Bible Proficiency Project
Week 28, 7/13 - 7/19, 2020

I.     Monday —Acts 11-12

1.     What is the surprising element when Peter returned to Jerusalem?  

2.    Did God mean anything more than the unclean animals in verse 9?

3.    What did Peter say was the determining factor that the Gentiles were now to be included in the church (v.

       17)?

4.    Who sent Barnabas, for what purpose, and what else resulted from his being sent?

5.    What is interesting about the death of James concerning his being the brother of John?

6.    What are the almost comical aspects of Peter’s deliverance by the angel?

7.    What happened to King Herod and should secular kings be concerned about thinking too much of

       themselves?

II.    Tuesday — Acts 13-14

1.     What was the process by which Barnabas and Saul were called to missionary work?

2.    What significant changes occur with verse 13:9?

3.    Who is the John referred to in 13:5 and 13:13?

4.    What strikes you about how Paul takes the gospel to Antioch in Pisidia (Asia)?

5.    What happened when Paul finished his preaching?

6.    What happened when the next Sabbath day came?

7.    What turning point in church history occurs in their ministry (v. 46)?

8.    What pattern begins to emerge in Paul’s missionary journey?

9.    What surprising thing does Paul do after preaching in Derbe?

III.   Wednesday — Acts 15  The Jerusalem Council

1.     What controversy in Antioch was to be resolved in Jerusalem?

2.    What yoke is Peter talking about in verse 10?

3.    How did the Jerusalem council resolve this question?

4.    What divided Paul and Barnabas and who did Paul now travel with?

 

IV.  Thursday – Galatians 1-2

1.     What is the main concern of the Letter to the Galatians?  

2.    What did Paul take Peter to task for?

3.    On what basis does Paul stress that one is justified?

V.   Sunday — Galatians 3-4

1.     Why is Abraham the illustration of salvation by faith alone?  

2.    What is the trap of viewing justification being tied to keeping the Law?  

3.    In what way does Paul demonstrate that Jesus is the heart of the answer?

4.    What does Paul say is the purpose of the Law if not to save us?

5.    In chapter 4, what does Paul equip the period of the Old Testament to be like?

6.    What point does Paul make in his appeal to the two children of Abraham?

Answers

 

I.     Monday —Acts 11-12

1.     That Peter was confronted by the Jews who attacked him concerning associating with

       uncircumcised/Gentile men. They were angry that God was opening the gospel to the non-Jewish nations.

2.    The Jews believed contact with non-Jews made them unclean. God was teaching that He was declaring

       that the Gentiles would now be viewed as cleansed and included in the covenant.

3.    That the Gentiles just as the disciples received the Holy Spirit when they believed in the Lord Jesus.

4.    Barnabas was sent by the church (v. 22) to investigate the great number of Gentile believers reported in

       Antioch. When Barnabas saw God’s salvation there he traveled to Tarsus to bring Saul back to Antioch

       where they labored teaching the church there for a whole year.

5.    These were two of the earliest and closest of Jesus’ disciples. Curiously, James is the first of the apostles

       to be martyred and John was the last to die.

6.    No one at first could believe it was real. Peter thought he was dreaming (v. 9), and even though the church

       was gathered and praying for God to deliver Peter (v. 5) when he was standing at the door they responded

       to Rhoda “you are crazy” and “it must be his angel (ghost)?” So Peter is left at the door still knocking until

       they opened the door in disbelief.

7.    Herod thought little about taking the lives of others. He murdered James for no other reason than to please

       the crowds and when he saw it did he plotted to kill Peter. When Peter was delivered by the angel Herod

       had the guards killed. He went to Tyre and Sidon because he was angry but the crowd appeased him there

       even claiming his voice was that of a god. Herod basked in the glory only to have God strike him down for

       his arrogance. So Herod dies and the Word of God (which he tried to suppress) grows.

II.    Tuesday — Acts 13-14

1.     The church in Antioch having fasted and prayed acted as directed by the Holy Spirit to lay hands on them

       and commission or give authority to them to go out with the gospel.

2.    Two significant changes take place with this confrontation of Elymas the sorcerer. The first is that the

       relationship of primary position moves from Barnabas to Saul who with divine authority rebukes Elymas.

       The second is that from this point in time Saul no longer goes by his Hebrew name Saul, but is now known

        by his Greek name Paul.

3.     One might wonder if this was the Apostle John, but this is a reference to John-Mark first mentioned in

       12:25. Later he becomes a matter of contention in 15:35 when Barnabas wants him to accompany them but

       Paul refuses and the two-part company.

4.    He first goes into the synagogue on the Sabbath and when invited to speak gives a historic recounting of

       God’s working salvation to the Jews and how every aspect of their history pointed to and is fulfilled in

       Jesus as the promised Christ.

5.    (v. 13:42) The Gentiles begged him to preach to them the next Sabbath. Many Jews and devout proselytes

       embraced their teaching.

6.    The whole city came out to hear them preach, but when the Jews saw this they were unhappy and did all

       they could to hinder Paul and Barnabas preaching to the Gentiles.

7.    Paul turns from the Jews to the Gentiles.

8.    As he comes into a new city and preaches the gospel many believe and are added to the church. But there

       is equally a push back and persecution started by the Jews who incite many in the town to violence against

       Paul causing him to flee to the next town.

9.    He returns back through those cities he fled to strengthen the church and teach them to expect many

       tribulations (v. 22).

III.   Wednesday — Acts 15  The Jerusalem Council

1.     Whether the converted Gentiles must follow the path of a proselyte or not observe the customs of the OT

       given by Moses.

2.    He spoke of the yoke of trying to find acceptance with God through keeping the Law of Moses rather than

       through God’s grace by faith in Christ.

3.    That the Gentiles not be required to observe things connected to Judaism tied to the customs of Moses,

       but that they abstain from idols, eating things with the blood in them, and from sexual immorality.

4.    Paul desired to revisit the cities where they had traveled before. When Barnabas insisted taking John-Mark

       who had left them the last time Paul said no. They could not come to terms so they went different

       directions and Silas took Barnabas’ place.

IV.   Thursday – Galatians 1-2

1.     That the Galatians church was embracing a different gospel or better understood a perverted

       understanding of the gospel of grace through Christ.

2.    While in Antioch, Peter removed himself from eating with the Gentiles when some Jews arrived from

       Jerusalem. Paul took him to task for promoting a false division between Jewish and Gentile believers

       simply because the Gentiles had not been circumcised.

3.    Paul stressed that man is not justified by the works of the Law (Judaism) but by faith in Jesus Christ.  Not

       what we do, but who we are.

V.   Sunday — Galatians 3-4

1.     Because God blessed Abraham for believing in the promise God extended to him.

2.    In verse 10 Paul clearly states the purpose of the Law is to condemn us. Breaking the Law brings the curse

       of the covenant. We all have sinned.

3.    First, he speaks of Jesus being made a curse for us to bring blessing. Second, (v.16-17) he points to the

       promises of blessing upon all nations being made to Abraham and to his Seed (Jesus) 430 years before

       the law was ever given to Moses.

4.    In 3:24 we are told it serves to teach us of our sin that we would turn to Christ by faith and not trust in

       ourselves.

5.    It was a period where the church was childlike and had to be held under laws while it matured. That

       maturity is obtained in terms of understanding that comes in the fullness of time when Christ is born under

       the law to redeem the church and bring freedom from the (condemnation) law.

6.    He makes several connections between them as types or pictures of the relationship between the law and

       gospel. Hagar was the bondwoman or slave of Abraham (Sarah’s handmaid) by which Ishmael was born.

       Paul said she represents Mt. Sinai where the Law was given, it is the earthly Jerusalem, and the people

       who belong there are in bondage to it.  But Isaac is born of Sarah, the freewoman, as by promise and

       represents the heavenly Jerusalem to which all saved by grace through faith belong having been set free

       through adoption as the children of God.