As I study through Acts and how the early followers of Christ shared the “good news” I am going to be using the blog to do a lot of thinking out loud (or on screen?) so the next thing I want to do is share each passage that I am looking at and give a rough outline of what I think it says. The goal of this is twofold: the first goal is to structure my thoughts more clearly so that I can look at them and compare them and make sense of them (hopefully) and the second goal is to get input from others on things that I may have missed or am not understanding properly so please feel free to interact with these posts.
Having said that I want to first look at two sections in Acts 1 that aren’t really so much examples of sharing the good news but I think are very important to the subject.
Acts 1:3 – After his suffering, he [Jesus] showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive.
Acts 1:21-22 – Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us [the apostles] the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.
It seems that in the first passage we see that it was important to Jesus that his followers know that he is REALLY alive. While he walked the earth before the ascension he apparently spent time giving many proofs that he was indeed alive. The second passage explains why the apostles wanted another to take Judas’ place: so that there would be another witness with them of the resurrection. Clearly the reality and truthfulness of the resurrection was important to both Jesus and his apostles. This I think will be seen to strongly influence the way in which the good news is shared throughout the book of Acts.