STUDIES IN ACTS
3. MATTHIAS - a man with a lot
1. Again, notice how the historical basis of the Christian
faith is emphasised by Luke. Matthias had to be a witness of the
ministry and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. How important is it to
believe in the literal resurrection of Jesus? Consider 1 Cor.15:1-11.
2. Were the apostles right in casting lots for this selection?
The method is used in the Old Testament (e.g., Lev.16:8-10; Num.26:55),
but it is only found here in the New Testament. Some scholars argue
that after the advent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2) the Lord gave clear
directives through prophets and gifts of the Spirit. So, was the choice
of Matthias premature? Consider Acts 13:1-4.
3. Did the 120 make the right choice? Some hold, as Matthias
is not mentioned again, that a wrong decision was made – Paul being the
Lord's choice. But we cannot argue from silence. The activities of
other apostles are not featured in the Acts. Further 'the Twelve'
(which includes Matthias) are recognised after Pentecost (Acts 6:2).
F.F.Bruce argues that Paul was bigger that this office. In his opinion
a Jerusalem-centred ministry would have restricted his calling.
1. Luke teaches that church decisions should be made
prayerfully and in the light of the Word of God.
2. Should a whole congregation be involved in church
3. Share experiences of the Lord speaking through the
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