The mission heat has reached boiling point as Christians are forced to leave Jerusalem. Philip preaches the good news in Samaria where many believe. The inclusion of the Samaritans is confirmed by the gift of the Spirit witnessed by the Apostles.
Stephen was the first martyr. But he isn’t the last. In his dying words he issues a rousing wake up call to get on board with God's program.
The Word ministry must not be neglected, but in order for that to happen, the church needs godly leaders to oversee other ministries in order for all to be cared for and the lost saved.
The mission of the risen Jesus is God's mission. His hand is seen in the signs and wonders, the angel who provides escape and Gamaliel, all who provide the apostles freedom to preach.
The early church is marked by radical and sacrificial generosity in which no member had any needs. This idealism is undermined by the sin of one couple who hypocritically lied to the apostles and the Spirit of God experiencing immediate judgment.
The risen Jesus heals a disabled man through the apostles which leads to opposition from the ruling elite in Jerusalem. We see Peter and John boldly testify in the face of persecution that Jesus is alive and that there is no other name but Jesus which saves.
The risen Jesus heals a disabled man through the apostles confirming he is alive. As a result all who repent, will be refreshed as they look forward to the final restoration.
This Spirit filled community are devoted to the apostles teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and prayer.
The day of Pentecost ushered in the age of the Spirit for the Church. The work of the Spirit is to convict the world of sin and point to Jesus as Lord.
Acts is the sequel to Luke. What Jesus began to do and teach on earth he now continues to do and teach from heaven.