Reflections on Acts – Part 3

Reflections on Acts – part 3 The passages covered in these reflections describe the way in which the Holy Spirit worked within the early church. They suggest how the church today could be renewed by God. Note, though – and it’s important – St Luke, when he wrote the words in the Acts of theContinue reading “Reflections on Acts – Part 3”

Reflection on the conversion of Cornelius

Acts 10 tells a story that is very significant to any non-Jewish Christian. It describes how God made it crystal clear that we Gentiles are forgiven our sins through belief in Jesus. Today’s post reflects on that story. Acts 10: 1 – 8 Let’s start by looking at Cornelius. He was not a Jew byContinue reading “Reflection on the conversion of Cornelius”

Acts 9: 32 – 43 Aeneas and Dorcas

Acts 9: 32 – 43 Aeneas and Dorcas As Peter travelled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s people who lived in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralysed and had been bedridden for eight years. ‘Aeneas,’ Peter said to him, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and rollContinue reading “Acts 9: 32 – 43 Aeneas and Dorcas”

Acts 8: 9 – 25 Simon the sorcerer

Acts 8: 9 – 25 Simon the sorcerer Now for some time a man named Simon had practised sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, ‘The man is rightly calledContinue reading “Acts 8: 9 – 25 Simon the sorcerer”

Acts 5: 1 – 11 Ananias and Sapphira

Acts 5: 1 – 11 Ananias and Sapphira Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet. Then Peter said, ‘Ananias, how isContinue reading “Acts 5: 1 – 11 Ananias and Sapphira”

Acts 4: 1 – 22 Peter and John before the Sanhedrin

Acts 4: 1 – 22 Peter and John before the Sanhedrin The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.Continue reading “Acts 4: 1 – 22 Peter and John before the Sanhedrin”

Acts 2: 14 – 21 Peter addresses the crowd

Acts 2: 14 – 21 Peter addresses the crowd Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: ‘Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s onlyContinue reading “Acts 2: 14 – 21 Peter addresses the crowd”

The resurrection of Jesus – Part 5 – A consistent record

The resurrection of Jesus – Part 5 – A consistent record It is well known that each of the gospels was written for a different group of Christians, and with a different emphasis. In particular, St John’s gospel stresses the divinity of Jesus, while the synoptic gospels focus more on his humanity. It’s also worthContinue reading “The resurrection of Jesus – Part 5 – A consistent record”

The resurrection of Jesus – study day 2

The resurrection of Jesus – study day 2 I have collated all the resurrection appearances, and started to consider them carefully. This will take some time. In the meantime, this post that I made when I was studying St John’s gospel prompted me to pray and listen to Jesus about this study of the resurrection.Continue reading “The resurrection of Jesus – study day 2”

Luke 22: 24 – 38 The Last Supper – Part 2

Luke 22: 24 – 38 The Last Supper – Part 2 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not toContinue reading “Luke 22: 24 – 38 The Last Supper – Part 2”