Acts of the Apostles, Lesson 7

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By KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

In chapters 8 and 9 we see the contrast of inner and outer conflicts in the early church. The persecution of the church ramps up, and Saul of Tarsus is seen as a major figure in this reign of terror against Christians. Stephen had been executed, and fear drove many out of Jerusalem. However, God used this evil to deploy believers throughout the world to spread the Gospel. Continue reading

Acts of the Apostles, Lesson 5

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By KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

As we pick up the storyline of Acts, Chapter 6 presents a conflict in the infant church. It involved the care of widows. There were two groups of Jewish Christians in the church. The Hebraic Jews were from Palestine and spoke Hebrew and Aramaic. The Greek Jews had come from Gentile countries and spoke Greek. Scripture tells us that the Hebraic widows had been taken care of by the church, but the Greek widows were being neglected. The apostles’ solution was to appoint deacons for this mercy ministry, and interestingly enough they appointed all with Greek names. We see the beginning of the Presbyterian Church government. To read more about how the PCA government works today, here is a link to the Book of Church Order. These men were ordained in the local church with congregational approval. The qualifications for this position were they must be of good reputation, full of the Spirit, and full of wisdom. Then, as well as today, this ministry was taken very seriously.

In this chapter, we meet Stephen, who was one of the men chosen by the church to oversee the equitable distribution of food to the needy widows. “And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people. (Acts 6:8)”.

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Acts of the Apostles, Lesson 4

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By KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

In Acts 4 and 5 we see exciting times in the infant church. Their numbers were growing, but so was opposition to the Jerusalem Church. Peter and John had been bold in front of the Sanhedrin and this had a vital effect on the church. Members of the church shared what they had with each other, focusing on caring for the local church.

Barnabas enters the picture and would become a familiar figure in the early church. We are given a contrast between Barnabas and Ananias and his wife Sapphira. You can read in chapter 5 the story of this couple’s deceit and their subsequent punishment from God. There is a lesson here for us, we need to take God seriously, he is not to be trifled with. Continue reading

Acts of the Apostles, Lesson 3

By KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

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Acts 3:1-4:22.

We had a few verses left in Acts 2 that we needed to finish up from last week. We saw how the church  “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers”(Act 2:42) .  “The church became their life. This was not merely a one-day-a-week activity. This was a whole new way of living. Their entire lives were changed. They had a new purpose in life.” [1]

We finished up chapter 2 and jumped into chapter 3, where we see a wonderful miracle occur. Peter and John approach the temple and are stopped by a lame beggar asking for money. Yet, they give him a gift far greater….he is healed. A man who has never walked in his life, and he begins leaping in the air, praising God, and the people are astonished. And what do the apostles say to them? “It wasn’t us!” Peter tells them it is from the power of the One that the Jews disowned and put to death.

Peter, this man made bold by the Holy Spirit, tells them that this is the One who Moses and the other prophets foretold would come to speak God’s words to them. In fact, would bring salvation to God’s people. And how are Peter and John rewarded for this wonderful healing? Continue reading

Acts of the Apostles, Lesson 2

4By KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

Tuesday we managed to get through most of Acts 2. This chapter is so full of history, theology, application, and remarkable events, that is was difficult to work through it in one lesson. As we saw, an event took place that changed the disciples and gave them power and wisdom to move forward in the founding of the Church.

On the day of Pentecost, 50 days after Passover, the Holy Spirit came to dwell in man, indeed in all believers, as Jesus promised, and was prophesied in Jeremiah 31:33.

 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Those present heard the sound of wind and saw fire over the heads of the believers. Everyone who was a believer was filled with the Holy Spirit. It did not take a special act of consecration. Luke suggests that the only thing that can be said of the disciples themselves is that they were there! This infilling was of God’s initiative rather than on some effort of holiness on the part of the disciples. All believers today have the Holy Spirit.

“You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. “Rom_8:9

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Acts of the Apostles, Lesson 1

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BY KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

The bible is our only remaining source of the revelation of God.  Reading the bible is listening to God speak to us.  John MacArthur has a great article on “How to Enjoy Bible Study”. I have linked it here for you.

Each week I will have notes, lessons with questions and detailed chapter outlines in the right sidebar under the Acts topic. You can print out these resources, and read a summary of our lessons here each week. Continue reading

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Reminder: Our ladies fall/spring bible studies begin Tuesday morning September 12th at 10 a m and Wednesday evening after the church supper.  

If you are attending our Ladies Study, Standing in the True Grace of God, please have lesson 1 completed when you come to class.

For the Acts study, you will receive folders on Tuesday. Bring your bibles and pens or pencils for note taking.