The Sunday School Lesson The Growing Church by Glenda Dibert
Jun 19, 2022
The Growing Church (35:18)
Referenced Scriptures: Acts 2:1-47; Acts 3:1-26; Acts 4:1-32
The scriptures below are from the WEB Bible.
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.
5) Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under the sky.
6) When this sound was heard, the multitude came together, and were bewildered, because everyone heard them speaking in his own language.
7) They were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, "Behold, aren‘t all these who speak Galileans?
8) How do we hear, everyone in our own native language?
9) Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia,
10) Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the parts of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
11) Cretans and Arabians: we hear them speaking in our languages the mighty works of God!"
12) They were all amazed, and were perplexed, saying one to another, "What does this mean?"
13) Others, mocking, said, "They are filled with new wine."
14) But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke out to them, "You men of Judea, and all you who dwell at Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to my words.
15) For these aren‘t drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is only the third hour of the day.
16) But this is what has been spoken through the prophet Joel:
17) ‘It will be in the last days, says God, I will pour forth of my Spirit on all flesh. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions. Your old men will dream dreams.
18) Yes, and on my servants and on my handmaidens in those days, I will pour out my Spirit, and they will prophesy.
19) I will show wonders in the the sky above, And signs on the earth beneath; Blood, and fire, and billows of smoke.
20) The sun will be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes.
21) It will be, that whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.‘
22) "You men of Israel, hear these words. Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved by God to you by mighty works and wonders and signs which God did by him in the midst of you, even as you yourselves know,
23) him, being delivered up by the determined counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by the hand of lawless men, crucified and killed;
24) whom God raised up, having freed him from the agony of death, because it was not possible that he should be held by it.
25) For David says concerning him, ‘I saw the Lord always before my face, For he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved.
26) Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced. Moreover my flesh also will dwell in hope;
27) Because you will not leave my soul in Hades, Neither will you allow your Holy One to see decay.
28) You made known to me the ways of life. You will make me full of gladness with your presence.‘
29) "Brothers, I may tell you freely of the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
30) Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, he would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne,
31) he foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was his soul left in Hades, nor did his flesh see decay.
32) This Jesus God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
33) Being therefore exalted by the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured forth this, which you now see and hear.
34) For David didn‘t ascend into the heavens, but he says himself, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit by my right hand,
35) Until I make your enemies the footstool of your feet."‘
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.
42) They continued steadfastly in the apostles‘ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and prayer.
43) Fear came on every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
44) All who believed were together, and had all things common.
45) They sold their possessions and goods, and distributed them to all, according as anyone had need.
46) Day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart,
47) praising God, and having favor with all the people. The Lord added to the assembly day by day those who were being saved.
1) Peter and John were going up into the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.
2) A certain man who was lame from his mother‘s womb was being carried, whom they laid daily at the door of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of those who entered into the temple.
3) Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms.
4) Peter, fastening his eyes on him, with John, said, "Look at us."
5) He listened to them, expecting to receive something from them.
6) But Peter said, "Silver and gold have I none, but what I have, that I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise and walk!"
7) He took him by the right hand, and raised him up. Immediately his feet and his ankle bones received strength.
8) Leaping up, he stood, and began to walk. He entered with them into the temple, walking, leaping, and praising God.
9) All the people saw him walking and praising God.
10) They recognized him, that it was he who sat begging for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple. They were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened to him.
11) As the lame man who was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch that is called Solomon‘s, greatly wondering.
12) When Peter saw it, he answered to the people, "You men of Israel, why do you marvel at this man? Why do you fasten your eyes on us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made him walk?
13) The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up, and denied before the face of Pilate, when he had determined to release him.
14) But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,
15) and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, whereof we are witnesses.
16) By faith in his name has his name made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which is through him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
17) "Now, brothers, I know that you did this in ignorance, as did also your rulers.
18) But the things which God announced by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he thus fulfilled.
19) Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that so there may come times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord,
20) and that he may send Christ Jesus, who was ordained for you before,
21) whom the heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, whereof God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets that have been from ancient times.
22) For Moses indeed said to the fathers, ‘The Lord God will raise up a prophet to you from among your brothers, like me. You will listen to him in all things whatever he says to you.
23) It will be, that every soul that will not listen to that prophet will be utterly destroyed from among the people.‘
24) Yes, and all the prophets from Samuel and those who followed after, as many as have spoken, they also told of these days.
25) You are the sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘In your seed will all the families of the earth be blessed.‘
26) God, having raised up his servant, Jesus, sent him to you first, to bless you, in turning away everyone of you from your wickedness."
1) As they spoke to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came to them,
2) being upset because they taught the people and proclaimed in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
3) They laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was now evening.
4) But many of those who heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.
5) It happened in the morning, that their rulers, elders, and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem.
6) Annas the high priest was there, with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and as many as were relatives of the high priest.
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.
14) Seeing the man who was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.
15) But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,
16) saying, "What will we do to these men? Because indeed a notable miracle has been done through them, as can be plainly seen by all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we can‘t deny it.
17) But so that this spreads no further among the people, let‘s threaten them, that from now on they don‘t speak to anyone in this name."
18) They called them, and charged them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
19) But Peter and John answered them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, judge for yourselves,
20) for we can‘t help telling the things which we saw and heard."
21) They, when they had further threatened them, let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people; for everyone glorified God for that which was done.
22) For the man was more than forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was performed.
23) Being let go, they came to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.
24) They, when they heard it, lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, "O Lord, you are God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them;
25) who by the mouth of your servant, David, said, ‘Why do the nations rage, And the peoples plot a vain thing?
26) The kings of the earth take a stand, And the rulers take council together, Against the Lord, and against his Christ.‘
27) For truly, in this city against your holy servant, Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together
28) to do whatever your hand and your council foreordained to happen.
29) Now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness,
30) while you stretch forth your hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of your holy Servant Jesus."
31) When they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were gathered together. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
32) The multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul. Not one of them claimed that anything of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had all things common.
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