June 4 – Daily Notes – Amanda

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Can you imagine if 3,000 people came to faith from a sermon today? That would be incredible!! Peter’s explanation of Jesus as the Messiah was convincing enough to help tons of people put their faith in Christ. And just think, this is way before any type of mass communication or even microphones. The good news was that powerful then and it still is today!

2 Samuel 22:21-23:23:

  • 21-7 – David’s song of praise to God continues from yesterday’s reading.
  • 25-27 – David portrays God’s reactions as equivalent to the actions of the human. Good behavior receives favor. Poor behavior receives punishment.
  • 1-7 – These were not David’s last words before death but the last of that song. We see that later he asks for a drink.
  • 14-17 – Bethlehem was David’s hometown so he wanted something from home. His request caused people to break through the camp and apparently blood was shed. David was not pleased at the consequences of his request.

Acts 2:1-47:

  • 1-4 – At the end of the gospels, Jesus tells the disciples he is going away but will send a Helper who is even better than him. The entrance of the Holy Spirit is the fulfillment of that promise.
  • 17-21 – Peter interprets the prophecy from Joel correctly. Now that the Holy Spirit is present, the disciples began to see even more miracles and powerful conversions.
  • 22-36 – Peter speaks directly to Israelites who did not believe in Jesus but who revered David. David was a national hero and all the connections the Messiah was supposed to have to David were fulfilled in Jesus.
  • 37-41 – About 3,000 of the Israelites confessed Christ as Savior and were baptized. Whether they were convinced by the resurrection, guidance of the Holy Spirit, or proven connection to David doesn’t matter. They’re conversions are a testament to the lengths to which God will go to be in connection with humanity.
  • 42-47 – These new believers became the first Christian church. These verses are often used as a basis for how we should run churches today.

Psalm 122:1-9:

  • This psalm is written for Jews making their pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem for one of the three annual festivals (Passover, The Feast of Weeks, The Feast of Booths) that required being at the temple.

Proverbs 16:19-20:

  • 20 – Yay! That’s us!!

What to Expect – Week 23

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This week we start a new book: 1 Kings. In this book, we’ll learn a lot of “what not to do’s”. Unfortunately, Solomon starts a line of numerous bad kings. But don’t lose hope! There are a few good guys sprinkled in here and there. Throughout 1 & 2 Kings, be sure to note the attributes that make a good king and those that make a bad one.

We also just started another new book: Acts. Acts directly follows the gospels and is the story of what Jesus’ disciples did just after his death, resurrection, and ascension.

In today’s reading, we find out what the earliest church looked like. When you look at the way they served and interacted with the church, how similarly does it look to your church participation? How could you better emulate the way they lived out their faith?

It’s also amazing how active and effective their faith was. People are coming to faith left and right. Healings are happening where previously the disciples’ faith wasn’t strong enough. Overall, it’s a faith extravaganza!

Use this week to be inspired and moved by the faith and action of the disciples. What’s one thing you could do this week to connect your faith to that of a first century believer?