The First Missionary Journey

READ : Acts 13-15 Led by the Spirit, the church at Antioch sets aside its best men for missionary work. A Christian young person who is qualified ought not to ask “What occupation will give me most money?” but “Does the Lord want me to be a missionary?” Paul and Barnabas make the island of Cyprus their first stop. There the Roman proconsul is converted. They then sail for the south coast of what is now Turkey. There John (also …

Peter's Ministry

READ : Acts 10-12 The Acts of the Apostles or acts of the Spirit through the apostles consists in part of the acts of Peter, who is considered for a few chapters, and the acts of Paul, which take up the remainder of the book. Peter needed a vision from heaven to make him realize that God’s plan was broader than his. We too need to realize that the gospel is not just for “our kind” of people but for …

The Deacon and the Destroyer

READ : Acts 8,9 Another deacon involved in evangelism was Philip who carries out the next step of the Great Commission, going to Samaria. There he has a fruitful ministry, yet God calls him from that ministry to meet one man, the Ethiopian official who knew about the true God but needed to know about Jesus. The Ethiopian officer is reading the Bible but does not understand it. He is reading Isaiah 53, and Philip tells him how Jesus fulfills …

The Great Deacon

READ : Acts 7 To solve the problem of food distribution to the widows, deacons were chosen. First on the list was Stephen, “a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (6:5). These are qualities needed by all who serve in the church, no matter what the task may be. Stephen not only cared for the widows, he began preaching. As a result, he was arrested, and standing before his accusers he preached a powerful sermon. He traced …

Problems Already

READ : Acts 4-6 As a result of powerful preaching, the number of believers grows to 5,000. A problem develops. The rulers arrest the leaders of the church. The church then prays, not for protection but for boldness. The problems from within prove worse than those from without. Though the Spirit has just come, there are problems in the church. In every church there are those who have not been born again, and those who have been born again continue …