The apostles Peter and John had just clashed with the Sanhedrin, the ruling elites, and they were released unharmed. How would your church react to such a threat from the authorities? Lie low? Appease? Compromise? Watch this episode to see how the church in Jerusalem responded! BONUS CONTENT: "Church Life in Jerusalem"
Session 10: The Changing of the Guard (Acts 4:1-22)
The incumbent leaders of Israel, the Sanhedrin, did not appreciate what the apostles were doing. "By what authority do you teach? Who do you think you are? We are the leaders of Israel." Who were the apostles? They were the official representatives of Israel's King, the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. It's time for the passing of the torch of leadership of God's people from builders who rejected the cornerstone to the witnesses of the resurrection and ascension of the Messiah.
Session 09: A Sign of the Messianic Restoration (Acts 3:1-26)
Peter and John went to pray at the temple. A disabled man asked for alms but he received more than he expected. A crowd gathered to find out what happened. But what exactly happened? What did Peter and John tell the crowd? What would you tell the crowd?
In the previous episode, the apostle Peter preached a wonderful and moving sermon. But what should people do? How can one join the movement? In this episode, Peter answers this questions. Bonus content: a portrait of the first church in the world - the church in Jerusalem!
A miracle has happened! The disciples were speaking in all sorts of languages they never learned to proclaim the mighty works of God to a multilingual crowd gathered on the day of Pentecost! But what does this mean> Why were they able to do that? Listen to Peter's authoritative answer in Episode 7 - "The Day of the Lord" (Acts 2:14-36)
Session 06: Prologue - The Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-13)
Throughout the ages, certain chosen ones were empowered by the Holy Spirit to lead God's people - Moses, Gideon, Samson, and David... Their exploits, their leadership, their power to do God's will! If only the Holy Spirit would empower all of God's people to be prophets and prophetesses! What kind of revival would that be? Watch Episode 6 to find out what happened on the Day of Pentecost!
Session 05: Prologue - Reconstituting the Twelve (Acts 1:15-26)
Jesus told the disciples to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit to come. So they waited... Sometimes we too are told to wait upon the Lord. But does waiting mean do nothing? Watch Episode 5 to learn what the disciples did to prepare for the greatest move of the Holy Spirit of all times.
In Episode 4, we take a close look at the opening verse of the Acts of the Apostles. Right before the risen Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, he gave a mission to his disciples and told them that he would return again to them. Two thousand years on, disciples of the Lord Jesus are still working on the same mission. But what is it? Get the answer to this question and more with this study.
Session 03: Purpose of Writing - Why did Luke write the Acts of the Apostles
Why did Luke write the Acts of the Apostles? The answer to this can unlock every chapter of the book. In Episode 3, we round up our introduction to the Acts of the Apostles with its purpose of writing.