Thinking on Scripture with Dr. Steven R. Cook

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Episodes

Saturday Mar 01, 2014

Steven provides introductory information for the book of Acts such as authorship, audience, date of writing, literary genre, theological importance, and purpose.  

Saturday Mar 01, 2014

The Central Idea of the Text is that Jesus appeared to His disciples numerous times over a forty day period, and His final instructions were for them to remain in Jerusalem for the special coming of the Holy Spirit so they would be empowered to serve Him as His witnesses throughout the world (Acts 1:2-8; cf. Acts 10:38-42; 13:26-32, 38-39).

Saturday Mar 01, 2014

The Central Idea of the Text is that the apostles returned to Jerusalem as the Lord commanded, and then chose another apostle to replace Judas.  

Saturday Mar 01, 2014

The Central Idea of the Text is that God poured forth His Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost just as He promised, and the church was born (Matt. 16:18; John 14:16-17; 16:7, 13; Acts 1:4-5).  In Acts 2 the church was purely Jewish, but Acts 8, 10 and 15 will reveal that Gentiles will have an equal place in the body of Christ (cf. 1 Cor. 10:32; Gal. 3:26-28).  

Saturday Mar 01, 2014

The Central Idea of the Text is that Peter gives an account of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, showing its similarity with what was spoken by the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28-32).

Saturday Mar 01, 2014

The Central Idea of the Text is that many Israelites responded to Peter’s message about Jesus and changed their mind (i.e. repented) about their sinful rejection and crucifixion of Him and believed on Him as the Messiah and were baptized in water as a public expression of their faith.

Saturday Mar 01, 2014

About three thousand people believed in Christ as their Savior as a result of Peter’s preaching. They began devoting themselves to: 1) the apostle’s teaching, 2) fellowship, 3) the breaking of bread (i.e. the Lord’s Supper), and 4) prayer (Acts 2:42).  They were sharing their material goods and helping each other as needed, and were meeting and sharing meals “from house to house” (Acts 2:44-46).  It is important to realize that what we read in Acts is descriptive and not prescriptive.  As an historian, Luke reveals what happened in the early church, but does not prescribe it as a model to be forced upon churches everywhere.

Saturday Mar 01, 2014

The Central Idea of the Text is that Peter and John healed a lame man for the purpose of drawing attention to Christ so others might turn to Him for salvation.  The healing was instantaneous.  Since the lame man had never known how to walk, the miracle related to the mind as well as the body.  There are cases in Scripture where God did not heal people and used sickness to His advantage (2 Cor. 12:7-10; Phil. 2:25-30; 2 Tim. 4:20; cf. 1 Sam. 16:14-16; 2 Ki. 13:14; 1 Cor. 5:5; 11:27-30).  In one instance, Paul advocated for a natural solution to an illness (1 Tim. 5:23).

Saturday Mar 01, 2014

The Central Idea of the Text is that Peter and John are arrested and placed on trial before the religious leaders of Israel, specifically the Sadducees, for their healing of the lame man and their preaching the resurrection of Jesus (Acts 5:1-4, 8-10).  About 5000 respond positively to Christ and are saved, but a few leaders are negative and cause suffering.

Sunday Feb 02, 2014

The Central Idea of the Text is that Peter and John spoke the Word of God with boldness in spite of the threats of persecution that came from the leadership of Israel (Acts 4:13-20). 

Sunday Feb 02, 2014

The Central Idea of the Text is that God judged and disciplined Ananias & Sapphira for their carnal hypocrisy (Acts 5:1-11), and continued to work through His apostles to spread the gospel message (Acts 5:12-16).  

Sunday Feb 02, 2014

The Central Idea of the Text is that the Apostles were faithful to the Lord Jesus to obey His command to preach His message (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 5:20, 29, 42), even though they faced resistance and persecution for doing so (Acts 5:28, 40).

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