ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
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YEAR: AD 33
* Acts is the fifth book of the New Testament. It follows the four accounts of the life of Christ -Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Every book of the New Testament was a letter personally written by one of the Apostles.
* The full name for Acts is "Acts of the Apostles." It starts with the ascension of Jesus to heaven, and the origin of the church ten days later. The rest of the book tells how congregations were set up and how people became Christians in the first century.
CHAPTER 1 - Pages 1055 - 1056
VERSE 1-2 Acts was written by the same man who had previously written a life of Jesus to Theo-philis. The four accounts of Jesus' life were named after their author - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Luke's life of Jesus was written to Theo-philus. Therefore, who was the author of the Acts? ________________ (By the way, a letter written to the Colossian Christians in Turkey, Colossians 4:14 on pg. 1145, says this author was a physician.)
VERSE 3 A letter written to the church in Corinth, Greece, much later, states Jesus appeared to over 500 people after he came back to life (1 Corinthians 15:3-8, pg. 1116). For how many days after Jesus came back to life did he show himself to people before returning to heaven? __________
VERSE 2-5 To whom did Jesus say they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit in a few days? ________________________
VERSE 6-7 When the Apostles asked Jesus when he would restore the kingdom, he said it was not for them to know the _________________ and __________________ God has settled on.
VERSE 2,8 To whom did Jesus say they would receive power from the Holy Spirit? _________________________________
VERSE 8 Jesus predicted that within their lifetime, they would preach to the ends of the ______________. (We will see later how the two - power of Holy Spirit and radius of their ministry - are connected.)
VERSE 9-11 After saying this, Jesus started rising up into the sky. Those who saw him do this were who? ___________ of ______________. (Galilee was one of about five provinces in Palestine at that time. All the Apostles were from Galilee except Judas Is-Cariot (Joshua 15:25, pg. 221, says Kerioth was in Judah to the south) and he was now dead (See Matthew 26:14 & 27:5, pg. 962)
b. How will Jesus return some day? _________________________________ A letter written to the church in Thessalonica, Turkey, (1 Thessalonians 4:17, pg. 1148) says Christians will meet Jesus where? _______________ _____________________________________
VS. 12-13 This same group of men returned to Jerusalem to a room they were apparently renting. Compare the list of men here with the list in Matthew 10:2-4, pg. 942, the first book of the New Testament. As a group these men were called the _____________________.
VS. 14 Who joined them in that room? ___________________, __________________, and his _________________. What were the names of Jesus' brothers (see Matthew 13:55-56, pg. 948)? ____________________________________ ______________________________________
b. Before Jesus' crucifixion, had his brothers believed he was the Son of God? (See John 7:5, pg. 1035) _________
VS. 15-20 Jesus was crucified during Passover Week (John 19:14, pg. 1051), and came back to life at the end of that week. Pentecost means the 50th day after Passover. It was after the 40 days Jesus showed himself (verse 3) and during the next ten days that the Apostles waited for the Holy Spirit to come. It was during those ten days before the Day of Pentecost that Peter stood among a group of ____________ (how many) and said who among the Apostles should be replaced? _________________
VS. 21-22 The qualifications to be an Apostle were that this person must have been with "us" the ____________________ time from John [the Baptist's] __________________ until Jesus was __________________________________________.
VS. 23-26 Who was chosen to take Judas' place as an Apostle? __________________________________________________
CHAPTER 2 - Pages 934 - 935
VERSE 1 Then, on another day, what day arrived? ____________________________________________________________
VERSE 1 Who did "they" refer to as being all together in one place?
Verse 7: ___________________ from ____________________
Verse 14: ___________________ and the Eleven
Verse 15: These _____________________
Verse 37: Peter and the ___________________ _____________________________
VERSE 2 What sound did "they" hear? _____________________________________________________________________
VERSE 3 What did "they" see? ____________________________________________________________________________
VERSE 4 When "they" were filled with the _____________________ _________________, they began to speak in _____________________ _____________________. (These were known languages, not unknown.)
VERSE 5-8 Who was speaking so everyone could hear in their own language (verse 7)? ___________ from _______________
VS. 9-12 How many countries were represented by the crowd who heard them speak? _______
1. Parthia (Iraq) ] First Language
2. Media (Iran) ] Second Language
3. Elam (Iran) ] "
4. Mesopotamia (Syria) ] Third Language
5. Judea (Palestine) ] Fourth Language
7. Pontus (North Turkey) ] Fifth Language
8. Asia (West Turkey) ] Sixth Language
6. Cappadocia (East Turkey) ] Seventh Language
9. Phrygia (South East Turkey) ] "
10. Pamphylia (South Central Turkey) ] "
11. Egypt (Egypt) ] Eighth Language
12. Cyrene (North Africa) ] Ninth Language
13. Rome (Italy) ] Tenth Language
14. Crete (Greece) ] Eleventh Language
15. Arabia (Arabia) ] Twelfth Language
b. It believed, the native tongues of some of these countries were alike since they were so close to each other. In that case, how many different languages would have been spoken on that day by the Twelve Apostles? ____________
VS. 14-15 In that case, all twelve spoke to the crowd, which far exceeded the _________ who were saved that day (see verse 41). However, whose sermon is recorded? _______________________
THE FIRST SERMON OF THE CHURCH
VS. 16-17 The last days or latter days started when? _____________ ______ ______________________________________.
VS. 18-20 About 830 B.C. the prophet Joel, predicted that in the latter days miracles would be performed as evidence that the glorious ______________ of the _____________ had arrived.
VS. 22 Jesus was authenticated or proven to be telling the truth by the __________________, ____________________, and _____________________ God did through him.
VS. 23 Peter who denied even knowing Jesus during his trial, now put his own life on the line by accusing the crowd of what? ____________________
VS. 24 What man does, God can undo. So, God did what for Jesus? ______________________________________________________________ _____________________________
VS. 25-28 About 1500 years earlier, King David predicted that God's Holy One would not be abandoned to the ____________________________ or see ____________________________.
VS. 29-36 Peter explained David had predicting the resurrection of the _________________ (which means the anointed high priest, the crowned king).
VS. 36 Since the Christ is a title, who did Peter say the Christ was (see also 32)? ______________________________________ and ____________________________
VS. 37 Realizing they had murdered the Son of God, many in the crowd were ________________________ to the heart and begged Peter and the other Apostles, "What ____________ we do?"
VS. 38 Peter replied, "______________________ and be _______________________________, ______________________________ of you for the _____________ of your ___________________. Then you will _________ _________________the ____________ of the ______________________ ____________________."
VS. 39 Peter said this command and gift apply to everyone who heard him that day "and for _________ ______________, and all who are __________________ __________________." Since he was referring to generations, who do you think are the people who are far off? ______________________________________
VS. 40-41 What did those who accepted the message do that same day? ___________________________________________
b. How many were there who did so? ______________________
c. Since the sermon began at 9:00 AM (verse 15), and assuming the sermon ended at 10:00 AM and dark arrived about 6:00 PM, that would give _______ hours to baptize everyone. With 12 Apostles and 3000 people, each Apostle would have to baptize _________ each hour, or one every two minutes. (This doesn't count meal breaks.)
d. Although just an opinion, do you believe those baptized earlier in the day might have helped baptize people after them? _________________ In that case, would they have required someone who was "ordained" in order to make their baptism valid? ______________
VS. 42 Since the New Testament was not written yet, what did the first Christians rely on to know if they were in the will of God (see verse 42)? _______________________________
A note of interest: The word "devoted" in verse 42 is from a Greek word meaning "addicted."
VS. 43 Did everyone who became saved perform miracles? _______ Who performed them? ______________________
VS. 44-45 So much love developed among the believers, the first Christians, that many sold their ________________ so they could give to those in __________________.
VS. 46 Compare breaking bread in verse 42 with breaking bread in verse 46. List below the other things they did in connection with breaking bread, one column for verse 42 and a second column for verse 46.
b. Might one "breaking bread" have been for religious purposes and the other for physical health purposes? ________ (For help, read 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, pg. ____).
VS. 47 The other people of the community thought how of the new Christians? __________________________________
b. Who made the decision whether someone was added to "the number" of the saved? ________________________
c. The new movement of Christians grew in number how often? ____________________________
GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
"GIFT" in this verse is translated from the Greek word "dorea" meaning a free gift, a present.
"GIFT" in 1 Corinthians 12, etc. referring to "spiritual gifts" is translated from the Greek word "charisma" meaning grace, favour, kindness.
Below are the other scriptures using the word "dorea." At the left of each scripture...
First, write the initial M or G to indicate who is giving the gift.
Next to it, write one word which best describes the gift.
Matthew 2:11 - "On coming to the house, they [wisemen] saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of GOLD and of INCENSE and of MYRRH."
Matthew 5:23-24 - "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the ALTAR and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift."
Matthew 7:10-11; Luke 1:13 - "Or if he asks for BREAD, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a FISH, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children...
...how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Matthew 8:4 - "Then Jesus said to him, 'See that you don't tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the PRIEST and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.'"
Matthew 15:5; Mark 7:11 - "But you say that if a man says to his father or more, 'Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift DEVOTED to God,' he is not to 'honor his father' with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition."
Matthew 23:18-19 - "You also say, 'If anyone swears by the ALTAR, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gift on it, he is bound by his oath.'"
Luke 21:1 - "As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple TREASURY."
John 4:10 - "Jesus answered her, 'If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you LIVING WATER.'"
Acts 8:19-20 - "And said, 'Give me also this ABILITY so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.' Peter answered, 'May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! '"
Acts 10:43-46 - "'...everyone who believes in him receives FORGIVENESS OF SINS through his name.' While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message....For [because] they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles."
Acts 11:17 - "So if God gave them the same gift as he gave US, WHO BELIEVED in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could oppose God?"
Romans 5:15-17 - "But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought JUSTIFICATION. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of RIGHTEOUSNESS reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ."
2 Corinthians 9:12, 14-15 - "This service that you perform [donation] is not only SUPPLYING THE NEEDS of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God....And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!"
Ephesians 2:8 - "For it is by grace you have been SAVED, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God."
Ephesians 3:7 - "I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's GRACE given me through the working of his power."
Ephesians 4:7-8 - "But to each one of us GRACE has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: 'When he ascended on high he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.'"
Philippians 4:16-17 - "For even when I was in Thessalonica, you send me AID again and again when I was in need. Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account."
Hebrews 5:1 - "Every high priest is selected from among men and is appointed to represent them in matters related to God, to offer gifts and SACRIFICES for sins."
Hebrews 6:4 - "It is impossible for those who have once been ENLIGHTENED, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the HOLY SPIRIT...."
Hebrews 8:3-4 - "Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and SACRIFICES, and so it was necessary for this one [Jesus] also to have something to offer."
Hebrews 9:9-10 - "This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. They are only a matter of FOOD AND DRINK and various ceremonial washings - external regulations applying until the time of the new order."
Hebrews 11:4 - "By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his OFFERING. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead."
James 1:17-18 - Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us BIRTH THROUGH THE WORD of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created."
Revelation 11:10 - "The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending EACH OTHER gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth."
Looking back, then, over the gift given by God, in one or two words, what would you say the gift of the Holy Spirit is?