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The Desire of God

Posted in Acts, Sunday School Bible Study on August 30, 2009 by Ted Mattis

The Creation of Man

Acts 2.17-24

“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,

that I will pour out my Spirit  on all flesh,

and your sons and  your daughters shall prophesy,

and your young men shall see visions,

and your old men shall dream dreams;

18 even on my male servants and female servants

in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and  they shall prophesy.

19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above

and signs on the earth below,

blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;

20  the sun shall be turned to darkness

and the moon to blood,

before  the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.

21 And it shall come to pass that  everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

Acts 2.22   “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth,  a man attested to you by God  with  mighty works and wonders and signs that  God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—  23 this Jesus,  delivered up according to  the definite plan and  foreknowledge of God,  you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.  24  God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because  it was not possible for him to be held by it.

A Friend at Midnight

Posted in Sunday School Bible Study on August 11, 2009 by Ted Mattis

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Luke 11.5-13

And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Playin’ the WIND….

Posted in Acts, Sunday School Bible Study on June 8, 2009 by Ted Mattis

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Acts 2.1-13

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 5  Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.  6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.  7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans?  8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?  9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,  10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”  12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”  13  Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.’”

Does Your Faith Need a Re-Charge?

Posted in Acts, Sunday School Bible Study on May 31, 2009 by Ted Mattis

Acts 2:1-13 Pt. 1

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Acts 2:1-13

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

5  Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.  6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.  7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans?  8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?  9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,  10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”  12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13  Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.’”

It All Rises and Falls on Leadership

Posted in Acts, Sunday School Bible Study on May 28, 2009 by Ted Mattis

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15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty)  16 and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus—  17 he was one of our number and shared in this ministry.”  18 With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out.  19 Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)  20 “For,” said Peter, “it is written in the book of Psalms, “ ‘May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it,’    and, “ ‘May another take his place of leadership.’

21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,  22 beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”  23 So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias.  24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.”  26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.

What do you do in the meantime?

Posted in Acts, Sunday School Bible Study on May 12, 2009 by Ted Mattis

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Acts 1.12-14   Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city.  13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.  14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Ordinary Angels

Posted in Acts, Sunday School Bible Study on April 22, 2009 by Ted Mattis

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Acts 1:9-11

9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.  11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”