The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study http://biblestudyforcatholics.com 73 Books. One Story. Your Story. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:23:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 90 Day Challenge – Day 89 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/day-89/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=day-89 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/day-89/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:15:54 +0000 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/?p=2367 Just Getting Started? Read what you’ve missed and check out Bible reading resources

Bible Time Period: The Church

The Church carries on your work in the world: Make me a faithful ambassador of your love.

Reflection

The rest of Acts has to do with Paul’s arrest and imprisonment in Caesarea and the trials that lead to his journey to Rome and ministry there.  Paul has had to suffer much for the gospel, but in Acts 23:11, the Lord himself stands by Paul and gives him courage.

Today’s Reading

Acts 21-24

Today’s Question

What in Paul’s testimony in Acts 22 most arouses the Jews’ anger?

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90 Day Challenge – Day 88 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/day-88/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=day-88 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/day-88/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:15:30 +0000 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/?p=2365 Just Getting Started? Read what you’ve missed and check out Bible reading resources

Bible Time Period: The Church

The Church carries on your work in the world: Make me a faithful ambassador of your love.

Reflection

You may recognize a number of the cities Paul visits on his journeys.  In particular, Philippi (ch 16), Thessalonica, Corinth, and Ephesus stand out because letters he wrote to those communities are preserved in our Bibles as Paul’s Epistles (Letters) to the Philippians, Thessalonians, Corinthians, and Ephesians.  Later on, you may want to return to one or more of these and read them in light of what you know from Acts.

One interesting thing to notice is Paul’s preaching method.  His speech at the Areopagus in Athens (ch 17) is notable for the way he uses their beliefs as a starting point for his message–an approach that can be helpful for us as well, as we share the Gospel with those around us.

Today’s Reading

Acts 17-20

Today’s Question

Read again Paul’s farewell speech at Miletus (20:17-38).  What echoes to you see of Jesus there?

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90 Day Challenge – Day 87 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/day-87/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=day-87 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/day-87/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:15:23 +0000 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/?p=2363 Just Getting Started? Read what you’ve missed and check out Bible reading resources

Bible Time Period: The Church

The Church carries on your work in the world: Make me a faithful ambassador of your love.

Reflection

Paul’s first missionary journey, in which the Gospel begins to be preached beyond the borders of Judah and Samaria, is launched in Acts 13.  On this trip, he establishes a number of churches.  In his second and third journeys, he will return to instruct and strengthen them.

  • First Journey Acts 13-14
  • Second Journey Acts 15:36 – 18:22
  • Third Journey Acts 18:23 – 20:38

As the Church begins to welcome Gentiles into its membership, a serious dispute arises over whether Gentile converts must be circumcised (in essence, whether they must first become Jews).  This is addressed and resolved in what we call the “Jerusalem Council” in chapter 15.  Notice how the council rules and how the ruling is communicated to the new churches.

Today’s Reading

Acts 13-16

Today’s Question

In each city they visit, where do the missionaries go first?  When do they move on to preach to another?

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90 Day Challenge – Day 86 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/day-86/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=day-86 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/day-86/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:15:27 +0000 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/?p=2361 Just Getting Started? Read what you’ve missed and check out Bible reading resources

Bible Time Period: The Church

The Church carries on your work in the world: Make me a faithful ambassador of your love.

Reflection

The persecution that begins with Stephen’s death leads to a wave of witness beyond Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria (these are the areas of South and North Palestine).  The key people to watch going forward are Paul and Peter.  Notice the means God uses to convince Peter and others of one of the central truths of the new kingdom, that it is open to all.

Today’s Reading

Acts 9-12

Today’s Question

Who does Saul discover he has really been persecuting, and what does that mean about the life of Jesus Christ?

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90 Day Challenge – Day 85 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/day-85/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=day-85 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/day-85/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:15:22 +0000 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/?p=2359 Just Getting Started? Read what you’ve missed and check out Bible reading resources

Bible Time Period: The Church

The Church carries on your work in the world: Make me a faithful ambassador of your love.

Reflection

As you read, notice these things about the Church:

  • It is founded on the 12 apostles (representing the 12 tribes of Israel)
  • It is empowered with the life of Christ by the Holy Spirit
  • It expands to include not just children of Israel but Gentiles as well
  • It thrives despite (and even because of!) fierce opposition

You also might notice that just as Christ lived out the life of Israel during his time on earth (only doing right what they failed to do), now he acts through his body the Church. Look for specific ways in which first the apostles and then other Christian disciples live out the life of Christ. Their lives provide a model for ours.

Today’s Reading

Acts 5-8

Today’s Question

How does Stephen’s martyrdom reveal the new reality of the Holy Spirit indwelling believers?

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