CHAPTER 5 - Pages 1058 - 1059


(The Church's First Problem)




VERSE 1         The previous chapter 4:34-37 explained how the early Christians made sure there were no needy ones in their group.  This was a kind of welfare program.  They sold their land from _____________________ to _________________________ (see 4:34), whenever more money was needed.


VERSE 2         Ana-nias and his wife, Sapph-ira, sold some property.  But with his wife's ___________________________ knowledge, he only took part of the money to the apostles.  That made her an accessory.


VERSE 3         Apparently Ana-nias has told the apostles he was bringing the full amount.  Look ahead to verse 8.)  Who does Peter say influences people to lie?  _________________________


            b.         Who did Jesus call the Father of Liars?  (See John 8:44, pg.1038).  ______________________


            c.         Even though Ana-nias was talking to Peter, Peter said he was actually talking to the ___________________ ________________________ of God.


VERSE 4         Then Peter said Ana-nias had lied, not to ___________________, but to ___________________.


VERSE 5-6      Ana-nias died at through God's power.  Does this mean he went to hell?  Other godly people died at God's hand in the past.  For example,


            b.         Moses wanted to enter the promised land after leading the Jews for 40 years, but God told him he couldn't because of something he said that was a sin.  Yet, when Jesus needed encouragement shortly before his death, who appeared to him?  (See Matthew 17:2 & 3, pg.951)  ______________________________  In fact, in heaven, angels sing the Song of Moses (Revelation 15:3, pg. 1201).


            c.         When we compare perhaps 80 years on earth with millions times millions of unending years in heaven, what are 20 years more or less?


                        In fact, Peter himself said many years later in 1 Peter 1:3 & 4 (pg. 1176) that our inheritance is waiting for us in ______________________.





VERSE 7         Wife Sapph-ira stopped in how much later?  ______________________________


VS. 8-10          Possibly in part to show there was no coincidence in her husband's death, Sapph-ira was stricken ____________________ too.


            b.         Peter, many years later in 1 Peter 2:17 (pg. 1177) said we should ___________ the ____________________ of believers, fear ________________, and ____________________ the king.


VERSE 11       A generation ago, preachers seemed to preach primarily on the wrath of God.  Today, they seem to preach primarily on the gentleness of God.  Does this verse say anyone dropped out of the church because of God's punishment?  __________________________________


VS. 12-13        Who continued to perform signs and wonders (miracles)?  _______________________________


            b.         Who continued to meet in Solomon's Colonnade of the Temple?  __________________________


            c.         Why do you think they met there?  (Recall Acts 3:11)  _________________________________


                        NOTE:  It seems the Christians may have taken over that corner of the Temple.


VERSE 14       Did declaring the fear of God cause people to shy away from the church?  _____________


VS. 15-16        Being just in whose shadow caused people to be healed?  _________________________  He was one of the original _________________ (Acts 1:13).


            b.         Crowds came even from the suburbs of ________________________________.





VERSE 17       Although it never came out while Jesus was alive, apparently the high priest was of the party of the ______________________________ who did not believe in the _____________________________ (see Matthew 22:23, pg. 957).


            b.         How did they feel toward the crowds following the apostles?  _____________________________


            c.         Who else had they been jealous of just a few months earlier?  (See Matthew 27:18, pg. 965).  _______________________________


VS. 18-19        So this time they arrested all the ___________________________________.


            b.         Who set them free from jail during the night?  ______________________________________


VERSE 20       What did the angel tell the apostles to stubbornly do?  _____________________________________



VERSE 21       Although they'd had a hard and eventful night, the apostles returned to the Temple to talk about Jesus when?  __________________________


VS. 22-24        The Sanhedrin was made up of 70 men from all over the country.  The original Sanhedrin was appointed two thousand years earlier by Moses (Numbers 11:16, pg. 141).  Over the centuries, this body had overall become corrupt.


                        When the Sanhedrin (Supreme Court) got to work the next day, they sent to the _______________________ for the _____________________________, but they weren't there.





VS. 25-26        When they learned the apostles were back in the Temple, the Temple guard rounded up the apostles.  They did not use force on them because of who?  _____________________________


VERSE 27       Jesus had predicted the apostles would testify before local ______________________________________________________, and before __________________________ and _________________________________ to tell about Jesus (Mark 13:9-10, pg. 984).


VERSE 28       The religious leaders with a false sense of righteous indignation told the apostles they were ___________________________ to make them ________________________________ of Jesus' blood.


            b.         Were they?  (Look up Matthew 27:20 & 25, pg. 965.)  ____________________________________


VERSE 29       When confronted by the religious leaders, what did Peter and the other apostles say they MUST do?  ________________________________


VERSE 30       Rather than back down, Peter faced the most powerful ruling body among the Jews and said God brought Jesus back from death "whom _________________________ had ___________________________."


VERSE 31       Then, after the bold accusation and confronting these religious leaders with their sin, he told them Jesus could give them ____________________ and __________________________________ of sins.


VERSE 32       Were there eye witnesses of Jesus coming back to life?  ________  Who?  ____________________


VERSE 33       Instead of repenting, the religious leaders just got ______________________________. 


                        THOUGHT QUESTION:  When confronted with our sins, how do we react?





VS. 34-35        One of the few honorable men in the Sanhedrin was Ga-ma-liel.  Later on, a future apostles, Paul, said he'd grown up being taught by who?  (See Acts 22:3).


VERSE 36       Josephus, a respected Jewish historian of about 100 AD said:  "Theudas persuaded a great part of the people to take their effects with them and follow him to the river Jordan; for he told them he was a prophet, and that he would, by his own command, divide the river and afford them any easy passage over it; and many were deluded by his words.  However, [the governor] did not permit them to make any advantage of his wild attempt, but sent a troop of horsemen out against them; who falling upon them unexpectedly, slew many of them, and took many of them alive.  They also took Theudas alive.  They also took Theudas alive, and cut off his head, and carried it to Jerusalem.  This is what befell the Jews.  (Antiquities of the Jews, Book 20, Chapter 5, Verse 1)


VERSE 37       Josephus further said this:  "There was one Judas, a [Galilean]...became ZEALOUS to draw them to a revolt, who said that this taxation was no better than an introduction to slavery, and exhorted the nation to assert their liberty....All sorts of misfortunes also sprang from these men, and the nation was infected with this doctrine to an incredible degree; one violent war came upon us after another.  (Antiquities of the Jews, Book 28, Chapter 1, Verse 1).


VS. 38-39        This diplomat, Ga-ma-liel, advised the Sanhedrin to let the Apostles go, because, if it is of _____________________________ origin, it will ____________________________, but if it is from God, "You will ________________ be able to stop them."


VS. 40-41        After being beaten and warned not to talk about Jesus any more, what kind of attitude did the Apostles have? ___________________ ____________________________________  Why?


            b.         They knew that, if they weren't doing any good, the leaders wouldn't be afraid of them.  The opponents of Jesus only fight those they're afraid of.  How does this relate to causes advanced in our society today and opposition given in the media to Christians? 



VERSE 42       Right after being beaten and warned not to talk about Jesus any more, where did the apostles turn right around and return to?  __________________________________


            b.         Where else did they teach?  _____________________________________________


                        NOTE:  There was no stopping these Apostles!  Look back at your notes on Acts 2:42.  These apostles were ADDICTED.  They couldn't stop themselves!


                        A prophet 700 years earlier, Jeremiah, said this:  "But if I say, 'I will not mentioned him [God] or speak any more in his name,' his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones.  I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot" (Jeremiah 20:9).




CHAPTER 6 - Pages 1061 - 1061


(The Second Official Office of the Church Established)





VERSE 1         The church is made up of weak humans.  If it were made up of perfect people, they wouldn't need to be in the church.  There were people living in Jerusalem of both Grecian and Hebrew descent.  Some prejudice rears its head.  The Grecian _________________ were being neglected in the __________________ ____________________________ of ____________________.


VERSE 2         The Twelve Apostles were busy, busy, busy teaching.  But they knew the poor needed to be taken care of too. 


                        In verse 1 above, the original Greek word translated "distribution" in some Bibles and "ministration" in other Bibles is "diakania."


                        In verse 2, the original Greek word translated "wait on" or "serve" is "diakonein."


                        1 Timothy 3:8-13 (pg. 1152) explains the qualifications of "Diakonous" and this Greek word is translated deacon.


VERSE 3-4      Seven men were selected to serve as the first "deacons."  They were known to be __________________________________ of the Spirit and _____________________________.


VERSE 5-6      Among the seven deacons were Stephen and Philip.  We will learn more about them later.


                        What did the Apostles do to these men?  _____________________________ and laid their hands on them [in a ceremonial manner, as we shall see later].


VERSE 7         The church continued to grow.  In fact, a large number of ____________________ became obedient to Jesus Christ.


                        THOUGHT QUESTION:  Do you believe they lost their jobs by making such a stand?  Could you make such a stand for Jesus? 


VERSE 8         Stephen is the first man mentioned who was not an apostle who performed _____________________________________.


VERSE 9         There was a new sect of the Jews called the Synagogue of the _____________________.  They were from (a) Cyrene, a city now in Libya in North Africa, (b) Alexandria, a city in Egypt, (d) Cilicia, a province in southeast Turkey, and (e) Asia, a province in eastern Turkey.


VERSE 10       They ___________________________ with Stephen.  We are not told what over.  But they didn't like what Stephen had to say.


VS. 11-14        So, they ______________________________ persuaded some men to say Stephen had spoken against Moses and God. 


            b.         Who else was condemned to die because some men were bribed to say this about him?  (See Mark 14:55-59, 64, pg. 986).


VERSE 15       Suddenly Stephen's face was like the ________________ of an ____________________ and members of the Sanhedren stared at him. 


                        Perhaps Stephen needed this in order to face what he was about to face.


                        Surely the Sanhedren should have believed when this happened.  We'll find out what they did in the next chapter.