Acts
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Introduction

The book of Acts is a transition book, as it is the bridge between the four gospels, and Paul's epistles. Most Bible translations have titled the book the Acts of the Apostles, but a more appropriate title would be the Acts of the Holy Spirit. The gospels focus on the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, while the book of Acts focuses on the earthly ministry of the Holy Spirit.

These Acts Bible study lessons are relevant teaching for today's Christian community, as they tells what should be the driving force behind a spiritual church and its various programs. It gives God's formula for being a positive witness for Christ. The book of Acts shows how believers can experience the abundant Christian life as it is defined in the Bible. Have you ever wondered how your church would function if the Holy Spirit departed from the world? Would the church programs continue to function as usual, or would the spiritual life of the church decline?



Acts

Bible Study Lesson 1

In this Acts Bible study lesson we will examine the following events that contributed to the launching of the early Church:

  • Jesus becoming the fulfillment of the Old Testament Passover Feast and the Feast of Firstfruits.
  • Why the resurrection of Jesus Christ was just as vital as what He accomplished on the cross.
  • The infallible proofs that Jesus was resurrected (Acts 1:3).
  • We will see what Jesus meant when He said, "I have finished the work which You have given Me to do" (John 17:4).
  • God's provision for Christians displaying such spiritual fruit as peace, joy and faith.
  • We will see why the Millennium Reign is on hold until Jesus makes Revelation chapter five a reality.
  • Why Jesus instructed the Christians not to attempt witnessing until a special event took place.
  • How Christians often take the wrong approach when witnessing.
  • We will see why the New Testament speaks of two baptisms.
  • At some future time all believers will be attending a royal wedding in heaven. In this lesson we will learn what the dress code is for attending.

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Acts

Bible Study Lesson 2

In the first Acts Bible study lesson we saw how believers in the early Church were empowered. An empowering that enabled them to display Holy Spirit generated fruit and to be a positive testimony of what Jesus can do through a redeemed life. That empowering continues to be Christ's desire for today's Christian community. Unfortunately, much of the activities of the body of Christ appears to be fleshly generated. Thus, the lukewarm Church Age (Revelation 3:15-16).

"We are to God the fragrance of Christ
among those who are being saved
and among those who are perishing."

2 Corinthians 2:15

In this lesson we will examine the following aspects of the Christian life:

  • How the promises contained in the Bible are bankable.
  • What Luke meant when he wrote about God's determined purpose (Acts 2:23).
  • How tares (counterfeit Christians) and wheat (believers) have always rubbed shoulders. Today, both can be found seated side-by-side in a pew, serving together on a church board, or sitting next to each other in the choir.
  • Why the Old Testament Feast of Weeks was renamed the Feast of Pentecost (Acts 2:1).
  • How the gospel is available to all—not to just a special category of people.
  • How the Old Testament tabernacle rituals were shadows of the Lamb of God.
  • Why the resurrection of Jesus Christ was just as vital for our redemption as what Jesus accomplished on the cross.
  • How Acts 2:4-11 was a prototype of what takes place whenever a speaker is addressing the United Nations.
  • Why repentance is a one-time event in the life of a Christian.
  • How a spiritually mature congregation functions.
  • What enabled King David to see Jesus seated on his throne in Jerusalem (Acts 2:25).
  • What David meant when he said his tongue was glad (Acts 2:26).
  • Why Acts 2:36 needs to be a heart reality.

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Acts
Bible Study Lesson 3


In the first two lessons of the Acts Bible study lessons we examined the following events that existed in the early Church::

  • The power that enables a Christian to display spiritual fruit and to be a positive witness for Christ (Acts 1:8).
  • How the event recorded in Acts 2:1 was the fulfillment of the promise recorded in Ezekiel 36:27.
  • How the gospel wasn't restricted to a chosen few, but was available to all (Acts 2:21).
  • Examples of God's determined purposes being fulfilled during the Church Age (Acts 2:23).
  • Why King David was able to visualize Jesus being seated on his throne in Jerusalem (Acts 2:30b).
  • The benefits of experiencing the full gospel (Acts 2:36).



In this lesson we will examine the following:

  • Why the majority of Christians rarely share their faith effectively.
  • Why repentance is a one-time event in the life of a believer.
  • The purpose of the law of Moses.
  • Why a person can't work their way into Heaven through good works and by being obedient to the law of Moses.
  • Six evidences of a spiritual congregation.
  • How Peter accused the Jewish religious leaders as being murderers.
  • Why Peter accused the same group of Jews as being ignorant of something.
  • The benefit of being exposed to solid Bible teaching.
  • The difference between friendship and fellowship.
  • How the Old Testament prophets were able to foretell the death and resurrection of Jesus.
  • Why God is able to view a believer as being blameless and holy.
  • How a persons sins are either blotted out, or his name will be blotted out of the Lamb's Book of Life.
  • What will eventually be shaken out of heaven. Most Christians view everything in heaven as being permanent, but when the time is right, something will be removed from heaven.

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Acts

Bible Study Lesson 4

In the last Acts Bible study lesson, as a result of the preaching of Peter and John, we saw many Jews defecting from the Jewish places of worship, and becoming followers of Christ. We also saw:

  • Evidences of a spiritual congregation—exposure to nourishing Bible teaching, prayer meetings, and regular conversions.
  • The #1 role of a pastor. His main focus is not to preach a salvation sermon every week to a congregation that claims to be believers, but to edify the flock by teaching them nourishing spiritual lessons. A well nourished congregation will become the soul-winners by telling others how Jesus Christ has changed their lives. They will begin to experience freedom from such bondage as fear, anger, and worry.

In this Acts lesson we will see:

  • Why the conversions in the Jerusalem area attracted the ire of the Jewish religious leaders.
  • How Peter took several shots at the Jewish religious leaders which led to his arrest and punishment.
  • Why the religious leaders were annoyed when Peter spoke of Jesus as being the cornerstone.
  • Peter accusing the Pharisees and scribes of murdering God.
  • Why the religious leaders were angered when Peter announced that Jesus was the only ticket to gaining entry into heaven.
  • How Peter told the religious leaders that the law-based gospel that the Pharisees had been teaching in Israel for the past 1400 years was not only fruitless, but was actually harmful to the hearers.
  • Peter accusing the religious leaders as being ignorant morons.

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Acts
Bible Study Lesson 5

In the last Acts Bible study lesson we saw how religious minded people will often go to great lengths to cling to beliefs that are not supported by Scripture. For example, despite visible evidence of a crippled man being healed the Jewish religious leaders ordered Peter and John to stop healing people. Also, they commanded them to stop telling people that Jesus is the only Door to heaven. We also saw how the scribes and Pharisees became extremely annoyed when Peter accused them of murdering God and saying they weren't the cornerstone in Israel.

In this Acts Bible study lesson we will examine the following events that took place in the early Christian community:

  • How tithing isn't to be a legalistic percentage, but is to be heart inspired.
  • How a believer can steal from the Lord.
  • The #1 role of a pastor.
  • The byproduct of making the full gospel a heart reality.
  • Why the religions of the world attracts little flak, while Christianity attracts constant flak.
  • How each member of the Trinity is narrow-minded.
  • Why repentance must precede forgiveness.
  • How the gospel preached by the disciples conflicted with the law-based gospel that had been taught in Israel for the previous 1400 years.
  • What the word witnessing means.
  • The most effective way of motivating people to attend church or a Bible study.

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Acts

Bible Study Lesson 6

In the previous Acts Bible study lesson we saw the following events that spoke of the early church being spiritual:

  • The pastors fulfilling their #1 responsibility—feeding the congregation nourishing spiritual food (Acts 2:42).
  • A well nourished congregation fulfilling the Great Commission (Acts 5:14).
  • Christians being a positive fragrance of Christ to both believers and nonbelievers (2 Corinthians 2:15).

In this Acts Bible study lesson we find Stephen preaching a toe-stomping sermon to the Jews by reminding them of their Hebrew history. A sermon that resulted in his being executed. Stephen began his sermon by reminding them of the father of the Jews—Abraham. In this lesson we will examine the following highlights of Abraham's life:

  • What caused Abraham to get off track and backslide to Egypt.
  • Why there was conflict between Abraham's two sons—Isaac and Ishmael.
  • How the conflict that existed between the sons is symbolic of the conflict that exists in the life of a carnal believer.
  • In this lesson we will see why there has been conflict between Israel and the Arab nations for the past 4000 years and why peace treaties won't rectify the feud.

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Acts

Bible Study Lesson 7

In the last Acts Bible study lesson we saw Stephen preaching a toe-stomping sermon to a Jewish crowd which resulted in his being executed. In order to take a shot at the Jewish religious leadership he reviewed Israel's history by beginning with the father of Israel—Abraham. The point Stephen made was that Abraham understood the gospel (Galatians 3:8), but that the Jews of Stephen's day rejected (Acts 5:30-31).

In this Acts Bible study lesson we will examine the following key points of the final part of Stephen's sermon:

  • Why Abraham is called the Father of Faith
  • Why Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac
  • Why Abraham was able to inform his servants that we (Abraham and Isaac) will be returning the mount of sacrifice.
  • How the entire nation of Israel ended up living in Egypt for 400 years and why they eventually became slaves to the Egyptians.
  • How God raised up a Hebrew who possessed the credentials that were required to lead Israel back home to Canaan when the 400 year expired.
  • Why the vast majority of Israelites displayed fear when confronted with the Red Sea challenge and what enabled a minority of one to display peace when faced with the same negative.
  • Why the Lord told King David not to erect a fancy religious building.
  • What Stephen meant when he accused the Jewish religious leaders as being uncircumcised in their hearts and why this statement was the final nail in Stephen's coffin.
  • Why Stephen saw Jesus standing, rather than being seated, at the right hand of God.

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Acts
Bible Study Lesson 8

You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit
has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses
to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

Acts 1:8

In the last Acts Bible study lesson we saw Stephen being executed because of his preaching a toe-stomping sermon that was directed primarily at the Jewish religious leadership. 

In this lesson we will see the above verse becoming a reality in the following ways:

  • Phillip preaching the gospel in Samaria.
  • The gospel finding its roots in Africa
  • Paul being raised up to take the gospel westward.
  • We will see how Paul not only had his sight restrored, but how he also had his spiritual eyesight improved.
  • How Paul would have proven to the Jewish community that Jesus was the promised Messiah—the Savior.
  • How the Christians fled from the Jerusalem area in order to avoid persecution and how their departure would have been viewed as a positive in the eyes of the Lord.
  • We will see how a person can be a believer and still be in his sins—having a darkened heart that hasn't been illuminated by the Holy Spirit  (1 Corinthians 15:2).
  • We will see what the word Christian means.

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Acts
Bible Study Lesson 9

"The most inflexible organization in the
world is the churches"
- William Barclay

This Acts Bible study lesson can be summed up in one word—flexibility!

  • The first generation of Israelites who departed from Egypt were inflexible because of constantly refusing to enter the Promised Land. Of this generation God said, "You are a stiff-necked people"—inflexible (Exodus 32:9). 
  • Jesus was confronted with inflexible thinking. Can you believe they actually accused Him of healing on the wrong day of the week?
  • Stephen encountered inflexible Jews. He referred to them as being stiff-necked (Acts 7:51). 
  • Paul was constantly confronted with the inflexible Jewish religious leaders (Acts 9:20, 23).

This Acts Bible study lesson is about discarding denominational teachings, and religious traditions, that are not supported by Scripture (Colossians 2:8). In this lesson we will see:

  • How Peter had to be flexible. If he was to have an effective ministry among Gentiles it was imperative that age-old religious beliefs that were not supported by Scripture be discarded.
  • Why God overrode His instruction to Noah (Genesis 9:3) by advising Israel not to eat certain foods during their exodus to the Promised Land (Leviticus 11).
  • How the Lord demonstrated to Peter that the Levitical food laws were no longer in play.
  • How Peter saying, "Not so, Lord," was a contradiction of words.
  • That the gospel is available to all and not just to a certain category of people.
  • How the Old Testament saints were aware that a time was approaching when the Holy Spirit would take up residence in the hearts of believers
  • One of the proofs that a person has been born-again.
  • Two things that contributes to inflexible thinking in today's Christian community.

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Acts

Bible Study Lesson 10

In this Acts Bible study lesson we will see:

  • How Peter was challenged for setting foot in a Gentile home and eating foods that had been on the Hebrew no-no list for the past 1400 years.
  • How Acts 10:44 was the fulfillment of Ezekiel 37:14—the Holy Spirit taking up residence in the hearts of converted Gentiles.
  • How only two camps exist in this world and throughout eternity—the camp of life and the camp of death.
  • What the Old Testament Feast of Unleavened Bread ritual symbolized (Acts 12:3).
  • My Three Step Program being put into motion when Peter was arrested.
  • How the execution of Jesus was spoken about in the Old Testament.
  • Why Jesus had to be the Just One, before He could become a justifier.
  • How preaching the Word of God with boldness usually causes division. Jesus confirmed this truth when He said, "Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth. I tell you, not at all, but to create division" Luke 12:5

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Acts
Bible Study Lesson 11

In this Acts Bible study lesson we will see:

  • The reason God instituted circumcision in the Old Testament.
  • How all New Testament believers are circumcised—regardless of their sex. 
  • The reason Paul and Barnabas went their separate ways.
  • How believers gain spiritual strength
  • All religions have their holy days. Christians celebrate Christmas and Easter. Jews celebrate such holy days as the Passover and Yom Kipper. Muslims also have their holy days. In this lesson we will see what would be an appropriate day for atheists to celebrate. 
  • Why the Jerusalem critics disputed every doctrine Paul taught except one—the resurrection.
  • How Paul used the unknown god that the Greeks worshiped to preach the gospel.
  • How Paul taught about God being the maker and not the made

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Acts

Bible Study Lesson 12

"You shall receive power when the Holy
Spirit has come upon you; and you
shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem,
and in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the end of the earth."

Acts 1:8

In the first Acts Bible study lesson we read about Jesus making the above two-fold promise. A promise about the Holy Spirit empowering believers so they could effectively spread the gospel beyond Jerusalem. In this series we have seen the following unfolding of this prophecy:

  • The gospel establishing deep roots in Jerusalem - more than 8000 conversions from the preaching of Peter and John. 
  • The Jerusalem Christians being scattered because of persecution and taking the gospel with them to their new place of residence.
  • Philip taking the gospel beyond Jerusalem to Samaria
  • The gospel being rooted in Africa.
  • Paul taking the gospel westward

In this final lesson on the book of Acts we will examine the following:

  • The two responses to the gospel.
  • The three phases a person usually experiences in order to experience a genuine conversion.
  • How Paul cut short his second missionary journey in order to attend a special birthday celebration in Jerusalem.
  • The #1 role of a pastor.
  • How Christians are in an earthly spiritual race, which begins when they become a believer, and ends when they join Christ in the air.
  • Paul's advice to pastors
  • The only thing Jesus owns in today's world. 
  • Wheat and tares being intermingled—seated in the same pew,  often serving on the same church board, and even living under the same roof. 
  • In an attempt to gain recognition and praise, tares are often the most popular people in church. Because of their popularity they are often voted into places of authority. It is one thing to place them in a leadership position. It's another thing to get them removed. They will covet that position like a drowning person clings to a life preserver. 
  • How many of today's believers live under a law and grace gospel.
  • What the Lord views as being the most holy place in the world. 
  • Why the book of Acts is an incomplete book

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