1. Acts 1:1-8In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote aboutall that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 untilthe day he was taken up to heaven, aftergiving instructions through the Holy Spirit tothe apostles he had chosen.3 After his suffering, he presented himself tothem and gave many convincing proofs thathe was alive. He appeared to them over aperiod of forty days and spoke about thekingdom of God.
2. Acts 1:1-84 On one occasion, while he was eating withthem, he gave them this command: “Do notleave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift myFather promised, which you have heard mespeak about. 5 For John baptized with water,but in a few days you will be baptized withthe Holy Spirit.”
3. Acts 1:1-86 Then they gathered around him and askedhim, “Lord, are you at this time going torestore the kingdom to Israel?”7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know thetimes or dates the Father has set by his ownauthority. 8 But you will receive power whenthe Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will bemy witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judeaand Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
4. Acts 2:42-4742 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachingand to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and toprayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the manywonders and signs performed by the apostles.44 All the believers were together and had everythingin common. 45 They sold property and possessionsto give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day theycontinued to meet together in the temple courts.They broke bread in their homes and ate togetherwith glad and sincere hearts,47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all thepeople. And the Lord added to their number dailythose who were being saved.
5. Acts 4:32-3532 All the believers were one in heart and mind.No one claimed that any of their possessionswas their own, but they shared everything theyhad. 33 With great power the apostlescontinued to testify to the resurrection of theLord Jesus. And God’s grace was sopowerfully at work in them all 34 that therewere no needy persons among them. For fromtime to time those who owned land or housessold them, brought the money from the sales35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it wasdistributed to anyone who had need.
6. Genesis 1:27-2927 So God created mankind in his own image,in the image of God he created them;male and female he created them.28 God blessed them and said to them, “Befruitful and increase in number; fill the earthand subdue it. Rule over the fish in the seaand the birds in the sky and over every livingcreature that moves on the ground.”29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earthand every tree that has fruit with seed in it.They will be yours for food.
7. Genesis 2:8-9, 15-178 Now the Lord God had planted a garden inthe east, in Eden; and there he put the manhe had formed. 9 The Lord God made allkinds of trees grow out of the ground—treesthat were pleasing to the eye and good forfood. In the middle of the garden were thetree of life and the tree of the knowledge ofgood and evil.
8. Genesis 2:8-9, 15-1715 The Lord God took the man and put him inthe Garden of Eden to work it and take careof it. 16 And the Lord God commanded theman, “You are free to eat from any tree in thegarden; 17 but you must not eat from the treeof the knowledge of good and evil, for whenyou eat from it you will certainly die.”
9. Genesis 3:17b-19“Cursed is the ground because of you;through painful toil you will eat food from itall the days of your life.18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,and you will eat the plants of the field.19 By the sweat of your browyou will eat your fooduntil you return to the ground,since from it you were taken;for dust you areand to dust you will return.”
10. 1 Chronicles 17:7b-10a, 16-22‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you fromthe pasture, from tending the flock, and appointedyou ruler over my people Israel. 8 I have been withyou wherever you have gone, and I have cut off allyour enemies from before you. Now I will make yourname like the names of the greatest men on earth.9And I will provide a place for my people Israel andwill plant them so that they can have a home oftheir own and no longer be disturbed. Wickedpeople will not oppress them anymore, as they didat the beginning 10 and have done ever since thetime I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I willalso subdue all your enemies.
11. 1 Chronicles 17:7b-10a, 16-2216 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord,and he said: “Who am I, Lord God, and what is myfamily, that you have brought me this far? 17 Andas if this were not enough in your sight, my God,you have spoken about the future of the house ofyour servant. You,Lord God, have looked on meas though I were the most exalted of men.18 “What more can David say to you for honoringyour servant? For you know your servant, 19Lord. For the sake of your servant and accordingto your will, you have done this great thing andmade known all these great promises.
12. 1 Chronicles 17:7b-10a, 16-2220 “There is no one like you, Lord, and there is noGod but you, as we have heard with our ownears.21 And who is like your people Israel—theone nation on earth whose God went out toredeem a people for himself, and to make aname for yourself, and to perform great andawesome wonders by driving out nations frombefore your people, whom you redeemed fromEgypt? 22 You made your people Israel yourvery own forever, and you, Lord, have becometheir God.
13. 1 Chronicles 21:1-2Satan rose up against Israel and incited Davidto take a census of Israel. 2 So David said toJoab and the commanders of the troops, “Goand count the Israelites from Beersheba toDan. Then report back to me so that I mayknow how many there are.”
14. Acts 4:36-3736 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom theapostles called Barnabas (which means “sonof encouragement”), 37 sold a field he ownedand brought the money and put it at theapostles’ feet.
15. Acts 5:1-14Now a man named Ananias, together with hiswife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property.2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept backpart of the money for himself, but brought therest and put it at the apostles’ feet.
16. Acts 5:1-143 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it thatSatan has so filled your heart that you havelied to the Holy Spirit and have kept foryourself some of the money you received forthe land? 4 Didn’t it belong to you before itwas sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t themoney at your disposal? What made youthink of doing such a thing? You have not liedjust to human beings but to God.”
17. Acts 5:1-145 When Ananias heard this, he fell down anddied.And great fear seized all who heardwhat had happened. 6 Then some youngmen came forward, wrapped up his body,and carried him out and buried him.
18. Acts 5:1-147 About three hours later his wife came in, notknowing what had happened. 8 Peter asked her,“Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias gotfor the land?” “Yes,” she said, “that is the price.”9 Peter said to her, “How could you conspire totest the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of themen who buried your husband are at the door,and they will carry you out also.”
19. Acts 5:1-1410 At that moment she fell down at his feet anddied.Then the young men came in and, findingher dead, carried her out and buried her besideher husband.11 Great fear seized the wholechurch and all who heard about these events.
20. Henry Blackaby“When you believe that nothing significantcan happen through you, you have saidmore about your belief in God than youhave about yourself.”
21. Acts 5:1-1412 The apostles performed many signs andwonders among the people. And all thebelievers used to meet together in Solomon’sColonnade.13 No one else dared join them, even though theywere highly regarded by the people.14 Nevertheless, more and more men and womenbelieved in the Lord and were added to theirnumber.