Acts Bible Study – Part 1: the Manifestation of the Risen Christ

Acts Bible Study – Part 1: the Manifestation of the Risen Christ

Acts Bible Study – Part 1: the Manifestation of the Risen Christ

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Acts Bible study (Part 1) examines the ascension of Jesus. It also looks at the phenomenal events of Pentecost. It records the first martyr of the Christian faith. It will emphasize the colossal events of Peter’s life. It  reveals the supernatural working of God in the early days of the church.

The history of the church has the early followers of Jesus spreading from Jerusalem to Rome.  Their journey leaves no question to the manifestation of the risen Christ in their lives.  The Acts Bible study reveals the development of early Christianity as being beyond the control of human endeavor.

It was not the product of human achievement but the manifestation of Jesus Christ in the lives of the apostles. With its many references to the Holy Spirit, the development of the early movement of Christianity was beyond the control of human endeavor.

Acts Bible study examines the manifestation of Jesus after his death.

The Acts records the supernatural manifestation of Jesus in the lives of the early followers of Jesus.  There are listed thirty-six definitely divine interventions. People are healed as the shadow of Peter passed over them (Acts 5:15). Phillip is transposed from one location to another (Acts 8:39). A young girl is raised from the dead (Acts 9:40-41). A man was made blind because he was causing problems among the people (Acts 13:8-11). In thirty years, there were over thirty-six recorded times where Jesus manifested himself in spectacular interventions of his divine power.

The early history of the church reveals six definite visions. Also, there was five other experiences that would be called visions today. Eleven times the visual manifestation of Jesus produced fresh, new, and vital inspiration. The visions of Cornelius, Peter, Ananias, Paul and others gave new direction. The people were being directed by God’s intervention.

Fourteen times the believers heard in an audible voice the voice of an angel of the Lord. Seven times events occurred that could only be called signs and wonders.  Thirty six times Jesus was manifested in a spectacular superhuman way in ordinary human beings.

The wonder of the thirty-six marvelous miracles is astonishing. Yet, it is actually the ordinary daily manifestation of Jesus that is extraordinary. The most striking characteristic revealed in this Acts Bible study is the revelation of extreme joyfulness. As Peter would later say, the way of Christ is always “joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Pet.1:8).

They knew the risen Jesus as the Lord, the Christ. They saw him as the servant of the Father and the son of the Father. They experienced him as the Savior, the Prince of Life, and the Righteous One. They knew him as the Lord of all. This understanding of the risen Jesus produced the ultimate characteristic of the joy of the Lord in their lives.

Acts Bible study (Part 1) emphasizes the role of Peter in the early history of the church.

The Acts is the telling of the story of the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It reveals the movement of the church from Jerusalem, to Judaea, to Samaria, and to the rest of the world.  Peter is in the forefront before and after Pentecost. He became the individual that would carry the history of the story.

It was Peter who explained what happened on the feast of Pentecost.  He took the lead in the healing of the  impotent man. Peter was the spokesman for the believers before the Sanhedrin. It was Peter who condemned Ananias and Sapphira.

Many people were healed as Peter’s shadow passed over them. It was Peter who spoke and confronted Simon, the sorcerer. Dorcas was raised from the dead and Aeneas was healed. It was Peter that introduced the gospel to the Gentiles. He would later explain to the rest of the Jewish Christians that the opportunity of hearing the gospel was now open to the Gentiles. Finally, this section of the Acts (Chapters 1-12) ends with Peter being miraculously delivered out of prison.

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Preface

The purpose of the writing of the Acts of the Apostles is clear, if the authorship of the books is accepted as Luke. The author began his account of the history of the primitive church by stating,

“The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me” (Acts 1:1-4).

The opening statement of the author connects the book of the Acts of the Apostles to the former treatise of the author, the Gospel of Luke. In the first treatise of Luke, he gave the reason why he wrote both the Gospel of Luke and this second treatise, the Acts of the Apostles. He stated,

“Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed” (Luke 1:1-4).

The Acts of the Apostles was written to declare the certainty of those things that have been delivered from the beginning through the eyewitnesses and ministers of the word.

Table of Content — Part One

Session 1: Ascension of Jesus — 1:1-12

Session 2: Upper Room Meeting — 1:13-26

Session 3: Day of Pentecost — 2:1-47

Session 4: Preaching of Peter — 3:1-26

Session 5: Signs and Wonders — 4:1-31

Session 6: Witness of Jesus — 4:32-5:16

Session 7: Mystery of Being Set Free — 5:17-42

Session 8: Introduction to Stephen — 6:1-15

Session 9: Preaching of Stephen — 7:1-50

Session 10: Results of the Gospel — 7:51-8:40

Session 11: Conversion of Saul — 9:1-31

Session 12: Interaction with the Gospel — 9:32-10:23

Session 13: Gospel to the Gentiles — 10:24-48

Session 14: Introduction of Saul — 11:1-30

Session 15: Herod and the Gospel — 12:1-25

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