Posted by: heisourstrongtower | March 19, 2013


Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Day 47

I become furious with the wicked,
because they reject your instructions.
Your decrees have been the theme of my songs
wherever I have lived.
I reflect at night on who you are, O Lord;
therefore, I obey your instructions.
This is how I spend my life:
obeying your commandments. Psalm 119:53-56

Heavenly Father, You save us from those who would afflict us and mislead us. You deliver us from evil for Your Name’s sake. You provide the way of escape when we feel tempted. Father, Your steadfast love guides and directs our steps in the way of righteousness and peace. You hear our prayers when we rise in the morning and when we lay down our heads at night. We take refuge in You when the storms of life would otherwise overwhelm us. Cleanse us and fill us with Your Spirit. Help us understand the truth of Your word. Help us praise You with an upright heart. In the name of Jesus, amen

We are done with the Gospels and are now heading into the book of Acts for the next week. Let’s get out our Bibles and read today’s assignment…Acts 1-3.


“After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!” Acts 1:9-11

Study Questions for Acts 1

The Ministry of the Risen Christ (1-5)

Who writes to whom? (1) What is the difference between the book of Acts and the gospel of Luke? (1:1-5)

What are the main themes of the book of Acts? Why are they important?

What did Jesus do after his resurrection? (3; John 20:1-21:23) What command does Jesus give his apostles? (4; Luke. 24:49) What promise does he include? (5)

To The Ends of the Earth (6-11)

What is the main concern of the disciples at this time? (6)

What is Jesus’ answer? (7) Instead, what does Jesus promise for them? (8a) What command does he give them to obey? (8b)

What happen to Jesus after this instruction? (9) What was his disciples doing? (10) What is the rebuke and promise of the angels? (11)

The Prayer Meeting (1:12-26)

Where did the disciples gather together? (12, 13a) Who was there? (13b)

What did they do? (14) Why? (1:5) Think about the characteristics of the prayer meeting.

While they were praying, what problem arose in their hearts? (16) Why was it a serious problem? (Mat. 27:3-10; Col. 4:2 1 Peter 3:7)

How did Peter display spiritual leadership in resolving this problem? (15-21)

Who joined the Apostles as Judas’ replacement? (21-26) What qualifications were required of Judas’ successor?

“No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel:

‘In the last days,’ God says,
‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your young men will see visions,
and your old men will dream dreams.
In those days I will pour out my Spirit
even on my servants—men and women alike—
and they will prophesy.
And I will cause wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below—
blood and fire and clouds of smoke.
The sun will become dark,
and the moon will turn blood red
before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives.
But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
will be saved.’ Acts 2:16-21

Study Questions for Acts 2

Pentecost (2:1-13)

What do the words “like” and “what seemed to be” indicate about the coming of the Holy Spirit? (2-3) What is the immediate effect upon the disciples of Jesus? (4)

Describe the crowd that gathered. (5-11) Why where these people so amazed and why did they even make fun of the disciples? (12-13)

What do you think the purpose of speaking in different tongues was? (4)

Your Young Men Will See Vision (14-21)

How does Peter make people pay attention to him? (14) How does he defend the condition of his people? (15a)

In what ways are the prophesies of the prophet Joel fulfilled? (16) In what sense does the work of the Holy Spirit affect all kinds of people? (17-18) How is the work different?

What does verse 19-20 refer to? (Luke. 23:44-45; Luke. 21:11) What is the meaning of verse 21?

But God Raised Him From the Dead (22-24)

What are Jesus’ impeccable credentials? (22) How does Peter explain the sovereign work of God and at the same time deal with the sins of people? (23)

What did God do for Jesus? (24a) Why is it so inevitable?

David’s Resurrection Faith (25-36)

How does Apostle Peter show that Jesus was raised according to the Scriptures? (25-28; Psa. 16:8-11) What is Peter’s conclusion based on David’s Psalm 16? (29-31)

What is the other evidence of Jesus’ resurrection? (32-33) What happened to the risen Jesus? (33-35) What is the point of Peter’s message? (36)

Brothers, What Shall We Do? (37-41)

What is the response of the people? (37; 16:30) Why is their question important?

What is Peter’s counsel for them (38) and what are God’s promises for the repentant? (39)

In what ways does Peter help the people who are convicted with the Word of God? (40) How is a greater Christian community formed? (41)

The Fellowship of the Believers (42-47)

What are the three main activities of the early Christians? (42) What is their attitude toward God’s mighty work among them? (43)

How do they handle material matters among them? (44) Inn what sense did they go far beyond God’s commands in the Old Testament? (Exo. 23:14-15; Mal. 3:8-12; Deu. 15:1-11) Is handling materials properly a spiritual matter? (Mat. 6:24; Luke. 16:10-15)

What is their distinct lifestyle? (46) What are the fruits of their devoted life? (47a) How does God bless their life of devotion to God and to one another? (47b)

“For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of all our ancestors—who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this. This is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate’s decision to release him. You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact!” Acts 3:13-15

Study Questions for Acts 3

Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar (1-10)

Where are John and Peter going? (1) How are they different from the way they were in the gospel times? (Luke. 22:24; Mark. 14:39-40)

Describe the condition of the crippled beggar. (2) What does he want from Peter and John? (3)

What does Peter do to help him? (4) What does the man expect Peter to do? (5)

What do Peter’s words teach us about his faith? (6; Mark. 11:23-24) What happens to the person? (7-8) What is the response of the people? (9-10)

Peter’s Second Sermon (11-26)

To whom does Peter direct the people? (11-12) What did God do for Jesus? (13) What did the people do to Jesus? (14-15) What made the man whole? (16)

What does Peter say about their sin? (17) What does Peter teach about God in verse 18?

What does Peter urge them to do? (19a) Why? (Luke. 13:1-5) What is its benefit? (19b)

Who is Jesus? (21-21) Who is Jesus according to Moses’ prophecy? (22-23) According to all the prophets? (24)

What is God’s promise for all people through Jesus? (25-26; Gen. 12:2-4)


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