Counted Worthy to Suffer

In this lesson we discuss Acts 5:12-42. In this passage, the apostles are arrested again yet this time they are miraculously released to continue their preaching. Once more the council holds a hearing and a surprising advocate prevents a death sentence. The apostles’ response to their arrest and subsequent beating provides a model for facing persecution and opposition.

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We Cannot But Speak

This week's lesson discusses the opposition that arises from Peter and John healing the lame man. The religious leaders offer threats and warnings but the church prays for boldness. We get another glimpse into the life of the early church and their spirit of sacrifice and generosity. This fellowship is threatened, however, but deceit from within.

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What I Do Have I Give

In Acts 3, Peter and John heal a lame man and Peter seizes the opportunity to explain why Jesus is the Messiah and why his listeners are thus compelled to repent. We discuss these events as well as the sovereign plan of God, the blessings of repentance, and the joy and wonder of God's healing power. 

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This Jesus God Raised Up

This lesson covers Acts 2: the disciples receive the promise of the Father, Peter delivers the first recorded sermon in the book, and we get a glimpse of life among Spirit filled believers. 

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You Will Be My Witnesses

In the introduction to our new study on the book of Acts, we discuss our motivation for Bible study, the who/what/when/where/why of Acts, and examine chapter 1.

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Imitate Good

We close out our study of the letters of John by discussing 3 John and the familiar theme of walking in truth. John offers both rebuke and commendation in this short letter as he reminds his readers of the importance of hospitality and of love. 

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A New Commandment

This is the lesson from February 6, 2018. Due to some technical glitches, I was unable to publish it until now. It covers 1 John 2:3-17.

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Walking in the Truth

Today's lesson covers the book of 2 John. We discover that John continues to repeat his familiar themes of love, obedience, and right belief. He offers a stern warning concerning false teachers and he encourages his readers to walk in the truth.

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That You May Know

We finish out John's first letter by discussing a very difficult passage to interpet. However murky our understanding of the sin that leads to death, we are assured by John's assertions of what we know. Assurance is ours because of the testimony and promise of God!

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This is the Testimony

In 1 John 5:1-12. John continues to explore faith, love, and obedience as primary evidences for an authentic confession. He will remind us that God’s commands are not burdensome and that we have overcome the world! These truths not only give us hope but remind us that our Father is good and all His ways are good. 

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