Summer Bible Study
July 9th, 2018 - Acts 1-4
Question: In Acts 2:6 it states "everyone heard them speak in their own language." Question: were the apostles speaking in tongues and each apostle was speaking in a specific foreign language that could be understood by people from those nations?What I'm asking for is a clarification on Acts 2:4-6. Acts 2:4 addresses the spiritual language of tongues but verse 6 seems to address actual languages spoken by various nations and peoples on the earth.
Answer: When we speak in tongues, we speak in the languages of men and angels, earthly as well as heavenly. The Greek for tongues in Acts 2:6 is dialecto, where we get the English word dialect. They spoke in the languages of men and even the dialects of the areas the multitudes were from. This would be like English from the area of the Bronx and deep South. This was the preciseness of the Holy Spirit on that day. In Acts 2:4 we are not told if the tongues, glossa, were of angels or men or both.
Question: I have a question about Matthias and the lots. Verse 14 says the disciples were constantly united in prayer. Since the Holy Spirit had not come it seems logical to me that they would do what they did. That they would pray, select someone and cast lots. Isn't that all they knew how to do at that time? And they believed they were in line with scripture in verse 20. If God had intended for Paul to be the twelfth disciple, why did the lot come up with Matthias' name? Shouldn't it have been blank?
Could Paul have been considered a new "category"? Something where the twelve were under the OT and walked with Jesus physically whereas Paul followed Jesus in the NT and walked with Him just by faith like we do? Verse 20 would then apply and be fulfilled in both the NT and the OT. Both Matthias and Paul would have been chosen by God, just with different methods. In other words, they both would have been chosen by God, just using different methods and representing different points in time.
Answer: Lots were similar to dice. God was not in the outcome of the lots. The disciples were never told to fill in the twelfth. Since God chose them, He could choose another and Paul was it. There was a new generation of disciples. The apostles to Israel were not the same as apostles to the Church. The ministry of the eleven changed after the Day of Pentecost and they were now given to the Church (Ephesians 4:10-12). Paul was given to the Church as is each ministry office, including apostle, since that day.
Question: Page 16: When you say, "When Jesus became sin for us at the cross, the ministry of the Spirit temporarily ceased...," are you saying the Spirit left Jesus for that period of time? If so, was that because of the sin placed on Him, and did that "leaving" happen just before the moment Jesus asked why He'd been forsaken?
Answer: The answer to both your questions is “yes”. The ministry of the Holy Spirit ceased for the three days Jesus was bearing our sins and began again at the resurrection. The same was true with God the Father. Both raised Jesus from the dead when our sins were fully judged (Romans 4:33,34, 8:11). I heard a great minister say this is why Jesus said “ my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Once for the Father and once for the Holy Spirit. Until that time she had never addressed His Father as God, always Father. God was the cry of a lost man separated from God.
June 25th, 2018
Our study of the book of Acts begins today! For the next two weeks we will be studying the first four chapters in the Acts Commentary book. As you study and meditate on the scripture please send your questions and praise reports. The answers and praise reports will help others as well. At the end of this segment Pastor Bob will post a video recap of the first four chapters and answers questions. Send questions by email to email@example.com our use our website contact form.
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June 18th, 2018
Join Bob Yandian in a study through the book of Acts this summer. Acts is the hub of all the following epistles of Paul, Peter, James and John. Each church in each city began in the book of Acts. Dedicate a portion of your day to study, pray, and meditate on the word of God. Not only will you increase in joy and enthusiasm, as you study you will begin to hunger for more of God’s word.
What you will need:
- The book "A New Testament Commentary - Acts by Bob Yandian"
- Where to buy:
- Paperback book: https://www.bobyandian.com/books/acts-commentary-paperback
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- A Commitment to study the book daily, pray and meditate over it through the day and depend on the Holy Spirit to make it your own revelation.
- The reading plan:
- 6/25 - 7/8 - Acts 1-4 - Pages 13-63
- 7/9 - 7/22 - Acts 5-9 - Pages 65-126
- 7/23 - 8/5 - Acts 10-14 - Pages 127-184
- 8/6 - 8/19 - Acts 15-18 - Pages 185-241
- 8/20 - 9/2 - Acts 19-23 - Pages 243-296
- 9/3 - 9/16 - Acts 24-28 - Pages 297 - 359
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