Having noticed from the statements both Peter and Paul made—beginning and end of Acts—that Acts is about the restoration of Israel, we will continue by focusing on how the apostles prepared themselves—after Jesus' departure—to carry on His mission. Once Jesus ascended into the heavens, they returned to Jerusalem. There they began with fervent, continual prayer and climaxed in replacing their fallen, disgraced companion with a new "twelfth man," Matthias.
Apparent contradictions regarding Judas' demise will be resolved. The purpose and qualifiactions of apostleship will be established. The nature and heart of a prayer-hearing God will be displayed. And, consistent with the overall intent of God, the quality of life God has called us into in Jesus will be laid out.
Chapter 1 begins with the apostles' final preparations before they began their work. They had to complete the apostleship. They had to find their "Twelfth Man!" Without chapter 1 there could be no readiness for the awesome, world-changing events of chapter 2!