Acts 5 and 6: Mission and Return . Aims . To provide space to look at the Bible To introduce ourselves to the different parts of the story of the Bible To be more comfortable in using the Bible in our lives and in the life of our Church. The Bible as Drama. Act 1: Creation Act 2: Fall
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Acts 5 and 6: Mission and Return
Whatever had happened was something extraordinary
Waited in Jerusalem
Like a sound of wind and appearance of fiery tongues
Spoke in different languages
A new community begins
Opposed the followers of Jesus
On his way to arrest followers of the Way
Taken to Damascus
After three days, Ananias comes and prays for healing
Saul is baptised
Proclaims Jesus as Messiah and flees Damascus
Cornelius has a vision in which God says to send for a man called Simon Peter
Peter has a vision of unclean food
Peter goes to Cornelius
Baptised in the Holy Spirit
Baptised without becoming Jews
What were the ground rules?
What was the basis of the ground rules?
Church is growing in the Diaspora
Barnabas and Saul sent out on a mission
Church communities form
Who is Mr Head?
What can you tell about him from Mr Ratcliffe’s reply?
11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters.[e]
14 I thank God[f] that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)
Practice and belief
Do we keep the law or not?
Cannot keep the law – it is impossible
Law just reminds us that we are sinful
It is all about grace. Grace comes from Abraham; not Moses
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