Responses to Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

  1. How did people respond to Jesus’ death?

^   Witnesses expressed despair and gave up hope in Jesus as the Messiah.

^   The Centurion proclaimed, “surely He was the Son of God!”

^   Pilate was surprised He had actually died.  The chief’s priests asked for guards to seal the tomb.


  1. How did people respond to the empty tomb?

^   Guards and women were afraid, shook, frozen with shock.

^   Women ran away from the tomb; Mary returned to the tomb and cried.

^   Guards reported to priests and elders; elders bribed guards to say disciples stole Jesus’ body.

^   Apostles disbelieved the women and went home; Peter ran to tomb, saw linens, wondered.

^   Disciples were confused and hid behind locked doors in fear of the Jews.


  1. How did people respond to Jesus’ Resurrection?

^   Mary Magdalene and disciples recognized Jesus and told Apostles.

^   Apostles did not believe Mary nor two walking disciples.

^   When Christ appeared, the apostles thought they saw a ghost.

^   After proof, apostles were overjoyed; Thomas said, My Lord and My God!

^   At ascension, the apostles worshipped Him, but some doubted.


Disciples Go to Jerusalem to Await the Promised Power (Acts 1)

  1. Acts 1:4—Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift ...
  2. Acts 1:9—He was taken up before their very eyes.
  3. Acts 1:12, 14—They returned to Jerusalem; joined constantly in prayer.


Believers Are to Spread the Gospel

  1. Acts 1:8—…in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.


Be A Witness

  1. Do we need to have sermons prepared for when we recognize opportunities to share our faith? (Acts 1:8)
  2. What is a witness?  A witness is a person who has seen or knows something, and is therefore competent to give evidence concerning it.  We must study the Word, in order to witness.
  3. Is a witness expected to perform with a slick, well-rehearsed speech? (Proverbs 12:17)


Your Friends

  1. How are we to systematically make disciples of all nations? (Acts 1:8)
  2. What is our world? Where is our Jerusalem? (Luke 5:27-32)
  3. How should we consider the relationships we have with people who are non-believers? (Esther 4:14)
  4. How do we respond to our calling as God’s way for our friends to hear His saving message? (Acts 4:20)


In Jerusalem (Acts 2-7)

  1. The church was affected three key ways in Jerusalem

^   The fellowship was empowered (tongues, boldness, wisdom, forgiveness, healing)

                                                               i.      Acts 2:1-4—Day of Pentecost ... tongues of fire ... spoke in other tongues

                                                             ii.      Acts 2:5-8—Jews from around the world heard in their own languages

                                                            iii.      Acts 4:18-20—told not to teach of Jesus ... we cannot help speaking ...

                                                           iv.      Acts 4:31—they were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word boldly

                                                             v.      Acts 5:28-29—Peter replied, "We must obey God rather than men!"

                                                           vi.      Acts 4:13—Sanhedrin astonished that Peter & John were unschooled

                                                          vii.      Acts 6:9-10—Jews could not stand against the wisdom of Stephen

                                                        viii.      Acts 2:37-39—"Repent and be baptized, receive forgiveness & the Spirit"

                                                           ix.      Acts 4:12—Salvation is found in no one else

                                                             x.      Acts 2:43—miraculous signs by apostles

                                                           xi.      Acts 3:7, 16—Peter healed crippled beggar; Faith in Jesus gave healing

                                                          xii.      Acts 5:15-16—People brought sick so Peter's shadow might heal them


^   The fellowship increased in number.

                                                               i.      Acts 1:15—a group numbering about 120 (note 12x10)

                                                             ii.      Acts 2:41—... about 3000 were added that day (Pentecost)

                                                            iii.      Acts 2:47b—The Lord added to their number daily

                                                           iv.      Acts 4:4—... grew to about 5000

                                                             v.      Acts 5:12-14—No one else dared join them ... more and more were added

                                                           vi.      Acts 6:7—I number increased rapidly, including a large number of priests


^   The fellowship was unified and dispersed by persecution

                                                               i.      Acts 2:46—Met every day in temple, Broke bread in homes

                                                             ii.      Acts 2:44-45—Everything in common, Sold possessions and gave as needed

                                                            iii.      Acts 4:32, 34-35—One in heart & mind, shared everything, sold land

                                                           iv.      Acts 5:17-18—Sadducees arrested and jailed the apostles

                                                             v.      Acts 5:33-34, 38-40—Sanhedrin wanted to kill them ... they had them flogged

                                                           vi.      Acts 7:54-58—Stephen is stoned ... Saul watches

                                                          vii.      Acts 8:1-3—A great persecution broke out ... Saul went house to house


In Judea and Samaria (Acts 8-12)

^   Witness is carried to Samaritans

                                                               i.      Acts 8:1—All except apostles were scattered thru-out Judea & Samaria

                                                             ii.      Acts 8:4—Those who had been scattered preached where they went

                                                            iii.      Acts 8:5-6, 12—Philip preached in a city in Samaria; they were baptized

                                                           iv.      Acts 8:14-17—Peter & John came, prayed & laid hands; they rec'd Spirit


^   Message is brought to the Gentiles

                                                               i.      Acts 8:26-27, 34-38—Philip witnesses to Ethiopian & baptizes him

                                                             ii.      Acts 9:10-15—God tells Ananias that Saul is to take message to Gentiles

                                                            iii.      Acts 9:19b-20—Saul preaches in Damascus (Syria)

                                                           iv.      Acts 10:1-2, 27-29a—Peter accepts invitation to visit Cornelius (Italian)

                                                             v.      Acts 10:34-35, 44, 48—God accepts all men who fear him, Peter baptized them

                                                           vi.      Acts 11:2-3, 18—Apostles objected, then praised God for including Gentiles

                                                          vii.      Acts 11:19-21—Some went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks

                                                        viii.      Acts 11:25-26—Barnabas & Saul built first Christian church at Antioch


To The Ends of The Earth (Acts 13-28)

^   Christ's message is proclaimed to the whole world

                                                               i.      Acts 13:44-49—"Since you reject it, we turn to the Gentiles." Word spread

                                                             ii.      Acts 22:21—"I send you far away to the Gentiles."


^   Christ was more than man, spokesman, teacher, example, miracle worker...

                                                               i.      Acts 2:22-24—Jesus did miracles ... God raised him

^   "Christ The Lord" - Christ is King!

                                                               i.      Acts 2:33-36—right hand of God ... made both Lord and Christ