How do you tell what is historical or what is a universal principle?
Then = now (miracles and all)
Then =/= now: Dispensational Approach – Acts transition (cessationists)
Epistles versus Acts/Gospels:
epistles normative; Acts—particular history;
canon in a canon idea
Acts as a historical document – Distill principles
On what basis do I judge whether something is from God?
Is experience always the best guide for making decisions?
Bible as sole judge of spiritual experiences
Is Acts 2 normative?
3 Pilgrimage feasts
3 Signs of Spirit’s coming 2:2: wind, fire, tongues
What is the baptism of the Spirit? 1 Cor 12:13
Second level of holiness? Judas did miracles Mt 10
Purpose of tongues in Acts 2: foreign language, charge of drunkenness?
Careful -- No NT yet
Second Blessing idea –got Christ but not got it all
External sign dependence
Not taught to seek it
Who never spoke in tongues: Christ, Wesley, Spurgeon, Luther ...
Purposes of tongues in Acts 2—2:38
Other groups in Acts & Holy Spirit
8:17 Samaritans receive the Holy Spirit
10:44 Cornelius (Gentile receives H.S.)
19:2-6 Jn Bapt. disciples receive Holy Spirit
What about the Corinthians passages?
1 Cor 14:2 sitz im leben
1 Cor 14:22f: prophecy and tongues
3 Guidelines: I Cor 14:27-28
One at a time
2 or at most 3
Interpretation must be given
God’s use of Language
God speaks the language of the
[Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek]
Linguistic analysis of “tongues”
Respect with Differences
1MJ 48-49 AD Cyprus – central Asia Minor
What 3 levels are there to the Christian call? (Acts 13:2f)
Antioch to Cyprus-Bar Jesus (Acts 13:6ff)
What convinced Sergius Paulus to believe?
Do God’s miracles always heal?
Perga—John Mark quits (Acts 13:13)
Why did John Mark quit?
How have you reacted to betrayal?
Why is trust hard to rebuild?
Antioch in Psidia-synagogue, Jews jealousy (13:44ff), turns to Gentiles,
How does jealousy creep into a church?
What does 13:48 mean--as many as appointed?
1 MJ: 48-49 AD
Iconium: Acts 14:1ff: Proclamation, believe/unbelief, plot, fled
Is there ever a time to flee a situation?
Lystra: Acts 14:8ff
Made gods? –Zeus, Hermes
Stoned and left for dead
What does this show us about fickleness of public opinion?
Derbe: concluding summary—Acts 14:22—many hardships to enter kingdom
Why does the kingdom grow through hardships?
What does that suggest about marketing Christianity by selling success, peace, etc.?
Jerusalem Council (50 AD)
Gentiles à Jews (circumcision)àChristians?
or Gentiles à Christians
What are the basics for one becoming a Christian? You must do _______ (Acts 16:9)
Why?–no blood, sexual immorality, idol meat.
Paul writes Galatians most likely back to 1MJ churches in Galatia
2 MJ Paul and Silas (AD 50-52)
Dispute over John Mark (Barnabas); Paul/Silas
Lystra: stoned àTimothy (Acts 16:1)
Question: After the Jerusalem council why did Paul circumcise Timothy?
Troas: refused into Asia,…Macedonian call
Following God’s leading contrary to our plans
When did Luke join? “we’s” start at TroasàPhilippi
Philippi: Lydia, seller of purple from Thyatira
No synagogue, --Jews?
Slave girlà jailed and singing
Philippian Jailor’s question—What must I do to be saved? (Acts 16:30, cf. 2:38)