Study 28 Presentation 

The Story also talks about five movements that take part in God’s Story: 

Movement 1: The Story of the Garden (Genesis 1-11) 

Movement 2: The Story of Israel (Genesis 12 – Malachi) 

Movement 3: The Story of Jesus (Matthew – John) 

Movement 4: The Story of the Church (Acts – Jude) 

Movement 5: The Story of a New Garden (Revelation)

New Beginnings 

Transitions 

Jesus to Apostles 

Hiding to Boldness 

Israel to Church 

Jew to Gentile 

Judaism to Christianity 

Old Testament God to New Testament God? 

Holy Spirit 

Trinity – Three persons, fully God 

Great Commission – baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit 

Present at creation 

Active in the Old Testament 

Present at Jesus’ baptism 

Analogies: Apple, Egg, Water 

Church – Calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies 

Indwelling – bodies are the living temple of God 

Deposit of our salvation 

Sanctifies – makes us holy – sinless, set apart, transforms us into the likeness of Jesus 

Fruit of the Spirit 

Helper – Greek “paraclete” – one who walks along side 

Remind us of what Jesus taught 

Teach us the hidden things of God 

Advocate – prays on our behalf 

Guide – gifts us and moves us to action 

 

Timeless Truth: He is Risen, Spread the News 

Ascension 

40 Days – after Easter 

Appearances to the disciples 

Mount of Olives – Garden of Gethsemane – outside of Jerusalem 

Jerusalem and Holy Spirit – stay and wait 

Disciples – restore the kingdom to Israel 

Witnesses – Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, world 

Ascends – into clouds 

Angels’ message – Jesus will return 

Pentecost 

Harvest festival – one of the three main festivals, pilgrims from all of Israel and the world 

House – temple enclosure

Holy Spirit 

Violent wind – from heaven 

Speaking in tongues 

Tongues of fire 

Peter’s speech – people are cut to the heart – Holy Spirit at work – Repent and be baptized 

3000 conversions 

Church 

Apostles’ teaching 

Fellowship 

Breaking of bread 

Prayer 

Holy Spirit – wonders and signs 

Needs – identified, share resources 

Relationships – people gathering together 

Large groups – temple courts 

Small groups – homes 

Conflict – with Jewish leaders 

Healing – man born lame, people amazed 

Peter – glory to God, message of salvation through Jesus 

Arrested 

Believer’s number grows to 5000 

Sanhedrin – same group that had judged Jesus 

Peter’s speech – power of the Holy Spirit 

Debated 

Astonished by disciples level of learning 

Threats – must obey God rather than man

Fear – numbers grow, people afraid to join The Way, bring sick for the shadow of Peter 

Arrest – Peter and John 

Released by an angel 

Return to the temple to preach 

Brought nicely back to Sanhedrin 

Must obey God rather than man 

Gamaliel – teacher of Paul and others, greatly respected 

“Consider carefully what you intend to do” 

Other messiahs 

Tolerance – let God decide 

Flogged – apostles rejoice 

Organization 

12 Deacons – complaints, oversee distribution of food to the widows, Greek and Jewish 

Stephen – Holy Spirit, great wonders and signs, defends the faith, Greek-speaking Jew 

Arrested – brought before Sanhedrin 

Stephen’s speech 

Stoned – Jewish capital punishment, done without Roman approval 

Vision of heaven 

Saul – witnesses, gives approval 

Persecution 

Imprisonment 

Philip 

Samaria 

Preaching and miracles 

Saul 

Damascus 

Vision – of Jesus 

Blindness – three day fasting and praying 

Ananias 

Preaching – powerful preaching – Holy Spirit and high level of learning 

Conspiracy – kill him 

Jerusalem 

Barnabus – Joseph the “Son of Encouragement” takes a chance on Saul, brings him to 

the Apostles 

Tarsus 

Time of peace 

Gentiles 

Cornelius – centurion, influential legion, God-fearing, friend of the Jews – difficult balance for a soldier 

Angelic visit – send for Simon (Peter) – use of his Hebrew name 

Peter’s vision – unclean food, three times 

Visit – home of Cornelius – no favoritism, all are invited 

Persecution Renewed 

Herod – Agrippa I, grandson of Herod the Great, wishes to please the Jews 

James killed – brother of John, Israelite descent, by the sword 

Peter imprisoned 

Released by an angel 

Peter thinks it is a vision 

Rhoda overjoyed – forgets to let Peter in 

Disciples – think he might be dead and Rhoda has seen his angel 

James – tell James and the others; brother of Jesus 

Herod’s Death – punished by God, dies 

First Missionary Journey 

Barnabus and Saul – with John Mark, Barnabus leading 

Saul to Paul – Sergius Paulus, first convert 

Paul and Barnabus 

Applications 

Jesus is alive 

Jesus will return 

Holy Spirit dwells in us – living temples 

God desires the church to grow – relationships within and outside 

The church is important – established by God, everyone needs to be welcome 

Variety of gatherings – large gatherings and small gatherings 

Persecution is inevitable – apostles rejoiced in suffering 

God is greater than all obstacles – “if God is for us, who can be against us?”

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