June 2: “Learning to Pray Like the Early Church” (Acts 4:23-31)

Where do you turn to when your problem is big? Peter and John turned to their faith community. Then they turned to God together in prayer. Their prayer had three elements: invocation, acknowledgment, and petition. The early church acknowledged God as the God of creation, revelation, and history. As the cross demonstrates, Yahweh is God […]

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May 26: “Persevering Witness in Jerusalem” (Acts 2:42-47)

On the day of Pentecost, the church was born as the result of the Spirit’s outpouring. What were the distinctive characteristics of this new Spirit-filled community? They were “devoted” to four things: learning God’s Word, having fellowship, breaking bread, and praying. The Greek expression for “devoted” is “persevering”. These practices of devotion filled them with […]

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May 19: “The Outpouring of the Spirit on Pentecost” (Acts 2:1-21)

On the day of Pentecost, God poured out His Spirit on the people so they could all be witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection. The disciples were enabled to speak foreign languages in order to proclaim the gospel to all nations. Through the Pentecost event, God’s blessing to Abraham will be poured out on all nations. Let […]

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May 12: “The Power to be Christ’s Witnesses” (Acts 1:1-11)

Before his ascension, Jesus promised the coming of the Holy Spirit upon his followers: “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” Why would we need the Spirit’s power in order to be Jesus’ witnesses? 1) We don’t really have the strength and boldness. 2) We cannot convict sin in people’s hearts. […]

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May 5: “Washed, Sanctified, Justified!” (1 Corinthians 6)

In chapter 6, Paul deals with two issues: greed and sexual immorality among the Corinthian Christians. Both greed and sexual immorality belong to our old sinful nature. But we were washed, sanctified, and justified by the blood of Christ. We must now live out our new identity in Christ. As a new creation in Christ, […]

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