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Acts - When and Why?

Acts Study - When and Why?

This study started on January 10, 2021 and looks at the book of Acts from a perspective of the Apostle Paul's epistles.  It will establish when the Pauline book was written during the Acts timeline and answer why it was written in relation to the context of the Acts.  This study will provide a roadmap to properly understanding the doctrine of the Acts period and how the transition to the Gentiles is observed but always in the relation to Israel and the Kingdom of God.

Lessons

Acts Study - When and Why? Part 10

The lesson on March 28, 2021 was part 10 of the "Acts - When and Why?" study.  Today's lesson looked at the books 1,2 Thessalonians to determine when they were written during the Acts period. Wayne reviews why it is important to rightly divide Paul's epistles because some of those were written during the Acts period which will conform to the context of the Acts.  This includes the Jew first and it also has signs and wonders.  Verse 31 is the last verse in chapter 28 and it has a punctuation mark ending the book but it is important to know that Paul continued the ministry of Acts teaching the kingdom of God to all that came unto him. Acts 28:30-31 KJV "30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, 31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him."  The two years that Paul continued his Acts period ministry.  The Corinthian and Thessalonian epistles have the context of the Acts period.  Some time after the two years mentioned in Acts 28:30 is when The Mystery was revealed. There was an interval of freedom in this timeframe where Paul wrote 1 Timothy and Titus.  Paul was then is imprisoned where God revealed the Mystery unto him where he wrote Ephesians, Philippians, Philemon, Colossians and 2 Timothy. The Mystery was revealed AFTER Acts 28 (not during) and before A.D. 70.  The scripture reading was from 1 Thessalonians 3:1-7 KJV

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Acts Study - When and Why? Part 11

The lesson on April 11, 2021 was part 11 of the "Acts - When and Why?" study.  Wayne jumped into the lesson by providing the context of when Paul wrote Thessalonians during the Acts period showing how it fits with the last days as described in scripture reading.  Thessalonians was written during the Paul's second missionary journey in Acts 17.  Paul was addressing the Jews first and as his manor was, going into the Synagogue to address and persuade the Jews.  Paul would reason with them out of the Old Testament scriptures that Jesus Christ was the Messiah. As we see some believed and some believed not (just like in Acts 28). When Paul is teaching in 1 Thess 4:13 he says "13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.".  What a wonderful thing it is that our faith is taught without ignorance.  We are encouraged to learn and know the scriptures so our faith is built with knowledge instead of ignorance.  It also is true that Atheists are angry because they have no hope.  As Christians, when we die in Christ, we are asleep and will awake again in the resurrection.  Acts period believers had a hope of resurrection that was taught in the Old Testament scriptures. We continue to learn that the Mystery was not revealed to Paul in the two years of his imprisonment at the close of Acts.  The evidence continues to show that when Paul was preaching the Kingdom of God all the way to Acts 28:31 that it was the continuation of what his ministry was during Acts.  In reviewing the concordance of "Kingdom of God" there are seven places that the phrase is used to continue what Paul's message was during Acts.  The eighth occurrence is in Colossians 4:11 when is when PAul updates the message with the Mystery.  The scripture reading was from 2 Thessalonians 2:1-6 KJV

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Acts Study - When and Why? Part 12

The lesson on April 18, 2021 was part 12 of the "Acts - When and Why?" study.  Wayne focused on clarifying on the phrase "Kingdom of God" and why you cannot take what was said in the eighth time this phrase in Colossians 4:11 to what was used by Paul into the previous seven times that were referenced in the Acts period epistles.  We then look at the context of the seven times Paul used it in Acts to get the context of what it was encompassing in the Old Testament scriptures.  Wayne also majored on the transition of a body of Christ prior to Acts 28 and then after the Mystery was revealed to PAul the prisoner.  PAul was reminding Timothy to stir up the gifts that he was given when adjusting the believers who needed to be perfected in adjusting to a new hope that was revealed in the Mystery.  When PAul wrote Ephesians 4:11-13 KJV he was explaining why the gifts that were given after Acts 28 included "...some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:"  There are no apostles and prophets around today.  What we have left in this calling is evangelists, pastors and teachers.  The Apostles and Prophets had gifts from the Acts period that could be stirred up.  That is not the case now because it passed away with that generation.  The scripture reading was from Romans 3:29-31 

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