October 16, 2021
DAY 287: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today, we continue our journey through the book of Acts, looking at the some of the problems the early church faced.
Ask the Lord for His understanding of Acts 5-6. Read Acts 5-6. Let’s journey!
The book of Acts, sometimes called Acts of the Apostles, picks up immediately after the end of the Gospel of Luke, which makes sense as the same man, Luke, authored both. Luke, a doctor who traveled with the Apostle Paul, focuses on the continuing work of Jesus Christ. Luke follows the beginnings of the early church, from the receiving of the Holy Spirit, to the first use of the word Christian, to the first church, to the first missionary journeys, and the first disagreements within the church. Through it all, however, the focus remains on Jesus Christ and fulfilling the commission He gave: to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
Acts 5-6: We start our reading by seeing the results of sin. It was important that sin not be overlooked, or allowed to flourish, as it would grow and corrupt the church. Word of the apostles spread, with mixed results. As the early church continued its rapid growth, more problems began to arise and the apostle realized that they could not handle every problem personally, without sacrificing their ministry. Additional leadership roles within the church are established. False accusations are made. (Acts 5:1-6:15)
After concluding today’s reading, consider the following: What happened in today’s reading? What examples were given of fulfilling Jesus’ commission? How are fulfilling Jesus’ commission to spread the Gospel? Do you look for opportunities in your everyday life? Do you hide your faith and relationship with Jesus Christ?
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