Bible Time Period: The Church
The Church carries on your work in the world: Make me a faithful ambassador of your love.
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.
How does Stephen’s martyrdom reveal the new reality of the Holy Spirit indwelling believers?
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