In this lesson we study the foundation of the Church, which was established by the Lord Jesus Himself.Preview This Lesson
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The Church in the Beginning
The entire book known formally as The Acts of the Apostles or more commonly as Acts, written by Luke, is the exciting narrative of the birth and spread of Christianity. It is worth taking the time to read from beginning to end!
As we read in the Introduction in Acts Chapter 2, Scripture affirms that immediately after the Holy Spirit descended upon the twelve Apostles and Mary, the Mother of Jesus, waiting in the upper room on the day of Pentecost (fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus), the number of believers in the Good News proclaimed by the Apostles increased by at least 3,000. These early followers were first referred to as Nazarenes.
In the immediate days thereafter, the Apostles preached and performed miracles, healing the sick and making whole the lame. One particular healing — that of a forty-year-old man who had been born lame and who set about begging for alms — got the attention of the multitudes:
Now Peter and John went up into the temple at the ninth hour of prayer. And a certain man who was lame from his mother' s womb, was carried: whom they laid every day at the gate of the temple, which is called Beautiful, that he might ask alms of them that went into the temple. He, when he had seen Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked to receive an alms. But Peter, with John fastening his eyes upon him, said: “Look upon us.” But he looked earnestly upon them, hoping that he should receive something of them.
But Peter said: “Silver and gold I have none; but what I have, I give thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, arise, and walk.” And taking him by the right hand, he lifted him up, and forthwith his feet and soles received strength. And he leaping up, stood, and walked, and went in with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. And they knew him, that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened to him.
Peter and John heal the lame man
by Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665)
Every day, after that first Pentecost Sunday, the two Apostles preached the message of Jesus the Messiah on the temple steps, and in his name they healed the sick, the blind and lame. Every day, that is, until word got to Jewish leaders of the phenomenal healing of the lame man. It was time, they decided, to take firm action. The leaders arrested the two Apostles and interrogated them in an effort to inti... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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