Posts Tagged ‘Acts’

  • E100: Week 14: Death and resurrection

    Apr 17, 11 • Acts, E100, Jesus, John, Luke1 Comment
    E100: Week 14: Death and resurrection

    Gospels are not biographies, nor are they just collections of sayings, they focus on Jesus’ death and resurrection. Without either event can’t understand Jesus or the gospel. But we also to see and understand that Jesus is God incarnate and that Jesus is risen else his dearth and the disciples turnaround between end of gospels [&hellip...

  • E100-78: Acts 15:1 – 15:41: The Council at Jerusalem

    Aug 4, 10 • Acts, E100Comments Off on E100-78: Acts 15:1 – 15:41: The Council at Jerusalem
    E100-78: Acts 15:1 – 15:41:  The Council at Jerusalem

    Oh, boy! Oh, boy 🙂 What a chapter!? This chapter, full of the minutes of, or rather a report on, the first recorded business meeting of the Christian church, both raises and solves a huge problem Christians have with Scripture, and comes close to, but avoids two of the commonest contemporary (in New Zealand Baptist [&hellip...

  • E100-77: Acts 13:1 – 14:28: The First Missionary Journey

    Aug 3, 10 • Acts, E100, SinComments Off on E100-77: Acts 13:1 – 14:28: The First Missionary Journey
    E100-77: Acts 13:1 – 14:28: The First Missionary Journey

    Paul’s summarises the Old Testament story from a Jewish-Christian perspective as a world looking for a saviour. Then John showed that still “today” not just in ancient times people are looking for a saviour. Jesus not only died, but rose, and this is the keeping of God’s ancient promises. In Jesus God fills out, fully, [&hellip...

  • E100-76: Acts 9:1 – 9:31: The Road to Damascus

    Aug 2, 10 • Acts, E100, NarrativeComments Off on E100-76: Acts 9:1 – 9:31: The Road to Damascus
    E100-76: Acts 9:1 – 9:31: The Road to Damascus

    “The Road” or “The Way” common Biblical picture language for a way of life or the direction we are “going”, but it is also used several times in Acts (almost, or probably, only in Acts) as a name for being a Christian. It is a good name because metanoia, repentance, is about turning round and [&hellip...

  • E100-75: Acts 10:1 – 11:18: Good News for All

    Jul 30, 10 • Acts, E100, Jesus, NTComments Off on E100-75: Acts 10:1 – 11:18: Good News for All
    E100-75: Acts 10:1 – 11:18: Good News for All

    In Matt 26 when Peter was supposed to be praying with Jesus he went to sleep, here a similar physical need interrupts his prayer, he’s hungry (in Peter’s retelling says he fell asleep here too 🙂 But God uses the two situations quite differently – here his hunger gives him a vision! When God says… [&hellip...

  • E100-73: Acts 6:8 – 8:8: Stephen the witness

    Jul 28, 10 • Acts, E100Comments Off on E100-73: Acts 6:8 – 8:8: Stephen the witness
    E100-73: Acts 6:8 – 8:8: Stephen the witness

    Stephen is a “martyr” (in English that means someone who dies for their beliefs, but in Greek it means someone who bears witness to their faith). Stephen points to Jesus, and witnesses to truth – even at expense of speaking against “holy” things. In his defense he retells the story of salvation Heilsgeschichte but focused [&hellip...

  • E100-72: Acts 3:1 – 4:37: The rejected stone

    Jul 27, 10 • Acts, E100, PsalmsComments Off on E100-72: Acts 3:1 – 4:37: The rejected stone
    E100-72: Acts 3:1 – 4:37: The rejected stone

    Peter gets some powerful lines in these two great chapters 🙂 Since I was a child I’ve loved his: “I don’t have silver and gold, but what I do have I’ll give you. Get up and walk!” So different from what we usually hear… And then when faced by the authorities he talks about his [&hellip...

  • E100-71: Acts 2:1–47: The Day of Pentecost

    Jul 26, 10 • Acts, E100Comments Off on E100-71: Acts 2:1–47: The Day of Pentecost
    E100-71: Acts 2:1–47: The Day of Pentecost

    What a chapter! What a day! An unheard of miracle that foreshadows the spread of the gospel to all the world and the fellowship that transcends frontiers and cultures. Like in Joel everyone receives God’s Spirit, young as well as old, women and men alike, slave and free, the Spirit bursts all human categories. Indeed [&hellip...

  • E100-70: Acts 1:1 – 11: The Ascension

    Jul 23, 10 • Acts, E100, Jesus, NTComments Off on E100-70: Acts 1:1 – 11: The Ascension
    E100-70: Acts 1:1 – 11: The Ascension

    Luke begins his sequel to the gospel “In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning… but his summary ocuses on the resurrection and stresses that it was real. He then reports the risen Jesus telling the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Spirit, who he [&hellip...