September 2010 - March 2014
This study covers the book of Acts. The title, "Acts of the Apostles," distorts the thrust of the book. Only two apostles are the focus of the book, Peter, then Paul. John is mentioned as is James, but the others are not. The more appropriate name should be "Acts of the Holy Spirit". Because the Holy Spirit is the one performing the Acts, by empowering the early church, specifically, through Peter, then Paul, to take the message of the risen Messiah from the Upper Room in Acts 1, to Paul's private house prison room, in Acts 28.
To the uttermost parts of the earth ...
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Tue, Jun 28, 2011
Passage: Acts 3:12-19
Duration: 56 mins 8 secs
Tue, Jul 05, 2011
Passage: Acts 3:20-21
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 10 secs
One of the most popular heresies today is that we are in some form of the Kingdom: a spiritual kingdom, an already-not yet kingdom, a partial kingdom. Yet none of this is based on the Bible. Acts 3:19-21 makes it clear that Jesus must be here for the kingdom to be in existence. Not only that, Israel must be all back in the land, or there is no kingdom. Moreover, Israel must be fully regathered, or there is no New Covenant yet. This is clear from this passage. Learn this issue because it is a root of much error in the church today!
Tue, Jul 12, 2011
Passage: Acts 3:19-22 & Deuteronomy 18:9-26
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 34 secs
The large percentage of Jews in the church in Acts were well versed in the wording and vocabulary of the Old Testament and the Mosaic Law. They also had a great sense that some radical change was afoot, that something important was about to take place. So when Peter used specific, distinct vocabulary and phrases when he spoke to them in Acts 3:23, they were sure to have recognized immediately that he was quoting from Deut. 18:15 and comparing the prophet Moses to the Prophet to come. But what was so distinct and unique about Moses compared to other prophets? Who was this Prophet to come? In this lesson, we learn that these two prophets had in common the role of legislator, mediator, royalty, and leadership.
Tue, Jul 19, 2011
Passage: Acts 3:23-4:8
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 27 secs
As we wrap up Acts 3 and get into Acts 4, we look back at the first of the chapter with Peter healing the lame man. Catching the attention of the Jews who witnessed this, Peter begins his third message in vs. 19-21 admonishing them to change and drawing the parallel of the unique and distinct prophet Moses to the promised Messiah, reminding them that "Jesus is this prophet". As he reminds his listeners of the one specific aspect of the Covenant, the seed promise, and ties it to the physical resurrection of Christ, the Jews knew first hand this had happened. As we begin Chapter 4 of Acts, we see Peter meeting his next challenge - the Sanhedrin, a Council of approximately 71 priests, temple guards, and Sadducees. This wasn't the first time Peter had encountered this group. Did he handle them differently this time, and why? What was it Peter was teaching and preaching that had them so upset and hostile? As we start this section of Acts, the question arises: is it ever legitimate to violate the laws of the government under whose authority we find ourselves?
Tue, Aug 02, 2011
Passage: Acts 4:1-22
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 11 secs
As we continue in our study of Acts, we see how Chapters 3 & 4 fit together. In our previous lesson, we saw Peter challenged by the Sandhedrin, a council of approximately 71 priests, temple guards, and Sadducees, and how he dealt with them. These Jews knew full well that there was proof of an empty tomb, yet their hostility toward Peter's message was evident. How did Peter handle them? Scripture says Peter was "full" of the Holy Spirit. Is this the same as walking by means of the Holy Spirit?
Peter boldly challenges the Sandhedrin, and we are introduced to Apologetics. In this lesson, we begin to learn how we believers in the Church Age can accurately apply the doctrine of Apologetics in our own lives.
Tue, Aug 09, 2011
Passage: Acts 4:4-22
Duration: 56 mins 21 secs
Apologetics. What is that? Does it mean giving an apology for something or to someone? As we learn more about this doctrine, we discover the difference between an "evidentialist" vs. a "presuppositionalist". This lesson explains the Biblical approach for believers who encounter those who say "don't confuse me with the facts - my mind's made up!"
Tue, Aug 16, 2011
Passage: Acts 4:4-21
Duration: 1 hr 0 mins 28 secs
"What shall we do to these men?". This question was asked by the Sanhedrin, the legitimate Jewish governing authority. Because of Peter and the apostles' stand, the Sanhedrin lose face, and Peter is put in jail. This act was clearly uncalled for, yet it happened. How did Peter choose to handle this unjust act?
As we begin this study, we are reminded that authority is established by God and that it exists in every area of our lives, from husband/wife, family, government, to the local church and our employer. As we learn more about God's mandates regarding how we are to regard authority, we will be able to apply these lessons to a current modern day issue many of us find ourselves faced with: obedience to our own governing authority.
Tue, Aug 23, 2011
Passage: Romans 13:1-7 & 2 Peter 2:13
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 13 secs
Tue, Aug 30, 2011
Passage: Acts 4:19-20
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 29 secs
Is there any correlation between witchcraft and rebellion against authority? Are Christians a law unto themselves? The underlying issue in all of human history is really an issue of authority. Under what circumstances then, does a Christian have the responsibility to disobey authority?
In the third lesson of this special side study on authority, we learn that there are limits to authority and look at passages that begin to explore these limitations. This is an extremely important area of study during our current times and begins to clarify exactly what a Christian's position should be in every area of authority in their life.
Tue, Sep 06, 2011
Passage: Acts 4 & Daniel 1-3
Duration: 59 mins 23 secs
As we continue our study in Acts 4, we gain more insight into how a Christian is to submit to authority and how to handle hostilities by applying spiritual wisdom in a pagan world.