Category Archives: Acts

The Church in Action (Acts 8)

Acts 8 divides into two halves, both focused on the ministry of Philip, one of the seven leaders chosen to serve the widows in the Jerusalem church (6:5).  The first half of the chapter tells of Philip’s ministry in Samaria … Continue reading

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The Church in Action (Acts 7)

Acts  7 is the longest in the book of Acts (60 verses), following the shortest (chapter 6 has 15 verses).   In chapter 7 we hear Stephen’s defense before the Sanhedrin.  Having been charged with “speaking against this holy place and … Continue reading

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The Church in Action (Acts 6)

This shorter chapter serves several purposes:  1) it gives further evidence of the church’s internal life and external rapid growth in Jerusalem; 2) it introduces us to Stephen—a man who will be prominent in the next chapter; 3) it continues … Continue reading

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The Church in Action (Acts 5)

Acts 5 contains two major accounts:  Ananias and Sapphira (1-11) and the apostles’ miraculous ministry and run-in with the Sanhedrin (12-42).  In the opening verses, we see two members of the newly formed church pretend to be more generous than … Continue reading

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The Church in Action (Acts 3)

Each week, I am seeking to post my written reflections on one chapter in the book of Acts.  Last week: Acts 1.  This week:  Acts 3.  My prayer is that your mind and heart will be challenged and encouraged by … Continue reading

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The Church in Action (Acts 2)

Each week, I hope to post my written reflections on one chapter in the book of Acts.  Last week: Acts 1.  This week:  Acts 2.  My prayer is that your mind and heart will be challenged and encouraged by these … Continue reading

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The Church in Action (Acts 1)

Several years ago, I spent my morning devotional time studying through the book of Acts.  Each week I dug into one chapter, recording my observations, insights, and questions.  I gained a great deal from the study; my mind was stretched … Continue reading

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