The last of a series in Acts chapters 3-7. As the gospel of Jesus is spreading in Jerusalem, multitudes are continuing to believe and are being added to the church. But, tensions are continuing to rise among unbelievers within the community, especially among the leadership. In this lesson, we consider how Stephen’s trial, sermon and death demonstrate the incredibly unique fulfillment of God’s plan both in Jesus and in Stephen’s character.
As the church in Jerusalem was thriving, they are faced with a problem from within that could have divided the church. In this lesson, we see how the apostles solved this problem with Christ-like wisdom, and how we can gain wisdom by this example to solve problems among brethren as well.
Continuing the series in Acts chapters 3-7. In this section, we see the apostles arrested twice more by the Jewish Council. In this lesson, we consider how the apostles’ example of courage teaches us about the kind of certainty we can also have in Jesus, and what kind of impact Jesus will have on our lives when we see Him as the apostles did.
Continuing the series in Acts chapters 3-7. In this section, we see various qualities that God was cultivating in the community of those who had believed in Jesus. In this lesson, we see how God was causing both abundant grace and fear to thrive in the church. Then, we consider how the fear caused by God’s judgment aided the progress of the gospel, rather than hindering it - and how important that is in our work together as a local church.
Continuing the series in Acts chapters 3-7. In this section, Peter and John are arrested and questioned by the Council in Jerusalem. In this lesson, we consider how it was the gospel’s power that inspired the boldness that Peter and John demonstrated before the council, and how we can take practical steps to strive to follow their example.
This is the first lesson of a mini-series through Acts chapters 3-7. In these chapters, we see the beginning of the spread of the gospel in the city of Jerusalem and the power of the gospel being demonstrated in those who first believed. In chapter 3, Peter heals a lame man at the temple and preaches his second gospel sermon emphasizing God’s power to restore any who repent. In this lesson, we consider how the miracle and Peter’s message both illustrate the reality that God raised up Jesus for us as well, to give us hope that we can be saved & restored from sin as well.