Acts 1 Lesson

How To Determine Right From Wrong

INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK OF ACTS

The book of Acts can be divided into two sections:

  1. Peter’s works in the first twelve chapters,
  2. Paul’s works in chapters thirteen through twenty-eight.    

It was written by Luke, who was a physician that also wrote the Gospel of Luke. Acts is a fascinating look into the lives of the early Christians that were closest to Jesus. Luke’s writings show us how these early Christians allowed the Holy Spirit to lead them and work in their lives. As we read Acts, we should think about how the Spirit can help us to glorify God and serve others.

HOW WE RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT

According to the Book of Acts, there are two things that must be done to receive the Holy Spirit:

  1. Repent,
  2. Be baptized.

  • “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” - Acts 2:38.

Having the Holy Spirit with us is a big deal! The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. Together, with the Bible and the Holy Spirit, we have everything that we need to navigate a course through life that leads to Heaven.

There is a special relationship between the Bible and the Holy Spirit.  The Bible tells us what God’s will is and the Holy Spirit lets us feel it.   They are always in agreement because they both originate from the same source, God.

John wrote about the Holy Spirit in his first epistle:

  • “By this, you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist.” – 1 John 4:2.

HOW TO DETERMINE RIGHT FROM WRONG

How do we determine what is right and what is wrong? How should we?

In society, people determine right from wrong in several ways.   Some rely on their parents to teach them. Others rely on their school systems or their own feelings.   The important question that Christians need to be able to answer is how do we determine right from wrong?

There are only two answers to this question that are correct:

  1. The Bible,
  2. The Holy Spirit.

Between the Bible and the Holy Spirit, we have everything that we need to determine right from wrong.  Our job is to study the Bible and then apply what we learn.

TRUSTING GOD’S PLAN  

Jeremiah 29:11 says:

  • “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

In this scripture, the prophet, Jeremiah, tells us that God has a plan for us, and that good things will happen if we follow it.   There is no safer place in the world to be than in the good grace of God.  

The problem for us is that there are competing voices in the world that tell us to prioritize different things. As Christians, we need to simplify our thought processes and make sure that we are being driven by what the Bible teaches, and what the Holy Spirit allows us to feel.  

CONCLUSION

According toPsychology Today,the average person makes approximately 35,000 decisions every day! Some of those decisions are practical ones, such as what time we should eat, or what clothes we want to wear.  But other decisions are much more important because they have to do with morality and doing the right thing.

As we navigate through our day, we need to make sure that we are making good decisions. Not according to what the world thinks, but more importantly, in God’s eyes. If we are going to please God, we need to understand His will and How He thinks.

Fortunately, we have been blessed with God's Word that allows us to hear directly from God what He wants us to do.  And in those rare cases where we cannot find the correct scripture to apply to a given situation, we have the Holy Spirit to help us.

We will end today’s lesson with the following two scriptures that emphasize the importance of trusting in God’s plan:

  1. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.   In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” - Proverbs 3:5-6,
  2. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart triumphs, and with my song I shall thank Him.” -  Psalm 28:7.

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