Archive for the ‘05 – Acts’ Category

The Book of Acts: The Holy Spirit and the Church (Acts 1-24)

Monday, December 9th, 2019

The Book of Acts focuses on two entities: The Holy Spirit and the Church. In this study, we survey ten activities of the Holy Spirit as presented in the transitional time of the Church, and briefly introduce how those activities of the Holy Spirit relate to us today.

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How Are We to Determine the Will of God? (Acts 1:26+)

Sunday, December 1st, 2019

And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias.” This verse causes us to ask several questions:
1) What does it mean “to cast lots?”
2) Was this a proper method for the apostles?
3) Is this a proper method for us today?
4) What are the principles for knowing God’s will?

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What to Know and Learn from the Betrayer of Jesus #3 (Acts 1:16-26+)

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

In this study, we complete our look at Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Jesus, by examining the possibility of falsehood in salvation and in sanctification. As Judas could be a fake follower of Jesus, doing so for his own selfish reasons rather than being a true believer, so others can fake salvation for their own reasons. Others can be believers who fake or fail in truly following Jesus obediently. we look at five types of fakes or failures in sanctification (faking their walk with God). When then briefly look at 8 lessons to consider, including both warnings and realities, in this 3-part series. Not everyone who claims to follow Christ is truly a believer or an obedient believer.

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What to Know and Learn from the Betrayer of Jesus #2 (Acts 1:16-26+)

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

We continue to look at what God records in His Word about Judas Iscariot. In this study, we review the timeline of betrayal, showing the real character of Judas (a thief and a devil) and his collaborators (the religious leaders). We also highlight the fact that Judas was directly influenced by Satan himself. What questions should we ask ourselves from these truths, and how can we know we are not like him?

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What to Know and Learn from the Betrayer of Jesus #1 (Acts 1:16-26+)

Monday, November 11th, 2019

If all Scripture is inspired and profitable (and it is, 2 Tim 3:16), there are even things we can learn from the life of Judas Iscariot. God records details about Judas that require us to ask questions and search for Biblical answers to those questions. What truths can we learn studying Judas Iscariot?

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Do We Have Apostles Today? 4 Reasons We Believe They Are Not Present Today

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

Whether we have apostles or not today is a rather big question. If apostles exist today, then we have men giving additional direction and revelation from God, and our Bible is not complete, and therefore not as relevant. In this study, we present 4 reasons from Scripture why we believe we do not have apostles today.

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What Are Apostles, and Do We Have Apostles Today? (Acts 1:12-26+)

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Because we have left the Book of Luke and are now in Acts, the position of Apostle becomes very important and very prevalent. We need to understand what apostles are, and whether or not they exist today. Answering the first question in the title, we look at 12 characteristics true of apostles as they are presented in the New Testament.

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The Apostles Try to Obey Prophecy by Replacing Judas #2 – Good Idea? (Acts 1:12-26)

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Was Peter’s idea to replace Judas a good idea? In this lesson, we present 12 reasons why Peter was likely on the wrong side of Bible interpretation even though he would have done so with good intentions. Good intentions do not replace good Bible interpretation.

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The Apostles Try to Obey Prophecy by Replacing Judas #1 – Timeline (Acts 1:12-26)

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Jesus has ascended. The apostles return to Jerusalem to wait as directed. Peter attempts to fulfill prophecy by orchestrating the selection of a replacement for Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, and who took his own life. In this study, we work through the chronology of this event. In the next week or two, we will examine some of the necessary questions more closely. Prophecy is certain; our trying to fulfill it is not.

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The Spectacle of Jesus’ Ascension and the Promise of His Return (Acts 1:9-11)

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

When Jesus finished talking to the 11 apostles on Mt Olivet, He was lifted up into the sky and disappeared out of their sight. The apostles just stand and stare, until they are spoken to by two angels, who ask them why they stand and stare. The angels then issue a promise that Jesus will come back in the same way, bodily and visibly – a truth that is core to Christian belief.

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