November 6, 2021
DAY 308: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today, we continue our journey through the book of Acts, as Peter continues his ministry.
Ask the Lord for His understanding of Acts 11-12. Read Acts 11-12. 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 11-12: Reading the beginning of chapter 11 today, can make one wonder what all the fuss was about. To the Jews of Peter’s day, Peter had just broken every rule in the book. They did not yet realize that the book had been thrown out. Peter explained his actions, changing the church forever and the church continued to spread and grow. In an attempt to squash the growing church, King Herod killed James and arrested Peter. The Lord arranged Peter’s escape. Herod dies for failing to praise God. (Acts 11:1-12:25)
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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