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 honeymoon period of the church in Acts comes to a sudden end as God breaks out in judgment against a couple who try to deceive his church.
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.
Having just healed a cripple man in the name of Jesus, Peter and John are arrested while preaching. In this passage, we witness their Spirit-empowered boldness as they proclaim Jesus is Lord. We see clearly that nothing can nor will stop God from building his church, not even persecution.
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.
As the Apostles continue to enjoy the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus continues to work powerfully among them to show the people who he is as Lord and Saviour. Jesus does this as his Word is preached, and also in signs and wonders performed by the Apostles. In Acts 3 it’s Peter and John who heals a man born as a cripple, and this miracle testifies to the power of Jesus’ name.
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.