ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

 

 

Chapter 6 - Page 116

Second Office of the Church Established

 

 

DAY ONE:

 

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.  Prejudice reared 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. 195) 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 ____________________.  Remember the Apostles had "laid their hands on him."

 

VS. 11-14        How did the Jews from outside of Palestine persuade some men to say Stephen had spoken against Moses and God?  ____________________ 

 

                        Who else was condemned to die because some men were bribed to say this about him?  (See Mark 14:55-59, 64, pg. 49).  ________________

 

 

DAY TWO:

 

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

 

                        Surely the Sanhedren should have believed when this happened.  We'll find out what they did not in the next chapter.

 

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

 

 

 

Chapter 7 - Pages 116 - 118

Stephen Reviews O.T. Leading up to Jesus

 

BACKGROUND:  Stephen stood before the Sanhedrin and reviewed history of the Jews to try to prove Jesus is the Savior, the King, that was prophesied through Jewish prophets all those centuries.   This is an excellent quick survey of Jewish history as found in the Old Testament.

 

VERSE 2         Abraham's early life was where?  ____________________________ 

 

                        NOTE:  He lived in the city of Ur.  Ruins of Ur have been located near where the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers join before entering the Persian Golf.  Genesis 2:14 says this meeting place of rivers was where the Garden of Eden was.

 

VERSE 3         God told Abraham to _______________ his country and _____________, and go to a land God would show him.  (Remember, there were no maps in those days.)

 

VERSE 6-7      God predicted Abraham's descendants would go to a country _______ theirs and be __________________ and __________________ for _______________ years.  But God would later punish that country for treating God's people bad.

 

                        NOTE:  This prediction was made when Abraham was 85 years old.  Abraham died when he was 175.  Ten years later (100 years after the prediction), his descendants entered Egypt where they were treated well as long as Abraham's great grandson, Joseph, was prime minister there.  But when he died, the Egyptians made the Jews slaves.  This would have occurred 150-200 years after the prediction.

 

VERSE 8         Abraham's son was __________________.  Abraham's grandson was ______________ whose name was later changed to Israel.  Israel had ___ sons who became the patriarchs of the Jewish nation later known as the Twelve Tribes of Israel.

 

VS. 9-10          Abraham's great grandson Joseph was sold as a __________ to Egypt, but later was made ______________ of Egypt by _________. 

 

VS. 11-16        During a famine, Joseph's brothers went to Egypt to get ___________.  After their reunion and forgiveness, Joseph sent for his father _____________ to move there. 

 

            b.         Including his brother's families, how many (the original Jewish nation) moved to Egypt?  ____________

 

 

DAY THREE:

 

VS. 17-20        After Joseph and his memory died, Egypt's Pharaohs dealt more and more ___________________ with the Jews.  (This lasted about 150 years)

 

            b.         Eventually, fearing the Jews' growing population, the Egyptians even killed their ______________________.  During this time, _____________ was born.

 

VS. 21-22        Moses was adopted by ___________________ _______________ and educated with the ___________________.

 

VS. 23-25        When Moses was ____ years old, he killed an _____________ for mistreating a ________.  He thought the Jews would understand he was trying to ___________ them.

 

VS. 26-28        Instead, the Jews didn't trust him and thought he'd want to ______ them too.

 

VERSE 29       When Moses realized it was known he'd killed an _______________, he went into exile in _______________.  This country is today's Arabia.

 

            b.         While there, Moses married and had ________ sons.

 

VS. 30-33        After another ________ years, God spoke to Moses out of a __________ bush near Mount ___________.  (Later at that same mountain, God would give Moses the Ten Commandments - Exodus 19:18 and chapter 20.)

 

                        So, 150 years from the promise to Abraham until death of Joseph.  Another 200 years of slavery.  Another 40 years for Moses to grow up.  Another 40 years for Moses to live in and learn the wilderness he will lead the Jews through some day.  Now, the 400 years predicted to Abraham was up.

 

VERSE 34       God had _____________ the oppression all along.  God had __________ their groanings all along.  Now God was ready.   

 

                        Exodus 12:37 said there were now 600,000 Jewish men at this time.  Doubling this for wives would be 1,200,000.  Multiplying 4 children per couple would give over 4,000,000 Jews by this time.

 

                        THOUGHT QUESTION:  God had heard their prayers all along.  But they were not strong enough yet.  Many died believing their prayers had not been answered.  They were answered in a much better way generations later.  Are you praying for something you don't think God is answering? 

 

 

DAY FOUR:

 

VERSE 35       But Moses objected saying his people had _______________ him.  God insisted he lead them out of Egypt anyway.

 

VERSE 36       These Jews had minds of slaves.  God had to have time to teach them to think for themselves and stand up for right.  So God gave the Jews time to develop a new generation.  This lasted for ________ years.

 

VS. 37-38        Moses predicted to the Jews, "God will send you a ______________ like me" (Deuteronomy 18:18-19). 

 

                        NOTE:  Just as Moses had officially started the new nation of the Jews, giving it the commandments to go by, there would some day be a prophet who would start the new nation of God.

 

                        John 14:5 (pg. 102) indicates early believers recognized Jesus to be the prophet Moses had predicted.

 

VS. 39-41        This first generation who left slavery in Egypt was still too influenced by Egypt.  They actually told Aaron, Moses' brother to _____________ ______________ to lead them.  So they made an idol that looked like a ________.

 

                        NOTE:  The Hindu religion still reveres/worships cows.

 

VERSE 44       Under Moses' direction, the __________________ was made according to God's pattern.  These minute directions are found in Exodus 35-40.  It was a large tent.  Its contents were overlaid with sheets of pure gold.  They worshipped in this tent structure until the time of David (see v. 45).

 

VS. 45             It was General ____________ who finally led the Jews into the Promised Land, taking it from the nations God ________________ ______________.

 

                        NOTE:  Wasn't it cruel for God to have the Jews kill all those people and take their land from them? 

 

                        ANSWER:  A second reason God waited 400 years to give the land to Abraham's descendants was because "the sins of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure" (Genesis 15:16).  Further, God through Moses said that, just as God drove the inhabitants before the Jews out of the land because of their sins, God would drive out the Jews from the same land if they commit the same sins (Leviticus 18:24-28).  The sins were idol worship (paganism) and sexual immorality.

 

                        THOUGHT QUESTION:  Do you think our nation is headed in that direction today?

 

VS. 46-50        David's son, King _______________, replaced the tent place of worship, the Tabernacle, with a building place of worship, the Temple.

 

            b.         With all our beautiful church buildings today, does God actually dwell in them? ______

 

            c.         Where does God dwell?  (See Ephesians 1:22-23, pg. 180, and 2:20-22, pg. 181.)  ____________________________

 

 

DAY FIVE:

           

VS. 51-52        Finally Stephen recalled all the Jews through the centuries who __________________ and ________________ the Old Testament __________ for teaching truth. 

 

            b.         Then he said, "_______ have betrayed and murdered" the righteous One predicted by those prophets.

 

VS. 55-57        Stephen probably knew he was about to become the first Christian martyr.  He had to be brave.  Since the New Testament was not written yet and he did not have that to call to memory in difficult times, what did God do to encourage him?  ____________________

 

            b.         Colossians 3:1 (pg. 188) says Jesus is ____________ at the right hand of God.  But, watching the courage of Stephen, Jesus in heaven did what?  ______________________

 

VERSE 58       An inconspicuous young man who held everyone's coats so they could _____________ Stephen was named ___________________.  Later in Acts, he was converted, and still later became an Apostle.

 

                        THOUGHT QUESTION:  Does that give you hope for friends or relatives who are right now defying God?

 

VERSE 59       As they began stoning him, Stephen prayed the same thing Jesus had said on the cross.  Look up Luke 23:46 (pg. 83).  What did they both say? ______________________________________________________________________

 

VERSE 60       Just before he died, Stephen said one more thing Jesus had said on the cross.  Look up Luke 23:44 (pg. 83).  What did they both say?  ___________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Chapter 8 - Pages 118 - 119

Deacon Philip Spreads the Word

 

VERSE 1-2      Saul approved of Stephen's what?  _______________________

 

            b.         On that day a great _____________________ broke out against the church.  Christians scattered.  Only the

                         ________________ stayed in Jerusalem.

 

VERSE 3         Determined to completely _________________ the church was the young man, _______, who went _____________ to __________________ dragging off men and __________ and putting them in _______________.

 

 

DAY SIX:

 

VERSE 4-5      Philip, one of the Christians who fled Jerusalem, was one of the original what in the church?  (See  Acts 6:5)  _____________________________

 

VERSE 6-8      Philip had the power to perform miracles for the same reason Stephen did.  What was it?  (See Acts 6:6) ______________________________

 

                        2 Corinthians 12:12, pg. 174, said the mark of an Apostle included _______________________________________

                        _______________________________________________________________________________________________

 

                        In Romans 1:11 (pg. 142) the Apostle Paul said he longed to visit the Roman Christians so he could impart some ___________________ _____________.

 

VS. 12-13        Many people of Samaria as well as Simon ________________ and were ____________.

 

VS. 14-17        Some time later, perhaps months, when the Apostles in Jerusalem heard the Samaritans were converted, who was sent to them?  ___________ _______________

           

            b.         In Matthew 28:19 (pg. 32),  Jesus commanded that people be baptized in the name of the ______________________, the ________________, and the _____________ _________.

           

                        Peter himself had said in the first gospel sermon that upon baptism, they would receive the gift of the __________________ ____________________ (Acts 2:38, pg. 112).

 

            c.         But these people hadn't understood that, and had omitted being baptized in the name of the __________________ _____________________.

 

            d.         So when the Apostles learned that, rather than have them be baptized again, they were able to lay their

                        ___________________ on them (just like they had the deacons in Acts 6) and they received the Holy Spirit.

 

VS. 18-25        Although verse 13 specified that Simon truly believed and was baptized, when he tried to buy the power the Apostles had to give the __________________________________ ___________________, Peter said his attitude was going to cause him and his money to do what?  ______________________________________________________________

 

            b.         Peter told Simon his heart was captive to sin.  The original Greek word for captive and sometimes translated bondage is "desmos."  This same Greek word is used in Jude 6 (pg. 226) describing the angels who fell from heaven. 

           

            c.         Although Simon was perishing, Peter told him all he had to do was _______________ to receive God's _____________________.  He did not have to be baptized all over again.

                       

VS. 26-27        Then Philip moved on to teach elsewhere.  On the road, he met a _________________ from Ethiopia (Africa). 

 

VS. 28-31        Sitting in his chariot resting, he was reading what Old Testament book?  _____________

 

            b.         Because the New Testament had not been written yet explaining how the Old Testament had been fulfilled in Jesus Christ, this man did not understand the prophet Isaiah unless someone _________________________ to him.

 

            c.         Romans 10:1-2 (pg. 149) says people cannot be saved if they only have zeal for God.  Their zeal must be based on what?  __________________

 

            d.         Romans 10:9 & 17 (pg. 149) say we must believe to be saved, and belief comes from _________________ (or reading) the ______________ of ________________.