Monday, November 28, 2011

Lesson 11

Acts 4:1-12
Peter and John Arrested

And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, being grieved* that they taught* the people, and preached* through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide.

1. to work out laboriously, make complete by labour
2. to exert one's self, strive
3. to manage with pains, accomplish with great labour
4. to be troubled, displeased, offended, pained, to be worked up

1. to teach
2. to hold discourse with others in order to instruct them, deliver didactic discourses
3. to be a teacher
4. to discharge the office of a teacher, conduct one's self as a teacher
5. to teach one
6. to impart instruction
7. instill doctrine into one
8. the thing taught or enjoined
9. to explain or expound a thing
10. to teach one something

to announce, declare, promulgate, make known to proclaim publicly, publish to denounce, report, betray

Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed*; and the number of the men was about five thousand.

1. to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in
of the thing believed
2. to credit, have confidence
in a moral or religious reference
3. used in the NT of the conviction and trust to which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul
4. to trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or in doing something: saving faith 1bc) mere acknowledgment of some fact or event: intellectual faith
5. to entrust a thing to one, i.e. his fidelity
6. to be intrusted with a thing

4:5-6 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, and Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred* of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.

1. kindred
2. offspring
3. family
4. stock, tribe, nation
5.i.e. nationality or descent from a particular people
the aggregate of many individuals of the same nature, kind, sort

And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power*, or by what name, have ye done this?

1. strength power, ability
2.inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth
3. power for performing miracles
4. moral power and excellence of soul
5. the power and influence which belong to riches and wealth
6. power and resources arising from numbers
7. power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole.* Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation* in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved

1. to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction
2. one (from injury or peril)
3. to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue
5. to save in the technical biblical sense
negatively 1b
6. to deliver from the penalties of the Messianic judgment
7. to save from the evils which obstruct the reception of the Messianic deliverance

1. deliverance, preservation, safety, salvation
2. deliverance from the molestation of enemies
in an ethical sense, that which concludes to the souls safety or salvation
of Messianic salvation
3. salvation as the present possession of all true Christians
future salvation, the sum of benefits and blessings which the Christians, redeemed from all earthly ills, will enjoy after the visible return of Christ from heaven in the consummated and eternal kingdom of God.
4. Fourfold salvation: saved from the penalty, power, presence and most importantly the pleasure of sin. A. W. Pink

1. to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction
one (from injury or peril)
2. to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health
3. to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue
4. to save in the technical biblical sense
5. to deliver from the penalties of the Messianic judgment 1b
6. to save from the evils which obstruct the reception of the Messianic deliverance

Let’s Take A Closer Look

In using a concordance sometimes it gives more than one meaning to a word. So in most cases one can know which meaning goes for the word that is being used in the verse.

Sometimes we think we know what a word means but it turns out to be something different or more to the meaning than we thought so that is why I decided to use the concordance and will from now on.

What stands out most to you when you read these verses?

Acts 4:1-12
New Living Translation (NLT)

Acts 4
Peter and John before the Council
1 While Peter and John were speaking to the people, they were confronted by the priests, the captain of the Temple guard, and some of the Sadducees. 2 These leaders were very disturbed that Peter and John were teaching the people that through Jesus there is a resurrection of the dead. 3 They arrested them and, since it was already evening, put them in jail until morning. 4 But many of the people who heard their message believed it, so the number of believers now totaled about 5,000 men, not counting women and children.[a]
5 The next day the council of all the rulers and elders and teachers of religious law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, along with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and other relatives of the high priest. 7 They brought in the two disciples and demanded, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?”

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, 9 are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? 10 Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene,[b] the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. 11 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,

‘The stone that you builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.’[c]

12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

a.Acts 4:4 Greek 5,000 adult males.
b.Acts 4:10 Or Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
c.Acts 4:11 Ps 118:22.


What stands out most to you when you read these verses?
I want to tell you what point that stands out the most to me as I study these verses. It is the fact that the precious name of Jesus is the only name in which

there is salvation. There isn't any other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Beleave upon the name of Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.

Salvation is NOT found in a religion or good works, but in a Person... The LORD JESUS CHRIST

A. C. T.

A- Accept Jesus as your personal Savior.

C.-Confess your sins to God and tell others how great He is.

T- Trust God to change you into the person that He wants you to be. This is the hardest part of being a Christian!

We are all sinners and need Gods forgiveness!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Acts 3:12-26

Peter Preaches in the Temple

Let’s Take A Closer Look


1. What did Peter say to the crowd?

1.“Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you?

2. Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?

2. Who did he say healed the man? Jesus

3. He talked about Jesus and what did Peter have to say about Jesus?
You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

4. What did Peter tell the people to do? Repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.

5. What did Moses say to the people when he was alive? Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. 23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people.’

6. The people were children starting with what prophet? Beginning with Samuel

7. Who did God tell that through his desendants that all families would be blessed on earth? Abraham

8. When God raised Jesus who did He go to first and why? His Disciples and their converts,,,the first people who were considered the Church.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Lesson 9

Acts 3:1-10

A Lame Man

Let’s Take A Closer Look

1. Who were the two disciples that were going to the Temple? Peter and John

2. What time of day was it when they got to the Temple? Three o'clock in the afternoon.

3. What were they going to do at the Temple? To pray.

4. Who was being carried to the Temple? A lame man.

5. Each day what gate was he placed by? The gate called Beautiful.

6. Why was he placed there? To recieve alms from the people going into the Temple. Or to beg from those people

7. Peter and John was asked for something as they going to enter the Temple. What was it? The beggar ask them for money.

8. What did Peter do? He told the beggar that silver and gold have I none, but such as I have Igive to thee. He told the beggar in the name of Jesus Christ to walk.

9. What did the man do? He got up and started walking and jumping around praising God!

10. What did the people think? They thought he was the lame man at the gate called Beautiful, who was always there begging from them.

11. What did the people do? They were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lesson 8

Acts 2:40-47

A Vital Church Grows

Let us go back to verses 38-39 to pick up where we left off. Peter is giving a sermon to those that at Jerusalem for Pentecost. Each of those that were in the upper room are now filled with the Holy Spirit and they are able to speak to those around them in their own languages so that they can hear the gospel message.

“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.‘” He continues with the words of “Be saved from this perverse generations.

Let’s Take A Closer Look

1. How did the people receive Peter’s message? (41) They accepted it.

2. What did some people do after hearing the message? (41) The ones that were saved were baptized.

3. About how many people were added to the church that day? (41) About 3,000 people.

4. After they were added to the church what did they continue to do? (42)They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

5. What came upon all those that were new members of the church? (43)They were filled with awe at the miracles that the aopstles were performing.

6. What was done in verse forty-three? The apostles performed many wonders and signs.

7. Now that all who believed were together what did they do? (44) They were all of one accord and had all things in common.

8. What did they do daily? (46-47)They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.

The Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. How wonderful it would be if our churches today were more united together. I am not saying we have to sell everything we have and share and divide among others but it seems like they had sweet fellowship in the first church, maybe more so than we do today. We have fellowship today but in a different way.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

1 Timothy 4:1-8 NIV - The Spirit clearly says that in later - Bible Gateway

1 Timothy 4:1-8 NIV - The Spirit clearly says that in later - Bible Gateway: 1 Timothy 4:1-8
New International Version (NIV)
1 Timothy 4
1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
6 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters,[a] you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
1 Timothy 4:6 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family.

Devotionals: Which Jesus do you serve

Devotionals: Which Jesus do you serve

Our Pastor preached about this at our morning worship service today!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011Which Jesus do you serve

Yes your right this one is a repeat and it I will continue to repeat this till i know that each of us has answered this question. Is probably the most important question that you or I could ever ponder.

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1-2)

The call to imitate God is a call to separate ourselves from the world though we may be in but not of it (Ephesians 4:17-19) and how we have been made new (Ephesians 4:20-24) and then gave us specific ways to do that (Ephesians4:25-32).

Our call is to live with the same love that Christ has demonstrated. Jesus laying down his life for us, was first of all an expression of his love for his Father. Jesus did it, not only because of his love for us, but because first of all he loved the Father and this was the Father’s will. This ‘life of love’ is not to be something we do to make ourselves feel good or appear good, it is to come out of and be an expression of our love for God Himself. When John says, “We love because he first loved us,” (1 John 4:19). The first thing we need to do in the Christian life is become utterly convinced of God’s love.

On Sunday they raise their hands to heaven and declare that it is Jesus that they serve.
Then why do we look so much like the world?
Did you know that the wheat and the tare, the world can't tell which is which and quite frankly neither can I. So I pose the question again, which Jesus do you serve?

My Savior bleed and suffered and died and rose again for a sinner like me. My Savior, was a friend to friendless, He remembers the forgotten ones among us, Which Jesus do you follow?

Which Jesus do you serve?

Is it this picture of the American dream that you chase after? Is the prince of this world who you serve or did you miss that part when you decided you want fortune and power?
If Jesus was here would you walk right by him or cross over to the other side of the street?
Would you even recognize him or have time to speak to him?
Pretty blue eyes and curly brown hair and a white complexion Michael Angelo version of Jesus ,is that the Jesus you serve? My Savior was battered and bruised for my sins, did you miss that part? Sometimes I ponder do we really understand what the price he paid for us?
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they understand and they know My Savior. So which Jesus do we serve. is it the one whom we pray to bless us with great wealth? Or the Jesus who said
blessed are they that hunger and thirst for righteousness?
So who do you serve? The one whose promises are like shifting sand?
Marine says it God , then country and the marine Corp, what comes first for you?
My Jesus would he be accepted in your churches today? All bloody and bruised with no shoes on his feet, would we want him sitting next to us? He was not rich he didn't have a pillow to lay his head upon. Today my Jesus would look like a homeless man or perhaps we would see him as mentally insane.
He spent His time with criminals and those that are considered the least among us. Did you know he had a heart for the poor, so which place would He come to eat Sabbath meal at your house or among those that were forgotten by society?
Its time we decide which Jesus do we serve but I'm not sure we understand what that means to be like Christ,
Jesus said to live like HIM, love like HIM but then does that mean we must be willing to die for HIM as he died for you and I???
Can we be Imitators of Christ? Can we live like our Savior? Which one do you want to be ? I turned on the TV set today and heard a man preaching Jesus wants to make you rich and that he never intended for us to be poor. Is that the Jesus your seeking??? Heard a pastor say that his Jesus says that we should never be sad. Yet my Jesus wept when heard his good friend was dead. So which Jesus do you serve? I know that I want to be more like my Savior and less like me. I want to be an imitator of my Savior what about you????

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