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Acts 15:36-16:15 Answers

Acts 15:36-16:15 Answers

“If you consider me a believer in the Lord…”
Acts 15:36-41-16:1-15
KV 16:15

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1. Where did Paul and Barnabas decide to go and who to visit (36)?

“Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.””

Paul and Barnabas went back to the towns where they had appointed elders (14:23) and had established churches and went to see how they were doing.

Who did Barnabas want to take (37)?

“Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them”

Barnabas wanted to take John also called Mark with them. Mark was Barnabas’ cousin (Colossians 4:10). Also Barnabas was the son of encouragement who gave Paul a chance when no one would believe him after his conversion.

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Acts 15:1-35 Answers

Acts 15:1-35 Answers

IS THE CROSS ENOUGH?
Acts 15:1-35
KV 15:19

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1. After Paul and Barnabas shared the great work of God among the Gentiles in Asia, who came to the Antioch Church (1a)?

“Certain people came down from Judea to Antioch”

Some people came from Judea to Antioch. These men were believers who came to visit this Gentile church.

What were they teaching (1b)?

“and were teaching the believers:“Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.”

They were teaching that unless you were circumcised you could not be saved—according to the Law of Moses.

How did Paul and Barnabas react to this teaching (2a)?

“This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them.” 

The passage says this brought Paul and Barnabas into SHARP dispute and debate. For Apostle Paul that must have been quite a dispute. We can note here that on the surface the men from Judea were not teaching anything that was heretical. They were not contradicting the revelations of the apostles. They were not trying to challenge the nature of Jesus. They simply required circumcision of all Gentile believers as condition of salvation and this is what brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute.

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Acts 11:1-30 Answers

Acts 11:1-30 Answers

Remain True to the Lord With all Your Heart

Acts 11:1-30
KV 23

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1. Summarize what Peter had learned at Cornelius’ house from God? (10:34, 35) (John 10:16) (Isaiah 42:6).

Acts 10:34, 35 “34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.”

John 10:16 “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”

Isaiah 42:6 ““I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles,”

We learned that God accepts men from all nations who fear him and do what is right. God does not show favoritism between Jew and Gentile and that this was God’s plan from the beginning.

What did the apostles and believers in Judea hear (1)?

“The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.”

The apostles and believers heard that Peter had gone into the house of a Gentile and that they had received the Holy Spirit from him.

When Peter arrived in Jerusalem, why were the believers critical of him (2,3)?

“So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him 3 and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.””

Gentiles had been unclean since they did not follow the Law of Moses. Peter was seen as engaging with law breakers. The Law was not just something the Jews kept because of duty—it was their identity as the chosen people of God to receive the direct revelation from God to Abraham, Moses, through the law and the Tabernacle no other people group received this. So naturally the believers, even the apostles were concerned when they heard Peter going to the Gentiles.

What was the main point of Peters retelling of his visit to Cornelius (9)?
““The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’”

Peter also was careful to show his dedication to God by explaining everything he did in the context of the God and the Holy Spirit. Peter did not do anything other than what the Spirit instructed him to do for the Glory of God. Peter told the assembly that the main point was that they should not call anything that God has made unclean, including other people groups.

2. When the Holy Spirit came on them what did Peter remember (16) (Acts 1:4,5)?

“Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with[a] water, but you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.’”

Acts 1:4-5, “4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.””

At this time of the work of the Holy Spirit Peter remembered the words of Jesus in regards to the coming of the Holy Spirit.

What was his conclusion (17)?

17 So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?”

Peter realized he could not oppose the will of God. These men had received the Spirit in the same way that the apostles had—though they were Gentiles. Peter realized he could not oppose this but that it was the work of God. He we need to learn that when the Lord is fulfilling his promises we should not oppose the work of God.

What was the other apostles and believers conclusion (18)?

“When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.””

Peter did not persuade them with his own idea or some fast-talking. He told them the work of God that happened and they agreed that Gentile baptism was the work of the Holy Spirit.

What does this show about the hearts of believers?

This shows the sign of a true believer in God. Those who follow the Lord with all their hearts listen to the word of God, realize it is the word of God, and then follow and even change their direction because of it based on the word.

What does this show about God?
This shows that God is the God of the entire world of all the people able to reach to any people group because he made them and called them according to his will.
3. Why had the believers been scattered all over the Roman Empire (19) (Acts 8:1-3)?

“ Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews”

Acts 8:1-3, “On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.”

Because of Saul’s rage against Stephen and the believers in Jerusalem, all were forced to flee except the apostles. This was a tragedy but God used it to spread the gospel through the Roman Empire and even to Greeks in modern Europe.

When some took the gospel to the Greeks what was the Lord’ response (21a)?

“ The Lord’s hand was with them,”

If Gentile ministry was not the Lord’s will, then this action would have failed and come to nothing. This shows the Lord did not oppose these actions.

What was the Greeks response to the gospel (21b)?

“and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.”

Notice it says that a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. The word “turn” here is important. It signifies changing direction—in this case life direction.

Notice also how the author suddenly uses the term “Greeks” instead of Gentiles. Perhaps he was trying to signify the previous Gentiles, Cornelius, the Ethiopian, and Nicolas the convert—were Gentiles but had been practicing Judaism—functionally Jews. Here “Greeks” might mean a people with their own established culture; with religion, philosophy, and history completely separate from the Judaism and the God of the Bible.

We know that Greek and Roman culture were very inclusive of other religions and philosophies. For a significant amount of people to believe and turn out of that culture and entrenched religion was a great work of God.

You could think of this situation much like today’s evangelizing. Christians bring a message to a world in America that already has its own spirituality, culture, and ways—that looks at believers as if we were aliens stepping off of a spaceship.

4. Who did the church send to help the work of God in Antioch (22)?

“News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.”

Barnabas was sent to help the new believers to solidify their faith against the marketplace of ideas. Similar to what happened when Peter and John went to help the new believers in the face of Simon the Sorcerer and his witchcraft.

Why (Acts 4:36)?

“Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”),”

Why not send Peter and John? Barnabas was the son of encouragement, but Peter and John were just as encouraging too. It turns out that Barnabas was from Cyprus—meaning he grew up in a Greek country—he understood the ways and the culture of the new Greek believers. Yet he was a Jew so he knew the scripture and had received the Holy Spirit. Peter and John had never been in a Gentile environment up to the point. Perhaps they would have been uncomfortable or even made some cultural mistakes leading to trouble with the new believers. Barnabas was the perfect person for the job.

What did he encourage the new believers to do (23)?

“ When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.”

Barnabas probably knew the society pressures facing these new believers and the temptation to go back to their old ways or even compromise their faith in Jesus. Barnabas encouraged them to remain true with all their hearts. Much like a friendship or a marriage. We clearly remain true with all our heart to our spouse and to our friends. We do not have outside relationships or gossip or slander our friends. In the same way Barnabas encouraged the new believers to grow by remaining true to the Lord with all their hearts.

How can one remain true to the Lord (Luke 10:27) (Romans 12:2)

Luke 10:27, “ He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]””

Romans 12:2 “ Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Remaining true to the Lord involves having a right and clear relationship with the Lord.

What was the result of Barnabas’ preaching (24)?

“He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.”

The passage for some reason inserts information about Barnabas, that he is a good man, full of the Holy Spirit, and faith. I believe that because Barnabas turned his heart in full commitment to the Lord, his outer character was radically changed—so much so that it effected the people and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. When our lives are turned to the Lord with all our heart—we too will be changed and effect those around us.

What did Barnabas teach that such a great work of God could occur (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) (John 20:31)?
1 Corinthians 15:3-4, “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,”
John 20:31, “But these are written that you may believe[a] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

Here we can clearly learn that Barnabas knew the contents of the Gospels and that he could clearly preach the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Barnabas preached the truth and preached the very same gospel we have in our hands today—that is effective even unto this day.

5. Who did Barnabas go looking for (25)?

“ Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul,”

Barnabas needed help in shepherding the new Greek believers. He went to Tarsus, which was a leading Roman trading city in Modern Turkey, founded during the time of Alexander the Great. This was because as a Pharisee Saul knew the Bible very well, and he also had been raised in a Greek culture and spoke the language very well (Acts 21:37).

After teaching the Bible for a year in Antioch, what were the believers first called (26)

“and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.”

Most importantly the believers were first called Christians at Antioch. Antioch became one of the five leading centers of the early Christian Church because of their sincere faith (Rome, Jerusalem, Constantinople, Alexandria, and Antioch).

Why?

Because the new believers lifestyle sincerely reflected that of Jesus. The non-believers could clearly see the grace in the life of the new believers was the same grace they were hearing in the preaching about Jesus. If one has communist leanings and quotes and acts like Lenin, then you would call them a communist. If one talks and acts like Jesus, you would call him a Christian. This is a great privilege and a great responsibility that your life somehow reflects the life of the King of kings and Lord of Lords. Also that means if we claim to be a Christian and our life doesn’t reflect Jesus’ life then we drag his name through the mud and must stand before him at the Judgment.

During the famine in the time of Emperor Claudius how were the new Gentile believers moved to help the brothers and sisters in Judea (29,30)?

“The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. 30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.”

This shows the new believers true faith to God and thankfulness to God. The Greek believers had no relationship or knowledge of the believers in Jerusalem. But they were united in Jesus and thus could have a relationship with the Jerusalem church. The Greeks were thankful for the bible teachers sent to help them strengthen their faith and wanted to show their gratitude to God by helping the suffering believers in Jerusalem.

How can you stay true to the Lord in this generation?

Acts 9:1-31 Answers

Acts 9:1-31 Answers

SAUL’S CONVERSION

Acts 9:1-31
KV: 15, 16

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1. Read 7:58-8:3; 9:1-2. What effect did the death of Stephen have on Saul?

“58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. 8 And Saul approved of their killing him. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.”

The death of Stephen only increased the rage of Saul against the church. He continued to actively persecute and destroy it.

How might Stephen’s prayer have contributed to his conversion?

Stephen prayed like Jesus, that their sins might be forgiven. Saul a Pharisee may have had the seed planted in him of Jesus’ grace through Stephen’s prayer.

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Acts 8:1-40 Answers

Acts 8:1-40 Answers

THE SPIRIT OF GOD DEFEATS THE SPIRIT OF EVIL

Acts 8:1-40
KV: 36

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1. Summarize chapter 7. Who was there giving approval of Stephen’s death (1)?

Saul the Pharisee was there giving approval to Stephen’s death.

What did Saul do next (1b, 3)?

“On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.
But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.”

Saul was not merely content with the stoning of Stephen. He went on a rampage against the Church of God-driving all believers out of Jerusalem-even throwing men and women in prison. If you know anything about the times and society-no one threw women in prison-yet Saul was determined to destroy the church.

What happened to the early church (4a)?

“Those who had been scattered?”

The early church was scattered from Jerusalem.

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Acts 7:1-60 Answers

Acts 7:1-60 Answers

I SEE THE SON OF MAN STANDING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD
Acts 7:1-60
KV: 7:56
“Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

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1. What happened to Stephen in the previous passage? (6:5, 6:11)

Stephen a man full of wisdom and the holy spirit was appointed as one of the seven deacons in charge of food distribution for the early church. He was arrested and charged with Blasphemy before the Sanhedrin by the members of the Synagogue of Freedman.

What was he accused of? (6:11-15)

He was charged with blasphemy-meaning teaching against what God said or something untrue about God. Especially he was accused of violating the teachings and customs of Moses.

Why did Stephen begin his defense with the history of the Old Testament?

The Jewish people have their identity in three things, the land, the law, and the temple. Stephen spoke from the history of the Jewish people telling the history of God. Like when Jesus was accused – he did not defend himself – let their own words convict them.

2. Who sent Abraham to the Promised Land? (4)

“”So he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Harran. After the death of his father, God sent him to this land where you are now living.”

God called Abraham to the land.

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Acts 5:17-41 Answers

Acts 5:17-41 Answers

Tell the People the Full Message of This New Life
Acts 5:17-41
KV 20

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1. Describe what had happened in the previous passage. (Acts 5:1-16)

We witnessed the Holy God protect the early church from the influence of Satan. Two people tried to deceive God’s people and gain the praise of man at the expense of the church of God. God struck them dead and a great fear seized the church when they realized God was real-holy-and protecting his church.

Why were the religious leaders jealous? (15-17)

“15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. 16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed. 17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy.”

People were coming from all over the country side to have Peter and the Apostles heal the sick and those tormented by evil spirits. People recognized that the Apostles had the power of God in them and that they religious leaders did not. This loss of power and authority caused them to be jealous.

What did they do to the Apostles? (18)

“They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail.”

The leaders could not stand to see them healing people and preaching in Jesus’ name so they grabbed them late at night so no one would know (same as they came for Jesus) and threw them in the public jail.

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Acts 5:1-16 Answers

Acts 5:1-16 Answers

DO NOT TEST THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD
Acts 5:1-16
KV 9

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1. Who were Ananias and Sapphira and what did they do? (1-2)
“Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.”

Ananias and Sapphira were husband and wife. They were members of the early church. They sold a piece of land they owned and brought the money and put it at the apostle’s feet.

Why did they lay the money at the Apostle’s feet? (4:34-35)

Acts 4:34-35
“that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.”

Those who had been moved by the Holy Spirit and the apostle’s teachings wanted to use their resources to support the early church and support other believers-they were of one heart and mind in Christ and saw no problems sharing resources to help others.

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Acts 4:13-37 Answers

Acts 4:13-37 Answers

ONE IN HEART AND MIND

Acts 4:13-37 Key Verse: 32

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1. What did the rulers realize about Peter and John? (13)

13 “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

When the Sanhedrin saw Peter and John’s boldness, they were astonished to see how powerful these former fishermen were, and they realized that they had been with Jesus.

What was their dilemma? (14-18)

14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. 16 “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. 17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name. 18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.”

They wanted to argue with Peter, but they couldn’t say anything because the man who was healed was standing there.

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1 Corinthians 15:35-58 Questions

1 Corinthians 15:35-58 Questions

2013 Harper-NIU-DuPage Joint Easter Bible School Lecture III (Matthew Monroe) March 24 (Sunday)

THE GLORY OF THE RESURRECTION
1 Corinthians 15:35-58 Key Verse: 43


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1. What question did Paul address? (35) How did he rebuke them, and what metaphor did he use? (36-38) What principle is here? (36; Jn12:24) In the natural world, what do the different kinds of flesh and splendor teach us about God and about the resurrection body? (39-41)

2. What kind of bodies do we have now, and what will our resurrection bodies be like? (42-44a) How did Paul show the progression from the natural to the spiritual? (44b) How can we receive a spiritual body? (45-46) How were Adam and Christ different? (47) How can we bear the likeness of the man from heaven? (48-49)

3. To inherit the kingdom of God, how must we be changed? (50-51) What glorious future event does Paul mention, and what will happen to believers at the last trumpet? (52-54) What was Paul’s victory song over death? (55-56)

4. How can we live a victorious life? (57) When we believe in Christ’s resurrection, what should we strive to do, and why should we live such a life? (58)