Monday: The High Cost of Obedience
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One of the early examples of faith, and the cost of faith, can be seen in the life of Stephen.

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How is Stephen described in the following passages? Acts 6:3-10, 7:55.

The infilling of the Holy Spirit led the disciples to live unselfish, godly lives. Their faith led them to obedience. At times the spiritual warfare was fierce, but Jesus, their Savior and Lord, was by their side to strengthen their faith. They were stoned, imprisoned, burned at the [...]

Sunday: The Transformed Life
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Revival does not simply result in some warm, fuzzy feeling of supposed closeness to Jesus.

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It results in a changed life. There were times when the Bible writers felt extremely close to Jesus, and at other times they felt distant. There were times when their spirits soared in ecstasy, and they delighted in the joy of His presence. At other times, they did not feel the nearness of His presence at all.

The results of revival [...]

Sabbath: Obedience: The Fruit of Revival
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Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 26:69-74, Acts 5:28-32, 6:3-10, 9:1-9, Phil. 2:5-8.

Memory Text: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5, NKJV).

An illustration of the impact of revival on daily life can be seen in the Welsh Revival of 1904. Evan Roberts and some of his friends began [...]

Further Study: Witness and Service: The Fruit of Revival
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“In His wisdom the Lord brings those who are seeking for truth into touch with fellow beings who know the truth. It is the plan of Heaven that those who have received light shall impart it to those in darkness. Humanity, drawing its efficiency from the great Source of wisdom, is made the instrumentality, the working agency, through which the gospel exercises its transforming power on mind and heart.”-Ellen G. White, The Acts of the Apostles, p. 134.

“God could have reached [...]

Inside Story: Zuri’s Hope Mexico
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Zuri, 10, lives in a village in the mountains of central Mexico. The villagers work hard every day.

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But on festival days, they put aside work and eat and drink and dance and laugh. But Zuri didn’t like the festivals. Often the men would get drunk and would fight. Often someone got hurt. Zuri told his father how much he hated the noise and fighting and drinking during the festivals.

“But what can we do?” his [...]

Thursday: Revival, Witnessing, and Divine Intervention
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The thrilling story of the rapid growth of New Testament Christianity in Acts is the story of a revived church witnessing of Jesus’ love.

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It is the story of a church that regularly experienced divine intervention. Witnessing was a way of life for these early believers.

“And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ” (Acts 5:42, NKJV). Persecution even furthered the cause of the gospel. [...]

Wednesday: A Witnessing Faith Is a Growing Faith
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Activity is a law of life. In order to be healthy, our bodies need consistent exercise.

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Every organ, muscle, and tissue is strengthened and invigorated through exercise. When we neglect exercise, our immune system is compromised, and we become more susceptible to disease.

Something similar happens to us spiritually when we do not exercise our faith through witnessing. The words of Jesus, that “‘“it is more blessed to give than to receive”’” (Acts 20:35), work themselves out [...]

Tuesday: The Power of Personal Testimony
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Religious ritual has little power to change lives. Religious formalism leaves people spiritually barren.

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Doctrine alone will not transform hearts. The power of New Testament witnessing was rooted in the genuineness of lives changed by the gospel. The disciples were not play-acting. They were not going through the motions. Theirs was not some form of artificial spirituality. An encounter with the living Christ had changed them, and they could not be silent any longer.

What common thread [...]

Monday: Receiving the Promise
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The mission of sharing His love and truth with the entire world must have seemed overwhelming to this small group of disciples.

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The challenge was enormous, the task immense. Its accomplishment in their lifetime might certainly have seemed impossible (as it can in ours). The best estimates are that the population of the Roman Empire in the first century was approximately sixty to seventy million. According to the first chapter of Acts, one 120 believers [...]

Sunday: Christ’s Parting Commission and Promise
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Christ did not establish His church in order for it to simply care for itself.

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Jesus’ parting words focused upon the church’s mission. Christ’s intention is for His church to look beyond itself. He established it to share the light of His love and the message of His salvation with the world.

Read and summarize the following texts. How does each passage reveal Jesus’ heart desire for His church?

Matt. 28:19-20

Mark 16:15

Luke 24:45-49

John 20:21

Once Christ ascended to heaven, [...]