Dear RCF Sisters and Brothers,
Although we ended our series through Jesus’ life and ministry two weeks ago, the story continues on. What He did for fallen humanity did not end with the cross or in the grave. Nor did it end when He “led captivity captive”, taking Paradise and its inhabitants into God’s presence. It continued when He resurrected from the tomb and taught His disciples for forty days until His ascension into heaven. As He sat down at the right hand of the Father, the Good News that sinful people could live in a harmonious relationship with God continued to be proclaimed. You are part of that story.
This Sunday morning, March 28th, we will continue with the Gospel narrative as we examine and discuss how Jesus’ disciples began a new era of history which changed the planet. We’ll be interacting about the history of the early believers and expansion of Jesus’ message as recorded in “The Acts of the Apostles”. More than that, however, we’ll be interweaving the other New Testament documents into one chronological story of how Jesus changed lives throughout the world. What our discussion Bible studies through the Gospels did in bringing clarity to you about Jesus’ life and ministry, this series will also do in bringing that same level of understanding to you about the early church and the rest of the New Testament documents.
If you have friends or relatives who would benefit from this series, please invite them to join us this Sunday. In preparation for this Sunday please read Acts 1:1 – 2:21.
Attached is an outline of the text we will be discussing this Sunday. Please print it before our gathering. Having this outline in-hand should help you to better grasp the main points and enhance our discussions.
Our “Table Discussion Question” for this Sunday applies what we have discovered in our Harmony of the Gospels series to the events of Palm Sunday:
Now that you have studied Jesus’ life in a detailed chronology, how do you understand the significance of His “triumphal entry” into Jesus? Was this event necessary? Why or why not?
Also, on Good Friday (April 2nd) we will be having a brief online service from 6:00 – 6:30pm which will continue our discussions through “The Acts of the Apostles”, chapter 2 verses 22-23. We will remember Our Lord’s Death through partaking of the Lord’s Table at that time.
On the following Sunday morning, which is Easter, we will rejoice as we discuss Peter’s sermon about Our Lord’s resurrection on the Jewish celebration day of Pentecost in Acts 2:24-47. I am very excited to continue our discussion of God’s story that has brought and continues to bring harmony to our fractured and broken world. It is the only hope for the people of this planet. We look forward to being together this Sunday morning to kick-off, or rather to continue, this series.
Jim and Jenny
Acts of the Apostles, Part 1 – Outline (PDF)