Saturday, January 19, 2013

Bible Challenge 01/20 - 01/26

Greetings All!

This week we progress through the remainder of the Gospel of John and move into the book of Acts, a historical account of the early church after Jesus' ascension. 

Acts or Acts of the Apostles, is the second of Luke's major writings, showing how the disciples spread the good news of the Gospel after Jesus' death, resurrection and ascension back to heaven. The key verse for this book is Acts 1:8: "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you: and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." This verse sets the tone for all of the action in the book. The first major segment is chapters 1-7 where the action centers around the Jews in Jerusalem and Peter is the main figure. The timeline here is about 2 years from Pentecost through the stoning of Stephen. The second major segment is chapters 8-12 and shows the spread of the Gospel out from Jerusalem into the regions of Judea and Samaria. Here the central figure is Philip and his main audience the Samaritans. The timeline here is 13 years from Stephen's stoning to Paul's missionary journeys.

Here is the schedule:

20, Sunday: John 9-12

21, Monday: John 13-16

22, Tuesday: John 17-20

23, Wednesday: Luke 17-20

24, Thursday: John 21 - Acts 3

25, Friday: Acts 4-7

26, Saturday: Acts 8-11

May God add his richest blessings to the reading, the hearing and most importantly the living out of His Holy Word. Amen.

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