BIBLICAL-BRUSH-UP FOR BIBLE SCHOLARS
Responses to Jesus’ Death and Resurrection
^ Witnesses expressed despair and gave up hope in Jesus as the Messiah.
^ The Centurion proclaimed, “surely He was the Son of God!”
^ Pilate was surprised He had actually died. The chief’s priests asked for guards to seal the tomb.
^ Guards and women were afraid, shook, frozen with shock.
^ Women ran away from the tomb; Mary returned to the tomb and cried.
^ Guards reported to priests and elders; elders bribed guards to say disciples stole Jesus’ body.
^ Apostles disbelieved the women and went home; Peter ran to tomb, saw linens, wondered.
^ Disciples were confused and hid behind locked doors in fear of the Jews.
^ Mary Magdalene and disciples recognized Jesus and told Apostles.
^ Apostles did not believe Mary nor two walking disciples.
^ When Christ appeared, the apostles thought they saw a ghost.
^ After proof, apostles were overjoyed; Thomas said, My Lord and My God!
^ At ascension, the apostles worshipped Him, but some doubted.
Disciples Go to Jerusalem to Await the Promised Power (Acts 1)
Believers Are to Spread the Gospel
Be A Witness
In Jerusalem (Acts 2-7)
^ The fellowship was empowered (tongues, boldness, wisdom, forgiveness, healing)
i. Acts 2:1-4—Day of Pentecost ... tongues of fire ... spoke in other tongues
ii. Acts 2:5-8—Jews from around the world heard in their own languages
iii. Acts 4:18-20—told not to teach of Jesus ... we cannot help speaking ...
iv. Acts 4:31—they were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word boldly
v. Acts 5:28-29—Peter replied, "We must obey God rather than men!"
vi. Acts 4:13—Sanhedrin astonished that Peter & John were unschooled
vii. Acts 6:9-10—Jews could not stand against the wisdom of Stephen
viii. Acts 2:37-39—"Repent and be baptized, receive forgiveness & the Spirit"
ix. Acts 4:12—Salvation is found in no one else
x. Acts 2:43—miraculous signs by apostles
xi. Acts 3:7, 16—Peter healed crippled beggar; Faith in Jesus gave healing
xii. Acts 5:15-16—People brought sick so Peter's shadow might heal them
^ The fellowship increased in number.
i. Acts 1:15—a group numbering about 120 (note 12x10)
ii. Acts 2:41—... about 3000 were added that day (Pentecost)
iii. Acts 2:47b—The Lord added to their number daily
iv. Acts 4:4—... grew to about 5000
v. Acts 5:12-14—No one else dared join them ... more and more were added
vi. Acts 6:7—I number increased rapidly, including a large number of priests
^ The fellowship was unified and dispersed by persecution
i. Acts 2:46—Met every day in temple, Broke bread in homes
ii. Acts 2:44-45—Everything in common, Sold possessions and gave as needed
iii. Acts 4:32, 34-35—One in heart & mind, shared everything, sold land
iv. Acts 5:17-18—Sadducees arrested and jailed the apostles
v. Acts 5:33-34, 38-40—Sanhedrin wanted to kill them ... they had them flogged
vi. Acts 7:54-58—Stephen is stoned ... Saul watches
vii. Acts 8:1-3—A great persecution broke out ... Saul went house to house
In Judea and Samaria (Acts 8-12)
^ Witness is carried to Samaritans
i. Acts 8:1—All except apostles were scattered thru-out Judea & Samaria
ii. Acts 8:4—Those who had been scattered preached where they went
iii. Acts 8:5-6, 12—Philip preached in a city in Samaria; they were baptized
iv. Acts 8:14-17—Peter & John came, prayed & laid hands; they rec'd Spirit
^ Message is brought to the Gentiles
i. Acts 8:26-27, 34-38—Philip witnesses to Ethiopian & baptizes him
ii. Acts 9:10-15—God tells Ananias that Saul is to take message to Gentiles
iii. Acts 9:19b-20—Saul preaches in Damascus (Syria)
iv. Acts 10:1-2, 27-29a—Peter accepts invitation to visit Cornelius (Italian)
v. Acts 10:34-35, 44, 48—God accepts all men who fear him, Peter baptized them
vi. Acts 11:2-3, 18—Apostles objected, then praised God for including Gentiles
vii. Acts 11:19-21—Some went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks
viii. Acts 11:25-26—Barnabas & Saul built first Christian church at Antioch
To The Ends of The Earth (Acts 13-28)
^ Christ's message is proclaimed to the whole world
i. Acts 13:44-49—"Since you reject it, we turn to the Gentiles." Word spread
ii. Acts 22:21—"I send you far away to the Gentiles."
^ Christ was more than man, spokesman, teacher, example, miracle worker...
i. Acts 2:22-24—Jesus did miracles ... God raised him
^ "Christ The Lord" - Christ is King!
i. Acts 2:33-36—right hand of God ... made both Lord and Christ