Stephan was a faithful and holy man. He preached the gospel to everyone about and the Holy Spirit increased by people talking about it all around and saying how wonderful it was. Most people in Jerusalem were becoming followers of Christ and getting baptized. (even the priests!) Stephanos was his real name which meant victor. He started doing miracles like healing the blind, making deaf people hear, causing the lame to walk.The people were beginning to believe more and more in Jesus.The priests started to tell lies about Stephan and arouse trouble. They said wrong things about the bible but Stephan stood up to them and proved them wrong.The priests started to bribe men into telling lies about Stephan and they said “He is saying Blasphemy”. Stephanos got taken to a court room of 70 mean people plus the high priest. Saul was sitting in the group and later in the story will become Paul. They were all shouting at him when a miracle happened. Stephan glowed like an Angel! God was on his side. Stephan began telling things about Israels history to prove God was true and faithful despite Israels unfaithfulness and treacherous behavior starting with these:
Acts 7 – Stephan witnesses God is True
- God made Promises to Abraham
- Sold Joseph as a Slave
- Israel became slaves in Egypt
- God Saves Israel out of Egypt
- Jacob buried in the Promised land
- Moses was skilled in all the Wisdom of Egypt
- At age 40 Moses killed an Egyptian
- God sent an Angel in the burning bush and promised deliverance for Israel
- God takes his Ecclessia into the wilderness
- Israel rejected Moses and worshiped a golden calf
- Joshua (Yah shall save) led them into the promised land
- David longed to build God a temple but God told David His son would be the house builder
- God does not live in brick buildings he lives in us and Jesus is going to be the master architect of a temple made from living people, the believers
- Israel rebelled against God
- They persecuted the prophets and did not keep the law of Moses
Stephan looked into heaven and said he saw Jesus standing on the right hand of God. This made the priests so angry that they dragged him out of the city and stoned him to death. While Stephan was lying there he said “lay not this sin to there charge”.
Gods Lesson for Us
Even when people are being unkind and cruel to us we must forgive them, even though the way they treat us really hurts. Even though people do not act like Jesus we must act mercifully and gracefully. Even when bad things are happening to us and people bully us, we have a beautiful promise from God who says, “I will never never leave thee or never never forsake thee”.
There once was a man named Barnabas. He was a man of generosity, he sold his land and gave the money to ecclesias. Everyone loved Barnabas and thought he was so great. In that same town was a man and his wife named Ananias and Saphira. They were two wicked and selfish people. They wanted to show the people that they were generous too.
So they decided to sell there land and house and give the money to the poor and needy. When they got all the money it ended up to be about a million dollars so they said “Why don’t we keep just a little bit for ourselves and give the rest to the poor”. So along went Ananias to Peter and said “Ok Peter, this is all the money”. Peter knew he was lying, and said “Are you sure this is all the money Ananias”. Ananias replied and said, “Yes, Yes this is all, take it!”. We don’t know how but he then falls dead to the ground without uttering another word.
Saphira was wondering why her husband had been gone so long and went to Peter. She asked him if he knew where Ananias had gone, but Peter asked her if she had given all the money to him and she to said “Yes, Yes give it away to the ecclesia” and she then, like Ananias fell dead.
Gods Lesson For Us
Do not lie or be Jealous of others, be thankful for what you have and what you are blessed with. Be like the apostle and spread the word!!! Make sure you have loving friends to give you good advise. We should always be truthful in the Ecclesia of God and conduct ourselves honestly.
Amazing lessons come from the seed, preserved down through time, and only once it is buried in good soil, springs into new life, producing and incredible yield.
In your own words summarize the parable of the sower?
The four grounds represent four different responses to the invitation to the kingdom.
Can you identify different type of ground?
How does the word of God prosper and grow in our lives?
How does the good soil person respond to the seed?
Does the sower plant different seed or is it all the same stuff?
What are essential ingredients the seeds needs in order to grow?
Jesus is given a glimpse of the glorious exodus he would lead through his death and personal sacrifice into a triumphant deathless state, a magnificent transformation, a metamorphosis from weak mortal nature, into a strong glorious magnificent, brilliant, dazzling, radiating beauty. To become the brightness of His glory, the express image of his person. The miraculous prediction of the Lords most incredible triumph over human nature, sin and death.
Q.1. Why Did Moses and Elijah appear to Jesus?
Q.2. Why was the transfiguration necessary?
Q.3. Can you think of a quote that shows how friends can encourage each other in the word of God?
Q.4. What does the transfiguration teach us?
Q.5. What do we learn about Jesus character?
Q.6. How did the transfiguration effect the 3 disciples that accompanied Jesus?
Q.7. What are you looking forward to about the kingdom?
The Parable of the unjust judge isn’t so much a story to compare what God is like, rather to contrast the genuine care, responsiveness, and overwhelming love that our heavenly Father provides for his elect who demonstrate qualities found in the persistent widow..
What kind of attitude does Jesus want to see in us when he returns to the earth?
What were the elect in Rev 6:10 crying to God for?
What can we pray to God for?
What lesson do we learn from the Persistent Widow?
How should we be living in light of the Lords parable of the persistent widow?
Can you find a verse in the Bible to show how God responds to prayer?
What kind of attitude did the Widow possess?
What is the greek work that describes how often we should pray?
21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how many times could my brother sin against me and I forgive him? As many as seven times?”
22 “I tell you, not as many as seven,” Jesus said to him, “but 70 times seven. 23 For this reason, the kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves. 24 When he began to settle accounts, one who owed 10,000 talents was brought before him.25 Since he had no way to pay it back, his master commanded that he, his wife, his children, and everything he had be sold to pay the debt.
In Luke 15v1-7 Jesus talks about the loving shepherd and his beautiful sheep. When the shepherd finds out one of his sheep are missing he sets out in the dark and cold, hungrily setting forth searching for his dearest sheep hoping to find him. After a day or two hidden in the cracks of the rocks, two beautiful eyes can be seen, longing to see his shepherd savior. Before she knows it that cute little sheep is safely riding home on the shoulders of the one who loved her so much.
The story of the Prodigal Son is so Loveley to hear the words that Jesus spoke about the father and how much he loves his son and at the first sight of his son coming back he runs towards him with reachingful eyes, this is an example of how God longs for us when we come to our right mind and return to him.
Humility is such an important kingdom attitude, Jesus tells a parable to show how important this quality is in God’s children. A lot of people pretend to be humble by humble-bragging, and not being honest with their intentions. But humble bragging is really a way of letting our pride leak out.
Q1. How does the parable of the ‘Hidden Treasure & the Pearl of great Price’ teach us about the Kingdom of God?
Q2. What was the ‘actual’ treasure in both of these parables?
Q3. What’s the difference between the parable of the Hidden Treasure & The Pearl of Great Price?
Q4. What kind of things does Jesus want us to give up so that we can gain the kingdom?
Q5. Why do you think the traveler and the merchant sold all their belongings for this one little piece of treasure?
Q6. Using either e-Sword or https://www.biblegateway.com/, can you find out what Jesus teaches us about treasure on earth?
Q7. What is the lesson for us, of the Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Parable of the Pearl of Great Price?