gifty Akita

“The mystery of grace is the power of God.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita