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Thursday Bible Study at 10:30 AM


  Dear Folks:

We concl uded our study last week by reading the four gospel accounts of the discovery of the empty tomb. We discussed the variations and similarities of the accounts and how they impacted our own life choices. The common thread through all of them, however, was that the body of Jesus was not in the tomb!

As that reality sank in to the disciples and the women who had gone to the tomb, Jesus appeared to them where they were hiding. He breathed on them the Holy Spirit and "commissioned" them. Thus empowered, they gained courage and began to spread the good news. They began what are now called the Acts of the Apostles. It seemed to me, and fortunately, the rest of our Bible Study group, that for us, a logical follow up to the ends of the Gospel accounts would be for us to study the book of the Acts of the Apostles. Thus, we begin, wiht some valuable assistance from Chuck Christensen and Fisherman 
Bible Study Guides.

Whenever a new movement gains momentum, we ask basic questions about it. How did it start? What were the obstacles? Who was associated with it? What is its present condition? Where is it going? The early chapters of the book of Acts answer these questions about the church of Jesus Christ. The following general outline provides an overview of the action. 
In Acts 1 and 2 we discover the church's beginnings when the disciples  . were bound together by the coming of the Holy Spirit from heaven. With his baptism, they received power to be witnesses of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 
Acts 3 through 8 tell us of believers preaching with power a message of forgiveness for sins and reconciliation to God. The message and its repercussions filled Jerusalem. Opposition developed. The established Jewish leaders tried to snuff out this new and growing movement.

Questions
1. Describe a time when someone you loved had to leave you. How did you feel? READ ACTS 1:1-5. * 
2. What kind of communication did Jesus have with his followers after his resurrection? Why was it important for the disciples to be convinced that his resurrection was true and real? * 
3. What were Jesus's followers to wait for?

Christensen, Chuck. Acts 1-12: God Moves in the Early Church (Fisherman Bible Studyguides) (pp. 3-4). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Christensen, Chuck. Acts 1-12: God Moves in the Early Church (Fisherman Bible Studyguides) (p. 3). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

C hristensen, Chuck. Acts 1-12: God Moves in the Early Church (Fisherman Bible Studyguides) (p. 1). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Christensen, Chuck. Acts 1-12: God Moves in the Early Church (Fisherman Bible Studyguides) (p. 1). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition

Since I post this study on Face Book as well as the St Jerome's website, I invite comments and questions from any of you who are not able to be physically with us, but find this study meaningful and would like to be a part of it. Please feel free to contact me at cpkellyL@aol.com.
 
Bless you all,
Fr Colin Kelly




Fr. Colin Kelly
St. Jerome's Episcopal Church 
331 N. Pine, State Road 29
Chama, NM 87520
cpkellyl@aol.com

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