Tuesday: Philip in Samaria

Person Climbing Out of Hole

Saul, a future apostle and missionary, makes his first appearance in the Bible at the stoning of the deacon Stephen, the first Christian martyr. This wave of persecution only helped further the spread of the gospel. Read Acts 8:1-6. What was the result of the persecution of the church in Jerusalem? Samaria was the first … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Waiting on Tables

People Sharing a Meal

Read Acts 2:44-47, Acts 4:34-37. What kind of picture of the early church is presented here? No question, things were for a time going quite well among the early believers. Of course, everyone is fallen, and before long some tensions started to rise. Read Acts 6:1-7. What problems arose, and how did the church deal … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Philip the Evangelist

Persecution of Christians

While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Cor. 4:18, NKJV). Think about what Paul is saying here, especially as we study this week about Philip … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Philip as Missionary

Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Cor. 4:18, Acts 2:44-47, Acts 4:34-37, Acts 6:1-7, Acts 8, Acts 21:7-10. Memory Text: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8 NIV). … [Click to read more …]

Friday – Inside Story: Despair to Hope – Part 1

A Group of People Learning on the Bible

Cambodia ~ by Chhenghorn Thean Cheng lived in a slum-like camp for displaced persons in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. One day Cheng walked past a house and heard someone speaking to a group of people. Curious, she stared through a window. Was this a church? She wanted to study English, and she had heard that churches … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study – Peter and the Gentiles

Spirit Led Worship

Read Ellen G. White, Jew and Gentile, pp. 188-200, in The Acts of the Apostles. Peter told of his astonishment when, in speaking the words of truth to those assembled at the home of Cornelius, he witnessed the Holy Spirit taking possession of his hearers, Gentiles as well as Jews. The same light and glory … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Jerusalem Decree

Suitcase Check

Early success of the mission to the Gentiles raised some crucial questions for the early church regarding what requirements should be expected of Gentile converts, those grafted into the faith (Rom. 11:17). Tensions always appear when people from other religions and cultures join an established believing community. In this case, Jewish Christians, with their high regard … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Peter’s Vision

Peter Dreams

As we saw yesterday, by the time Peter made contact with Cornelius, he had a change in attitude regarding the Gentiles that other Jewish believers hadn’t yet understood (see Acts 10:44-45). What happened that changed Peter? Read Acts 10:9-22 and Acts 11:1-10. What do the passages say about how entrenched Peter’s wrong attitudes were that … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Conversion of Cornelius – Part 2

Crane With Heart Wrecking Ball

Then Peter began to speak: I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. (Acts 10:34-35 NIV). Though these words to us are not that revolutionary, for them to have come from the mouth of … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Conversion of Cornelius – Part 1

Cornelius Has a Vision

Read Acts 10:1-8, Acts 10:23-48. What does the story of this Gentile becoming a follower of Jesus teach us about salvation and witness? The conversion of Cornelius, a pagan officer in the Roman army, along with his family and friends, has been termed the Gentile Pentecost. It is a crucial story in Acts, one that … [Click to read more …]