Origins of the Church

Sunday School January 28, 2024 Winter Quarter #8



Deuteronomy 4:9-14 NLT “But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren. (10) Never forget the day when you stood before the LORD your God at Mount Sinai, where he told me, ‘Summon the people before me, and I will personally instruct them. Then they will learn to fear me as long as they live, and they will teach their children to fear me also.’ (11) “You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, while flames from the mountain shot into the sky. The mountain was shrouded in black clouds and deep darkness. (12) And the LORD spoke to you from the heart of the fire. You heard the sound of his words but didn’t see his form; there was only a voice. (13) He proclaimed his covenant—the Ten Commandments—which he commanded you to keep, and which he wrote on two stone tablets. (14) It was at that time that the LORD commanded me to teach you his decrees and regulations so you would obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy.


Psalms 22:22-25 NLT I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters. I will praise you among your assembled people. (23) Praise the LORD, all you who fear him! Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob! Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel! (24) For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has not turned his back on them, but has listened to their cries for help. (25) I will praise you in the great assembly. I will fulfill my vows in the presence of those who worship you.

Promise of the Spirit

Acts 1:1-5 NLT In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach (2) until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. (3) During the forty days after he suffered and died, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God. (4) Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. (5) John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

Mathias Chosen

Acts 1:12-26 NLT Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, a distance of half a mile. (13) When they arrived, they went to the upstairs room of the house where they were staying. Here are the names of those who were present: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James (son of Alphaeus), Simon (the zealot), and Judas (son of James). (14) They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus. (15) During this time, when about 120 believers were together in one place, Peter stood up and addressed them. (16) “Brothers,” he said, “the Scriptures had to be fulfilled concerning Judas, who guided those who arrested Jesus. This was predicted long ago by the Holy Spirit, speaking through King David. (17) Judas was one of us and shared in the ministry with us.” (18) (Judas had bought a field with the money he received for his treachery. Falling headfirst there, his body split open, spilling out all his intestines. (19) The news of his death spread to all the people of Jerusalem, and they gave the place the Aramaic name Akeldama, which means “Field of Blood.”) (20) Peter continued, “This was written in the book of Psalms, where it says, ‘Let his home become desolate, with no one living in it.’ It also says, ‘Let someone else take his position.’ (21) “So now we must choose a replacement for Judas from among the men who were with us the entire time we were traveling with the Lord Jesus— (22) from the time he was baptized by John until the day he was taken from us. Whoever is chosen will join us as a witness of Jesus’ resurrection.” (23) So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. (24) Then they all prayed, “O Lord, you know every heart. Show us which of these men you have chosen (25) as an apostle to replace Judas in this ministry, for he has deserted us and gone where he belongs.” (26) Then they cast lots, and Matthias was selected to become an apostle with the other eleven.

A Prophet Like Me

Acts 7:37-38 NLT “Moses himself told the people of Israel, ‘God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your own people.’ (38) Moses was with our ancestors, the assembly of God’s people in the wilderness, when the angel spoke to him at Mount Sinai. And there Moses received life-giving words to pass on to us.

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