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|Acts - Outline Part 1. September 21, 2010.|
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|Acts - Outline Part 2. September 28, 2010.|
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|Acts - Introduction - Part 1. October 12, 2010.|
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|Acts - Introduction - Part 2. October 19, 2010.|
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|Acts - Introduction - Part 3. Acts in the Flow of Biblical Thought. October 26, 2010.|
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|Acts - Introduction - Part 4. Historical Accuracy of Acts. November 2, 2010.|
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|Acts - Apostles, Apostles, and Apostles. Acts 1:1 - 3 November 9, 2010.|
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|Acts - Many Convincing Proofs. Acts 1:3. November 23, 2010.|
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|Acts - The Kingdom of God (Part 1). Acts 1:3. November 30, 2010.|
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|The Son of Man; The Kingdom Mysteries. Daniel 7, Matthew 13. December 7, 2010.|
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|Mysteries of the Kingdom. Matthew 13. December 21, 2010.|
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|The Coming of the Spirit. Acts 1:4-8. December 28, 2010.|
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|The Spirit and the Kingdom. Acts 1:8-11. January 4, 2011.|
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|What to do About Judas. Acts 1:12-16. January 25, 2011.|
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|Peter's Reasons for Choosing a Disciple. Acts 1:12-16. February 1, 2011.|
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|Peter, the Old Testament, and Matthias. Acts 1:15-26. February 15, 2011.|
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|Different Fillings of the Spirit. Acts 2:1. February 22, 2011.|
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|Filling of the Holy Spirit; Tongues. Acts 2:3-4. March 1, 2011.|
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|The Outpouring of the Spirit. Acts 2:4-13. March 22, 2011.|
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|Tongues Have Ceased. Acts 2:8-13, 1 Corinthians 13:8-12. March 29, 2011.|
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|Peter's Explanation: This is Like Joel 2. Acts 2:8-13, 1 Corinthians 13:12, Joel 2. April 5, 2011.|
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|Foreknowledge: To Know Beforehand or to Determine What is Known. Acts 2:22-23.|
April 12, 2011.
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|Foreknowledge and Prophecy. Acts 2:23-35. April 19, 2011.|
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|Repentance and Salvation. Acts 2:24-38. April 26, 2011.|
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|Repentance and Salvation - Part 2. Acts 2:38-47. May 3, 2011.|
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|The Two Kingdoms of God. Acts 3:1. May 10, 2011.|
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|The Messianic Kingdom in Prophecy. Acts 3:1. May 17, 2011.|
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|The Messianic Kingdom in the Gospels. Various scriptures. May 31, 2011.|
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|Why Did Jesus and the Apostles Heal? Acts 3:1-10. June 14, 2011.|
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|Kingdom Gospel. Acts 3:10-12. June 21, 2011|
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|Messianic Prophecies. Acts 3:12-19. June 28, 2011.|
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|The Time of Refreshing and the Kingdom. Acts 3:20-21. July 5, 2011|
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|A Prophet Like Moses. Acts 3:19-22, Deuteronomy 18:9-26. July 12, 2011.|
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|Judgment and Blessing. Acts 3:23-4:8. July 19, 2011.|
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|Evidence of Truth. Acts 4:1-22. August 2, 2011.|
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|A Known Sign. Acts 4:4-22. August 9, 2011.|
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|Obedience - Conflicts of Authority. Acts 4:4-21. August 16, 2011.|
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|Authority Ordained by God. Romans 13:1-7, 1 Peter 2:13. August 23, 2011.|
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|Limitations on Obedience to Authority. Acts 4:19-20. August 30, 2011.|
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|Spiritual Wisdom in a Pagan World. Acts 4, Daniel 1, 3. September 6, 2011.|
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|When Government Dictates Disobedience to God. Acts 4, Daniel 3, 6. September 13, 2011.|
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|Scripture-Based Prayer. Acts 4:23-37. September 27, 2011|
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|Prayer When Facing Opposition. Acts 4:25-28. October 4, 2011.|
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|The Importance of Prayer. Acts 4:25-37. October 11, 2011|
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|The Bible on Capitalism, Communism, and Socialism. Acts 4:32-37.
October 18, 2011.|
NOTE: This lesson is also the 2011 - Biblical Framework for Economics special lesson number 01.
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|Prosperity, Responsibility, Liberty. Acts 4:32-5:1.
October 25, 2011.|
NOTE: This lesson is also the 2011 - Biblical Framework for Economics special lesson number 02.
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|Divine Institutions and Economics. Acts 4:32. November 1, 2011.|
NOTE: This lesson is also the 2011 - Biblical Framework for Economics special lesson number 03.
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|Divine Institutions. Acts 4, Genesis 1:27-28. November 8, 2011.|
NOTE: This lesson is also the 2011 - Biblical Framework for Economics special lesson number 04.
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|Property, Responsibility, and Taxes. Acts 4:32-5:16, Genesis 1:27-28. November 15, 2011.|
NOTE: This lesson is also the 2011 - Biblical Framework for Economics special lesson number 05.
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|Property, Tithing, and Taxes. Acts 4:32-5:16, Genesis 2. November 22, 2011.|
NOTE: This lesson is also the 2011 - Biblical Framework for Economics special lesson number 06.
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|The Righteous and Gracious Provision for the Poor. Acts 4:32-5:16. November 29, 2011.|
NOTE: This lesson is also the 2011 - Biblical Framework for Economics special lesson number 07.
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|Usury, the Poor, the Rights of the Employers. Selected Verses. Acts 4:32-5:16.
December 13, 2011.|
NOTE: This lesson is also the 2011 - Biblical Framework for Economics special lesson number 08.
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|Investment, Wages, the Role of Religion. Selected Verses. Acts 4:32-5:16.
December 20, 2011.|
NOTE: This lesson is also the 2011 - Biblical Framework for Economics special lesson number 09.
Note: Due to technical difficulties, the first several minutes of the video are not available. However, the audio file (MP3) contains the entire class.
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|Personal Grace Orientation, Generosity: Not Socialism. Selected Verses. Acts 4:32-5:16.
December 27, 2011.|
NOTE: This lesson is also the 2011 - Biblical Framework for Economics special lesson number 10.
Dr. Dean referenced a YouTube-based video on economics in this class. You can view the video by clicking here.
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|Grace and Sin in the Early Church. Acts 4:32-37. January 3, 2012.|
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|Kosmic Warfare: The Angelic Conflict and the Early Church. Acts 5:1-16. January 24, 2012.|
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|Kosmic Warfare: Increased Hostility From the Religious Systems. Acts 5:13-42. January 31, 2012.|
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|Who Killed Jesus? Acts 5:29-31. February 7, 2012.|
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|Learn to Love the Battle. Acts 5:33-42. February 14, 2012.|
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|Disciples and Decision Making in the Church. Acts 6:1. February 21, 2012.|
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|God and Widows. Acts 6:1. February 28, 2012.|
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|Leadership, the Holy Spirit, and the Expansion and Persecution of the Church. Acts 6:1. March 20, 2012.|
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|Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Maturity. Acts 6:3-15. March 27, 2012.|
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|Prosecution: Patriarchs, Promise, Prophecies and Prophets. Acts 6:11-7:60. April 3, 2012.|
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|Inerrancy and Acts 7, Summary of Acts. Acts 6:11-7:60. April 10, 2012.|
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|The Holy Spirit and Church Growth. Summary of Acts 1-12. April 17, 2012.|
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|Scattering the Spread of the Gospel Seed to the Samaritan Sectarians. Acts 8:1-8. April 24, 2012|
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|Samaria: Signs, Spirits, Simony, and Salvation. Acts 8:9-18. May 1, 2012|
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|Simon: Simony, Sorcery, Salvation. Acts 8:9-18, May 8, 2012.|
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|Simon and Salvation: When is Belief, Not Belief? Acts 8:9-18. May 15, 2012
Click here for the "Cruel Logic" YouTube video shown at the beginning of this class.
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|Peter and John: Receiving the Spirit in Samaria. Acts 8: 14-18. May 29, 2012.|
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|What and When is the Baptism of the Spirit. Acts 8:14-18. June 5, 2012.|
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|Simon and Philip. Acts 8: 14-25. July 10, 2012.|
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|Philip and the Ethiopian. Acts 8:26-35. July 17, 2012.|
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|Who is "My Servant"? Acts 8:26-29, Isaiah 53. July 24, 2012.|
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|The Exaltation and Suffering of "My Servant." Acts 8:26-40, Isaiah 52:13-15. July 31, 2012.|
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|The Exaltation of the Servant. Acts 8:26-40, Isaiah 52:13-15. August 7, 2012.|
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|Rejection of the Servant and Realization of Who He is. Isaiah 53:1-6. August 14, 2012|
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|Only a Righteous Servant Can Justify Many. Isaiah 53:4-12. August 28, 2012.|
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|The Judgment of the Servant FOR the People. Isaiah 53:4-12, Acts 8:34-40. September 4, 2012.|
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|Saul to Paul: Psychotic Break, Psychological Delusion, OR Divine Revelation of Grace? Acts 9:1. September 11, 2012|
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|Saul to Paul: Psychotic Break, Psychological Delusion, OR Divine Revelation of Grace? - Part 2. Acts 9:1. September 18, 2012|
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|Saul to Paul: Psychotic Break, Psychological Delusion, OR Divine Revelation of Grace? - Part 3. Acts 9:1-21. September 25, 2012
The video shown at the beginning of the Bible class (The Prayer for the State of Israel) is available on YouTube.
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|Paul and the Early Church Mature Spiritually. Acts 9:19-22. October 2, 2012.|
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|God Prepares Peter to Go to the Gentiles. Acts 9:32-43. October 9, 2012.|
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|Grace to the Gentiles: Shift from Paul to Peter. Acts 9:32-10-8. October 16, 2012.|
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|Jews and Gentiles: BOTH Saved by Faith Alone. Acts 10:9-43. October 23, 2012.|
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|Expansion: Christ Builds the Church. Acts 11:19-30. October 30, 2012|
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|God, Not Man or Methods, Protects, Promotes, Provides for the Church. Acts 12:1-23. November 6, 2012.|
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|God's Choice Men - Peter: Faith in Christ Makes Pebbles Rocks. Acts 10 and 11 and Throughout the New Testament. November 13, 2012
A commentary on the election presents the sad state of our republic and its worldview shift away from the purposes of our founding fathers. The realization is we have come full circle into the final cycle of civilization. The solution is not a shift of circumstantial issues but a crisis-driven hope in the truth of Godís Word to shine as a light in the midst of a wicked and perverse generation.The apostles lived in a degenerate, hostile environment, and except for John, lost it all, were tortured, and died as martyrs. Peter was a commercial fisherman, living on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. He met Jesus through his brother Andrew. Peterís home was the base of operation for Jesus in the area and many miracles took place there. Peter is representative of many men, impulsive, assertive, loyal and prone to get his eyes on circumstance. But Peter spoke profound truths and Jesus set him apart as a leader. Learn about Peter as the small rock and Jesus as the chief cornerstone, and about Peterís travels to Babylon and possibly to Britain. Witness his eventual torture and death in a barbaric dungeon in Rome.
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|God's Choice Men: Andrew, Bartholomew, James x2. Various Scriptures. November 20, 2012.
Disciple is not always a synonym for believer. Itís also used for a committed believer and other times itís used for the original twelve apostles. There are early, non-scriptural manuscripts that give us an idea about the apostlesí lives and their martyrdom. Andrew, the first apostle Jesus called, was Peterís brother. After Andrew heard from John the Baptist that Jesus was the Lamb of God, he told Peter they had found the Messiah. Andrew was the quieter of the two, usually mentioned as Peterís brother. Learn about Andrewís travels east and possibly north, his crucifixion on an ďXĒ-shaped cross, the disposition of his remains and his connection to Scotland. Finally, discover evidence of Bartholomewís identification with Nathaniel, his travels to India and his martyrdom.
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|God's Choice Men: James, James the Lesser, James the Brother of Jesus, Matthew. Various Scriptures. November 27, 2012
An apostle is someone who is sent. Some who were commissioned as apostles were sent out by congregations. We rely on scripture, historical sources, geographical sources, tradition and legend to map their routes and follow their personal stories. Find out which sources are more reliable and why. We DO know these martyred Apostles had a faith so certain that they were willing to give their lives to testify to its truth. Sort out each James to clarify his identity and his role in scripture: James, the brother of John; James, the son of Alpheus; James, the Lesser; and James, the brother of Jesus. What is it about Matthew that would make it out of the ordinary that he was so quick to follow Jesus?
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|God's Choice Men: John, Philip, Thomas, Matthew (Levi), Thaddaeus, Simon the Cana-nite, Judas Iscariot. Various Scriptures. December 11, 2012
These Apostles fulfilled Jesusí mandate to take the gospel to the uttermost parts of the world. The focus of our documentation of the church, after it spread from Jerusalem, was to the west. We lose access to documents from the Eastern Church, but there are ancient records with information that can be considered, but not always reliable. Follow the biographical information available for these Apostles from scripture and historical tradition. Learn what we can know of their lives, the area of their ministries, confusions that may have been caused by names, relationships and martyrdoms. Erase any doubt with the understanding that Judas Iscariot was not a believer. As church age believers, what is our mandate?
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|Acts as a Transition and Overview of Things to Come. Acts 13, Matthew 16:15-18, John 21:15-17. December 18, 2012
Acts is a transition, a historical narrative that is descriptive, not a prescriptive pattern of what happens in the Church today. The phenomena of the church growth movement in the late 60s based church growth on sociological issues and stressed experience as a validation of the Bible. As is often the case with Satanís plan, this method seemed to work. But understand fully the instruction Jesus gives Peter to feed His lambs while He builds the church. Jesus doesnít tell Peter to manage an organization through techniques in church growth, but instructs him to proclaim and teach. Review Paulís journeys and allow instruction from his many discourses to teach us how we can maximize our approach with the message of Godís Word to people in our lives with differing backgrounds.
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|Fasting and Prayer. Acts 13:1-3. January 15, 2013.
Our scene is in Antioch in a well-established, conservative congregation, about 15 years after Pentecost. Antioch thrives with commerce and the decadent culture of the times. It also has a large Jewish population, within which are Christians, viewed as a sect of Judaism. Teachers and prophets gather to minister to the Lord and fast. What does it mean to minister to the Lord? What does fasting accomplish? Today a fast can be an initiation into a weight-loss program, a systemic purge, a social protest or a mystical manipulation of God. What was fasting about as it was practiced scripture? Is it a prescribed ritual for us? Is Biblical fasting an anachronistic term in our modern culture. Should we fast?
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|To the Jew First. Acts 13:1-25. January 22, 2013
The gift of prophesy still existed in Acts before direct revelation ceased after the Canon was complete. The Holy Spirit, in specific divine guidance, actually called out Barnabas and Saul (who certainly had this gift), to take the gospel to these destinations. Learn the meaning of Saulís name and the significance of his new name. Travel their path; encounter their resistance and the positive response. Learn about how the synagogue functioned. See how Paul spoke to these Jews, encapsulating Jewish history and focus in few words and introducing its long-awaited fulfillment through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We learn that evangelism may be most effective when the presentation is specific to the hearer.
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|The Gospel: Forgiveness of Sins, Justification. Acts 13:13-38. January 29, 2013
Paul is giving the gospel to Jews and God-fearing Gentiles in the local synagogue. Paul addresses them within the framework of their familiar as he anchors his message deeply within scripture, stressing their understanding of forgiveness of sin and justification. If it were only that easy to approach an unbeliever today, one who had such a deep knowledge of scripture. This is highly unlikely. Our approach must confront the realities of their position. The optimal starting point is for us to be profoundly familiar with the Word and to have a developed relationship with our audience. Paul will show us how to deal with a variety of circumstances so that we will have a pattern from which to launch our own approach and the assurance that rugged roadblocks arenít necessarily terminal.
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|Messianic, Begotten, Forgiveness, Justification. Acts 13:13-39. February 5, 2013.
Scripture has seen many translations. The study of the origins of these translations is key to understanding their accuracy related to the inspired text. Here Paul presents Jesus to a Jewish audience, weaving Old Testament promises through his message which are fulfilled in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Could a fuzzy translation compromise the fact that these verses are meant to be Messianic? Take a careful look at the clarity of promise in these Messianic passages. Develop the meaning of begotten, the shared natures of God and His Son, the timing of the Messiahís reign on earth and the imagery in these passages which present Jesus as Messiah and clearly show His relationship to the Father.
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|Paul's Gospel Message to Jews Revealed in the Davidic Covenant. Acts 13:13-39. February 12, 2013
In this section Paul continues the gospel message to these Jews by shifting to the Davidic Covenant, a promise which was very familiar to them. Review the Davidic Covenant which is an elaboration of the seed promise in the Abrahamic Covenant. Walk back through numerous Old Testament Messianic passages that address Israelís future hope in turning to God, His restoration of the Land and promise to David of an eternal kingdom through his seed. See how directly Paul addresses these Jews on the basis of their well-known scripture and the unquestionable ways Paul presents to them, through recognition of the promise of the Davidic Covenant, that these things are fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
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|Resurrection Confirmation. Acts 13:13-39. February 19, 2013
As we see Paul focus on the gospel with the Jews in Antioch in Pisidia, we should be aware of some modern evangelistic challenges seen through a comparison of Lordship Salvation and Free Grace. Those in Paulís audience knew the scriptures, so it was effective for him to string together prophesies pointing to Christ. Review many of these Old Testament promises and see the familiar terms imputation, justification, forgiveness, propitiation, righteousness, and Christ the Servant. How does the resurrection seal the fulfillment of the Messianic prophesies? Do these Jews respond to Paulís message?
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|Volition and Sovereignty. Acts 13:40-52. February 26, 2013|
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|Expansion: Belief vs. Disobedience, Signs and Wonders. Acts 14:1-12. March 19, 2013.
As the church expands, we see a trend toward the future disconnect of Christian Jews as a sect meeting in the synagogue. The move is from a Jewish framework to a Gentile framework. Great multitudes of Jews and Gentiles in Iconium responded to Paulís message in their synagogue. The Jews who were not obedient to the message of Godís grace stirred up a serious division. Paul and Barnabas had to flee to Lystra and Derbe where they continued to preach the gospel. Study all that is understood in the word believe. Is the word here for unbelieving the opposite of believing? How is this word translated in other passages?
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|Expansion: Opposition and Acceptance. Acts 14:12-28. March 26, 2013
Paul and Barnabas Bear Witness to Godís Grace
Fleeing Iconium one step ahead of a murderous plot against them, Paul and Barnabas arrive in Lystra. There they heal a crippled man. The pagan crowds see this and go wild, wanting to worship them as gods with parades and sacrifices. Paul seizes the opportunity to tell them the gospel. Since the people have no Jewish background, Paul must start at ground zero with their innate understanding of God through creation. This lesson answers many questions relevant to our lives today. What does Paul mean when he says this man was crippled from his mother's womb? Is he implying that life begins at conception? Why isn't everyone healed? How should the gospel be presented to those who have no background in reference to the true God? How can creation be used as a tool when we are talking about God to multi-cultural, multi-religious people like the ones we encounter in our daily lives?
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|Common Grace: Repentance and Turning to God. Acts 14:12-28. April 2, 2013
The Apostle Paul's first missionary journey ends with an exhibition of sheer spiritual courage. He and Barnabas endure the wild swings of the pagan crowd in Lystra as they first yell out their adoration of them as gods and then erupt in a wild rage. After stoning Paul, they drag him out of town, but rather than lying low and hiding out, he and Barnabas continue on to Derbe before retracing their steps to teach and encourage the new converts. Explore the role of repentance in salvation, how God blesses all through common grace, and how to witness to those who have suppressed the truth.
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|Oy, What About Those Goy? Acts 15:1-4. April 9, 2013
Paul's first missionary journey ignites an explosion of new believers in Jesus Christ across Asia Minor. Not willing to leave these converts in their "diapers", he and Barnabas face extreme danger as they go back and teach doctrine to start these "baby" believers on the road to maturity. Meanwhile, some Pharisee believers insist that the Gentile believers must be circumcised. Listen to this lesson to see how Paul demonstrates the role of a pastor and how circumcision was not just a religious ritual but was an act of patriotism to the Jews. Find out what the political landscape was like in the 1st century and follow the dynamic timeline of the early church.
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|Grace vs. Legalism. Acts 15:1-4, Galatians 2:1-10. April 16, 2013
After we're saved, do we have to work our heads off and follow a lot of rules to please God? This was the burning question being debated in the early church. Many of the Jewish-background believers demanded that new Gentile converts be circumcised and follow the Mosaic Law. Paul stood his ground, keeping his eye on the central issue of grace for both salvation and spiritual life. Follow the chronology of Paul's trips to Jerusalem and see the development of this issue as it is resolved. Understand the difference between legalists performing certain rituals to give them special standing in God's eyes and legitimate practices that lead to spiritual growth.
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|Jews and Gentiles in One Body. Acts 15:6-31. April 23, 2013
Knockdown, drag-out fights make rousing TV shows but don't do much to change opinions. When the early church began to have verbal brawls over the role of Jewish rituals, they decided to convene a council in Jerusalem to resolve the issue. The Pharisees had forgotten to check their rules at the door when they became believers and they wanted to impose them on new converts. Listen to this lesson to learn the different approaches Peter and James used to arrive at the conclusion that salvation is by faith alone in Christ alone. Find out about the four rules decided upon to bring goodwill between Jewish and Christian believers.
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|Jews and Gentiles in One Body - Part 2. Acts 15:14-21. May 14, 2013
How did the early church use the Old Testament to settle disputes about the Gentiles' role in the body of Christ? James in Acts 15 goes to the book of Amos and under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit uses a "fuller sense" of the text to apply to the Church Age. Listen to this lesson to learn how Christ now being seated at the right hand of God instead of on David's throne means the church does not replace God's promises to Israel. Find out how the Masoretes translated the scriptures in the early centuries to leave out any references to the Messiah.
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|Grace: The Law of Love. Acts 15:22-41. May 21, 2013
My way or the highway! Is that your attitude when you disagree with someone? Listen to this lesson to learn how to be gracious to others and seek the absolute best for them even when they don't deserve it. Discover five spiritual skills you need to practice so you can love others as Christ loves you. Find out how the early church handled people problems and how even a sharp controversy between Barnabas and Paul was handled graciously.
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|What About the Role of Circumcision and the Law? Acts 16:1-5. May 28, 2013
Had Paul lost it and was he out of his mind when he had Timothy circumcised? Hadn't he just argued successfully that circumcision no longer mattered? Listen to this lesson and follow the timeline of Paul's thinking. See how Timothy having a Jewish mother was important in Paul's decision. Learn the significance of circumcision to God's covenant with Abraham and how it has ethnic and cultural values today, but never for salvation or spiritual life.
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|The Gospel Goes to Europe. Acts 16:6-16. June 4, 2013
Dreams and visions sometimes gave the Apostle Paul his marching orders on his second missionary journey. Can we depend on them to give us a helping hand? Listen to this lesson to learn how direct revelation has ceased but how the Bible has all the answers we need now. See how the Holy Spirit made it possible for a wealthy businesswoman to understand the good news of the gospel. Find out about Paul's run-in with a slave girl and a demon and how demon influence can impact all of us today.
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|Demonism and Fortune-Telling. Acts 16:16-19. June 11, 2013
Demons! Fortune tellers! Witches! Are they real or just something in scary movies, TV shows, and books? Listen to this lesson in Acts to learn how the Bible describes a very real spirit world and God's warning against the occult. Find out how worshiping anything in creation rather than the Creator opens us to demonic thoughts and influences. Discover God's assurances that He is in control and we have nothing to fear.
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|Demon Possession and Demon Influence. Acts 16:16-20. June 18, 2013
When it seems like our life is spiraling out of control into chaos, where should we look for help? Fortune tellers, astrologers, mediums, and new age gurus promise us all kinds of answers. Listen to this lesson to learn what happened to King Saul when he went to the Witch of Endor for help. Find out the difference between demon influence and demon possession. Discover how God is always in control and we should never be afraid of the powers of evil.
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|Can Christians Be Demon Possessed? The Simple Gospel. Acts 16:21-40. June 25, 2013
Don't be spooked into seeing demons around every corner. When you have someone on your side who is bigger than the bad guys, you have nothing to fear. Listen to this lesson to learn about God's promises to protect believers from evil spirits. Find out what it means for our bodies to be temples of the Holy Spirit. Discover the significance of Jesus' parable about the empty house and His priestly prayer asking that we be guarded from the evil one.
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Would it surprise you to learn you could probably ace a pop culture quiz? Every day, without even trying, we soak up pagan ideas like a sponge. Listen to this lesson to learn how the Apostle Paul countered the trends of his day by teaching logical, reasonable truths from the Scriptures. Find out how we can learn to clarify our beliefs effectively so we stop one-shot, "drive-by" witnessing. See what it means to search the Scriptures daily like the Bereans.
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Why do some people get mad as a hornet when talking about God? Listen to this lesson to learn the vital need for listening to others as they talk about what they already believe. See how the Apostle Paul skillfully used his insight into the Athenians to reason with them in a logical manner. Find out how he challenged them to worship the Creator rather than the creature. Discover key elements to sharpen your Bible study methods.
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What gods do you worship? Success? Money? Happiness? The pagan Athenians worshipped all the gods, betting that some of them would come to their aid. Listen to this lesson to learn how the Apostle Paul used their worship of the unknown god to show there is only one true God, the God of Creation. Find out how everyone has enough evidence to know that God exists but suppresses that truth. Begin the fascinating study of the Chain of Being and see how evolution grew out of it. Visit www.deanbible.org to access the paper on the Chain of Being that Dr. Dean references in this Bible study.
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"There's nothing new under the sun." Similar to many people today, the Athenians liked to dazzle everyone with grand words and brilliant insights. Listen to this lesson to see how the Apostle Paul bettered their arguments by tweaking superstitious beliefs so they could understand the gospel. Discover how all primitive religions believed that matter always existed which is a core belief of evolution today. See how clarifying the truths of the Creator God is a vital part of witnessing. Includes Camp Arete discussion by Pastor Mark Perkins.
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Are you dreaming of an amazing world under one government where everyone speaks the same language? Listen to this lesson to learn that God, the Creator, did not design His world to function this way but instead established nations and oversees their rise and fall. Find out about the Divine institutions and how they provide protection and prosperity for people and nations who follow them. See how the Apostle Paul, without using experience, historical evidence or reason, witnessed to people who were suppressing what they already knew to be true about God.
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Looking for a little fun and action in a party town? In the 1st century you would head for the bustling, wealthy port city of Corinth with its many temples, games, and sensual pleasures. Find out how the Apostle Paul received personal guidance from the Holy Spirit to go there. Learn how he arrived dead tired and found a tent-making couple, Priscilla and Aquila, and joined with them in their business. See how he presented the gospel weekly by going to the synagogue and reasoning with the Jews in Corinth.
Click to view a YouTube video on the National Anthem of Israel - Hatikvah with Hebrew and English lyrics.
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What if you were an Old Testament believer living away from Jerusalem in the 1st century? How long after Christ died, rose again, and had ascended would you have heard about the changes that had taken place? Listen to this lesson to learn that the book of Acts tells of a gradual transition that was being made from the Mosaic Law to the Church age.See how the Apostle Paul in his exhausted state was given three personal promises by God. Find out about Paul's vow and possible reasons why he shaved his head.
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When did God hit the "pause button" on the role of the Mosaic Law in the lives of believers? Listen to this lesson to learn how the early years after Christ's death, resurrection, and ascension were a transitional passage as Church Age doctrine was being circulated. See how the Kingdom of God was still being offered to the Jews during this time span. Find out how the Apostle Paul adapted his observances to be able to reach both Jews and Gentiles with the Gospel message.
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Imagine everything you believed being turned on its head! Jews who believed Christ was the promised Messiah were still connected to the Temple culturally and were just learning about the Holy Spirit and Christian baptism. Most of the rest of the world still worshiped pagan gods and goddesses. Into this maelstrom stepped the Apostle Paul who began leading people to Christ and forming churches. Dig into this riveting account of the history of baptism, the eight types of baptism, and what distinguishes believers' baptism from all others.
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Want to know more about baptism? Listen to this lesson to learn the difference between wet and dry baptisms and about the one baptism that occurs for every believer at the moment of salvation. See how this baptism is the great equalizer, ensuring that gender, economic, and ethnic distinctions have no spiritual significance as we are identified with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. See how this enables us to live a new life in Christ and how water baptism is an affirmation that we are dead to sin and alive in Christ.
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Can touching a handkerchief or sweat cloth of a holy man heal us of our sicknesses today? Listen to this lesson to learn how these healings and other signs and wonders took place during the transition time in Acts when there was a second offer of the Kingdom of God. Find out three factors that distinguish the Kingdom of God and when it will be established. Discover why it was postponed and the characteristics of the covenants which will be fulfilled during the coming Kingdom of God.
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A man with a demonic spirit inside him leaps on seven sons and in a smack-down brawl leaves them battered and naked. No, this isn't the adrenaline-charged plot of an action movie. It's a true incident in the book of Acts. Discover the Greek words for demon possession and different categories of demons. See how Paul, through the power of God, was healing sicknesses and casting out demons, making the jealous exorcists in Ephesus try to copy him. Find out how demon possession was active during the two offers of the Kingdom of God to the Jews during the first century.
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"Don't come preaching that and take away my business," was the strident cry of a frenzied, mindless mob in Ephesus. This ancient city was renowned for its pagan worship of the goddess Diana and the practice of the occult black arts. Listen to this lesson to learn that many Ephesians, however, listened to Paul and accepted the Lord Jesus. Hear how they brought their expensive books of magic and incantations to be burned. See how cultures can change for the better or worse depending on what people believe. Find out how Paul took the time to train young men such as Timothy and Erastus for the ministry.
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You think you have problems? How about having a hit man hired to do away with you? Listen to this lesson to learn some of the troubles the Apostle Paul faced as he spread the gospel message on his third missionary journey. Find out how Paul instructed the churches to take up offerings for the poor and how these gifts differ from socialism. See the Biblical guidelines for Christian giving and how tithes were a form of income tax under the Mosaic Law. Find out if we should give a certain percentage of our income and discover the importance of having a consistent pattern of giving in our own spiritual life.
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Ever wonder what's the worst thing that can happen to you if you fall asleep in church? Listen to this message to learn about a young man who not only fell asleep but sailed out of a third floor window with disastrous results. Brush up on your knowledge of the history of denominations. Discover the different words used to describe local church leadership and about some of the troubles the Apostle Paul faced as he traveled around with others ministering to the churches.
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How do you pick a church? Inspiring music? Friendly folks? Lots of things to do? How about good Bible study? Listen to this lesson to learn that the Apostle Paul puts the emphasis on teaching the Word of God as the purpose of a church. Find out the eight communication words and how they relate to church organization. See how Paul chooses the next steps on his journey without regard for his safety and how our life should be directed at doing what serves God best as we make God's Word our first priority.
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Why would any young man turn down a chance for fame and fortune to follow a path that leads to suffering and persecution? Listen as the Apostle Paul delivers a stirring farewell message to pastors encouraging them to communicate the Word of God and not go off course or give up. See how he lays out the way that the pastor must address people in terms of their thinking and strengthen them to face the challenges of life. Discover that there is a colossal future inheritance for those who produce divine good that far outweighs the rewards of any career path in this world.
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"Tune in tonight to listen to the evangelist Philip's four virgin prophetess daughters." If there had been TV in the first century this might have been a program. Listen to this lesson to learn that women prophets in the Old Testament praised God through music. Hear the dire warnings given to the Apostle Paul as he prepares to go to Jerusalem. Discover four optional solutions to the seeming confusion over whether he was led by the Holy Spirit to make this trip and the one that has the most adherents. See how Paul was not swayed by fear for his safety but was willing to perform the will of God no matter the personal cost.
Note: Due to technical difficulties the video for this class may be out of sync with the audio.
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Clashing cultures are breeding grounds for chaos and violence. Listen to this lesson to learn how the Apostle Paul enters a whirlwind of rumors and false accusations when he comes to Jerusalem in A.D. 57. Hear how the Christian leaders there tell him he is being slandered for abandoning his heritage and encouraging new converts to do the same. Find out the plan the leaders devised for Paul to join a group of four men and take religious vows with them to prove he is not a traitor to everything Jewish. Hear seven possible reasons why Paul may have agreed to do this. Discover how we need to understand the priorities in the Christian life so cultural or traditional differences do not get in the way of sharing the message of the gospel.
Click here to view the information Dr. Dean added pertaining to the Temple Mount that ties in with Acts 21:28.
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Angry mobs! Mistaken for an Egyptian troublemaker! Threats of torture! Listen to this hair-raising account of a time in the Apostle Paul's life when he faced the fury of fellow Jews. See how Paul speaking in Greek surprised the Roman arresting officer who allowed him to address the murderous crowd. Find out Paul's account of his remarkable conversion on the road to Damascus and the days that followed. See how he defended the gospel, using events and people familiar to his accusers, and find how how we can be relaxed under extreme pressure when we leave the results of our witnessing in the Lord's hands.
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