ESL for Acts 1:1-8

1.  In Acts 1:1-8 below, search for the ten vocabulary words listed in #2.

Acts 1:1-8  1In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.” “For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”  

6Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”  

7He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8But 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.”®

2.  Read Acts 1:1-8 in your native language. Then play this quick matching game. Time yourself. Can you do it in two minutes?

_____ 1.  Former                                 A. One who tells what he/she saw or experienced

_____ 2.  Apostle                                B. To bring back to a good condition

_____ 3.  Suffering                             C. Pain

_____ 4.  Convincing                          D. Amount of time

_____ 5.  Proof                                   E. Previous, before the present one

_____ 6.  Period                                  F. Once while something was happening

_____ 7.  On one occasion                  G. Right and power to control or direct

_____ 8.  Restore                                H. Strong enough to persuade

_____ 9.  Authority                            I.  A follower who passes on the teachings to others

_____ 10. Witness                              J.  Something that shows data to be true

(Answers are at the end.)


3. Copy this tic, tac, toe game and play it with a friend (or even by yourself to test your memory). Instead of using X or O, write the vocabulary word in the square that matches the meaning. Cover the list above, and write the words from memory. Three in a row wins the game, but even one mistake makes the other person win.








bring back to good condition









amount of time



Shows a fact to be true








A follower who passes on the teaching



One time

4. Try to use the new words to fill in the blanks without looking at #2 above.

a. Jesus’ ______________ on the cross was in payment for our sins.

b. When Jesus returns to earth, he will _____________ God’s rule over the world.

c. Christians should be ______________ of how Jesus has changed their lives and answered their prayers.

d. Act’s author wrote about Jesus’ life in his ___________ volume, called Luke.

e. The _____________ who saw Jesus alive after his death carried his teachings to many lands.

f. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is ____________ that Christianity is true.

g. Jesus appeared to his apostles for forty days in order to give them _____________ reasons to believe in him.

h. On ________  _____________, Jesus told the apostles to wait in Jerusalem for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

i. Only God has the _______________ to decide when the Kingdom of God will be set up on earth.

j.  Jesus appeared to many different people during a forty-day _______________.

(Answers are at the end.)

 Now for a little grammar – Hooray! (Aren’t you a little excited?)

Two troublesome verbs: rise and raise.

1. Rise means “to go up,” and it is not followed by an object. Examples of things that rise: the sun, hot air, balloons, the temperature.  Can you think of two more things that rise?  __________ and ____________.  The past tense of rise is rose. The past participle is risen.

Example sentence: Tom has risen at 6 a.m. every day for two months.

2. Raise means “to lift up,” and it is followed by an object.  Examples of things we raise: our hands, a window, a flag.  Raised is both the past tense form and the past participle.

Example sentence: The student raised her hand to answer the question.

3. In our lesson, we can use both words to tell about Jesus’ resurrection. Use the past tense.

a. Jesus ________ from the dead. (The verb does not have an object.)

b. God the Father ___________ Jesus from the dead. (The verb has an object.)

Answers for the Matching Game: 1-E, 2-I, 3-C, 4-H, 5-J, 6-D, 7-F, 8-B, 9-G, 10-A   If you matched the words correctly within two minutes, you are a Super-Duper Whiz at vocabulary!

Answers for the fill-in-the-blank exercise: a.) suffering  b.) restore  c.) witnesses  d.) former  e.) apostles  f.) proof  g.) convincing  h.) one occasion  i.) authority  j.) period

 Want to know about Acts 1? Click here or on the top tab titled Explorations in Acts.

Scripture quotations marked (NIV®) are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV® Copyright © 1973,1978,1984,2011 by Bilica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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