Mighty Rushing Wind
There is no doubt that the Holy Spirit was leading, but we cannot reduce how he led to a formula in which we simply plug in variables and pull out the answer.
When it comes to the voice of God, the Scriptures are in a class all by themselves. God is always speaking clearly and reliably there. Want to hear the Spirit? Open your Bible.
In every age, the church faces the danger of degrading itself from a movement to a place, from a conduit of God's mighty, rushing wind to a sacred place where we seek serene, spiritual moments; from a rescue station to a spiritual country club.
Jesus already had died for our breaking of the law. He absorbed the fire of God's wrath so that we could receive the fire of his life and power.
Every spiritual gift serves the larger purpose of getting the gospel to the ends of the earth. We have different roles, but the overall mission is the same: preach Jesus more effectively.
Luke seems to be trying to show us that the gospel goes forward the fastest when regular people, filled with the Spirit, carry the gospel with them "as they go."
British pastor and author Tim Chester says that evangelism is "doing normal life with gospel intentionality."