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Acts - Extreme Opposition, Extreme Impact


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New Testament walkthru - Acts of the Apostles

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Acts - Extreme Opposition, Extreme Impact

  1. 1. The Gospels Acts of the Apostles Paul’s Letters Other Letters Revelation A Walkthru’ of the New Testament Lesson 6: Acts - Extreme Opposition Extreme Impact
  2. 2.  Intoduction  Extreme Impact  Extreme Power  Extreme Unity  Extreme Discipline  Extreme Boldness  Extreme Focus  Extreme Opposition  Extreme Risk  Discussion
  4. 4. Written by Dr. Luke, a Gentile. The book covers key events such as  Birth of the Church, Pentecost  Peter rising as key leader  His vision to spread gospel to Gentiles  Conversion of Saul (Paul)  Gospel extending beyond Jerusalem, Paul’s first and second missionary Journeys.  Gospel reaches farther West to European regions. Third missionary journey.  Paul’s travel to Jerusalem, his arrest, difficult travel to Rome for trial. [1]
  5. 5. The book of Acts shows the transition of:  Fearful disciples to bold apostles  Focus on Jews to Gentiles  God’s temple at Jerusalem to international church  Access to God through priests, to unlimited access  Jews as people of God to Christians across nations, languages, cultures.
  6. 6.  And you shall receive power ..  And you shall be my witness  And reach the world Acts 1:8
  7. 7. The apostles’ teaching spread throughout the world like wild fire. What caused this high impact?
  8. 8. The early church had extreme:  Power through God’s presence  Unity  Discipline  Boldness  Focus  Opposition  Risk Which resulted in extreme impact – Story of Acts
  9. 9. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God's grace was so powerfully at work in them all – Acts 4:33
  10. 10. And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them. Acts 4:32 NASB
  11. 11.  These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer…. Acts 1:14 NASB  Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart Acts 2:46 NASB
  12. 12. 20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me – John 17
  13. 13.  What was the importance of unity among believers from the passage in John?  Was Christ’s prayer for unity among believers answered?  In a divided global church, how can we work together for unity?
  14. 14. “Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.” 5 When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last, Acts 5
  15. 15. 9 But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. Acts 5
  16. 16. 29 ”And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness. Acts 4
  17. 17. 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. Acts 4
  18. 18. 19But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4
  19. 19.  Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 5:42  2So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables Acts 6:3  And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42
  20. 20. What was the focus of the apostles? Why?
  21. 21. A Story of transportation of codfish in US.
  22. 22.  Freezing didn’t work  Transporting them alive in tanks had worse results
  23. 23.  Finally catfish, codfish’s greatest enemy were introduced in the tanks
  24. 24.  Catfish chased and kept them better than before
  25. 25. 3-4 And Saul just went wild, devastating the church, entering house after house after house, dragging men and women off to jail. Forced to leave home base, the followers of Jesus all became missionaries. Acts 8 The Message
  26. 26. Opposition enhanced mission
  27. 27. “You are doing just as your fathers did. Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become” (Acts 7:51-52) - Stephen
  28. 28. 5But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul began devoting himself completely to the word, solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. 6But when they resisted and blasphemed, he shook out his garments and said to them, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.“ Acts 18:5,6
  29. 29. “A slave is not greater than his master.” If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. …. They will make you outcasts from the synagogues..; but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God (John 15:20; 16:1-2). - Jesus
  30. 30.  At times miraculous escapes, at times flogging, imprisonment, death  Paul could have been saved by Agrippa but was sentenced to Rome  Seeds were planted for global evangelism  God is always in control Where there is high risk there is high gain
  31. 31.  “men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Acts 15:26 NIV  Most of the disciples/apostles died martyr’s deaths. History has it that 8 out of 12 of Jesus’ own disciples died martyrs…
  32. 32. Paul used his prison as a powerhouse
  33. 33.  What other extremes do you observe in the lives of the apostles causing impact?  What do you think is most diluting the church’s impact today? Lack of power? Impact? Unity? Boldness? Sharing? discipline? Focus? Inability to face opposition? Risk? Any other?  What changes do you feel you need to make to your personal goals and lifestyle to improve your impact for Christ?
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