Observation Example - Acts 1:8

I lost the final version of my Acts 1:8 paper, but luckily I still had a paper copy of my first draft. So here are 50 observations on a single passage. Can you see the kinds of things that are "facts and information"? If you hover your mouse over any Bible passage, it will show that passage.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. - Acts 1:8

1.       "But " implies that this sentence is in disagreement with the previous one.
2.       The audience is described in Acts 1:2, “to the apostles he had chosen”.
3.       From verses 6 and 7, we understand that Jesus is the one speaking in verse 8.
4.       "You" is the object of the sentence, and refers to the apostles
5.       "Will receive" is a future tense verb, and implies that the apostles have not yet received the Holy Spirit
6.       "Power" is the object that ''you'', the audience, "will receive"
7.       "When" modifies the time of the reception of power
8.       "The Holy Spirit" is a proper noun
9.       "Comes" is the verb

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  1. thanks you helped me out alot in my class!

  2. My pleasure, Traci! Glad I could help :)

  3. So glad I found your blog. I'm using Grasping God's Word in my personal Bible Study, not for a class and needed somewhere to turn for a little help. Thanks!!

  4. My pleasure, @RxDrMom! If you run into any other difficulties, let me know. I'd be more than happy to help you out.

  5. Thanks this is similar to what I did in bible college last semester. I have a question how does one do this on the sermon on the mount tho? I am trying to grasp what Jesus is conveying.Thanks dude.

  6. @Wind-Sage - The sermon on the mount is tough to understand, no doubt about it. This is an example of the first step of biblical interpretation. You are just trying to observe what the text is saying. So you have to try to distance yourself from what it means. But you can't stop there. Observation is just the first step. Afterwards you need to start talking with some people you respect and doing some reading about the meaning. The Sermon on the Mount has a lot of theological implications. It will be worth the time you invest in it.

  7. Great work. You will never know how much this helped me in my Christian Education Class, at Native American Bible College Shannon, N.C.

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    1. I'm glad this helped you. Let me know if there are any other parts of that class that I can help you with. :D

  9. Thanks so much you just "jump started" my thought process. God bless you for sharing.


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