Wednesday: The Gospel Goes to the Gentiles
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Preaching to Gentiles

Where was the first Gentile church established? What events caused the believers to go there? (Acts 11:19-21, Acts 11:26). What does that remind you of from Old Testament times? (See Daniel 2.) The persecution that broke out in Jerusalem after Stephen’s death caused a number of Jewish believers to flee three hundred miles north to … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Saul in Damascus
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Paul in Damascus

During Saul’s encounter with Jesus, he was blinded and then instructed to go to the house of a man named Judas and to wait there for another man, Ananias. No doubt Saul’s physical blindness was a powerful reminder of the greater spiritual blindness that led him to persecute the followers of Jesus. The appearance of … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Saul’s Conversion
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Saul's Conversion

“And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ Then the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads’ ” (Acts 9:5, NKJV). Although Saul’s persecution of the early church begins rather inconspicuously (as he only holds the coats of Stephen’s executioners), it quickly intensifies (see … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Persecutor of Christians
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Paul before and after his Conversion

Saul of Tarsus first appears in Acts as one involved in the stoning of Stephen (Acts 7:58) and then in connection with the more wide-scale persecution that broke out in Jerusalem (Acts 8:1-5). Peter, Stephen, Philip, and Paul play a significant role in the book of Acts because they were involved in events that led … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Paul – Apostle to the Gentiles
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Read for This Week’s Study: Acts 6:9-15, Acts 9:1-9, 1 Sam. 16:7, Matt. 7:1, Acts 11:19-21, Acts 15:1-5. Memory Text: “When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, ‘Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life’” (Acts 11:18, NKJV). It’s not that hard to understand Saul of … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Major Themes in 1 and 2 Peter
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Spectacles on Bible

Further Thought: Even amid the heavy theology, Peter’s letters put a strong emphasis on Christian life and how we should treat one another. In other words, yes, we need to know the truth as it is in Jesus. But even more important, we need to live the truth, too. Early on, we get these grand … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Primacy of Scripture
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Scripture above All

Read the following passages. What do they say about the Bible that could help us to understand today what its role should be in our lives and faith? 1 Pet. 1:10-12 2 Pet. 1:16-20 2 Pet. 3:2 2 Pet. 3:16 In his second letter, Peter confronts false teachers. He directs his readers to two sources … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Order in Society and in the Church
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Order in Society and the Church

Read the following passages. What does Peter say in these texts about the importance of both government and church leadership, and how Christians should respond to both? How should his words be applied to our situations today, regardless of where we live? 1 Pet. 2:11-21 1 Pet. 5:1-5 Peter lived at a time when Christians … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Hope in the Second Coming
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Second Coming

Read the following texts, and note what is said about future events: 1 Pet. 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 1 Pet. 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time … [Click to read more …]

Monday: How Should We Live?
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A theme that Peter returns to more often than any other is posed by the question he asked in 2 Peter 3:11: “Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness?” (NRSV). Read the following texts. What does Peter … [Click to read more …]