Category Archives: 04 – The Kingdom Demonstrated

Peter’s address to the crowds who had witnessed the coming of the Holy Spirit pierced their hearts. As a result, the followers of Jesus, the Christ, grew from 120 to over 3,000. A sizeable community had been established. What would the nature and economy of such a community be? Would it be like our way of life? Would our way of life fit the behaviors and expectations of that community 2,000 years ago?

The First Deacons

Acts 6:1-7  (January 1, 2011 — Happy New Year!) There is great confusion in the plethora of denominations concerning the nature and organization of leadership and governance in the church today.  Part of that confusion concerns specific roles identified in … Continue reading

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The Second Imprisonment

Acts 5:17-42 The believers in Jerusalem at this point number well in excess of the 5,000 men mentioned in Acts 4:4, perhaps double that number not counting women and children (v14).  The judgment of Ananias and Sapphira had a sobering … Continue reading

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Judgment in the Kingdom

Now we come to an episode in Acts that is starkly different from our experience in the church today, the deception of Ananias and Sapphira and their swift judgment (Acts 5:1-11).   Before we begin, please recall a verse from a … Continue reading

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A Pre-Kingdom Community

I’d like to follow a personal rabbit trail here for a moment, and share some thoughts with you that come from other Grace teachers that may help you understand how to study the entire Bible from a dispensational perspective.  In … Continue reading

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Celebrating Parole

On with the story!  Today we’ll be looking at Acts 4:23-31.  Have your study Bible ready as we proceed. Peter and John had been held responsible for the crime of healing a man who had been lame from birth through … Continue reading

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Evolution, Three Kings… and Acts

Before proceeding in the passage at hand, I’d like to add a brief personal note here.  It was my privilege over the past couple of weeks to assist with a live nativity put on by some good country friends, and … Continue reading

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An “Arresting” Situation

Welcome back! How did you do on the study guide?  You can find the answers in the blogsite chapter ”Study Guide Answer Keys.”  I hope you did well!  Let’s move on… Peter has just reiterated Israel’s need for repentance for crucifying their … Continue reading

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Acts 3:12-26 Study Guide

Print this page, and then fill in the blanks with words taken from the indicated verses: v12 — Men of ____________, why do you marvel… v13 — The God of ________________, ___________ and ___________, the God of _______ fathers… v14 … Continue reading

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The Lame Will Leap

“Behold, a king will reign righteously… then My people will live in a peaceful habitation… Say to those with anxious heart, ‘Take courage, fear not.  Behold your God will come with vengeance; the recompense of God will come, but He … Continue reading

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A Community Established

The remaining verses in Chapter 2 and the next six chapters of Acts provide a window on the community of believers in Jerusalem in the days following Pentecost.  Up to now we have proceeded at an excruciatingly slow pace in our … Continue reading

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