The portion of Scripture we will be looking at will cover a few events. First, we will look at Barnabas, who was used of God to minister in Antioch, Syria. He then seeks after Paul who is in Tarsus and Barnabas takes him to Antioch where they labor together for a year of fruitful ministry. A prophecy was given that famine was coming to Judah and Barnabas and Paul took an offering to those who were suffering. During this time Herod Agrippa murdered James, the brother of John, whom Jesus called the Sons of Thunder. Herod then arrested Peter and put him in prison. A big surprise was coming, for the king didn’t take into account the power of a praying church that would upset all his plans. There are some powerful truths that we will dig into in this lesson, so don’t miss it.
The Book of Acts
The repercussions of some Gentiles, or non-Jews, becoming followers of Messiah sent shock waves through Israel and into other nations. Peter went to Jerusalem to give his testimony about how those Gentiles came to Christ without first converting to Judaism. The evidence Peter gave was that they had not only converted to Christ, but had been baptized in the Holy Spirit like the 120 disciples experienced on the Day of Pentecost. What was the evidence that proved they had been baptized in the Holy Spirit? They spoke in other tongues. This is a really interesting lesson.
This lesson is about the conversion of Cornelius and all those who were at his house to hear what Peter had to say to them. As Peter was preaching to them they were all baptized in the Holy Spirit and spoke in other tongues. This is an exciting message and shows us what God wants to do today in baptizing people in the Holy Spirit. God is alive and well and He is still doing miracles and baptizing people in the Holy Spirit!
This lesson is on the extremely important story of how the Lord opened the door for salvation to come to Gentiles, or non-Jews. This is far more radical that we can understand from our modern culture. We get to see how important it is to obey the Lord, even when we don’t understand what He is doing. He will do great things through those who trust and obey.
We will finish studying Acts chapter 9, which ends with the second account of Peter being used to perform a miracle while on a preaching tour. This time it is a woman being raised from the dead. We will then look at the powerful impact miracles have in bringing people to salvation. Then we will begin looking at chapter 10, which is extremely important in the life of the church since it records how the Lord opened the door for the salvation of Gentiles or non-Jews. This is a great message, so don’t miss it.
We are in the portion of Acts chapter 9 that goes into Paul’s actual conversion and what that looked like. Salvation not only comes through Christ alone, but there is only one kind of salvation and we see this lived out in Paul. He was a New Testament believer. It is of the utmost importance that we return to the Biblical model of salvation and forsake America Christianity that by and large is a perversion of the real thing. The podcast will end looking a Peter being used to heal a lame man. This is a good lesson.
The portion of Acts chapter 9 that we will be studying will bring us to the point where Saul, whom we know by his Greek name Paul, is brought to the brink of salvation. This is an exciting story and a powerful example of the work of the Holy Spirit that we need in the church today.
This lesson is about the conversion of an Ethiopian who was the nation’s treasurer. It’s a wonderful example of what true salvation looks like and what we should be seeking the Lord to do in our nation. As an added bonus we are given a peek at the rapture. You will have to listen to understand what I mean by that.
Simon the sorcerer is the topic of this lesson. He was a man that had great demonic power, but when he saw the signs and wonders the Lord was doing through Philip, he got saved and baptized in water. When Peter and John went to Samaria to help Philip with the revival, Peter rebuked Simon for wanting to buy the gift of God. This is a very interesting message.
We will finish studying the life and martyrdom of Steven. This is a soul-stirring account that gives us a good view of the Biblical faith. Then we will begin looking at another of the first deacons of the church who was a true radical for Jesus.
We are still studying the account of the character and martyrdom of Stephen. He was one of the first seven deacons in the church and became the first martyr because of the loving, yet bold witness he made before the very men that condemned Jesus to be crucified. We desperately need churches full of men and women who are like Stephen: full of the Holy Spirit, faith and power.
The final verses involved in choosing the first deacons is one point we will focus on in this podcast. This leads into the account of Stephen, who was one of those first deacons, and his life, testimony and martyrdom. We will only have time to dig into the opening thoughts of this account and the catalyst that led to his murder. This is a much needed message today.
In this lesson we will finish studying the second recorded account of persecution that the infant church experienced. We will examine their response to this persecution, which was radical. Then we will begin looking at an important leadership issue that’s recorded at the beginning of Acts chapter six. This deals with the sin of prejudice that crept into the church. The message of this lesson is vitally important for believers today.
The second bout of persecution that’s recorded in the Book of Acts is the topic of this study. We ended our last lesson with the apostles in jail. Now we will see them miraculously set free by a supernatural visitor and then they are arrested again. They are now able to testifying about Jesus to the entire Sanhedrin Council. What a great opportunity.
Two vastly different topics are the focus of this lesson that comes out of The Book of Acts, chapter 5. The first topic is the severe discipline that came upon two disciples and the second is the persecution that broke out against the apostles for all the miracles the Lord was using them to perform. These miracles
took place in the Temple and around Jerusalem. Interesting podcast to say the least.
This study is on the response of Peter, John and many fellow believers after the two apostles faced their first bout of persecution. Their prayer was powerful and earthshaking. We will also examine a little more the life of the primitive church and what we will see is beautiful and encouraging.
We are going to get into the nitty-gritty of Peter’s sermon after Peter and John were used by God to heal a man who was born lame and was over 40 years old. This remarkable miracle opened the door for Peter to deliver his fiery sermon that brought some of the people to repentance and salvation, while others were filled with anger so that they persecuted Peter and John.
In this lesson we will get into some of the dynamics that made the primitive church so powerful. What the Lord has done in the past are prophesies of what He wants to do again. That thought comes from Charles Spurgeon and it is true. The Lord wants the life of the early church to be in the church of today, regardless of the culture.
We are only going to dig into two verses in this lesson. They contain some of the fruit that came out of the Day of Pentecost as seen in Acts chapter two. There are two points that stand out. The first is the power of the Holy Spirit that brought 3000 souls to Christ and the second is the devotion those early saints had for Jesus. This is a very important lesson to understand and apply to our lives.
In this lesson we will look at the end of the sermon Peter gave on the Day of Pentecost and see the response of the people to this message. We will also examine a topic he preached after the people inquired into how to be saved. This is a great section of Scripture to dig into, so don’t miss it.
We will continue studying Peter’s first sermon after Christ’s death, resurrection and ascension into heaven, This is a fiery message that was anointed by the Holy Spirit as is proved by the tremendous results it produced. We will see the simple logic Peter used that made this message so influential. Don’t miss this message.
Peter’s first sermon after Jesus rose again is the subject of this lesson. This happened on the Day of Pentecost and the first thing he did was to explain what happened with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Then he told the large crowd what Jesus did for them and then exposed their guilt so that they might come to repentance. This is a great sermon to study.