Archive for January 2010

Acts Chapter 12 prt 1

Posted in Bible Study by touchingheartsandchanginglives on January 4th, 2010

As we open chapter 12, we find the first political attack against the church. It had been about eight years since Stephen's death and the first persecution against the church.Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible - Commentary - The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible – Acts.

After the conversion of Saul, the attacks subsided somewhat.  But over the years animosity against believers beganto rise.  What we see here in the history of the church is running an eerie parallel with what is transpiring today.  Its time for the church to prepare herself for what may lie ahead. 

Back to the history of the text: The public just did not understand...

  the teachings of Jesus and His followers: how the teachings fulfilled the law; how they could be reconciled with Jewish religion.

  the evangelistic outbreak of the church: that Jewish believers would be so full of fervor for Christ that they would reach out to convert the whole world. Apparently, the conversion of Cornelius and the founding of churches throughout the Gentile world upset some of the Jews to no end.

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Acts Chapter 11 prt 2

Posted in Bible Study by touchingheartsandchanginglives on January 2nd, 2010

Acts 11:19-30 (KJV) 19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. 20 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. 22 Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. 23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. 24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord. 25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: 26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. 27 And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. 28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. 29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea: 30 Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.  




Acts Chapter 11 prt 1

Posted in Bible Study by touchingheartsandchanginglives on January 2nd, 2010

Acts 11:1-18 (KJV) 1 And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. 2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him, 3 Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them. 4 But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying, 5 I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me: 6 Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 7 And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat. 8 But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth. 9 But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. 10 And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven. 11 And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me. 12 And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house: 13 And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; 14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. 15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. 16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. 17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? 18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.  




Acts Chapter 10 part 3

Posted in Bible Study by touchingheartsandchanginglives on January 2nd, 2010

God is moving to eradicate prejudice between Jew and Gentile.

1.  God is no respecter of persons—He accepts anyone who fears Him and works righteousness (v.34-35).

2.  God sent His Word to Israel; He sent Jesus Christ preaching peace (v.36-37).

3.  Jesus is God's anointed Savior (v.38-39).

4.  Jesus was crucified (v.39).

5.  Jesus was raised up by God (v.40).

6.  Jesus appeared to some who were chosen to be witnesses (v.40-41).

7.  Jesus shall judge the living and the dead (v.42).

8.  Jesus is the prophesied Messiah (v.43).

9.  Believing in Jesus brings forgiveness of sin (v.43).

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Acts Chapter 10 part 2

Posted in Bible Study by touchingheartsandchanginglives on January 2nd, 2010

Prejudice— Jew vs. Gentile: the breakdown of prejudice in the Jew, Simon Peter. The servants from Cornelius had almost reached the city of Joppa where Peter was. They would be approaching Peter soon with the request to visit and help Cornelius. However, Peter was not ready...

  to welcome these men.

  to return with them to visit Cornelius.

  to stay and share in the home of Cornelius.

Why? Cornelius was a Gentile and Peter was a Jew. There was deep-seated racial discrimination between the two.

 

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