Earlier this year the church I attended in Illinois participated in the "Bible In 90 Days" program. I completed the program in 86 days reading the NLT. I wrote down my impressions as I read and posted them on this blog. (See the link at the right-hand side to access my comments) I stopped posting my comments after reading John because my upcoming move made time scarce. However, I did write down my impressions of Acts. I am taking the opportunity to post these impressions now. For 1- 1076, click the "Bible In 90 Days: Impressions" link below:
1077. Jesus continued to preach through the power of the Holy Spirit.
1078. Jesus continued to show proofs that He was still alive.
1079. Jesus taught during those 40 days on the Kingdom of God.
1080. The Apostles asked when God would restore the kingdom of Israel. They were still unfocused.
1081. Receiving the Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father.
1082. After Pentecost, the use of lots ceased.
1083. Peter's 1st sermon- 3 points- What the crowd witnessed was the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, that David prophesied Jesus' resurrection and ascention and that they had crucified the Lord and Messiah.
1084. The crowd's response- repentance leading to forgiveness followed by baptism and the receiving of the Holy Spirit.
1085. The Church devoted themselves to the Apostles teaching, fellowship, the Lord's Supper and prayer. They shared their possessions.
1086. They enjoyed the goodwill of the people.
1087. God added daily to the Church.
1088. The 1st Christians worshipped in the Temple.
1089. It was faith in God that healed the lame man at the Temple.
1090. Peter tells the crowd they were complicit in Christ's death.
1091. From Samuel onward, every prophet spoke of Christ.
1092. Through Abraham all the families of the earth will be blessed. Christ was in Abraham's descendants.
1093. Christ went to Israel first to turn Israel from its sinful ways.
1094. Peter and John were arrested because they preached the Resurrection in Jesus's name.
1095. The lame man had been lame for 40 years. Jesus must have passed him when going to the Temple.
1096. The Church was filled with the Holy Spirit and they preached boldly.
1097. Their message focused on the Resurrection.
1098. The Apostles were of one mind and did not think their possessions were their own.
1099. There was no poverty among them.
1100. After Peter and John were arrested, the threat of arrest for following Jesus was real. So why didn't insincere followers like Annanias and Saphira stay were it was safe?
1101. Annanias allowd Satan to fill his heart.
1102. Before Pilate the religious leaders said let Jesus' blood be on them and their children. Now they were angry that the Apostles charged them with killing Jesus.
1103. Gamaliel was couseling a political approach, not a godly one. Worldly wise.
1104. Possible racial conflict arose as more were added to the Church.
1105. The Apostles needed to be free to preach and teach.
1106. The 7 workers had to be filled with the Holy Spirit and with wisdom.
1107. The solution to the food distribution problem increased the number of saved, even among the Jewish leaders.
1108. Stephen was charged with violating the Law of Moses. Stephen demonstrated that it was Israel that had done so. He charged Israel with always resisting the Holy Spirit.
1109. When Stephen related his vision of Jesus, he was stoned.
1110. Saul was a witness to Stephen's death, seeing him forgive his killers.
1111. The persecution allowed the message to spread. The Apostles stayed in Jerusalem.
1112. Were those in Samaria who accepted the message saved even though they had not received the Holy Spirit?
1113. Simon thought that the receiving of the Holy Spirit was like magic. He believed, but he still had mixed motives.
1114. Philip went where God told him to go, including a desert.
1115. Apparently Philip's baptisms were considered legitimate, even though he was not an apostle, but a lay leader.
1116. Apparently baptism was part of Philip's message.
1117. It was humbling for Saul to be led by the hand into Damascus. He had planned to enter it with authority.
1118. Saul was God's chosen instrument to bring the Gospel to the Gentiles, Kings and the people of Israel.
1119. Annanias took issue with the Lord.
1120. Paul's message- Jesus is the Son of God. And since Paul was trained in the Scriptures, no one could refute him.
1121. It was Barnabas who allowed Saul to gain credibility with the Church.
1122. The miracles in Peter's ministry added many to the Church in Lydda and Joppa.
1123. God heard the prayers of unsaved Cornelius.
1124. Peter was still thinking in terms of Judaism's attitude toward the Gentiles that the Lord had to repeat the vision of the sheet and the food 3 times.
1125. Peter didn't understand the vision until he was summoned by Cornelius.
1126. Peter brought the other witnesses so the Church would accept Gentile Christians.
1127. The Gentiles received the Holy Spirit while Peter was still speaking.
1128. The Lord used Peter to convert the first Gentile Chrisitians so later Peter could give credibility to Paul's ministry to the Gentiles.
1129. Many Jewish Christians thought the Gospel was only for Jews, or that Gentiles had to become Jews first.
1130. Peter said the Gentiles received the Holy Spirit in the same way as the 1st disciples.
1131. The Jerusalem Church rejoiced specifically that the Gentiles repented and received eternal life.
1132. The Church in Antioch began providing famine relief for the Judean Church before the famine began.
1133. Barnabas and Saul's journey to deliver famine relief set the stage for their missionary journey.
1134. When Peter is rescued from prison, he thought it was a vision.
1135. The soldiers paid with their lives for the Lord's rescuing Peter.
1136. Herod died because he accepted the people's worship.
1137. Just as Elymus the sorcerer had to be neutralized, so do evil forces that try to keep people from accepting the Gospel.
1138. In Acts 13, Paul comes to the forefront.
1139. When Paul preached to the Jews, all he had to do was prove Jesus was the Messiah spoken of in the Scriptures.
1140. Paul pronounced judgement on Pisidia even though many became believers there.
1141. When they preached to Gentiles involved in idol worship, such as at Lystra, they had to start from scratch, proving there was only one God.
1142. Paul was stoned in Lystra, later returning, carrying the marks of the stoning on his body as he preached warning believers they must enter the Kingdom of God through many tribulations.
1143. Paul and Barnabas were summoned back to Jerusalem. They were not free agents, but under Jerusalem's authority. When the findings of the Jerusalem Council was sent to Antioch, official represetitives were sent from Jerusalem to Antioch. The Jerusalem Church also declared that the Judaizers were not sent by the Jerusalem Church.
1144. What was Peter's evidence that the Gentiles had received the Holy Spirit? God cleansed their hearts through faith.
1145. Paul felt it was necessary to circumsize Timothy.
1146. The journey was directed by the Holy Spirit- 16: 6-10.
1147. Luke has joined Paul by 16:10.
1148. The Gospel was opposed by those who were threatened by it economically, like the master of the demon possessed slave girl who told fortunes.
1149. When Paul and Silas told the Philippian jailer that all he had to do was believe to be saved, the jailer's subsequent actions proved his faith.
1150. Paul told the Athenians they had to repent of idol worship.
1151. Paul spent over 1 and 1/2 years in Corinth.
1152. Paul found believers who had only heard of the baptism of John and were not baptized in the Holy Spirit.
1153. Paul spent 2 years preaching in the Hall of Tyrannus.
1154. Pauls message- the Kingdom of God.
1155. The incident of the 7 sons of Sceva showed many believers that Jesus was not magic and many repented of their practice of magic.
1156. Paul reminded the Ephesians how he conducted himself among them.
1157. Paul said false prophets twist the truth to gain a following.
1158. It was prophesied that Paul should not go to Jerusalem.
1159. The Jews of Jerusalem reacted violently when Paul said he preached to the Gentiles.
1160. Paul set the Pharisees and the Sadduces against each other.
1161. Paul said the reason he was on trial was because he preached the Resurrection of the dead.
1162. Paul said to Agrippa that he preached repentance proved by fruits, and that he preached nothing more than what Moses and the Prophets said would happen.
1163. Acts 28 claims that the 1st 5 books of the Old Testament were writtten by Moses.
1164. In Rome, Paul preached the Kingdom of God.