A Surprising Way to Advance – Acts 8:1-8: Reflection Guide

Reflection Guide Key Terms Saul (Paul) – Saul, who later goes by Paul, was first mentioned in the book of Acts to end chapter 7 as overseeing Stephen’s execution, and is now responsible for ravaging the church and imprisoning many men and women (v. 3). Paul later goes on to become a Christian, help spread…

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Christmas Day Reflection Guide

We’ve put together a reflection guide you can use to reflect on the birth of Christ on Christmas morning. We hope this guide will help you focus your heart and mind on Jesus this Christmas. You can download both a print version and a phone version below: Phone Version Print Version

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Advent Week Four Reflection Guide

Each week during Advent, we will be releasing a weekly reflection guide to help you and your family prepare your hearts for Christmas. The theme for this final week of Advent is peace. This week’s guide considers how the fourth title given to the promised Messiah in Isaiah 9:6, Prince of Peace, means that as Christians we…

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Advent Week Three Reflection Guide

Each week during Advent, we will be releasing a weekly reflection guide to help you and your family prepare your hearts for Christmas. The theme for this week of Advent is joy. This week’s guide considers how the third title given to the promised Messiah in Isaiah 9:6, Everlasting Father, means that real joy is available to us right now…

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Advent Week Two Reflection Guide

We hope this reflection guide will help you and your family prepare your hearts for Christmas by taking some time each week to reflect on what Christmas truly means for us and our world. The theme for this week of Advent is love. This week’s guide considers how the second title given to the promised…

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Advent Week One Reflection Guide

We hope this reflection guide will help you and your family prepare your hearts for Christmas by taking some time each week to reflect on what Christmas truly means for us and our world. The traditional theme for the first week of Advent is hope. This week’s guide considers how the first title given to…

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Full of Faith and Spirit – Acts 6:8-7:60: Reflection Guide

Reflection Guide Key Terms Covenant of circumcision – A term used to refer to the covenant God made with Abraham in Genesis 17 that Abraham would have a son with Sarah and become the father of a multitude of nations; circumcision was a sign to the people of this promise. Son of Man – A…

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Heroes in the Church – Acts 6:1-15: Reflection Guide

Reflection Guide Key Terms Hellenists – Jews whose families had previously lived outside of Jerusalem, and therefore spoke Greek and were largely influenced by Greek culture, but who were now living in Jerusalem. Daily distribution – Only mentioned in Acts 6:1, but evidently a regular practice of the Early Church to care for widows, who…

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The Hero of the Church – Acts 5:12-42: Reflection Guide

Reflection Guide Key Terms An angel of the Lord – Greek angelos kyriou (“a messenger of the Lord”); although the word angelos simply means “messenger,” in the New Testament the term angelos kyriou always refers to angels, not merely human messengers. Gamaliel – A prominent Pharisee who was a member of the Sanhedrin (the Jewish…

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Built Up or Broken Down? – Acts 4:32-5:11: Reflection Guide

Reflection Guide Key Terms The resurrection of the Lord Jesus – A historical event in which Jesus was raised from the dead. This event is central to the teaching of the apostles in the book of Acts (see Acts 1:22, 2:31, 4:33, 23:6, & 26:23). One heart and soul – The first century Greco-Roman hearer…

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