Acts 6:8-15

Yesterday’s story (about how the church solved the tension between Hebraists and Hellenists over the distribution of food to widows) also introduced the next important figure in Acts: Stephen. He was one of the seven Hellenists chosen to oversee the care of widows. Today, we find out he’s also a passionate evangelist. 6:8 Now Stephen,… Continue reading Acts 6:8-15

Acts 6:1-7

In any romantic relationship, you remember the “firsts.” First date, first kiss, and – inevitably – first fight. Here in Acts 6, after the almost idealistic start (Pentecost, and the almost-too-perfect community described in Acts 2) we get the first hint of significant conflict within the fledgling church. And, as is sadly so often the case,… Continue reading Acts 6:1-7

Acts 3

Today’s passage from Acts is, in terms of form, very similar to the previous chapter. It contains the story of a miraculous occurrence (this time not speaking in other languages, but a healing) followed by an evangelistic speech given in response. Let’s read the miracle story first: Acts 3:1 One day Peter and John were… Continue reading Acts 3

Acts 2:14-41

In our journey through Acts, we arrive today at Peter’s speech in chapter 2. It’s Pentecost, and the Holy Spirit has come upon each believer, giving them the ability to speak the gospel in the language of all those visiting Jerusalem from around the empire. This amazes everyone (although some think they’re just drunk). Peter… Continue reading Acts 2:14-41