But Luke also tells us that he was a thief, and that he kept stealing money out of this common treasury. This lesson plan was first prepared for an older elementary Sunday School class, but you could easily modify it for younger children or kids church. They were intended to be examples of how the Spirit of God operates through men, how God penetrates a community, how he moves to change his people and transform them. Next Article Developmental Stages of a Fellowship. After Peter preached, how many believed Thus the loaves are baked with leaven. He got his power and strength from the The book of Acts details the beginning of the church and its miraculous spread through the power of the Holy Spirit. The day was called that because it was fifty days after the Passover feast. we read the book of Acts we see the Lord Jesus Christ working and acting in and The Day of Pentecost (Acts 21). Does it support this view, or does it show us something very different? Try Christ would leave There is gathered up for us here a concise and encapsulated summary of all that happened to Judas in his last moments. If you link Verse 15 with the last verse of the Gospel of Luke, you will see clearly where Luke takes up his narrative again. These were the incidentals. Ten days after Jesus ascended back into heaven (Acts 1:9), the Holy Spirit was poured out upon 120 of Jesus’ followers who waited and prayed (Acts 1:15; 2:1–4). of Jews--even to the very people who had crucified Christ (Acts 2:14)? The introduction ends at Verse 14, and, at Verse 15, Dr. Luke starts to tell his story. So, in some sense, the church is like a building; in other ways it is like a body. the city of Jerusalem to celebrate this important feast (see Acts 2:5). This is illustrated as follows: In Luke 24:49 the disciples were told to WAIT (tarry) until they were endued with We know from the Gospels that he took those thirty pieces of silver and threw them down at the feet of the high priest, refusing to have anything to do with them. It is not necessarily associated with tongues, or fire, or wind. car without gas or trying to run a battery operated toy or game without the batteries! As the disciples were looking up into heaven, two the end of the Old Covenant and the birth of the. amazing (see Acts 2:3). As we are told here, he took one hundred and twenty people who were gathered together into one place, and made one out of them. So there must be twelve apostles. The same Jesus who went up is going to In Paul's letter to the Ephesians he employs two symbols for the church, two major figures, that help us in understanding what the church is like. Luke tells us "he bore the bag" (John 12:6, 13:29), i.e., he carried the common treasury. Jesus once said, "I WILL _____ MY CHURCH" (Matthew 16:18). But they did not then speak in other languages, they spoke in their own language. This important day Now there are symbols of the church. The Signs of Pentecost (Acts 22-4). Wind is the symbol of invisible power. When God sent the Holy Show us which of these two you have chosen 25to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs." as follows: God promised that there would come a day when He would send His Holy Spirit. Part of: Jebremiah Bible Study (18 Books) See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. There are three things in this passage which call for attention. Out of that larger band there must be one chosen who had been there the whole time and saw everything Jesus did. That is what we shall see developing in the book of Acts. did you hear a loud noise like a mighty wind? Without the spinach he was very weak! Remind of Acts’ theme (1:8): a mandate and a promise. Here is what the church must be today. Jesus once said, Jesus said he came first to the lost sheep of the house of the Israel, the Jews. Fifty days after Jesus rose again from the "I WILL _____________ MY CHURCH" (Matthew 16:18). See Galatians 5:22-23. Church it very clear that on this day something special was really happening! of your head? But notice that there is a break here. see that this day became even more special. That is what the filling of the Spirit is for. Believers are very powerful with the Holy It is that Christians might speak with boldness, clarity and unction -- but not always in tongues. On the day of Pentecost, right in line with this Old Testament prediction, the Holy Spirit came. does The foundation is poured, all the apostles are there. It’s impossible! But now they are baptized by the Spirit into one body. This is God's pictorial way of telling us what this body is going to do, and how it is to characterized. Many of us were challenged anew last night as Ethel Barrett related the story of D. L. Moody walking down a street in New York City and thinking about a sentence he had heard; "The world has yet to see what God can do with a man who is wholly yielded unto him." It was not always in existence; however, was always in the mind and heart of God (Eph. 15:36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s return and visit the brothers in every town where we proclaimed the word of the Lord to see how they are doing.” 37 Barnabas wanted to bring John called Mark along with them too, 38 but Paul insisted that they should not take along this one who had left them in Pamphylia and had not accompanied them in the work. Did something really happen?" God did something else very special on that day. There is to be within it a strange hunger for God which will purify the lives of those who are affected by it. But it is also invisible, you cannot see it. 26Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles. Read "A New Culture-The Birth of the Church Acts, 6 Lessons from 2:42-47" by Michael Lanphere available from Rakuten Kobo. He wanted Have you been baptized in water to show your new life in Christ The Spirit These are connected only with the beginning of the body. Was it in conflict with typical Jewish custom and practice of the day as laid down in the Old Testament? It is what it has been in any age when it has been what it ought to be. In Acts 2:4 we learn that they were In the book of the Revelation, John sees the city of God coming down out of heaven, (a beautiful picture of this magnificent church), portrayed as a city. In Luke 24:49 they were told the same thing (the word "tarry" also There is another great promise given in Acts chapter 1. What an exciting thing it is to be a member of it! something wonderful, and He wanted people to know about it. It is made up of saints, but they are sinful saints. He had already picked a plot of ground on which he wanted to build a lovely home, and he was buying it little by little with the money that he stole from the bag. your own Pins on Pinterest possesses the mighty power of God (compare Acts Luke's work serves as a bridge from the life of Christ to the birth of the first church, revealing both the successes and the inevitable growing pains as the movement spread from Jerusalem, to Judea, to Samaria, and to the rest of the world. We cannot see the Holy Spirit. He was certainly a man God used in special ways to minister to the church, but it is important to recognize that none of the New Testament writers wrote in a vacuum nor were their writings the product of simple dictation. There were three extra-special In all honesty, we do have to admit that the church has often been guilty of these things. God promised that there 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. In The book of Acts provides a detailed, orderly, eyewitness account of the birth and growth of the early church and the spread of the gospel immediately after the resurrection of Jesus Christ.Its narrative supplies a bridge connecting the life and ministry of Jesus to the life of the church and the witness of the earliest believers. The book of Acts tells us about the John’s gospel, quickly look through chapters 14, 15 and 16 and see if you can find see anything and we didn’t hear anything. Considering the church’s checkered history of its treatment of cats, cats have long deserved and needed a patron saint of their own. IS GOD DOING A WONDERFUL THING IN YOUR HEART? In the same way that He went up, so He will come down. 5:19–the Holy Spirit Acts: The Birth of the Church (Jeremiah Bible Study Series) Paperback – December 17, 2019 by Dr. David Jeremiah (Author) 4.8 out of 5 stars 52 ratings. (Now this man bought a field with the reward of his wickedness; and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. Remember Jesus said to his disciples, "I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them yet," (John 15:12). I KNOW SO because God SAID SO! Now with the choosing of Matthias the ground was laid for the church to be built. They could see tongues that were like fire! invisible; we cannot see it. 12:13). As he realized that Jesus was approaching a crisis he found he lacked thirty pieces of silver in order to purchase the land. and were saved (Acts 2:41)? He had to give witness to the authenticity of the resurrection. He gave them a mandate: “Take the gospel to the whole world.” They must have been intimidated by this. It was used to decide only when men were otherwise qualified and equal. Now, as we turn to Chapter 2, we find that the figure is changed. For permission to use this content, please review And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. Juan Sanchez - February 23, 2018 1 Comment “So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. God guide And from then on they were part of the life of Jesus Christ and members one of another. THE BIRTH OF THE CHURCH (ACTS 2) The church was probably born in late May of AD 30. For years I believed that these hundred and twenty believers met in the upper room, and that the Holy Spirit came upon them there. Leaven is yeast, and is a symbol of sin. Here the church is no longer a building, but a body. These mighty apostles were men who could give witness to the historic foundation of Christianity. Then he went out and hanged himself. He chose twelve of them to be in a special relationship to him, but there were others also who accompanied him. In the Church Epistles, we find that Romans 10:9 contains the “formula” or “faith components” for salvation in the Church Administration: one must confess Jesus as Lord and believe that God raised him from the dead. We are to exercise discernment and judgment in other areas, but here were two men equally qualified, so they chose them by the casting of lots. What Read Acts 2:1-4. These one hundred and twenty people were much too large a group to meet in an upper room. uses willing Less than two months later came the day of Pentecost. living in your life, will that make a difference? Contemporary views of the church today are anything but complimentary. The Birth of the Church, Part 1. But there are certain things in common to both those ideas: A building is inhabited by a person, and a body also is inhabited by a person.The central thing about the church therefore is its relationship to a Person. But, nevertheless, this is likely what he was doing. STUDIES The Meaning of Pentecost (Acts 25-13). His words concerning them were uttered just before the cross. And they prayed and said, "Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, show which one of these two thou hast chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside, to go to his own place." We do not even understand very much about ourselves, but we thank you for your word which clarifies, which opens our eyes to make us see things the way they are. What an amazing miracle! you? The lot fell on Matthias and he was numbered with the eleven, i.e., he became the twelfth apostle. If God had not done this the But he said, "Other sheep have I which are not of this fold; them also must I bring that there may be one flock," John 10:16). These two figures of the church, (a building and a body) are going to help us now as we consider the closing portion of chapter one, along with the first four verses of chapter two. And what did he do? Now the choosing took place in an interesting way. Perhaps you have gone to an airport or Also, please consider donating – even $1 helps! him. This passage has been subjected to much examination, but also much abuse and distortion. Well, they underscore what the New Testament is forever telling us, that our faith is not based upon myths, or legends; it is based upon facts, events, which men have seen, felt, heard, and been involved in. He sent the The Holy Spirit came to live in a body O Love that wilt not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee; I give Thee back the life I owe, That in Thine ocean depths its flow May richer, fuller be. nothing. special! Without the Spirit’s working, THEY CAN DO NOTHING! 4:13-18). Then the high priests took the thirty pieces of silver and finished paying for the property. Acts 1:12-17. They were there to be proclaimers -- not only pioneers, but proclaimers. would come a day when He would send the Holy Spirit (who is also called THE COMFORTER). That is what the church is supposed to be. They were filled that they might speak. Just as microwave oven? hands, mouths, tongues, feet and minds because HE WORKS THROUGH PEOPLE (He works spinach. Will you pray for the Spirit’s power? Price New from Used from Kindle "Please retry" $7.99 — — Paperback "Please retry" $12.99 . In Acts 1:4 we read about a wonderful promise which God gave. In stock. Acts: The Birth of the Church (From Jerusalem to Antioch) In the books we call “the Gospels” (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) we are told some things about Jesus’ birth, life, teachings, ministry, death and resurrection. These two symbols indicate that the church is to be characterized by purifying passion. The Jeremiah Bible Studies bring Scripture to life in twelve lessons filled with teachings from Dr. David Jeremiah, one the most respected Bible teachers today. They may have literally used a coin, and cast for heads or tails. Without the Holy Spirit there would be no power to live for Jesus and to be His (Ephesians 1:22-23 RSV). The baptism of the Holy Spirit has nothing to do with any outward demonstration. Many times we need to wait for God’s promises to come to pass. We have. Though he was a genuine apostle, yet he was not one of the Twelve. Yet because it was the scene of the suicide of Judas, a place marked by the blood of a guilty man, they called it "the Field of Blood." noise) from heaven which was like a mighty, rushing wind (see Acts 2:2). Trying to do the work of God without the Holy Spirit is like trying to drive a He ___________________________________ The Church was growing. But the invisible wind is able to do amazing things: it 19Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood. Without God's enabling power, we can do The Lord Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come to live in them. not come from a hurricane or a storm, but it came It is that which purifies, which burns up dross, garbage and waste, and thus purifies; and it is used as a symbol for enthusiasm, passion, purpose, a hunger within. They never occurred again. You must have the energy and power or you Church under the New Covenant." In Acts 1:4 the There is much justification for these charges. is described in Leviticus 23:15-22. It is found in verse 11. _____ How can you They did not live far above us; they are on the same level with us. Here were one hundred and twenty isolated individuals who had been living their lives quite separately, held together only by a mutual interest in Jesus Christ. There are some who think that the Apostle Paul should be counted among these twelve. Why? They remind me of the remark by the pagan philosopher, Nietzsche: "If you want me to believe in your Redeemer, then you'll have to look a lot more redeemed." To this day you can visit it in Jerusalem. ______________" (John 15:5). Fire is used in two ways in the Old Testament. Now do not misunderstand. And this is to be a characteristic of the church. had just ascended (gone up) into heaven. will go nowhere and accomplish nothing! Website © 2021 by Ray Stedman Ministries. The scene is set for us in Verses 15-16 of Chapter 1: In those days Peter stood up among the brethren (the company of persons was in all about a hundred and twenty), and said, "Brethren, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David, concerning Judas who was guide to those who arrested Jesus." Jul 30, 2015 - This Pin was discovered by Apostolic Pentecostal. Have you ever had to WAIT for a person to come? There the Apostle Paul says, For by one Spirit we were all, baptized into one body -- (1 Corinthians 12:13 RSV). Whenever he would eat He will glorify me, for He will take of what is mine ; and declare it to you. Every disciple had a tongue like a flame resting over and wait!). He never links himself with the twelve. Now that is the purpose of the filling of the Spirit. many other things. 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