Posted by: heisourstrongtower | March 20, 2013


Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Day 48

Lord, you are mine!
I promise to obey your words!
With all my heart I want your blessings.
Be merciful as you promised.
I pondered the direction of my life,
and I turned to follow your laws.
I will hurry, without delay,
to obey your commands. Psalm 119:57-60

Heavenly Father, You have kept all of Your promises to me in the first coming of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Today, with Your help, I promise to follow Him as my Lord and Savior. Fill me with Your Spirit and enable me to understand and keep Your words and ways as revealed in the Scriptures. Open my mind to understand better the world around me in the light of Your word, even as I look forward to the second coming of Jesus Christ, in Whose Name I pray. Amen.

Today’s Reading Assignment – Acts 4-6

Bible Reading Plan Day 48
Many Strands is discussing this very scripture in the “Praying the Names of Jesus” study this week.  You might want to hop on over to the Many Strands page today and read the first three lessons on this subject.  Praising the Lord for cross-over lessons!

11 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,

‘The stone that you builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.’ Acts 4:11

Study Questions for Acts 4

Salvation is Found in No One Else (1-12)

Who came to Peter and John? (1: 5:17) Why were they disturbed? (2) What did they do to Peter and John? (3)

What was the response to their messages? (4) What kind of meeting was held on the following day? (5) Who attended the meeting? (6) What was their main question? (7)

What was Peter’s response? (8-9; Luke. 21:12-14) What was his message to the members of the Sanhedrin? (10-11; Psa. 118:22-23) What was his conclusion? (12; John 14:6; Phil. 2:6-12)

Shall We Obey Men Rather Than God? (13-22)

What made them astonished? (13) What was their dilemma? (14-16) What was their solution? (17-18) How could Luke have known about their discussion? (Acts 22:3)

What was Peter and John’s response? (19-20) What does the Bible teach about obedience to the visible authorities? (Rom. 13:1, Heb. 13:17) When and how does a Christian obey God rather than man? (John 18:37, Mat. 5:10-11) What further actions did the members take? (21-22)

The Believers’ Prayer (23-31)

Upon their release, what did Peter and John do? (23) What was the response of the church? (24)

What was the contents of their prayer? (25-30) What happened after the prayer? (31)

Barnabas, Son of Encouragement (4:32-37)

What was the characteristics of the early believers? (32) What was the works of the apostles? (33)

What was the effect of the sacrificial spirit of the believers? (34) How did people offer their offerings? (35)

Who was Barnabas? (36; 9:27; 11:22-26; 15:37-39) What did he specifically do at this time? (37)

But Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead after you killed him by hanging him on a cross. Then God put him in the place of honor at his right hand as Prince and Savior. He did this so the people of Israel would repent of their sins and be forgiven. We are witnesses of these things and so is the Holy Spirit, who is given by God to those who obey him.” Acts 5:29-32

Study Questions for Acts 5

No One Else Dared to Join Them (5:1-16)

What did Ananias and Sapphira do? (1) Why did they change their minds? (2)

What was Peter’s rebuke? (3) What was wrong with their actions? (4a) Why was it so serious? (4b)

What happened to Ananias? (5) What was the end of Ananias’ life? (6)

What happened to Sapphira? (7,8) How did Peter rebuke her? (9)

What was the outcome of this incident to people in the church? (10-11) To the apostles? (12) To the unbelievers? (13-14)

What was the work of God through Apostles? (15-16)

The Second Persecution (5:17-42)

Why were the apostles put in prison? (17-18) What did God do for them? (19-20) How did they obey God? (21) When the officers did not find the apostles in the prison, what did they report? (22-23)

What was the response of the chief priests? (24) Why were they not able to arrest the apostles? (25-26) What was their charge? (27-28)

How did Peter answer? (29) What was their preaching? (30-32) Why did Gamaliel stop them from putting the apostles to death? (33-38) How did his argument prevail? (39)

What punishment did the apostles receive? (40-41) What was their attitude toward sufferings? (42)

“Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word.” Acts 6:4

Study Questions for Acts 6

The Apostles’ Priorities (6:1-7)

What was the problem within the church? (1) Why do you think the apostles were involved in the matter of the distribution of food?

How did they resolve this matter? (2) What was their solution to this problem? (3-4) Who were appointed for the job? (5) What were involved in the matter of the distribution of food? (6) What was the effect of their decision? (7)

Stephen, a Man Full of the Spirit (6:8-15)

Who was Stephen? (8) Why did opposition arise? (9) How did Stephen handle it? (10) What was their plot against Stephen? (11)

How did they stir up the people? (12) What was their charge against Stephen? (13-14) How did Stephen show God’s grace? (15)



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