Here are the Blogs in the Bible Study on Acts
Sunday, 26 July 2015
What is the relationship between Christianity and Judaism, according to Acts?
6 Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, "My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee. I stand on trial because of my hope in the ...Read More...
Posted on 07/26/2015 10:18 AM by Larry G
Saturday, 25 July 2015
Describe some ways in which Peter, Paul, and other believers in Acts responded to opposition and persecution because of the gospel.
They prayed and I believe they were allowed to see things from God's perspective. You can see this in the passages that describe the individual reactions of Peter and ...Read More...
Posted on 07/25/2015 10:15 AM by Larry G
Friday, 24 July 2015
In Acts, what kinds of things happened to believers when they tried to fulfill their mission and speak their message?
They were emboldened by the Holy Spirit and enabled to do what they did. They were strengthened and they and the church grew. Their lives and the lives of others around them were ...Read More...
Posted on 07/24/2015 10:12 AM by Larry G
Thursday, 23 July 2015
What was the role of the Holy Spirit in the events of Acts?
He guided the believers and empowered them to do GOD's work. He was there throughout the whole of the narrative, controlling all things.
Posted on 07/23/2015 10:09 AM by Larry G
Monday, 13 July 2015
Who is the Holy Spirit?
A biblical theology of the Spirit is difficult to epitomize. He sovereignly acts as he chooses! Most Christian traditions stress the data of certain portions of Scripture (most notably Acts or Paul) at the expense of others. But an essential summary ought to include at least ...Read More...
Posted on 07/13/2015 9:55 AM by Larry G
Sunday, 12 July 2015
In a few sentences, summarize the Christian message-who Jesus is, what He has done, and how we should respond. (Try to avoid Christian jargon that an unbeliever wouldn't know.)
WHO IS JESUS?
Jesus is the Messiah; the One who God promised would come to save us from our sins, from Satan, from ourselves.
WHAT ...Read More...
Posted on 07/12/2015 9:49 AM by Larry G
Saturday, 11 July 2015
What is the Church's mission?
Acts 1:8 summarizes everything; here are our marching orders: "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Our witness must focus on the good news ...Read More...
Posted on 07/11/2015 9:46 AM by Larry G
Friday, 10 July 2015
From your study of Acts, what would you say the Church is?
Definition of the Church. The New Testament word for "church" is ekklesia [ejkklhsiva], which means "the called out ones."
The nature of the church is too broad to be exhausted in the meaning of the one word, ekklesia [ejkklhsiva]. ...Read More...
Posted on 07/10/2015 9:41 AM by Larry G
Thursday, 9 July 2015
In what way were the Jews responsible for their blindness and deafness to the gospel (28:26-27)? Did they want to turn and be healed but God refused, or did they not want this and God gave them their way? (Optional : See Romans 9:1-11:32.)
The Jews for the most part were responsible for their ...Read More...
Posted on 07/09/2015 9:32 AM by Larry G
Saturday, 4 July 2015
Paul's life was saved several times on this trip: land was sighted; the crew did not abandon the passengers; the centurion kept the soldiers from killing the prisoners; non-swimmers could float ashore even thought the ship ran aground; and the viper was somehow harmless.
What did the Maltese natives ...Read More...
Posted on 07/04/2015 12:38 PM by Larry G
Friday, 3 July 2015
How can we imitate Paul's attitude toward danger, stress, and hardship?
Paul remained focused on trusting God and he prayed constantly. I believe that was why he was able to maintain his focus and perspective. Prayer, constantly talking to God is key: STAY IN CONTACT!!
Posted on 07/03/2015 12:32 PM by Larry G
Thursday, 2 July 2015
Think about each of Paul's comments and actions. What do you learn about him (his gifts, character, beliefs, attitudes toward people, view of God, etc.)?
He watched what was going on. He really cared about people and because he did, he tried to warn them when they were about to do something that ...Read More...
Posted on 07/02/2015 12:28 PM by Larry G
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
What do you think the angel meant by saying that God had graciously given Paul the lives of his fellow passengers (Acts 27:24)? What does this show that Paul had been doing?
I think it means that these people didn't deserve to live. They had no individual qualities which would qualify for God to ...Read More...
Posted on 07/01/2015 12:22 PM by Larry G
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
What did Paul say and do during the trip to Rome?
9 Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Fast. So Paul warned them, 10 "Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and ...Read More...
Posted on 06/30/2015 12:17 PM by Larry G
Monday, 29 June 2015
Briefly summarize what happened on the voyage to Rome (Acts 27:1-28:16).
Paul is turned over to a Roman centurion who will be responsible for taking him to Rome. He is allowed to have several companions who travel with him throughout the trip. The ships they board try to stick close to the coast ...Read More...
Posted on 06/29/2015 12:09 PM by Larry G
Sunday, 28 June 2015
Why did Luke describe the ship voyage to -Rome at such length-longer than Paul's time in Corinth or Ephesus? What was so important about this episode?
I think that Luke wanted us to see that God told Paul that he would be His witness in Rome and it all came to pass even though there were huge obstacles ...Read More...
Posted on 06/28/2015 12:04 PM by Larry G
Saturday, 27 June 2015
Does Luke imply in 28:3-6 that there is something superhuman about Paul? Why or Why not?
3 Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. 4 When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they ...Read More...
Posted on 06/27/2015 11:33 AM by Larry G
Friday, 26 June 2015
What do you think of the Maltese view of Justice? Does God always give retribution like this? Why or Why not?
It would seem that the Maltese believe in karma or something like it. They thought Paul was just receiving his come uppance when the snake bit him. But actually God was using this event ...Read More...
Posted on 06/26/2015 11:30 AM by Larry G
Thursday, 25 June 2015
The story of Acts does not end with the death of Paul, for he is not the only witness Jesus sent "to the ends of the earth" (1:8). But for Luke, who accompanied Paul on his voyage to face Caesar's court, Paul typifies the ambassador of Jesus representing his Lord in every circumstance. Paul has faced ...Read More...
Posted on 06/25/2015 11:21 AM by Larry G
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
In your judgment, does this section of Acts in any way illustrate what Christian should expect from a governmental system and how he or she should deal with it? If so, explain.
The thought that comes to mind is that it doesn't matter what the system is. If it is administered by ungodly men, it ...Read More...
Posted on 06/24/2015 11:18 AM by Larry G