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Conversion

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v.38

A troublesome introduction of baptism for Protestant Christians. Seeing that baptism does not save someone, why muddy the waters so early on? We don't deny, of course, that baptism does not have the same place in salva…


Church Structure

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v.42

“They” = 3,000 + 120 or thereabouts; so almost all the church believers of but a few days. Not meeting in one place all at once, of course, but in many different congregations, as v. 46 indicates. The only place they may…


A Miracle

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Luke is now going to give a particular instance of those miracles he said in 2:43 the Apostles were performing. And its setting is in the temple courts where we have already read (2:46) the Christians were meeting daily.

v.1


The Power of Unbelief

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v.2

The Sadducees were particularly annoyed by the message, for they denied the doctrine of the resurrection. That this teaching should have been spread in the Temple would have only infuriated them the more as they thought…


Christian Confidence

Read: 4:23-31
The disciples, Peter and John in particular, had been jailed over night, hauled before the authorities, ordered not to preach in the name of Jesus, and threatened with further reprisal if they did. Their response to this intimidation…


Ananias and Sapphira

Read Acts 4:32-5:11
The chapter division is not well placed. It ought to be between 4:31 and 4:32, for, though 4:32-36 summarizes again the spirit of these early Christians — repeating in greater detail the information already given in 2:44-45 …


Stephen

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v.9

"Cilicia" Is this the synagogue attended by Saul of Tarsus, with Saul himself as the chief instigator of the opposition to the Christians?
v.14

Jesus did, of course, say such things, and Stephen was n…