ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
Chapter 10 - continued
(Conversion of First Non-Jew)
VERSE 46 Since this was a duplicate of what happened in Acts 2, were the tongues they spoke unknown or understood by people of other languages? __________________________
Look up Revelation 5:9 (pg. 230). The same Greek word for "tongue" in Acts is used in this passage. Is it referring to "unknown" or what is used by different nationalities? _________________________________
VERSE 47 Although Peter had told the people on the Day of Pentecost to repent and be baptized, and then they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38, pg. 112), since this was the "induction" of the Gentiles into the church, Peter announced it the other way around. Now, after receiving the Holy Spirit, they could do what? ________________
VERSE 48 What did Peter order them to do? ____________________________________________
Chapter 11 - Page 112
Peter Defends Gentiles in Jerusalem
VERSE 1-3 Word spread fast about Peter allowing ________________ into the church. So when he returned to Jerusalem, how did the believers treat him?
VS. 13-14 The angel had told Cornelius that Peter would tell him and his household how to be ______________________.
VERSE 15 Notice, Peter said the Holy Spirit came on the Gentiles as he had come on "us" when?
What do you think "beginning" refers to? _____________________________________
VERSE 16 Peter finally understood what Jesus had said when he'd told them years earlier that they would be baptized with the what? _________________
THOUGHT QUESTION: Do you ever read a scripture and not pay any attention to it, and then years later suddenly catch on to what it's telling you? Has this happened to you recently?
VERSE 17 Peter then told the assembly, "Who can ______________________ God?".
VERSE 18 Even though the Gentiles could now become Christians, it does not mean they were not allowed to be saved under the Jewish system. The book of Romans (1:20, p. 142) explains that people without the Law of Moses could look around at the world God made and understand God's invisible _____________________ and what kind of life he expected them to live. (The entire book of Romans talks about both Jews and Gentiles needing Jesus, for all have sinned.)
VS. 19-21 In the mean time, the Christians who scattered after _________________'s martyrdom went everywhere telling others the good news about who? ________________________
VERSE 22 News of this reached the church where? ______________________
How could the church in Jerusalem have authority to tell Barnabus to go to Antioch up around Syria? Do you recall who some of the members of this congregation were? ______________________
VS. 23-24 What did Barnabas do in Antioch? ___________________________________
What kind of man was Barnabas?_______________________________________
VERSE 25 Then Barnabas went where to look for who? ____________________________________
VERSE 26 Saul had been a Christian for some time now. So Barnabas teamed up with him and together they taught the church in Antioch for how long? _____________________
b. It is in Antioch that the disciples, the believers in Jesus Christ, were called what for the very first time? ________________________________
THOUGHT QUESTION: Do you believe this is the name we should use today?
VS. 27-28 During this year, a prophet named ________________ predicted there would be a severe ____________________ throughout the _________________ world during the reign of Caesar _____________.
VS. 29-30 So the Christians in Antioch decided to provide help, each according to their ___________________________.
b. Their donations were sent to the elders in Jerusalem by whom? __________________
Chapter 12 - Page 123
Death of the First Apostle
VERSE 1 King Herod decided to arrest who? _____________________________________________
NOTE: There were several Herods at this time, all named after Herod the Great. Herod Antipas, Herod the Great's son, killed John the Baptist and approved of Jesus' execution. His wife was Herodius who he stole from another man to marry, and he was the cause of John the Baptist's execution. He later approved of Jesus' execution.
Herodius' brother was Herod Agrippa, the grandson of Herod the Great. Herodius was jealous that her dead-beat brother, Agrippa, was made a king over more territory than her husband, so she convinced her husband to complain to Caesar. When he did, he was banished to Gaul instead.
So, the kingdom of Herod Antipas was then taken away by Tiberius Caesar and added to Herod Agrippa's kingdom. (See Josephus, Book 18, 5:4 and 7:1-2)
VERSE 2 This King Herod had the Apostle _____________, the brother of the Apostle _______________ executed.
NOTE: James was the first of the Apostles to die. His brother, John, was the last of the Apostles to die. (John wrote the book of Revelation, the last book in the Bible.)
VERSE 1-5 Who did James' death please? __________________ Rising in popularity, Herod decided next to arrest who? _____________________
VERSE 6 The night before his trial which surely would have led to his death as it had James, Peter was doing what? _________________________
b. List the things/people that kept Peter securely behind bars:
VERSE 7 Who suddenly awoke Peter? _____________________
b. What happened to his chains? _________________________________
VS. 8-11 What did the angel lead Peter past?
VERSE 12 Peter then went to the house of Mary, the mother of John _____________.
NOTE: This is the same man who wrote one of the four lives of Christ and which we call Mark. Because the book sounds so much like Peter's writings, many believe John Mark got much of his information from Peter.
VS. 13-16 When Rhoda went to see who was knocking on the door in the middle of the night during their prayer service, she couldn't believe it was ___________________ standing there in answer to their prayers.
VERSE 17 Peter told them to be sure and tell _______________ what had happened.
Since the Apostle by this name had just been executed, which James did he probably mean? (See Galatians 1:19, pg. 176) __________________
VS. 18-20 King Herod Agrippa, then, went to his palace in Caesarea, a city his grandfather had built and named after Caesar. He'd been __________________ with some people nearby, so they decided to flatter him in order to obtain _____________________ with him.
VS. 21-22 Herod delivered a _________________, and they responded that he was a ___________.
NOTE: Josephus said this about that event: Now, when Agrippa had reigned three years over all Judea, he came to the city of Caesarea....On the second day of which shows he put on a garment made wholly of silver, and of a contexture truly wonderful, and came into the theatre early in the morning; at which time the silver of his garment being illuminated by the fresh reflection of the sun's rays upon it, shone out after a surprising manner, and was so resplendent as to spread a horror over those that looked intently upon him: and presently his flatterers cried out, one from one place, and another from another...that he was a god. Antiquities of the Jews, Book 19, 8:2
VERSE 23 Herod died of a disease wherein he was _________________ by ________________.
A severe pain also arose in his belly, and began in a most violent manner. He therefore looked upon his friends, and said, "I, whom you call a god, am commanded presently to depart this life...." When he had said this, his pain was become violent. Accordingly he was carried into the palace....And when he had been quite worn out by the pain in his belly for five days, he departed this life. Antiquities of the Jews Book 19, 8:2
VS. 24 The church continued to __________________, Barnabas and _____ got their benevolent money delivered to __________________. Then they asked John ________ to leave Jerusalem with them.
Chapter 13 - Pages 123 - 125
Paul's First Missionary Trip
VERSE 1-3 The Holy Spirit told the Christians in Antioch to set apart what two men for a special work? ______________________________ and _______________________________
VERSE 6-7 On the island of Cyprus, there was a ________________ prophet who was personal attendant to the proconsul.
Acts 19:38 (pg. 132) indicates proconsuls were judges, a duty the rulers of an area usually took upon themselves.
VERSE 8 Apparently this proconsul was thinking seriously of becoming a Christian, for the false prophet tried to turn him from __________________ __________________.
VERSE 9 Now that Saul was primarily among Gentiles, he was no longer called Saul, but rather _______________.
VS. 10-11 Paul had the power to perform miracles because God had made him an Apostle. See 1 Corinthians 15:8-9 (pg. 165) explaining this.
NOTE: Thus far, the only ones able to perform miracles are Apostles or someone an Apostle "laid his hands on."
b. Paul made Elymas ______________. Had being made blind helped Paul turn to Jesus years before? ___________. Does it look like it helped Elymas? ______________
VS. 12-31 Back on the mainland in Antioch (a different city from their home congregation), Paul reviewed Jewish history.
VS. 32-41 Paul preached a sermon in a synagogue and concluded by showing how Jesus' life had ____________________________ one prophecy after another.
VS. 42-45 Everyone was so excited about this that the next Sabbath, almost the whole __________ gathered to hear Paul. But the Jews tried to outshout him because they were ___________________.
VERSE 46 At this point, Paul made a dynamic decision. He said he had spoken to the Jews _____________. but, since they _____________ God's word, Paul was from now on going to turn to the _______________________ people.
VERSE 50 Even more angry, the Jews stirred up the local government leaders until Paul and Barnabas were ________________________ from their region.
Chapter 14 - Pages 125 - 126
VERSE 5 At the next city, Iconium, many believed. But both Gentiles and Jews plotted to ____________________ Paul and Barnabas, so they left.
VS. 12-13 In Lystra, they healed a man born lame, so the people decided they were _______, calling Barnabas ______________ and Paul _______________.
VS. 14-15 When Paul and Barnabas realized what was happening, they rushed through the crowd shouting, "We are only ________________, like you."