Week Twenty-Five

WEEK TWENTY- FIVE 

THE SPREAD OF THE GOSPEL

·        The public work of Jesus began from his baptism in the River Jordan, the river over which Joshua and Israel had passed. Jesus campaigned everywhere in his own country before his death (Luke 8:1)

·        After ascending to heaven, Jesus continued to work through his apostles in spreading the Gospel outwards from Jerusalem.

·        The Gospel was first preached to the Jews, then Samaritans, then Proselytes (converts to Judaism - like the Ethiopian in Acts 8:27). Then the Gentiles (non-Jews) were called (Acts 10). 

 

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DAILY READINGS AND NOTES – WEEK TWENTY-FIVE 

Acts 8 Notice the continued importance of belief in the things concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, followed by baptism (verses 12,37-38)
Acts 9 Paul too believed and was baptised (verse 18). See Acts 22:16. His sins were forgiven at baptism.
Acts 10 Even a good living man like Cornelius (verse 2) had to learn what he must do (verse 6). He believed (verses 42-43) and was baptised (verse 48).
Acts 11 Gentiles as well as Jews can inherit the promises of life (verse 18). Notice the first occurrence of the word “Christian” (verse 26).
Acts 12 Although the disciples had prayed for Peter’s release from prison (verse 5), they were taken by surprise when the answer came (verse 12-15).
Acts 13 Christ’s resurrection from the dead (verses 30-37) had been foretold in Psalm 16:10. He will fulfil (2 Samuel 7:13) the promise to David. We can be linked with this – see Isaiah 55:3.
Acts 14 We can take courage, the door of faith, is still open (verse 27).