SESSION 5 – “Being the Church,” a Bible study of the Book of Acts

I am excited to offer you a video Bible study of the Book of Acts, and I invite you to watch the video of “Being the Church” on Youtube OR Vimeo . . . for Vimeo, see the link in the Blogroll in the right column on my blog screen. Just as with my sermons, I’ll post notes to accompany each Bible study video. The video for Session 5 should be out by 6/7/17!

Session 5 — Acts 2:14-41

Today, a before-and-after of the Apostles!

BEFORE . . .

Afraid (John 20:19)

Lacked understanding (Matthew 16:22, Peter’s rebuke of Jesus, Acts 1:7)

Asking for preferment (Matthew 20:20)

Earthly kingdom (Acts 1:6)

Fishermen who flunked rabbi school!

AFTER . . .

Bold! Unafraid! Full of God’s wisdom! Understanding the kingdom of God! Completely outward-focused, no selfish ambition.

Verse 14 — Peter reasons from scripture before thousands, by the Spirit’s wisdom and power! Give heed to my words, he declares!

Verse 15-20 —We are not “drunk, but what you see is according to the prophet Joel (see Joel 2:28-32)!

—In the last days, the Lord has, this very day and from this moment on, poured out His Spirit. On whom? On all mankind! Sons and daughters are prophesying, young men are seeing visions, old men are dreaming dreams.

— There are no limits on whom He will baptize with the Holy Spirit, as the Lord Jesus Christ has baptized us! Even male and female servants/bondslaves whose debt is paid but who continue to serve out of love)! And they shall prophesy!

— And the Lord will give signs and wonders, blood and fire and smoke, as the day of judgment approaches! The sun will be darkened, the moon will be red, just in advance of that day!

Verse 21 — Since this day of judgment is coming, call on Him! Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved! You must call on the name!

Verse 22 — God attested that Jesus is the Christ, through miracles, wonders and signs which He performed among you. Surely, you know it is true!

Verse 23 — But God foreknew and had a predetermined plan. What was it? To deliver His Christ over to you. Beloved, Jesus had to die to save us (Isaiah 53:10-12), even those of us who are not Jews (Isaiah 49:6). That is why His Christ was delivered over to the Jews!

Verse 24 — And so, according to God’s plan, you nailed Him to the cross by the hands of the Romans, and put Him to death.

Verse 25 — But just according to His Word, and prophesied by His prophets, God raised Him — the final proof that He is the Christ! (See Romans 1:4.)

And now, Peter begins to reason from the scriptures in even greater detail!

Verses 26-33 David spoke of Him —

From Psalm 16:8-11 —

No decay for the Holy One

David wasn’t speaking of himself — he’s in a tomb

David was prophesying (Mark12:36, Luke 20:42)

He was speaking of Christ’s resurrection, of which we are eyewitnesses

Jesus is resurrected, Jesus is the Christ

He has ascended to heaven.

He has been exalted to God’s right hand

The proof?

He has poured out the Holy Spirit, which you both see and hear!

Verses 34-35 — Peter reasons again, using David —

The LORD said to my Lord (Psalm 110:1, Matthew 21:43) “Sit at my right hand.”

God will make (and now has made) His enemies a footstool for His feet.

Verse 36 — All of you, know for certain that the scriptures are fulfilled in Christ, this One whom you crucified! He is both Lord over all, and the Christ of God!

THEREFORE —

You must be saved! He is the Christ. You crucified Him.

Verse 37 — The result? They were pierced to the heart (see Hebrews 4:12). “Brethren, what shall we do?”

Verses 38-39 — Repent! And be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (see John 20:22), a portion in view, but not the baptism of the Holy Spirit. God offers you, the ones who killed His Son, the promise of forgiveness — His promise is for everyone who will repent!

Verses 40-41 — Peter continues to solemnly testify, and exhorted them to be saved from “this perverse generation!” Those who had received (taken seriously and heeded) Peter’s words were baptized. How many? ABOUT 3,000!

The church was being the church! So, how do you personally measure up to this? Have you said you can’t possibly go out and evangelize? You aren’t smart enough? You don’t know enough of God’s Word? Well . . . look at what an untrained, uneducated, but Spirit-filled fisherman did, in the power of the Holy Spirit, with Christ in him, the Father in him, and the Holy Spirit in him, in His fullness (see John 14:23)!

Surely, when you are filled, He will teach you and mature you, using His Word. But He will give you exactly what to say (Luke 12:12, Mark 13:11)!

So, what are you waiting for?

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Author: Susan Wynn, servant of Jesus Christ

Healed by Jesus Christ of MS in 2001, in the middle of the night! Proclaiming His gospel, His healing, His heart. Author of From Death To Life--A True Story of Healing, Hope and Being Set Free. Our ministry: My Father's Place, a ministry without walls, proclaiming Jesus Christ to the world.

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