Farewell party

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This week’s sermon thoughts by Bro. Steven

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MATHEW 25:14-30

THEME: SERVANT-HOOD

Do you know your gift(s)?

How have you used your gift in God’s vineyard?

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We welcome you to join us at KNU English worship.

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First Sunday of every month, we have a Korean-English combined service at 11:30am.

We hope that the Lord blesses us with your presence.

KNU Daegu English Church- Study

Posted in Bible Studies, Daegu English Church, Uncategorized with tags , , on October 23, 2012 by KNU Daegu English Church

 “ACTS OF THE APOSTLES”

Chapter Ten

 

OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER

 

1) To study the conversion of Cornelius and his household, the first

   Gentiles to obey the gospel

 

2) To note the need for religious and devout people to be saved, despite

   their good works

 

3) To ascertain the purpose of the Holy Spirit falling upon the

   Gentiles, based on the context

 

SUMMARY

 

Up to this time, the gospel had been preached only to Jews (also

Samaritans, who shared a Jewish ancestry).  With the conversion of

Cornelius and his household, Gentiles were now granted repentance that

leads to eternal life.  Because the Law of Moses for generations had

forbid socializing with Gentiles, it took a series of miraculous events

to help Jewish Christians realize that they should no longer consider

those of other nations as common or unclean.

 

We are told about Cornelius, a Roman soldier in Caesaria who was

extremely religious.  His fervent prayers and charity to the poor,

though not saving him, were noticed by God.  In a vision, an angel of

God instructed him to send men for Peter who would tell him what he

needed to do (1-8).

 

As Cornelius’ men were on their way, Peter had a vision in which the

Lord told him to kill and eat unclean animals.  When he refused, Peter

was told what God has cleansed no one should call common or unclean.  As

Peter contemplated the vision, the Spirit told him that three men will

seek him with whom he should go without doubting.  The men arrived and

informed Peter about Cornelius. The next day, Peter and some brethren

from Joppa accompanied them back to Caesaria (9-23).

 

When he arrived, Peter found a waiting audience in home of Cornelius.

Cornelius fell down and worshipped at Peter’s feet, but was kindly

rebuked for doing so.  Peter then explained how he has learned not to

call any man common or unclean, and Cornelius related his vision and

charge to send for Peter.  Now that Peter was there, Cornelius along

with his family and friends were ready to hear the things Peter had been

commanded by God to say (24-33).

 

Perceiving that God was no respecter of persons, but now accepts people

from every nation who fear Him and works righteousness, Peter proclaimed

the gospel of Jesus Christ.  He summarized the ministry of Jesus in

Judea, His crucifixion, and His resurrection from the dead, who was seen

by witnesses who ate and drank with Him.  These same witnesses were

commanded by God to preach that Jesus was ordained to be the Judge of

the living and the dead.  Also, the prophets bore witness that those who

believed in Him would receive remission of sins (34-43).

 

As Peter was speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon those who heard the

word.  The Jewish brethren who had accompanied Peter were astonished,

because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles

as evidenced by their speaking in tongues.  Peter saw the clear

implication of these events, that Gentiles could also be baptized (cf.

Mk 16:15-16; Ac 2:38; 8:12,35-38).  Thus he commanded them to be

baptized in the name of the Lord (44-48).

 

OUTLINE

 

I. CORNELIUS SENDS FOR PETER (1-33)

 

   A. CORNELIUS AND HIS VISION (1-8)

      1. Cornelius introduced

         a. A certain man in Caesarea, centurion of the Italian Regiment

         b. A devout man who feared God with all his family

         c. Who gave alms generously and prayed always

      2. Cornelius’ vision

         a. About the ninth hour of the day he sees an angel of God

         b. Who tells him his prayers and alms have come up for a

            memorial before God

         c. He is told to send for Peter, who is lodging with Simon the

            tanner in Joppa

      3. Cornelius’ action

         a. Calls for two of his servants and a devout soldier

         b. Tells them what happened and sends them to Joppa

 

   B. PETER AND HIS VISION (9-23)

      1. Peter has a vision

         a. The next day Peter goes to the housetop to pray, about the

            sixth hour

         b. Hungry, he falls into trance while food was being prepared

         c. He sees a great sheet bound at the four corners

            1) Descending down to the earth

            2) With all kinds of animals, wild beasts, creeping things,

               and birds

         d. He is told to kill and eat

            1) He protests that he is never eaten anything common or

               unclean

            2) He is told “What God has cleansed you must not call

               common”

         e. This was done three times, and then it was taken back into

            heaven

      2. Peter summoned to Caesarea

         a. As he wondered what the vision meant, the men from Cornelius

            arrive

         b. The Spirit tells Peter to go with them, doubting nothing

         c. Peter hears their story about Cornelius, and provides them

            lodging

         d. The next day Peter leaves with them, accompanied by some

            brethren

 

   C. PETER MEETS CORNELIUS (24-33)

      1. Cornelius welcomes Peter

         a. Waiting for Peter with family and close friends

         b. Falling down at Peter’s feet, he is told to stand up

      2. Peter explains his presence

         a. It was unlawful for a Jew to keep company with those of

            another nation

         b. But God has shown him not to call any man common or unclean

         c. So he came without objection, and is ready to hear why they

            sent for him

      3. Cornelius recounts his vision

         a. Which occurred four days previously, while he fasted and

            prayed

         b. When he was visited by a man in bright clothing and told to

            send for Peter

         c. So they are all present to hear whatever God has commanded

            Peter to say

 

II. THE CONVERSION OF THE GENTILES (34-48)

 

   A. PETER’S SERMON (34-43)

      1. Introductory remarks

         a. He sees that God shows no partiality

         b. In every nation whoever fears God and works righteousness is

            accepted by Him

      2. The ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus

         a. God sent Jesus, Lord of all, to the children of Israel,

            preaching peace (as they know)

            1) Beginning from Galilee after the baptism of John

            2) Proclaiming throughout all Judea

         b. God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and power

            1) Who went about doing good

            2) Healing all who were oppressed by the devil

            3) Witnessed by Peter and those who came with him

         c. God raised Jesus from the dead

            1) Who was killed by hanging on the tree

            2) Raised the third day, and shown openly to witnesses

               chosen before by God

            3) Who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead

      3. Concluding remarks

         a. Peter and others were commanded to testify that Jesus was

            ordained to the Judge of the iving and the dead

         b. All the prophets witness to Jesus, that through His name

            whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins

 

   B. THE HOLY SPIRIT FALLS ON THE GENTILES (44-48)

      1. The Holy Spirit’s action

         a. He fell upon all those who heard the word

         b. Those of the circumcision who believed were astonished

            because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on

            the Gentiles also

         c. They heard them speak with tongues and magnify God

      2. Peter’s reaction

         a. Questions whether anyone can forbid water baptism for those

            who received the Spirit just like they have

         b. Commands them to be baptized in the name of the Lord

         c. Invited to stay a few days

 

Note(s):

We also discussed:

  1. How God spoke to the devout man who was a gentile through a vision.
  2. The accuracy of the information concerning Peter’s location in Joppa.
  3. Peter’s understanding deepened through vision and guidance of the Holy Spirit, which seemed contrary to what he had been taught thus far.

 

 

KNU Daegu English Church- Study

Posted in Bible Studies, Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 23, 2012 by KNU Daegu English Church

ACTS OF THE APOSTLES” 

                              Chapter Nine

OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER

1) To study the conversion of Saul, comparing Luke’s account in this

   chapter with Saul’s own words recorded later on in chapters 22 and 26

2) To note two miracles by Peter, and the affect they had on many people

   who heard about them

SUMMARY

Not content with persecuting Christians in Jerusalem, Saul received

permission from the high priest to seek out those of the Way in Damascus

and bring them bound to Jerusalem.  It was near Damascus that Saul was

blinded by a vision of the risen Jesus.  Told to go into Damascus for

further instructions, Saul was led blind into the city where he waited

for three days, neither eating nor drinking (1-9).

The Lord then appeared to a disciple named Ananias and sent him to

restore Saul’s sight and tell him what he would do as a chosen vessel

for Christ.  With his sight restored, Saul was baptized and resumed

eating.  For some days Saul remained in Damascus and began immediately

preaching in the synagogues that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God,

to the amazement of those who knew that he had come to the city to

arrest Christians (10-19).

After many days had passed (during which Saul apparently spent about 3

years in Arabia, cf. Ga 1:17-18), Saul barely escaped a plot to kill him

by the Jews in Damascus (cf. 2Co 11:32-33).  He went to Jerusalem where

after Barnabas spoke in his behalf he was accepted by the brethren.

Another plot by the Jews to kill Saul prompted the brethren to bring him

to Caesarea and send him on to Tarsus.  The churches in Judea, Galilee,

and Samaria then enjoyed peace and grew as they walked in the fear of

the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit (20-31).

Luke then records two miracles performed by Peter.  The first in Lydda,

where Peter healed Aeneas, a man paralyzed and bedridden for eight

years.  This led many in Lydda and Sharon to turn to the Lord.  In

nearby Joppa, a disciple named Tabitha (Dorcas) became sick and died.

Having heard that Peter was in Lydda, the disciples sent for him to come

without delay.  Peter raised Tabitha from the dead,  leading many people

in Joppa to believe on the Lord.  Peter then remained in Joppa for many

days, staying with Simon, a tanner (32-43).

OUTLINE

I. CONVERSION OF SAUL (1-31)

   A. THE APPEARANCE ON THE ROAD (1-9)

      1. Saul granted authority by the high priest

         a. While aggressive in persecuting disciples of the Lord

         b. With letters to the synagogues in Damascus

         c. To find those of “the Way” and bring them bound to Jerusalem

      2. The Lord’s appearance on the road to Damascus

         a. Approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven shone

            around him

         b. Falling to the ground, he hears a voice:  “Saul, Saul, why

            are you persecuting Me?”

         c. When he asks, “Who are you, Lord?”, he is told:

            1) “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”

            2) “It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”

         d. When asked what to, he is told:

            1) “Arise, go into the city.”

            2) “You will be told what you must do.”

         e. His companions stand speechless, hearing a voice but seeing

            no one

      3. Saul’s arrival in Damascus

         a. Getting up, he sees no one

         b. His companions lead him by the hand into the city

         c. There he waits for three days, without sight, neither eating

            or drinking

   B. THE ARRIVAL OF ANANIAS (9-19)

      1. The Lord appears in a vision to Ananias, a disciple in Damascus

         a. Instructed to go to house of Judas on the street called

            Straight

            1) Where Saul is praying and has seen a vision in which

               Ananias restores his sight

            2) Ananias is reluctant, knowing of Saul’s persecution of

               the saints

         b. Ananias is commanded to go, for Saul is a chosen vessel

            1) Who will bear the Lord’s name before Gentiles, kings, and

               the children of Israel

            2) Who will be shown how many things he must suffer for His

               name’s sake

      2. Ananias goes to Saul

         a. Laying hands on Saul as he explains his purpose in coming

            1) That Saul might receive his sight

            2) And be filled with the Holy Spirit

         b. Saul’s sight is immediately restored, and is baptized

         c. He resumes eating and spends some days with the disciples

   C. THE MINISTRY IN DAMASCUS (20-25)

      1. Saul immediately preaches Christ as the Son of God in the

         synagogues

         a. To the amazement of all who heard and knew his background

            1) How he destroyed those in Jerusalem who called on His

               name

            2) How he came to Damascus to bring them bound to the chief

               priests

         b. He increases in strength

            1) Confounding the Jews who dwelt in Damascus

            2) Proving that Jesus is the Christ

      2. Saul is forced to leave Damascus

         a. After many days, the Jews plot to kill him

         b. When the plot is revealed, they watch the gates day and

            night to kill him

         c. The disciples help Saul escape at night by letting him over

            a wall in a basket

   D. THE VISIT TO JERUSALEM (26-31)

      1. Saul joins himself to the disciples

         a. Though at first they were afraid and did not believe him

         b. Barnabas brought him to the apostles and told them:

            1) How he had seen the Lord on the road, who spoke to him

            2) Of his bold preaching in Damascus

         c. Saul is accepted and circulates freely among the disciples

            in Jerusalem

      2. Saul is forced to leave Jerusalem

         a. He speaks boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus

            1) Disputing against the Hellenists

            2) Who attempt to kill him

         b. The brethren learn of the attempt to kill Saul

            1) They bring him down to Caesarea

            2) They send him to Tarsus

II. MIRACLES OF PETER (32-43)

   A. THE HEALING OF AENEAS (32-35)

      1. Peter comes to the saints in Lydda

      2. He meets Aeneas, paralyzed and bedridden for eight years

      3. Peter tells him that Jesus Christ heals him, and he arose

         immediately

      4. All who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the

         Lord

   B. THE RAISING OF DORCAS (36-43)

      1. At Joppa, a certain disciple named Tabitha (Dorcas) dies

         a. A woman full of good works and charitable deeds

         b. Her body was washed and laid in an upper room

         c. Two men were sent to Peter in nearby Lydda

      2. Peter raises Dorcas from the dead

         a. He is brought to the upper room, where weeping widows showed

            garments by Dorcas

         b. Sending the widows out, Peter kneels down and prays

         c. Telling her “Tabitha, arise”, she opened her eyes and sat up

         d. Peter presents her alive to the saints and widows

         e. As it became known throughout Joppa, many believed on the

            Lord

      3. Peter remains in Joppa with Simon, a tanner

 

Note:  We also discussed:

  1. Even though Saul (Paul) was taught by the the honored and respected teacher of the Law(Gamaliel), and his genealogy  path was one to be desired; he was wrong about the essence of what the scripture taught (love & Christ). He was nevertheless zealous and diligent in what he thought was right. This is a lesson of how many can go wrong without the right relationship with God and the Holy Spirit. Further, we looked at the profound insight he had of truth and impact on what is known today as the New Testament. Paul did not consult with the apostles after being called by the Lord Himself, but He preached quickly and spent time in the desert of Arabia. The question was asked: What seminary was located in the desert? Other  questions asked were:

(1)     Was Saul among Jesus’ disciples that he could become an apostle?

(2)     What he selected before or after the ascension.

  1. The Lord working through a disciple (Ananias), the Holy Spirit, visions, with healing.
  2. The instructions convey what people are doing, what they should do. This all taking place before long distance communications or CCTV technology of today. We can have everything in Christ.
  3. We saw the seemly small but powerful work of Dorcas, and the effects on the brethren; thus not underestimating those things that each one of us can do in the Lord.
  4. God worked miracles among the apostles and many believed (purpose, effect).

KNU Daegu English Church- Study

Posted in Bible Studies, Daegu English Church, Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 23, 2012 by KNU Daegu English Church

“ACTS OF THE APOSTLES”

                                                          Chapter Eight

 

OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER

 

1) To note the spread of the gospel into Judea and Samaria, as foretold

   by Jesus (cf. Ac 1:8)

 

2) To review the conversions of the Samaritans and the Ethiopian eunuch

 

3) To examine the apostolic ministry of imparting the Spirit through the

   laying on of hands

 

SUMMARY

 

Following the martyrdom of Stephen, the church in Jerusalem was severely

persecuted.  Prominent in leading the persecution was young Saul, going

so far as to enter homes and dragging men and women off to prison (1-3).

 

This led to the dispersion of the church throughout Judea and Samaria,

though the apostles remained in Jerusalem.  Those who were scattered

went everywhere preaching the Word, including Philip (one of the seven

men selected to help needy widows, cf. 6:5).  Preaching Christ and

performing miracles, many Samaritans believed and were baptized,

including a sorcerer named Simon.  When the apostles heard that the

Samaritans had received the Word, they sent Peter and John to impart the

Spirit through the laying on of hands.  When Simon tried to buy the

ability to impart spiritual gifts, Peter strongly rebuked him and told

him to repent and pray for forgiveness.  Peter and John eventually made

their way back to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many villages of

the Samaritans (5-25).

 

Philip was then told by an angel to go along the road between Jerusalem

and Gaza where he saw a man reading in his chariot, who happened to be a

eunuch and treasurer of Queen Candace of Ethiopia.  Told by the Spirit

to overtake the chariot, Philip heard him reading from the prophet

Isaiah.  Invited to explain the passage in Isaiah (cf. Isa 53:7-8),

Philip proceeded to preach Jesus to him.  When they came to some water,

the eunuch requested to be baptized and Philip did so upon hearing his

confession of faith.  When they came up out of the water, the Spirit

caught Philip away and the eunuch resumed his journey with great joy.

Philip was later found at Azotus, and continued to preach in the cities

until he came to Caesarea (26-40).

 

OUTLINE

 

I. AFTERMATH OF STEPHEN’S DEATH (1-4)

 

   A. THE CHURCH PERSECUTED (1-3)

      1. Saul consents to Stephen’s death

      2. A great persecution arose against the church in Jerusalem

         a. Christians scattered throughout Judea and Samaria

         b. Except the apostles

      3. Stephen buried and lamented by devout men

      4. Saul makes havoc of the church, imprisoning men and women

 

   B. THE CHRISTIANS PREACHING (4)

      1. Those scattered abroad went everywhere

      2. Preaching the word

 

II. CONVERSION OF THE SAMARITANS (5-25)

 

   A. PHILIP AT SAMARIA (5-13)

      1. Preaches Christ to them

      2. Multitudes give heed to the word, seeing the miracles he did

         a. Casting out unclean spirits

         b. Healing the paralyzed and lame

         c. Creating great joy in the city

      3. Background on Simon the sorcerer

         a. Previously practiced sorcery, astonishing the people,

            claiming to be great

         b. To whom people gave heed, calling him “the great power of

            God”

      4. Many Samaritans converted

         a. Believed Philip preaching concerning the kingdom of God and

            the name of Jesus

         b. Were baptized, both men and women

      5. Simon also believes and is baptized

         a. Continued with Philip

         b. Amazed with the signs and miracles that were done

 

   B. PETER AND JOHN AT SAMARIA (14-25)

      1. Peter and John sent to Samaria

         a. By the apostles at Jerusalem

         b. Who heard the Samaritans received the word of God

      2. Peter and John impart the Holy Spirit

         a. Praying for the Samaritans, for they had only been baptized

            in the name of Jesus

         b. Laying hands on them, whereby they received the Holy Spirit

      3. Simon tries to buy the gift of imparting the Spirit

         a. He saw that it was imparted by the laying on of the

            apostles’ hands

         b. He offered Peter and John money for the same gift

         c. Peter strongly rebukes Simon

            1) For thinking the gift of God could be purchased with

               money

            2) He had no part in this matter, for his heart was not

               right in the sight of God

         d. Peter counsels Simon

            1) To repent and pray for forgiveness

            2) For he is poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity

            3) Simon pleads with Peter to pray for him

      4. Peter and John return to Jerusalem

         a. After testifying and preaching the word of the Lord

         b. After preaching the gospel in many of the villages of the

            Samaritans

 

III. CONVERSION OF THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH (26-40)

 

   A. PHILIP SENT TO THE EUNUCH (26-29)

      1. An angel of the Lord tells Philip to go south toward Gaza

      2. In a desert area he sees a man in a chariot

         a. A man of great authority

            1) A eunuch from Ethiopia

            2) In charge of the treasury of Candace, queen of Ethiopia

         b. A religious man

            1) Had traveled to Jerusalem to worship

            2) Reading from Isaiah on his return home

      3. The Spirit tells Philip to overtake the chariot

 

   B. PHILIP PREACHES JESUS TO THE EUNUCH (30-40)

      1. Philip approaches the eunuch

         a. Hears him reading from Isaiah – Isa 53:7-8

         b. Asks him if he understands what he is reading

         c. The eunuch desires help in understanding the subject of the

            passage

      2. Philip preaches to the Eunuch

         a. Beginning with that scripture, He preached Jesus to him

         b. Coming to some water, the eunuch requests baptism

         c. Baptism requires faith in Jesus, which the eunuch confesses

         d. Both go into the water, and Philip baptizes the eunuch

      3. Following the baptism

         a. The Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away so the eunuch saw

            him no more

         b. The eunuch went on his way rejoicing

         c. Philip was later found at Azotus, and preached in all the

            cities till he came to Caesarea

Note: We also considered:

a. Philip who is one of the seven deacons, was instructed by an angel of the Lord. He preached Jesus to the Ethiopian eunuch, guided and baptized him after the eunuch was moved and looked to a body of water.

b. We saw the importance of worship in the life of the eunuch, who travel over 2,500 km one way. The bible tells us the purpose of his travel was for worship. We happened to have several members in the congregation from Ethiopia, who helped us to understand the burdens of travel and circumstances of life that the traveler could face. Imagine the pace of a horse(s) with chariot for this distance. Think about the number of days of travel for worship. How far would you travel for collective worship?

 

KNU Daegu English Church Bible Studies

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“ACTS OF THE APOSTLES” 

Chapter Seven

 

OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER

1) To review Stephen’s defense to the charge of blasphemy against the   temple and the Law

2) To note the remarkable manner in which the first martyr for Christ  died

SUMMARY

The previous chapter ended with Stephen before the Sanhedrin council

facing accusations that he spoke blasphemy against the temple and the

Law (cf. 6:13-14).  Chapter seven contains Stephen’s defense to these

charges, and the account of his martyrdom.

Stephen responded by reviewing the call of Abraham and God’s promise to

him and the nation of Israel.  He then described how God used Moses to

deliver Israel from Egyptian bondage and led them for forty years

through the wilderness.  Yet Israel rebelled against Moses, through whom

God gave the Law.  Not only in the incident involving the golden calf,

but throughout their wilderness wanderings Israel continued to worship

false gods (cf. Am 5:25-27).  Turning to the matter of God’s dwelling

place, Stephen acknowledged the role of the tabernacle of Moses and the

temple of Solomon, but contended that God does not dwell in temples made

with hands (cf. Isa 66:1-2).  He concluded by charging the council of

resisting the Holy Spirit just like their ancestors, for as their

fathers persecuted and killed the prophets who foretold the coming of

the Just One (Christ), so they became His betrayers and murderers.

Indeed, they were the ones who have not kept the Law (1-53).

Cut to the heart, those in the council gnashed at Stephen with their

teeth.  Full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory

of God with Jesus standing at His right hand.  Upon telling the council

what he saw, in rage they cast him out of city and began stoning him.

The witnesses who brought the false charges laid their clothes at the

feet of a young man named Saul (later known as Paul, the apostle).  As

Stephen was stoned, he called upon Jesus to receive his spirit, and to

not charge his murderers with his death.   In this way Stephen became

the first martyr for Christ (54-60).

OUTLINE

I. STEPHEN’S DEFENSE (1-53)

   A. GOD’S DEALINGS WITH ABRAHAM (1-8)

      1. The call to leave Mesopotamia

      2. The sojourn in Canaan

      3. The promise of possession to his descendants

      4. The covenant of circumcision

      5. His descendants:  Isaac, Jacob, the twelve patriarchs

   B. THE PATRIARCHS SOJOURN IN EGYPT (9-16)

      1. Joseph sold into Egypt, becomes governor

      2. Jacob and his sons move to Egypt during the famine

      3. The patriarchs buried in Canaan

   C. GOD’S DELIVERANCE OF ISRAEL BY MOSES (17-36)

      1. The children Israel in Egypt become slaves

      2. The work of Moses, deliverer of Israel

         a. Raised by Pharaoh’s daughter

         b. Kills an Egyptian, but despised by his brethren

         c. Flees to Midian where he lives for forty years

         d. The Lord appears to Moses in a burning bush at Mount Sinai

         e. Returns to Egypt, delivers Israel and brings them into the

            wilderness

   D. ISRAEL’S REBELLION AGAINST GOD AND MOSES (37-43)

      1. Moses is the person:

         a. Who said God would raise up another prophet like him

         b. Who spoke to the Angel on Mount Sinai

         c. Who received living oracles to give to Israel

         d. Whom the fathers would not obey but rejected

      2. Israel is the nation:

         a. Who turned back into Egypt in their hearts

         b. Who pressured Aaron to make a golden calf

         c. Whom God gave up to worship the host of heaven for forty

            years in the wilderness

            1) They may have offered sacrifices to the Lord

            2) They also worshiped Moloch and Remphan – cf. Am 5:25-27

   E. GOD’S TRUE TABERNACLE (44-50)

      1. The fathers of Israel had the tabernacle of witness

         a. In the wilderness, built according to the pattern shown

            Moses

         b. Brought into the promised land by Joshua

      2. They also had the temple

         a. Asked for by David, who found favor before God

         b. Built by his son Solomon

      3. Yet the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands

         a. For heaven is His throne and earth is His footstool

         b. His hand has made all these things – cf. Isa 66:1-2

   F. ISRAEL’S RESISTANCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (51-53)

      1. Stephen charges the council of resisting the Holy Spirit, just

         as their fathers did

      2. Their fathers persecuted and killed the prophets, so they have

         killed the Just One

      3. They received the law, but did not keep it

II. STEPHEN’S DEATH (54-60)

   A. THE REACTION OF THE COUNCIL (54-58a)

      1. Cut to the heart, they gnashed at Stephen with their teeth

      2. Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven

         a. He saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right

            hand of God

         b. He tells the council what he saw

      3. In response, the council:

         a. Cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears

         c. Ran at him with one accord, and cast him out of the city

   B. THE STONING OF STEPHEN (58b-60)

      1. The witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of Saul

      2. They stoned Stephen as he was calling on God

         a. “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit”

         b. “Lord, do not charge them with this sin”

      3. Having said this, he fell asleep (i.e., died)

REVIEW QUESTIONS FOR THE CHAPTER

1) What are the main points of this chapter?

   – Stephen’s defense (1-53)

   – Stephen’s death (54-60)

2) When did God first appear to Abraham? (2)

   – In Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran

3) What did God tell Abraham to do? (3)

   – Leave his country and relatives, and go to a land that He would

     show him

4) Where did Abraham finally settle? (4)

   – Canaan (New Testament Palestine)

5) Who did God promise to give the land to?  When?  (5-7)

   – The descendants of Abraham

   – After they lived in a foreign land 400 years, following which God

     would judge that nation

6) What covenant did God give Abraham? (8)

   – The covenant of circumcision

7) What was the lineage of Abraham leading to the formation of the

   nation of Israel? (8)

   – Abraham begot Isaac

   – Isaac begot Jacob

   – Jacob begot twelve sons, who became the twelve patriarchs of Israel

8) What bad and good thing happened to Joseph? (9-10)

   – He was sold into Egypt by his brothers

   – Pharaoh made him governor over Egypt

9) What resulted in the rest of Jacob’s family moving to Egypt?   How

   many? (11-15)

   – A famine; 75 people

10) Where was Jacob and his sons eventually buried? (16)

   – Back in Canaan

11) Who eventually led Israel out of Egyptian bondage? (17-36)

   – Moses

12) Who did Moses tell the children of Israel would eventually come?

    (37)

   – A prophet like himself (cf. Deut 18:15)

13) What two examples does Stephen provide of Israel’s disobedience?

    (38-43)

   – Their worship of the golden calf at Mount Sinai

   – Their worship of Moloch and Remphan throughout their forty years in

     the wilderness

14) What two dwelling places did Israel have for God? (44-47)

   – The tabernacle built by Moses; the temple built by Solomon

15) Yet what did God say through the prophet Isaiah? (48-50)

   – The Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands

16) How did Stephen describe the religious leaders of the council? (51)

   – Stiff-necked and uncircumcised in hearts and ears

17) What did he accuse them of doing?  In what way?  (51-52)

   – Always resisting the Holy Spirit, just as their fathers did

   – By murdering the Just One (Jesus), as their fathers killed the

     prophets who foretold His coming

18) What final charge did Stephen accuse them of?  (53)

   – Receiving the law by the direction of angels, but not keeping it

19) How did those who heard this react? (54)

   – Cut to the heart, they gnashed at Stephen with their teeth

20) Filled with the Holy Spirit, what did Stephen see? (55-56)

   – The glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God

21) How did the council then act? (57-58)

   – Cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and cast Stephen

     out of the city

22) What did they then do?  At whose feet did the witnesses lay their

    garments? (58)

   –  They stoned Stephen; a young man named Saul

23) As Stephen was stoned to death, what two things did he pray? (59-60)

   – “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”; “Lord, do not charge them with

     this sin.”

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“ACTS OF THE APOSTLES” 

Chapter Six

 

OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER

 

1) To note how the church in Jerusalem handled their internal problems

 

2) To examine the process of selecting and appointing those who serve in

   the Lord’s church

 

3) To evaluate the charges that were brought against Stephen

 

SUMMARY

 

As the disciples in Jerusalem multiplied in number, it is not surprising

to read of problems increasing as well.  This chapter describes problems

from within and without the congregation.

 

Hellenists (Jewish Christians who adopted Grecian culture) complained

that the Hebrews (Jewish Christians who sought to preserve Jewish

culture) neglected their widows in the daily distribution (cf. 2:44-45;

4:34-35).  The apostles, desiring not to be distracted from their own

work, summon the disciples and charge them to select seven men whom the

apostles might appoint to take care of this responsibility.  Seven are

selected by the people and appointed by the apostles through prayer and

the laying on of hands.  With the problem solved, the word of God spread

and the number of disciples multiplied greatly, including the obedience

of many priests (1-6).

 

Stephen, one of the seven, began doing many wonders and signs.

Opposition arose from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen who

disputed with Stephen.  Unable to resist the Spirit and the wisdom of

which he spoke, they resorted to false witnesses to stir up the people,

elders, and scribes.  Brought before the council, Stephen was charged

with blasphemy against the temple and the law of Moses.  The chapter

ends with the council looking at Stephen, seeing his face as the face of

an angel (7-15).

 

OUTLINE

 

I. THE SELECTION OF THE SEVEN (1-7)

 

   A. THE PROBLEM (1)

      1. As the church grew, there arose a complaint

      2. The Hellenists were complaining against the Hebrews

      3. The Hellenistic widows were being neglected during the daily

         distribution

 

   B. THE SOLUTION (3-6)

      1. The twelve apostles summon the multitude of disciples

         a. It was not good that the apostles leave the word of God to

            serve tables

         b. The congregation should select seven men that the apostles

            might appoint

            1) Of good reputation

            2) Full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom

         c. So the apostles might give themselves to prayer and the word

            of God

      2. The multitude is pleased, and select seven men

         a. Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit

         b. Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a

            proselyte from Antioch

      3. The seven men are appointed by the apostles

         a. Having prayed

         b. Laying hands on them

 

   C. THE RESULT (7)

      1. The word of God spread, the number of the disciples multiplied

      2. Many of the priests were obedient to the faith

 

II. THE CHARGES AGAINST STEPHEN (8-15)

 

   A. HIS MINISTRY (8-10)

      1. Full of faith and power, he did great wonders and signs among

         the people

      2. Disputed with some from the Synagogue of the Freedmen

         a. Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia

         b. Who were unable to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which

            he spoke

 

   B. THE ACCUSATIONS (11-14)

      1. They secretly induced men to charge him with blasphemy against

         Moses and God

      2. They stirred up the people, the elders and the scribes

         a. To come and seize him

         b. To bring him to the (Sanhedrin) council

      3. They set up false witnesses who charged Stephen with blasphemy

         against:

         a. The holy place (temple):  “We have heard him say that this

            Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place”

         b. Against the law (of Moses) “…and change the customs which

            Moses delivered to us”

 

   C. HIS COMPOSURE (15)

      1. All who sat in the council looked steadfastly at him

      2. They saw his face as the face of an angel

 

REVIEW QUESTIONS FOR THE CHAPTER

 

1) What are the main points of this chapter?

   – The selection of the seven (1-7)

   – The charges against Stephen (8-15)

 

2) As the church in Jerusalem grew in number, who raised a complaint?

   Why? (1)

   – The Hellenists against the Hebrews

   – The Hellenistic widows were being neglected in the daily

     distribution

 

3) When the apostles summoned the disciples, what did they first say to

   them? (2)

   – “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve

     tables”

 

4) What proposal did the apostles offer? (3)

   – For the congregation to select seven whom the apostles could

     appoint over this business

 

5) What qualifications did the apostles lay down for the selection of

   the seven? (3)

   – Men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom

 

6) What would this enable the apostles to do? (4)

   – Give themselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the

     word

 

7) What were the names of the seven men who were selected?  What is

   unique about their names? (5)

   – Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, Nicholas

   – They are all Grecian (Hellenistic) names

 

8) How did the apostles appoint those whom the congregation selected?

   (6)

   – Through prayer and the laying on of hands

 

9) As the word of spread, what two things occurred? (7)

   – The number of the disciples multiplied greatly

   – A great many of the priests were obedient to the faith

 

10) What did Stephen, one of the seven, do among the people? (8)

   – Great signs and wonders

 

11) Who began to dispute with Stephen? (9)

   – Some from the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians,

     others from Cilicia and Asia)

 

12) What were they unable to do? (10)

   – Resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which Stephen spoke

 

13) What did they secretly induce men to say? (11)

   – “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God”

 

14) What did they stir up the people, elders, and scribes to do? (12)

   – To seize Stephen and bring him to the council

 

15) What did they set up false witnesses to say? (13-14)

   – “This man does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this

     holy place and the law”

   – “We have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy

     this place and change the customs which Moses delivered to us”

 

16) As those in the council looked at Stephen, what did they see? (15)

   – His face as the face of an angel

 

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“ACTS OF THE APOSTLES” 

Chapter Five

 

OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER

 

1) To examine the sin of Ananias and Sapphira in lying to the Holy

   Spirit

 

2) To note the amazing signs and wonders that were done by the apostles,

   in which all were healed

 

3) To consider the apostles’ response when government seeks to stifle

   the preaching of the gospel

 

SUMMARY

 

In contrast to the remarkable liberality in the church as described in

the previous chapter, we are now told of the example of Ananias and

Sapphira.  A husband and wife who sold a possession, they tried to

mislead the apostles that they were giving the entire proceeds.

Confronted one at a time by Peter and found guilty of lying against the

Holy Spirit, they both fall dead, bringing great fear upon all (1-11).

 

Highly esteemed among the people, the apostles continue doing many signs

and wonders among the people and in the temple (Solomon’s Porch).

Believers were added to the Lord in increasing numbers, who then brought

the sick out into the streets on beds and couches, that perhaps the

shadow of Peter might fall on some of them.  A multitude from the

surrounding cities brought those who were sick and tormented, and

everyone was healed (12-16).

 

Once again the high priest and those of Sadducees are filled with anger.

They have the apostles placed into custody.  During the night, an angel

of the Lord frees them and commands the apostles to continue to teach in

the temple.  In the morning when the council convenes, the prison is

found secure but empty.  When told that the apostles are teaching in the

temple, officers are sent to bring the apostles peacefully to the

council.  When the high priest charges them of disobeying the command

not to teach in the name of Jesus (cf. 4:18), the apostles reply “We

ought to obey God rather than man.”  They further proclaim that God

raised Jesus (whom the council had murdered) and has exalted Him to be

Prince and Savior who offers repentance to Israel and forgiveness of

sins.  To this the apostles claim to be witnesses, along with the Holy

Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him (17-32).

 

Infuriated, the council plots to kill the apostles.  However, one in the

council, a Pharisee and highly respected teacher of the law by the name

of Gamaliel (cf. 22:3), advises the council to leave the apostles alone.

Based upon the history of other “movements” that had failed, Gamaliel

reasons that if the apostles were doing the work of men, it would come

to naught.  But if it was the work of God, the council could do nothing

to stop it and would only be fighting against God.  The council is

willing to heed his advice, though the apostles are beaten and charged

not to speak in the name of Jesus before being released.  The apostles

leave the council rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer

shame in the name of Jesus, and continue right on teaching and preaching

Jesus as the Christ every day in the temple and in every house (33-42).

 

OUTLINE

 

I. ANANIAS AND SAPPHIRA (1-11)

 

   A. THEIR PLOT TO DECEIVE (1-2)

      1. They sold a possession, but kept back part of the proceeds

      2. Ananias brings a part to the apostles, Sapphira aware of his

         intention to deceive

 

   B. THE DEATH OF ANANIAS (3-6)

      1. Peter challenges Ananias

         a. Why has he allowed Satan to enter his heart to lie to the

            Holy Spirit?

            1) The land was his to use

            2) The money was his to control

         b. He has not lied to men, but to God!

      2. Ananias drops dead

         a. Upon hearing the words of Peter

         b. Creating great fear on those who heard

         c. Carried out by young men and buried

 

   C. THE DEATH OF SAPPHIRA (7-11)

      1. Peter confronts Sapphira

         a. She enters three hours later, unaware

         b. Did she sell the land for a certain amount?  Yes, she

            answers

         c. Why did she agree with her husband to the test the Spirit?

         d. Those who buried her husband are ready to carry her out

      2. Sapphira falls dead

         a. Immediately at the feet of Peter

         b. Carried out by young men and buried by her husband

         c. Creating great fear upon all the church and all who heard

 

II. THE POWER OF THE APOSTLES (12-16)

 

   A. WITH ONE ACCORD IN SOLOMON’S PORCH (12-13)

      1. Many signs and wonders were done by the apostles among the

         people

      2. While none dared join them, they were esteemed highly

 

   B. HEALING ALL WHO BROUGHT TO THEM (14-16)

      1. Believers were increasingly added to the Lord

      2. They brought the sick out on the street

         a. Laying them on beds and couches

         b. That at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on

            them

      3. A multitude gathered from the cities surrounding Jerusalem

         a. Bringing the sick and those tormented by unclean spirits

         b. They were all healed

 

III. THE PERSECUTION OF THE APOSTLES (17-42)

 

   A. IMPRISONED, THEN FREED (17-21a)

      1. The apostles put into the common prison

         a. By the high priest and those of the sect of the Sadducees

         b. For they were filled with indignation

      2. The apostles freed by an angel of the Lord

         a. Who came at night, opened the prison doors, and brought them

            out

         b. Who charged them to return to the temple and speak the words

            of life

         c. Which they did, entering the temple in the early morning

 

   B. BEFORE THE COUNCIL (21b-33)

      1. The council calls for the apostles to be brought from the

         prison

         a. The officers are unable to do so, for the apostles are not

            there!

         b. Despite the secure doors, and guards standing outside

      2. The council has the apostles brought from the temple

         a. The council is informed that the apostles are teaching the

            temple

         b. The apostles are brought to the council peacefully, for fear

            of the people

      3. The high priest challenges the apostles

         a. Were they not strictly commanded to teach in Jesus’ name?

         b. You have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, intending to

            bring this Man’s blood on us!

      4. Peter and the apostles respond

         a. We ought to obey God rather than man

         b. God has raised Jesus, whom you murdered

         c. God has exalted Jesus to His right hand

            1) To be Prince and Savior

            2) To give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins

         d. We are witnesses to these things

            1) And so is the Holy Spirit

            2) Whom God has given to those who obey Him

      5. The council’s immediate reaction

         a. They were furious

         b. They plotted to kill the apostles

 

   C. THE ADVICE OF GAMALIEL (34-39)

      1. Gamaliel stands up in the council

         a. A Pharisee, a teacher of the law

         b. Held in respect by all the people

         c. Who commands the apostles be put outside for awhile

      2. Gamaliel cautions the council

         a. To be careful what they do with the apostles

         b. Remember what happened to Theudas

            1) A man claiming to be someone, joined by 400 men

            2) He was slain, and those who obeyed him came to nothing

         c. Remember what happened to Judas of Galilee in the days of

            the census

            1) He drew away many people after him

            2) He also perished, and those who obeyed him dispersed

         d. His advice regarding the apostles:  leave them alone

            1) If their work is of men, it will come to nothing

            2) If it is of God, it cannot be overthrown and you will be

               fighting against God

 

   D. THE APOSTLES’ RELEASED (40-42)

      1. The council’s decision

         a. They agree with Gamaliel to let the apostles go

         b. But first beat them and command them not to speak in the

            name of Jesus

      2. The apostles’ reaction

         a. They depart rejoicing they were counted worthy to suffer

            shame for His name

         b. They continued to teach and preach Jesus daily in the temple

            and in every house

 

REVIEW QUESTIONS FOR THE CHAPTER

 

1) What are the main points of this chapter?

   – Ananias and Sapphira (1-11)

   – The power of the apostles (12-16)

   – The persecution of the apostles (17-42)

 

2) Who is introduced as having sold a possession? (1)

   – Ananias and Sapphira, husband and wife

 

3) What did the husband do?  Was the wife aware of it? (2)

   – He kept back part of the proceeds and brought a part to the

     apostles; yes, she was

 

4) What did Peter charge the husband of doing?  In what way? (3)

   – Lying to the Holy Spirit

   – By keeping back part of the price (but implying he was giving all

     of it)

 

5) Who did Peter say he had lied to? (4)

   – Not to men but to God

 

6) What happened when the man heard this?  What was the reaction of

   those who heard? (5)

   – He fell down and breathed his last; great fear come upon all who

     heard

 

7) How long before the wife came in?  Was she aware of what happened?

   (7)

   – Three hours; no

 

8) Did she attempt to mislead Peter also? (8)

   – Yes

 

9) What did Peter charge her with being guilty of doing? (9)

   – Agreeing with her husband to test the Spirit of the Lord

 

10) What then happened?  What was the reaction upon those who heard?

    (10-11)

   – She fell dead, and was buried by her husband; great fear came upon

     them

 

11) What was being done by the apostles? (12)

   – Many signs and wonders among the people

 

12) How did the people regard the apostles? (13)

   – None dared join them, but did esteem them highly

 

13) Did this hinder the growth of the church? (14)

   – No, believers were being increasingly added to the Lord

 

14) What did the believers do?  Why? (15)

   – They brought the sick out into the street on beds and couches

   – That the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on them

 

15) Who else were bringing sick people? (16)

   – A multitude from the surrounding cities

 

16) Of those sick and tormented brought to the apostles, who were

    healed? (16)

   – They were all healed

 

17) Who was filled with indignation and had the apostles put into

    custody? (17-18)

   – The high priest and those of the sect of the Sadducees

 

18) Who freed the apostles during the night?  What were they told to do?

    (19-20)

   – An angel of the Lord; to go to the temple and speak to the people

     all the words of this life

 

19) What was discovered when the apostles were sent for from prison?

    (21-23)

   – The prison was secure with the guards standing outside, but no one

     was inside

 

20) When told that the apostles were teaching in the temple, what did

    the council do? (24-26)

   – Sent the officers to bring the apostles without violence, for they

     feared the people

 

21) What three charges did the high priest make against the apostles?

    (27-28)

   – Did we not command you not teach in this name?

   – You have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine

   – You intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!

 

22) What was the initial response of Peter and the apostles to these

    charges? (29)                                                            

   – We ought to obey God rather than man

 

23) What else did the apostles proclaim on this occasion? (30-32)

   – God raised up Jesus whom they murdered by hanging on a tree

   – God exalted Him to His right hand to be Prince and Savior

   – To give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins

   – We are witnesses to these things, as is the Holy Spirit whom God

     has given to those who obey Him

 

24) What was the council’s initial reaction?  What were they planning to

    do? (33)

   – They were furious; they plotted to kill the apostles

 

25) Who in the council stood up?  Who was he?  What did he command? (34)

   – A Pharisee named Gamaliel

   – A teacher of the law held in respect by all the people

   – That the apostles be put outside for a while

 

26) What were his initial words to the council? (35)

   – Take heed what you intend to do regarding these men

 

27) What two examples does he give of ‘failed movements’? (36-37)

   – Theudas and his followers who came to nothing when he died

   – Judas of Galilee and those who followed him, who were dispersed

     when he died

 

28) What counsel does Gamaliel then offer?  Why? (38-39)

   – Keep away from the apostles and leave them alone

   – If their work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of

     God, they will be fighting against God and cannot overthrow it

 

29) What was the council’s response to Gamaliel?  Yet what did they

    still do? (40)

   – They agreed with him

   – They beat the apostles, commanded them not to speak in the name of

     Jesus, then let them go

 

30) How did the apostles’ respond as they left the council? (41)

   – Rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for the

     name of Jesus

 

31) What did the apostles continue to do?  Where? (42)

   – Teach and preach Jesus as the Christ; daily in the temple, and in

     every house