In the opening chapter of the book of Acts, the Lord instructed the Apostles to remain in Jerusalem and to wait for what the Lord had promised, the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5). Now, gathered together in one place, the promise is fulfilled. Just as Jesus was crucified publicly, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit came in a dramatic, public fashion. The result was a turning point in world history with the birth of the Church. And the sames Spirit that was at work on the day of Pentecost, is the same Spirit at work in the church today.
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"When the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons." (Galatians 4:4-5)
Jesus Christ came into the world at a particular point in history, to a particular place in the world and born into a particular culture. But none of this happened by chance but God sovereignly ordaining the time and place of His appearing. Not only this, but the circumstances into which the Lord was born ensured that the Church would be born into circumstances that would help promote the spread of the Gospel.
Join us for the second lesson in early church history as we study the historical background of the church. We will see how history prior to the appearing of Jesus Christ was truly preparation for His appearing. And in doing so, we begin to see how history after His first coming paves the way for the diffusion of His Spirit throughout the world.
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Waiting is one of the hardest things to do. We often sense that answers to our prayers are delayed, or that God isn't answering these prayers. We are tempted to believe that God is not working during these times when we must wait. But nothing is farther from the truth.
In the opening verses of the Book of Acts, Jesus bid farewell to the Apostles. Before ascending into heaven before their eyes, "He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised" (Acts 1:4 NASB). This was the promised Holy Spirit who would empower the apostles for the ministry for which the Lord had prepared them.
It was during this time of waiting that the Lord continued to prepare the apostles for what lie ahead. And it is during this time that we see an example of what the church is to be.
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Mention the topic of church history and you will likely hear the sound of eyes rolling. History, in general, has the reputation of being dry, boring and generally unimportant. And while history may be presented in this manner, we must never neglect the importance to our modern lives, especially when it comes to church history.
This is the first lesson in a series of lessons presented by Alex Kremer from Atlantic Gospel Chapel in which we will examine a variety of topics related to early church history. In today's lesson, we ask the question, "Why should we study church history?" We will see at least six reasons for a study of this type:
- The promise that Jesus will build His church
- The Scriptural precedence for knowing our history
- Learn from past mistakes; and correct current heresies
- Expand our horizons
- To be inspired by the reminders of what God is doing in His world
- The wealth of resources for spiritual nourishment
It is our prayer that you will be encouraged, challenged and strengthened through this study of Church history in the coming weeks and months.
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In the opening verses of the book of Acts, the apostles spend 40 days with the risen Lord. During that time, He taught them the things concerning Himself, and "the things concerning the kingdom of God." (Acts 1:3) Surely the disciples would have been encouraged to be in the presence of the resurrected Christ. They likely would have been eager to go out into the world to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
But instead of telling them to go out into the world, the Lord told them to wait in Jerusalem for what the Father had promised. In order for them to succeed in their new mission to spread the Gospel, they required the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through them. This is the same Holy Spirit which indwells and empowers every believer in the Lord Jesus.
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The Book of Acts and the Gospel of Luke are, in essence, are two parts of the same book. Acts continues where Luke's Gospel leaves off. And so we interpret the Book of Acts in the context of what Christ has done. As such, the Book of Acts then becomes a bridge connecting what Jesus has done to what Christ is doing in His church today.
As we begin our study into the book of Acts, we begin by examining the work of Christ in the Gospels. We see that Jesus is building His church through the proclamation of the Gospel. And while the work is finished through the blood of Christ, there is still work to be done through applying the work of the Cross through preaching the Gospel.
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The Book of Acts is often referred to as "The Acts of the Apostles." While this is the most traditional title, it is not necessarily the most accurate as most of the apostles are not named.
Another possible title often considered is, "The Acts of the Holy Spirit." Again, while the Holy Spirit is prominent in the events of the book, this view diminishes the work of Christ through the apostles.
As we begin a new series on the book of Acts, we consider a third possible title. Although longer than the rest, it sums up the realities of the events recorded in this book. We therefore, consider the title as, "The Continuing Words and Deeds of Jesus by the Holy Spirit Through the Apostles."
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In many ways, Isaiah 53 is the ultimate Messianic passage in scripture. Like few other passages in the Old Testament, it defines the role of the Messiah in receiving glory through suffering. When Jesus was with His disciples and following Peter's confession of the Christ, we read that, "He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day" (Matt. 16:21 NASB). Likewise, when He met the two disciples on the road to Emmaus exhorted them, "Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His Glory?" (Luke 24:26 NASB).
Throughout Isaiah 53, the Song of the Servant, Isaiah has been writing from the perspective of future Israel looking back at Jesus as the one whom they had pierced. But now, in the closing verses of Isaiah 53, we see a shift in perspective. Now, Isaiah speaks from God's perspective looking forward and telling of the result of the suffering Servant. We see Yahweh exalted. We see Yahweh satisfied with the work of the Servant. We see victory through the intercessory work of the Servant who "bore the sins of many and interceded for the transgressors."
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Isaiah 53 is often referred to as the Gospel According to Isaiah. With his song of the Servant, Isaiah, beginning in Isaiah 52:13, gives the perspective of future Israel looking back at the cross and the Messiah whom they pierced.
Through this series, we have seen the exaltation of the Servant, the rejection of the Servant, the substitionary work of the Servant and the silent submission of the Servant. Before completing this series, this lesson slows down to focus on one verse, Isaiah 53:10, in which we see the Servant crushed. We examine how the Servant was crushed, and why it pleased the Lord to crush Him. Seeing Isaiah 53:10, in the context of the Gospel, we come to a greater understanding and appreciation for the Cross of Calvary.
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The current cultural climate increasingly focuses upon social justice. Protests, both peaceable and violent, speak out regarding claims of injustice against minority groups. Surely there is a time and place for speaking up. Jesus spoke with authority and demons were cast out, the sick were healed, the lame walked, etc.
The greatest injustice in history saw the only innocent man in all of history arrested, brutalized, spat upon and ultimately executed in a trial that broke the very Law the religious leaders swore they were protecting. And the only person who had a right to speak up and speak out against this injustice remained silent.
Some 600 to 700 years before these events, the prophet, Isaiah, spoke of the servant and His silent submission. "He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth" (Isaiah 53:7 NASB). What does the silence of the servant in the face of His oppressors mean for us today?
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