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Acts has two sections: Peter’s ministry in Jerusalem and Samaria and following Paul’s missionary journeys throughout the Roman Empire.

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Three Proofs of Growth

One of the most remarkable eras in the history of the church occurred during the first century. Shortly after Christ had left the earth, His disciples (who became apostles) led congregations into new and exciting vistas of faith. Though young and relatively inexperienced, the believers who comprised the first-century church showed evident marks of maturity…the children were now growing into adolescence! As we shall see from this particular account, they were willing to take Jesus’ teaching seriously and model those truths in the local church.

Needed Today: A Ministry of Encouragement

Woven into the fabric of the book of Acts is the quiet yet colourful life of a man who is a stranger to most Christians. Barnabas came from the island of Cyprus, destined to an obscure role of “minister of encouragement.” In fact, the name, Barnabas, was actually his nickname, which means “son of encouragement” (Acts 4:36). In comparison to the brighter lights of this book—Peter, Paul, Silas, James, and Apollos—Barnabas is virtually unmentioned…but, oh, how essential he was!

Doing What's Right

In Micah 6:8, the bold prophet answered the question many people wonder about today: What does the Lord expect of us? Micah's answer is comprehensive: to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God.

The first of these three expectations means to do what is right, regardless of the consequences. This kind of courageous obedience is illustrated for us in the lives of the first-century apostles.

Prophets and Politicians

Acts 4

There is a big difference between prophets and politicians. Politicians act in a way to please their constituents. Prophets act in a way to please God. In the Bible prophets often stood alone. They spoke God’s truth and risked losing their lives for it.