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Mid-Acts or Acts 28?

Mid-Acts or Acts 28

In this study, Wayne Stewart will look at the beginning of the church which we are a part of today.  The Acts provides the history of Israel and Gentiles in how they had a relationship with Jesus Christ after his death, burial and resurrection.  At what point in time did God give specific instructions to the Gentiles apart from Israel?  This study will look at this question and help you understand the significance of finding out the answer.

Lessons

Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 6

The lesson on January 14, 2018 was part 6 of the "Mid-Acts or Acts 28" study.  In this lesson, Wayne proceeds to explain how we will have errors multiplied when we try to place the church of the one body where Christ is head in Acts due to the fact that several mysteries were revealed in Acts but not the one that is in Ephesians because that was hid in God before the foundation of the world.  If we try to put the church beginnng in Acts, you have the gifts of the spirit present with believers.  You have promises that pertain to the land.  You have Gentiles be a part of Abraham.  After Acts, you have a new body.  A new man that has a new hope and inheritance.  The scripture reading was from Galatians 3:23-29 KJV

Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 06
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Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 7

The lesson on January 21, 2018 was part 7 of "Mid-Acts or Acts 28?" study.  This lesson provided a review of what we previously learned regarding the term "same body" and that it is not referring to the body found in Acts mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12 or Romans 12 but that of a newly created body where Jews and Gentiles are the same.   In this lesson we learn more of the manifestation of the mystery of Ephesians 3, which was not witnessed from the prophets and old testament scripture but hidden in God.  The body you find in Acts is one that was manifested by the prophets and old testament scripture.  If you try to start the church in Acts, you have so many problems to deal with because the hope and promises are of ones made to Israel which includes the promised land.  Our promises and calling are unsearchable and in the heavens far above all principalities and powers.  The scripture reading was from 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8 KJV

Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 07
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Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 8

The lesson on January 28, 2018 was part 8 of the "Mid-Acts or Acts 28?" study.  This week the lesson looked at the gifts given during the Acts period compared to the gifts given after Acts 28.  We learned how the gifts during Acts were given to everyone and that they collectively made parts of the body that was part of the church.  These gifts were designed to provoke Israelt to jealousy and Christians had to be careful how they behaved during this period because if they offended God, they would be killed as referenced in Acts 5.  The gifts given after Acts were people He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: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: (Ephesians 4:11-13 KJV).  This is quite a contrast and should make it clear that these individuals were called upon to readjust the believer to the new man freshly created where the Jew and Gentile were of the same body and had a new heavenly hope that was hidden in God before the foundation of the world.  The scripture reading was in 1 Corinthians 12:1-7 KJV

Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 08
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Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 9

The lesson on February 4, 2018 was part 9 of the "Mid-Acts or Acts 28?" study.  Last week Wayne reviewed the gifts given during the Acts and compared them to the gifts given after Acts 28 and clarified the distinctions.  This week we looked at the body and compared it to the one body where Christ is head.  By comparing how the body was constructed by every believer with gifts during Acts, where members could be part of the head in particular, it doesn't compare to the new body created from the two (Jew and Gentile) where Christ is the head.  Our body today was created new after Acts 28 and is not the same body of Acts.  The scripture reading was from 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16 KJV

Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 09
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Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 10

The lesson on February 11, 2018 was part 10 of the "Mid-Acts or Acts 28?" study.  This lesson looks again at the metaphor of the body of Christ, comparing how in Acts, how members could be parts of the head like eyes or ears but after Acts 28, Christ is the head and we are holding the head as members of the body.  Further, Wayne looked again at the gifts given after Acts 28 and studied the reason why these gifts of Apostles, Prophets, Pastors and Teachers were needed because they existed in Acts.  It was offered that the reason they were needed was answered in Ephesians 4:12-13 KJV "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:".  The body that existed in Acts crossed the border of Acts 28 and was fading.  These gifts were given to readjust those Christians to the new hope of unsearchable riches in Christ.  Eventually, all the gifts of the Acts period faded away and all that was left was the one body where Christ is head.  The scripture reading was from Numbers 11:24-30 KJV

Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 10
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