Theology of Acts, Part 4 (The Study of God #49 with Daniel Whyte III)

Welcome to the Study of God Podcast. This is episode #49

I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast is designed to give you a basic understanding of God, the Bible, and Christian beliefs. J. Dwight Pentecost said, “There is no higher activity in which the mind may be engaged than the pursuit of the knowledge of God.”

Let’s start out reading the Word of God Itself. Today’s passage of Scripture is 2 Timothy 3:16-17 which reads: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

Today’s words from a theologian are from A.W.Tozer. He said: “Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one.”

Our topic for today is titled “Theology of Acts (Part 4)” from “The Moody Handbook of Theology” by Dr. Paul Enns

Dr. Paul Enns writes…

— Church
As might be expected, Acts provides considerable material on the doctrine of the church because the book records the birth and growth of the church.

Formation of the church. The church is formed through the baptizing work of the Spirit, which introduces believers into the body of Christ. In Acts 1:5 the baptizing work is still future, indicating the church has not yet been born. In Acts 11:15-16 Peter rehearsed that the Spirit fell on the Gentiles just as He had upon them “at the beginning.” The beginning — Acts 1 — marks the beginning of the church and the Holy Spirit’s activity of baptizing believers into the body of Christ. This unique work of the Holy Spirit included not only Jews, but also Samaritans and Gentiles.

Organization of the church. The apostles were the foundation of the church, but elders were appointed to lead the local churches. The term elder (in Greek, Presbuteros (pres-boo’-ter-os)) suggests the maturity and dignity of the office. Elders were a plurality in a local church and were responsible for spiritual leadership in the assembly. Deacons (although not specifically named in Acts) are probably referred to in Acts 6.

Functions of the church. Acts provides valuable insight concerning the New Testament functioning of the church. (1) Instruction was important in the early church and involved teaching propositional truth, such as the apostles’ doctrine, the resurrection, and facts about Christ. It also included debate and arguing. (2) Fellowship included material things, the Lord’s Supper, prayer, and suffering, and was in Christ. (3) Worship was reflected in the reverence the believers had for the Lord. (4) Service most notably involved evangelism.

Let’s Pray —

Before we close, dear friend, I want to remind you that while it is important to engage in the study of God, it is far more important that you have a relationship with God. I fear that there are a lot of people who will die knowing a lot about God, but not really knowing God. You don’t want to be one of those people.

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.