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Galatians 5:16-23 teaches that at any moment we are either walking by the Holy Spirit or according to the sin nature. Walking by the Spirit, enjoying fellowship with God, walking in the light are virtually synonymous. During these times, the Holy Spirit is working in us to illuminate our minds to the truth of Scripture and to challenge us to apply what we learn. But when we sin, we begin to live based on the sin nature. Our works do not count for eternity. The only way to recover is to confess (admit, acknowledge) our sin to God the Father and we are instantly forgiven, cleansed, and recover our spiritual walk (1 John 1:9). Please make sure you are walking by the Spirit before you begin your Bible study, so it will be spiritually profitable.

Acts (2010)

Acts (2010)

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, Nov 29, 2011
Passage: Acts 4:32-5:16
Series: Acts (2010)
Duration: 59 mins 44 secs
In our study of Acts, we are currently looking at what the Bible says about managing our resources. We are reminded that although God allows for flexibility within different cultures, His absolute social structures are universal and embedded in all of creation. Part of our personal responsibility is providing for others. In this lesson, we learn more of the righteous and gracious provisions for the poor.
Tue, Dec 13, 2011
Passage: Acts 4:32-5:16
Series: Acts (2010)
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 43 secs
Tue, Dec 20, 2011
Passage: Acts 4:32-5:16
Series: Acts (2010)
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 46 secs
Note: Due to technical difficulties, the first several minutes of the video are not available. However, the audio file (MP3) contains the entire class.
Tue, Dec 27, 2011
Passage: Acts 4:32-5:16
Series: Acts (2010)
Duration: 57 mins 9 secs
Dr. Dean referenced a YouTube-based video on economics in this class. You can view the video by clicking here.
Tue, Jan 03, 2012
Passage: Acts 4:32-37
Series: Acts (2010)
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 18 secs
Tue, Jan 24, 2012
Passage: Acts 5:1-16
Series: Acts (2010)
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 47 secs
With a quick review of our study of Acts so far, we are again reminded of the righteous and gracious provisions for the poor. As we move further into this lesson, we learn that the overall theme of Acts is the story of the Holy Spirit and the Apostles. And we learn that Acts 4:32 to Acts 5:16 can best be described as a progress report on apostolic authority.
Tue, Jan 31, 2012
Passage: Acts 5:13-42
Series: Acts (2010)
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins 48 secs
Tue, Feb 07, 2012
Passage: Acts 5:29-31
Series: Acts (2010)
Duration: 1 hr 13 mins 46 secs
Was it the Jewish people? Was it Pilate? Was it the Romans? This lesson examines how myths, both ancient and modern, along with revisionism have played a role in a flawed understanding of the Scriptural Truth and reason for Christ's crucifixion.
Tue, Feb 14, 2012
Passage: Acts 5:33-42
Series: Acts (2010)
Duration: 1 hr 0 mins 38 secs
As we complete our study of Chapter 5, we revisit our battlegrounds. Are we weary, fatigued, or full of energy? We are reminded of the importance of learning to love the battle because of what the end game is.

In vs. 33 a shift occurs that foreshadows a division among the Pharisees and Sadducees and we learn more about the Pharisees during the period of history in Acts. In this lesson, we are introduced to one of the foremost Pharisees, a rabbi who showed some sympathy toward Christianity and to Peter and the Apostles.

We also see Peter and the Apostles suffer shame in His Name, as they endure flogging. Yet we are told they went away rejoicing. This brings into focus an example of their enthusiasm for the Gospel and shows us how to love the battles we are in, keeping the end game in mind - glorifying God.
Tue, Feb 21, 2012
Passage: Acts 6:1
Series: Acts (2010)
Duration: 1 hr 1 mins 15 secs