In this lesson we will focus upon the revival that was taking place in Samaria under the ministry of Philip. He was a layman who was one of the first seven deacons. This is an encouraging and challenging study.
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.
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.
The first account in Luke chapter 19 is about the conversion of Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector. In this true story we see clear evidence that salvation broke into his life by the repentance that was clearly demonstrated. This is the story of the rich man who said “Yes” to Jesus.
There are two historical accounts we will look at in this study and learn how they apply to our lives today. The first is the raising from the dead Jairus’ daughter and the second is when Jesus sent out the 12 apostles to heal the sick, cast out devils and preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God.
What did Jesus teach after He gave the Parable of the Sower? That will be the first part of this lesson. Then we will examine what Jesus did when His mother and brothers visited Him while He was teaching in a home. The final account we will look at is when Jesus calmed a raging sea. There’s some really good stuff in this lesson.
In this lesson we will see a very different response to the preaching and ministry of Jesus from the people of Capernaum to those of Nazareth. The people of Capernaum were very receptive to Jesus, and as a result, they saw the Lord perform some wonderful miracles. You will be encouraged by this lesson.