The Sunday School Lesson The Kingdom Advances by David McGee
Nov 01, 2020
The Kingdom Advances (41:21)
Referenced Scriptures: Acts 1:4-8; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 2:36-41; Acts 4:7-13; Acts 7:54-60; Acts 8:1-8; Acts 10:9-23; Acts 10:34-44; Acts 16:6-15; Acts 18:1-11; Acts 19:1-10; Acts 28:16; Acts 28:23-24; Acts 28:28-31
The scriptures below are from the WEB Bible.
4) Being assembled together with them, he charged them, "Don‘t depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which you heard from me.
5) For John indeed baptized with water, but you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
6) Therefore, when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, are you now restoring the kingdom to Israel?"
7) He said to them, "It isn‘t for you to know times or seasons which the Father has set within His own authority.
8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you. You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth."
1) Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2) Suddenly there came from the sky a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3) Tongues like fire appeared and were distributed to them, and it sat on each one of them.
4) They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak.
36) "Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified."
37) Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what will we do?"
38) Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39) For to you is the promise, and to your children, and to all who are far off, even as many as the Lord our God will call to himself."
40) With many other words he testified, and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation!"
41) Then those who gladly received his word were baptized. There were added that day about three thousand souls.
7) When they had stood them in the midst, they inquired, "By what power, or in what name, have you done this?"
8) Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "You rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
9) if we are examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed,
10) be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, in him does this man stand here before you whole.
11) He is ‘the stone which was regarded as worthless by you, the builders, which was made the head of the corner.‘
12) There is salvation in none other, for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, in which we must be saved!"
13) Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and had perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled. They recognized that they had been with Jesus.
54) Now when they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth.
55) But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
56) and said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God!"
57) But they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and rushed at him with one accord.
58) They threw him out of the city, and stoned him. The witnesses placed their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.
59) They stoned Stephen, as he called on the Lord, saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my Spirit!"
60) He kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, "Lord, don‘t hold this sin against them!" When he had said this, he fell asleep.
1) Saul was consenting to his death. A great persecution arose against the assembly which was in Jerusalem in that day. They were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except for the apostles.
2) Devout men buried Stephen, and lamented greatly over him.
3) But Saul ravaged the assembly, entering into every house, and dragged both men and women off to prison.
4) Therefore those who were scattered abroad went around preaching the word.
5) Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed to them the Christ.
6) The multitudes listened with one accord to the things that were spoken by Philip, when they heard and saw the signs which he did.
7) For unclean spirits came out of many of those who had them. They came out, crying with a loud voice. Many who had been paralyzed and lame were healed.
8) There was great joy in that city.
9) Now on the next day, as they were on their journey, and got close to the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, at about noon.
10) He became hungry, and desired to eat, but while they were preparing, he fell into a trance.
11) He saw heaven opened, and a certain container descending to him, like a great sheet, let down by four corners on the earth,
12) in which were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild animals, reptiles, and birds of the sky.
13) A voice came to him, "Rise, Peter, kill and eat!"
14) But Peter said, "Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean."
15) A voice came to him again the second time, "What God has cleansed, you must not make unholy."
16) This was done three times, and immediately the vessel was received up into heaven.
17) Now while Peter was very perplexed in himself what the vision which he had seen might mean, behold, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made inquiry for Simon‘s house, stood before the gate,
18) and called and asked whether Simon, who was surnamed Peter, was lodging there.
19) While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men seek you.
20) But arise, get down, and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them."
21) Peter went down to the men, and said, "Behold, I am he whom you seek. Why have you come?"
22) They said, "Cornelius a centurion, a righteous man and one who fears God, and well spoken of by all the nation of the Jews, was directed by a holy angel to invite you to his house, and to listen to what you say.
23) So he called them in and lodged them. On the next day Peter arose and went out with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa accompanied him.
34) Peter opened his mouth and said, "Truly I perceive that God doesn‘t show favoritism,
35) but in every nation he who fears him, and works righteousness, is acceptable to him.
36) The word which he sent to the children of Israel, preaching good news of peace by Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all):
37) that spoken word you yourselves know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
38) even Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with him.
39) We are witnesses of all things which he did both in the country of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they also killed, hanging him on a tree.
40) God raised him up the third day, and gave him to be revealed,
41) not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen before by God, to us, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
42) He charged us to preach to the people, and to testify that this is he who is appointed by God as the Judge of the living and the dead.
43) All the prophets testify about him, that through his name everyone who believes in him will receive remission of sins."
44) While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word.
6) When they had gone through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.
7) When they had come opposite Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit didn‘t allow them.
8) Passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.
9) A vision appeared to Paul in the night. There was a man of Macedonia standing, begging him, and saying, "Come over into Macedonia and help us."
10) When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go forth into Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.
11) Setting sail therefore from Troas, we made a straight course to Samothrace, and the day following to Neapolis;
12) and from there to Philippi, which is a city of Macedonia, the first of the district, a Roman colony. We were staying some days in this city.
13) On the Sabbath day we went forth outside of the city by a riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down, and spoke to the women who had come together.
14) A certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, one who worshipped God, heard us; whose heart the Lord opened to listen to the things which were spoken by Paul.
15) When she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and stay." She urged us.
1) After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth.
2) He found a certain Jew named Aquila, a man of Pontus by race, who had recently come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome. He came to them,
3) and because he practiced the same trade, he lived with them and worked, for by trade they were tent makers.
4) He reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded Jews and Greeks.
5) But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.
6) When they opposed him and blasphemed, he shook out his clothing and said to them, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am clean. From now on, I will go to the Gentiles!"
7) He departed there, and went into the house of a certain man named Justus, one who worshipped God, whose house was next door to the synagogue.
8) Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his house. Many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized.
9) The Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, "Don‘t be afraid, but speak and don‘t be silent;
10) for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many people in this city."
11) He lived there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
1) It happened that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul, having passed through the upper country, came to Ephesus, and found certain disciples.
2) He said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They said to him, "No, we did not so much as hear whether there is a Holy Spirit."
3) He said, "Into what then were you baptized?" They said, "Into John‘s baptism."
4) Paul said, "John indeed baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe in the one who would come after him, that is, on Jesus."
5) When they heard this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
6) When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke with other languages, and prophesied.
7) They were about twelve men in all.
8) He entered into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for a period of three months, reasoning and persuading about the things concerning the kingdom of God.
9) But when some were hardened and disobedient, speaking evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus.
10) This continued for the space of two years, so that all those who lived in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
16) When we entered into Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard, but Paul was allowed to stay by himself with the soldier who guarded him.
23) When they had appointed him a day, they came to him into his lodging in great number. He explained to them, testifying about the kingdom of God, and persuading them concerning Jesus, both from the law of Moses and from the prophets, from morning until evening.
24) Some believed the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved.
28) "Be it known therefore to you, that the salvation of God is sent to the Gentiles. They will also hear."
29) When he had said these words, the Jews departed, having a great dispute among themselves.
30) Paul stayed two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who went in to him,
31) preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness, without hinderance.
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