These leaders from both local areas met together, reached an agreement, and then sent out a common letter to inform the believers in all local churches on what they understood God’s will to be. Acts 14:27: And he [Paul with Silas] went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches. Acts 2:42-47 says: They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Chapter 2 records the beginning of the Church. This problem had been originated by men who had come down from Jerusalem. The book of Acts records eyewitness accounts of the early Church from Christ's resurrection until about A.D. 60. That required communication between the local churches, but not control over any local church by another. This meeting at Jerusalem shows the clear, two-way communication needed among leaders. Acts 5:16: The church was actually born on the Day of Pentecostwhen the Holy Spirit came upon believers. Acts 15:22: Peter and the Conversion of the Gentiles 6. Since those who were witnesses to this event, where each heard these things in their own language, God was saying that the message of salvation was not only for the Jew but for the whole world…for all languages and all nation… 32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. They were all glad and unified in heart as they praised God for his grace in their lives. They helped with the teaching, fellowship, witnessing, and finances of the local believers with them. Similarly, God worked in Philip as an evangelist to win others to Christ. Acts is not trying to say, “Remember what the church used to be and do?” This is the Word of the Lord for the body of Christ in all times and all places. Still, there is a little more going on in Acts 2:42 then first meets the eye. -Study Guide -. This is an example of how apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers visited the local churches. This is recorded in Acts 2:1-6 What an amazing testimony to the power of God. An Overview of the Book of Acts The life of the early church is recorded and preserved for us in the book of Acts and the epistles. And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. Peter reached out from his local area of Jerusalem and won others to stand in their local areas. Bible, prayer, generosity, fellowship and evangelism should characterize our Christian communities. After winning disciples and facing life-and-death persecution there, Paul and Barnabas “came unto Iconium.”. Paul next spent time in Ephesus and built strong leadership within the local church there. There were now local churches starting up in Antioch and other areas. As a second volume to Luke's Gospel, it joins what Jesus \"began to do and to teach\" (1:1; see note there) as told in the Gospels with what he continued to do and teach through the apostles' preaching and the establishment of the church. They were also in a position to support any new local churches that might develop as the rest of the believers moved out from that city (which was under persecution). When Barnabas got to Antioch, God worked in him to bring Paul along for the work there. Later, God worked with Philip to get him to the eunuch. The title as we know it comes from the second century and only partially discloses the theme of the document. As the Apostle Paul, he was one of the most prolific writers of the New Testament. Peter taught those in the Temple area that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and is now lord. During this time at Jerusalem, God worked in leaders from both local churches to share what they knew from God’s written Word and from God working in them. Some have suggested the name “The Acts or Gospel of the Holy Spirit” – Shows what the Holy Spirit did through the early church. Learn how your comment data is processed. The Acts of the Apostles is a unique and therefore crucial book of the New Testament. The rest of Acts 12 shows the local Jerusalem church overcoming attacks so that “the word of God grew and multiplied.” It concludes with Barnabas and Paul going back to their local church in Antioch after having helped the local church at Jerusalem. On his way to Jerusalem, Paul called for the local Ephesian leaders so that he could speak with them. The believers in Antioch were also thankful for what the local church at Jerusalem had previously done for them in sending Barnabas. against the Lord And he spoke to the people in Jerusalem about the prophecies concerning the Messiah and their clear fulfillments in the life and deathof Christ. • To equip one another to imitate the role models of the early church o First, to respond to the gospel with trust and loyalty towards … And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Do we have to go to church to be a Christian? The believers in the early church were so thankful for everything Jesus had done for them, that they praised God fervently. Acts 20:17: Certain of the church at Jerusalem were under attack. On Salamis, they went “through the isle unto Paphos” and ministered to Sergius Paulus there. And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. The word translated “church” comes from two Greek words that together mean “called out from the world for God.” Arriving back home in Antioch of Syria, Paul and Barnabas shared with their local church all that God had done for them. The final use of  “church” exhorts local leaders to shepherd the church, the called-out, of God. Ananias / ˌænəˈnaɪ.əs / and his wife Sapphira / səˈfaɪrə / were, according to the Acts of the Apostles chapter 5, members of the early Christian church in Jerusalem. While there Paul took Timothy along with him and Silas. The believers in Jerusalem continued to face persecution. This was an answer to a big problem in the church. One modern Christian writer describes how the early church worked together to carry out God’s will after Jesus Christ ascended. Excellent insight! Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. Sailing from there some time later, Paul continued on his journey. Beautifully clear and inspiring and eliminates fear because we are free to carry out God’s will with joy! This teaching included an exhortation to take care of the local believers, the “flock” that God had given these leaders to shepherd. Acts 8:26 says: “And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go….” After helping the eunuch, Philip “preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea” (Acts 8:40). All the believers were together and had everything in common. Its members were evangelistic-minded and caring. This is an example of God working in a young minister to get needed help from a mature minister. Acts 13:1: Acts 2:44-47: The apostles in an established local church at Jerusalem moved out to help this new local church in Samaria. We also see finances used locally to meet the needs of local believers. By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. This word literally means to “call out” and refers to called-out born-again believers twenty times in Acts. And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them. The same is true today. Our churches can and should learn from the book of Acts. And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. By devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching, the early church understood that they were under a new authority—King Jesus, the new and better prophet than Moses. Praising God, and having favour with all the people. Acts 2:41-47 describes the church’s first love, and thus it describes the deeds that one who has lost his first love must once again do. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The believers who heard of these things had great respect for God and His leaders. (2b) D. Jesus had shown Himself alive by many proofs for 40 days. Mature ministers supported those “younger” in their spiritual walk. Sorry, you have Javascript Disabled! They were devoted to the apostles’ teaching. Comparing our churches to the early church in Acts can be a helpful way to check if our priorities are right. Then, Peter called the people to Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins that they may receive the … Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. I enjoyed this simple, straight-forward writing clearly showing how the church (eklesia) was first instituted and And after he had spent some time there, he departed, and went over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples. Acts 2:45 even says that they sold their belongings in order to care for those who didn’t have enough! Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. This is an example of what Paul later wrote to the Corinthians. Acts 15:31,32: This is especially necessary when reading the book of Acts because it portrays the early church rather than the Old Testament people of God. They shared with this local church about the new local churches they helped set up. Be the change you want to see in your church. And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed. Acts 4:32-35 New International Version (NIV) The Believers Share Their Possessions. Christians shared of their abundance to support their own and other local churches, as well as energized ministers. The local delegation from Antioch shared with the local leaders in Jerusalem what God had done in their local Antioch church. Here are some lessons to take away. The clearness of how the church and its leaders need to live, to communicate, to show forth God’s love and light is breathtaking. But who would be the local leadership for this large group of new believers? The book of Acts records Peter’s sermon as the only Pentecostal sermon (Acts 2:14–40). And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles. The account records their sudden deaths after lying to the Holy Spirit about money. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Acts was written in Greek, presumably by St. Luke the Evangelist. TheBookofActs. Especially their worship, leadership, sharing, perseverance, and involvement in the Great Commission. He went to the disciples in Jerusalem and was introduced to the local leadership there (the apostles) by Barnabas. The word ekklēsia means “called out.” Here the leaders from Antioch and Judea were united as a “called out” group. They were committed to meeting together every day, to encourage one another, learn together and worship the Lord. Book of Acts. It sets patterns for us of how early men and women first obeyed the gospel and worshiped God under the New Covenant. The church is encouraged to continue in God’s grace. The book of Acts tells us of some of the acts of some of the apostles, but more so it tells us history. Local home fellowships, called churches, were held in believers’ private homes with a leader spiritually overseeing each church. Acts 13:1 says “there were in the church that was at Antioch…” They were local leaders who were there because God wanted them there. And Saul was consenting unto his [Stephen’s] death. The early church was devoted to the apostles’ … II Corinthians 8:14: Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. Galatians 2:9: The Importance of the Book of Acts The importance of this … This book is recommended to serious students of the Word, both ministers and laymen. On that trip, they went back to Derbe. And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them. During the ten days between Jesus Christ’s ascension and Pentecost, the twelve apostles and others (about 120 disciples) had been meeting together. The letters or epistles after Acts tells us of the supreme care and guidance that God has for His people – then, now, and in the future. After hearing this powerful truth, some asked what they should do. And wouldn’t you want to follow a Lord who encouraged this attitude in his followers? Their ministries were energized to teach the Word of God specifically needed at that time. We see God working in him to support existing local churches and build new local churches. grew according to the plan of God. God, the Holy Spirit, worked in Peter and John to go where they needed to go in order to carry out His will.     and the peoples plot in vain? They had not ventured out as Jesus had commanded in Acts 1:8. ❤️. As God worked individually in energized ministers, it was important for them to maintain good communications with each other. Answer: The church began on the Day of Pentecost, fifty days after the Passover when Jesus died and rose again. Paul, Barnabas & the Council of Jerusalem 7. God worked in other ministers to support this new local church in Antioch, according to verse 27: “And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.” Once again, God worked in church leaders to visit areas that needed their help. Acts 9 begins with Saul (later called Paul) being born again, and shows how he got help from a local believer in Damascus named Ananias. And are we praying for this boldness as we live as Christians in this world that desperately needs Jesus? Early Church in the Book of Acts (NT4) 1. The record from the book of Acts couldn't be clearer. 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