Posted by: heisourstrongtower | March 23, 2013


Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Day 51

“Arrogant people smear me with lies,
but in truth I obey your commandments with all my heart.
Their hearts are dull and stupid,
but I delight in your instructions.
My suffering was good for me,
for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.
Your instructions are more valuable to me
than millions in gold and silver”. Psalms 69-72

Heavenly Father, we love You and we love Your word. Your word gives us unfailing guidance on how to live in this world. Your word gives us comfort and consolation when we feel oppressed by sickness and by those who would cause us to stumble. Give us greater understanding, and bestow on us the wisdom that surpasses knowledge. Give us courage and the strength to do what is right according to all Your teachings. Fill us with the love, power, and peace of your Son as we pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Today’s Reading Assignment – Acts 11-12

Bible Reading Plan Day 51
“As I began to speak,” Peter continued, “the Holy Spirit fell on them, just as he fell on us at the beginning. Then I thought of the Lord’s words when he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ And since God gave these Gentiles the same gift he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to stand in God’s way?”

When the others heard this, they stopped objecting and began praising God. They said, “We can see that God has also given the Gentiles the privilege of repenting of their sins and receiving eternal life.” Acts 11:15-18

Study Questions on Acts 11

The Church in Antioch (11:1-30)

What did Peter tell the Jewish believers and how did they receive it? (11:1-18) What made Christians in Jerusalem scatter to many parts of the world? (19; 8:1-3) What was the new development that occurred in Antioch? (20) How did God bless them? (21)

How did the church in Jerusalem respond to the needs of Antioch? (22) What does the Bible tell about Barnabas? (23-24) Why do you think Barnabas brought Saul from Tarsus? (25-26) Here, what do you learn about being a man of God?

How did Saul contribute to the growth of the Antioch church? (27) What was the significance of the Antioch church in the Christian history?

How did the Antioch church respond to the needs for the world? (27-30)

“The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, fastened with two chains between two soldiers. Others stood guard at the prison gate. Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists. Then the angel told him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” And he did. “Now put on your coat and follow me,” the angel ordered.

So Peter left the cell, following the angel. But all the time he thought it was a vision. He didn’t realize it was actually happening. They passed the first and second guard posts and came to the iron gate leading to the city, and this opened for them all by itself. So they passed through and started walking down the street, and then the angel suddenly left him.

Peter finally came to his senses. “It’s really true!” he said. “The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jewish leaders had planned to do to me!” Acts 12:6-11

Study Questions on Acts 12

Wrap Your Cloak Around You and Follow Me (1-18)

What did Herod do and what was his plans? (1) What happened to James? (2) why was Herod doing this? Who did he arrest next? (3a)

What day was it? (3b) What is the original meaning of these days? (Ex 12:7-8, 14-17, Lev. 23:1-7) How did Jesus fulfill the meaning behind the Feasts? (Jn 1:29; 1 Cor. 5:8; Jn 6:35, 50; 1 Pet. 2:21-24) What do you think Peter was doing? What happened to Peter? What was the church doing? (5)

What was Peter’s condition in jail? (6) Who appeared in the jail and what did he say? (7-8) How did Peter respond and what did he think of the whole thing? Why do you think he reacted this way? (Acts 10) What can we learn about how God delivers his people from trouble, persecution, and hardships?

What did Peter realize after the angel disappeared? How do you think he felt? What did he do? What was the church’s response? Why do you think they responded this way? How did the soldiers respond (18)

The Word of God Continued to Increase and Spread (19-25)

What was Herod’s response? What kind of man was he? What does his reaction to the church tell us of Satan’s work?

What happened to Herod?

What was God doing during t his whole time? Why does God allow these persecution happen to Jesus’ believers?


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