Category Archives for Book of Acts

Acts 9:1-19

Damascus. Saul, the ultimate hater, bent on destroying the lives of others, meets the Lord of all in the middle of the road to Damascus. This encounter was destined to change the world forever. But is Saul the real hero in this story? No. According to Pastor Dain Spore, a humble and little-known prophet named Ananias was the one God used to light the fire that led Saul the hater to become Paul the Apostle, the messenger of God's grace to all people.

Acts 8:26-40

This time, Pastor Dain Spore takes us through the story of Phillip leading the Ethiopian eunuch to the Lord. It may have been that same man who, having returned to Ethiopia, began the spread of Christianity there, the predominant faith there still today!

During this Bible study, Dain was asked several questions. One was about the eunuch's faith (was he a Jew?) and another about baptism. Dain has added these thoughts to his answers:

Was the Ethiopian eunuch a Jew? He was most likely a proselyte as described below.

From The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia:

The Ethiopian Eunuch: Being a eunuch, he was not in the full Jewish communion but had gone up to Jerusalem to to worship probably as a proselyte at the gate.

Proselyte: A gentile who has been converted to Judaism. No difficulties were put in the way of those strangers who wished to settle down in the old of Israel. All strangers, the third generation of Egyptians and Edomites included, and only Ammonites and Moabites excluded, could enter 'the congregation of God' without circumcision and without the obligation to keep the ceremonial law. The 'stranger within the gate' was free to eat meat which was prohibited to the Israelite. If, however, the stranger wished to take part in the Passover, a feast permeated with national ideals, he must be circumcised. The keeping of the Sabbath, and other feasts was regarded rather as a privilege than as a duty.

Regarding baptism:

Pre-Christian Baptism for Jews and Proselytes: The Mosaic regulations required the bath of the whole body for certain uncleannesses (from Leviticus 15:16). After showing that the Greek word 'baptizo' always refers to full immersion, Mark 7:4 reveals that anyone coming from the marketplace (where there would be dead animals) would have to undergo full baptizo. Long before Christianity developed the idea of baptism, Jews had been practicing ritual immersion in the form of entering into a mikveh, immersing oneself and then emerging from that purified.

Acts 8:1-25

Another fun and insightful look at the Book of Acts with Pastor Dain Spore. This time it's about the first Christian outreach to people outside Israel. This outreach begins the movement of God's Kingdom through Samaria and around the world. But there is also a deep warning to go along with the evangelizing: Many will seek to evangelize for their own profit and gain, but God will have none of that! No “Estimated Prophets."

Acts 6 and 7

Acts chapters 6 and 7. The stoning of Stephen the first disciple of Christ to be killed, and the brilliant and Holy Spirit-inspired defense he made at his trial before the Sanhedrin. Dain covers the choosing of the Seven, Stephen’s preaching to the religious rulers and the result: he is killed. There are couple of REALLY cool items in the story that you will appreciate.

Acts 5:17-42

Acts 5:17-42 in Pastor Dain's look at the Book of Acts. Despite the orders of the religious leaders, the disciples keep teaching in Jesus' name. A miraculous jailbreak allowed them to never stop teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.

Acts 4:32-5:21

Pastor Dain presents the story of Ananias and Sapphira. It seems as though God was pretty concerned about Spiritual pride and “acting righteous” in the new church. Perhaps he had seen enough with the Sadducees and wanted to snuff it out immediately. Poor Ananias and Sapphira were made an example of!

Acts 4:32 to 5:21

Acts 4:1-31

Acts chapter 4:1-31: the Pharisees, Sadducees and other Jewish leaders hear the good news straight from the Apostle Peter. It's God's Holy Spirit that has filled Peter with power to speak the Good News of Jesus Christ. That same Spirit still lives in our hearts today.

Acts 3:11-26

The Bible doesn't say "Repent! The World Ends Tomorrow" like placards sometimes do. Instead, here in the Books of Acts, the Apostle Peter lets us know that turning away from our own way and choosing to go God's way instead leads to a wonderful time of refreshing. Repenting--turning to God--takes those heavy burdens away!

Acts 2:41-3:10

We cover that fellowship of the early believers plus Peter healing the crippled man, followed by Peter’s evangelical sermon.

Acts 1:9-26

How so you replace a guy like Judas? Well…you’d think that should be pretty easy right? Think again! In this video we cover the Apostles challenge in replacing Judas, along with a further discussion of the ramifications of the Ascension of Jesus. Our text is Acts 1:9-26.