Sunday, June 17, 2018

Study Questions on Acts Ch 1 from 6/17

My Sunday school class/Life Group is studying the book of Acts. Every Monday, I’ll post the questions we discussed the day before. I encourage you to jot your thoughts down.

On Wednesdays, I’ll post some of the comments from the class discussion.

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Chapter 1
Where did the ascension take place?

What is a "Sabbath Day's walk"?

What is significant about the men listed in v13?

How did they spend their time in the upper room? Why?

Who else was present?

What is Peter talking about in v16?

In Shakespearean plays, v18-19 would be called an aside. Why is this gory detail included here?

We got this far this week. 
Peter quotes from two Psalms in v20. Look at the context of these verses. What does Peter do by putting them together?

Peter proposes an election. What are the candidate qualifications? How do these qualifications provide evidence that Jesus was followed by more than "the 12 disciples"?

Who gets nominated? How many others were qualified for "election"?

How do they determine the winner? Do you ever hear of him again?

As we go through this study, keep this incident in mind. Compile evidence you discover that indicates this "winner" might not have been God's first choice for the position? If not, who was?
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Expressions of Faith. Acts Ch 2. Pentecost

1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
Acts 2:1-4, 41
3. Pentecost
Tongues of fire.

·   The Holy Spirit arrived on Pentecost—it was not the first visit.
·   Phrases like “the Spirit of the Lord came upon him” are sprinkled—sparingly—throughout the Old Testament. Each Old Testament visit was specific for a time, place, task, and person.

·   This time in this place to these people, the task begins. Thousands of people of at least fourteen nationalities repent of their sins and are saved on the day the Holy Spirit arrives.

·   Read about Othniel (Judges 3:10), Gideon (Judges 6:34) or Samson (Judges 14:6,19; 15:14). They were filled with the Holy Spirit. They did something significant.

·   Once for each filling.

·   Based on the Old Testament model, the Holy Spirit should have returned to God’s presence after verse 4, and Peter and the others should have faded into the fabric of Jewish history. But …
·   This time, thanks to Christ’s symbolic tearing of the Veil of the Temple on the day he died, the Holy Spirit is always present in the world.

What a glorious, magnificent, 
undeserved resource!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Timeless Truths. The Miracle Tree – Fruit of the Spirit. #2 JOY

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:19-23

#2 Joy
Fruit means nothing if it stays on the tree. It must be taken and used.

“Joy is the nature of God in my blood no matter what.” Oswald Chambers

Joy comes from remaining in Jesus. If joy is lacking, evaluate your relationship with Jesus!

4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 
John 15:4-5

Bad attitudes steal your joy.

Moving your focus to your circumstances, your pain, or your unmet expectations drains the joy from your heart and soul.

The Christian life is one of
ever-increasing joy!

LIFE AND JOY go hand in hand.
Mary and Martha rejoiced at the return of Lazarus from the dead.

Women run from Jesus empty tomb filled with joy.

“Good News of great joy” accompanied Jesus birth.

PEACE AND JOY go together.
Joy is ushered in with peace.
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
Isaiah 52:12
Peacemakers find joy.
Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.
Proverbs 12:20

Joy and hope spring forth together as your life is made new through Jesus.
17 But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way. 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?
I Thessalonians 2:17-19

Children are fine examples of
Life, Peace, Hope, and Joy!

Look back at Isaiah 55:12a.
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace

We are to share our joy with the world.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.”
Isaiah 55:1
Replace thorns with flowers (Fruit of The Spirit) and change the world

Special thanks to Dr. Scott Peterson for the primary teachings in this blog post.

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