Saturday, December 8, 2018

Salvation from Jerusalem (UE45)

New Jewish Converts Discipled
Act 2:41-42 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
    At Pentecost, when Peter preached the gospel of grace, 3,000 devout Jews in Jerusalem were saved. Many of those saved were from Judea and also from foreign land. Immediately, they were discipled by the Apostles and they also partook the holy communion. By the time they left Jerusalem, these new converts were able to preach the message of the cross, conduct baptism and even teach some of our Lord's teachings. When these new Christians went back in their foster countries, they would be able to evangelize the Jews in their synagogues. Meanwhile in Jerusalem, the apostles continued to displayed the mighty power of God that the shadow of Peter could heal the sick.

Salvation reached Samaria
Act 8:1,5,14 Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.
     After the death of Stephen (Saul was still a youth) the disciples dispersed from Jerusalem with Philip going to Samaria. The Jews there were ready to be saved. Peter and John went there to disciple these new converts.
    Many years later when Saul had the power to lead in persecuting Christians, more disciples left Jerusalem. Thank God that Saul was converted and after that Christians could live in peace.
Acts 9:31 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.

Distant Places herald Gospel
Act 11:19-21 Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only. But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.
    Some disciples went to distant land and many devout Jews there were converted.

Act 11:25-26 Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
     Barnabas and Paul discipled the Christians in Antioch for a year and after that both of them were sent to distant land. God had already prepared all these places (using those converted during each feast) to preach in those synagogues and with signs and wonders, the Apostles captivated the people wherever they went.
Act 13:42-44 So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God.