Last week we finished up Acts chapters 3-7 in our Bible Study Fellowship lesson. I know I’ve studied these chapters before in BSF, but some of the scriptures in these chapters seem new to me! As I’ve learned in the past, God teaches us for right where we are at in our lives at the present time. I am in awe…
…I was able to see in the pages in front of me that there is incredible power in the name of Jesus Christ. Through the name of Jesus, the disciples were healing people and making them whole once again. It breaks my heart to hear people use His name in wrong and inapproriate ways today. Do they really understand what they are doing?
…I was reminded that one cannot lie to God. Ananias and Sapphira did, and they both died at once. We cannot lie to God…silly of us for even trying to.
…I saw how the disciples were flogged for using Jesus’ name, and they considered it an honor to be persecuted because of Jesus. Do I consider that an honor? Hmmm.
…I was impressed that seven apostles were added to the group to take care of the widows. That spoke volumes to me in my role at Mission of Hope…to take care of the needy and hungry. How many of us really do that?
…Steven was stoned to death in chapter 7. He saw heaven open and Jesus standing at the right hand of God before he prayed for Jesus to receive his spirit. He also prayed for those who were stoning him. Do I pray for those who persecute me? What a glorious sight that must have been to see heaven open and Jesus standing at the right hand of God!
There is so much in these chapters! I’m thankful for BSF and how it helps me stay committed to reading God’s Word and helps me apply it to my life! On to this week’s study…
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