Acts Ch. 1-7

One of the earliest accounts about Jesus of Nazareth– his life, death and resurrection– was written by a man named Luke. We know it as the Gospel of Luke. But Luke continued the story in a second volume called the Book of Acts. It is all about what Jesus continued to do after his resurrection. Acts begins with the disciples, who are hanging out with Jesus, who has just come back to life. Which is mindblowing to imagine. Then for weeks the risen Jesus kept teaching them about his upside down kingdom, the new Creation that he launched through his death and resurrection. This is exciting stuff. The disciples are ready to go tell the world. But then Jesus tells them to wait, to stay in Jerusalem until they receive a new kind of power so they can be faithful witnesses to Jesus and his kingdom. Then he says that their mission is going to begin in Jerusalem, then move out to Judea and Samaria, and then from there out into the nations. It is like a road map for the whole book of Acts. Then, the disciples saw Jesus enthroned as king of all creation. So the disciples wait, wondering when this power is going to come. Then comes the time of Pentecost. This is an ancient Israelite festival. It is during the early summer. Thousands and thousands of Jewish pilgrims would come back to Jerusalem from all over the world. All these different languages and cultures are colliding in the city. The disciples are together in a house which is suddenly filled with rushing wind along with fire. The fire splinters off into tongues of fire hovering over people’s heads. What is this all about? Luke is tapping into a repeated Old Testament theme. When God’s presence showed up similarly at Mount Sinai, he made a covenant with Israel and gave them the Ten Commandments. Then later, when God’s glory came in a pillar of fire, it filled the tabernacle when He came to live among them. That was just one pillar of fire, not many. Exactly. Luke is making an important point here. This is God’s personal temple presence, God’s spirit that was foretold by Israel’s prophets. Now it has come to take up residence in the new temple of Jesus’ body, that is, his people. They have become little mobile temples where God now dwells. And they start to tell stories about Jesus. But they are speaking in languages that they didn’t know before. Yet all the visitors can understand them. What is this all about? Well, Peter gets up to explain that this is the fulfilment of Israel’s hopes, based on the Scriptures. God’s plan was always to use the unified family of Abraham to bring peace and justice to the world. But the tribes of Israel have been scattered because of the exile. Now, here at Pentecost, representatives from all of the tribes come back together. They are introduced to their Messiah, the crucified and risen Jesus. So, they can now become the restored people of Israel. Thousands of them start following the way of Jesus. Which brings us to Luke’s tale of two temples. So, you have got the temple that Herod built in Jerusalem where Jesus’ disciples worship, like the rest of the Israelites. But now there is also Jesus’ temple, which consists of people. This temple is meeting together in homes all over Jerusalem. And they were approaching life in a radical new way. Right. Think about it. Many of these pilgrims aren’t even from Jerusalem. So they form these new families. They are all depending on each other. Yeah, people would sell their stuff, provide for the poor among them. They ate their meals together. They said their daily prayers together. They were learning from the apostles what it meant to live as if Jesus is the true king of the world. It must have been exhilarating. But it wasn’t all fun and games. Being God’s temple is serious business, just like in the Old Testament. So, you might know about that strange story in the Book of Leviticus about two priests who disrespect God and the temple and then suddenly die. Well, Luke includes here a similar story of two disciples who dishonor God’s Spirit in this new temple and they suffer a similar fate. So, there is corruption in the community. But, the bigger problem is coming from the outside. Yeah, from the other temple. Its leaders are threatened by this new messianic movement. So they arrest the Apostles. They try to stop them. This brings us to the final story in the Jerusalem section of Acts. We are introduced to a new disciple, Stephen. Oh yeah, Stephen. He is on fire. He steps up as a leader among the disciples to serve the poor. He would go to the temple courts to teach people about the way of Jesus. So the temple leaders arrest Stephen. They find false witnesses to accuse him of dishonoring Moses and of being a terrorist who is threatening the temple. In response, Stephen gives this powerful speech about how predictable this whole situation was. Yeah, he retells the whole Old Testament story highlighting characters like Joseph, Moses and the prophets, people who were consistently rejected and persecuted by their own people. Israel has been resisting God’s representatives for centuries. So their rejection of Jesus and now of his followers is a rejection of God himself. They get angry, and they start to execute him by picking up rocks and smashing him to death. As he is dying, he commits himself to the way of Jesus, to suffer because of the sins of others. He even cries out ‘Lord, don’t hold this sin against them.’ This is basically what Jesus said at his death. Exactly. Stephen becomes the first martyr of the Jesus movement. There are many more to come. But this persecution contains seeds of hope, which is why Luke introduces us to a new character here, a religious leader named Saul. He stands over Stephen’s dead body, and even approves of the whole thing. Wait, Saul. You mean, the man who becomes the apostle Paul. Yes, Luke is showing how even this tragic murder cannot stop Jesus’ kingdom. So, many persecuted disciples scatter out of Jerusalem. Just as Jesus said, they head into Judea and Samaria. The story of what happens there, that is what the next section of Acts is all about.

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  2. Perfection! I wish you would have included how Stephen saw Christ before he died, but that’s ok I love theseeeeee

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  4. God bless you team, you videos and graphic descriptions are so powerful and near to real imagination. All Glory to LORD, Hallelujah ❤

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  5. I really like your videos . This is a great format to present the Bible ! I have 1 question though. Are you weaving themes of social justice into your narratives?

  6. knowing God's ways is always a mistery but does anyone have a thought of why God is not killing anymore believers who do the same as Ananias and Sapphira nowadays?

  7. Even if god exists, it need not be the christian god. Half of the bible is about a wrathful unethical god. The other half is about a god who cares more whether people believe in the password Jesus than whether they are ethical. And God is so loving that anyone who dare disbelieve would be tormented forever. To further prove his love, god created all as sinners so that he can sacrifice himself, to himself, in order to please himself, so as to save human from himself. After they are saved, Christian can continue to be unethical as they long as they remember to ask for forgiveness.

    Christian heaven, if it exists, should be a rowdy place with praise reciting but unethical and uncultivated Christian. No wonder Satan and his retinue and Adam were from the same rowdy heaven Christian hope to enter.

    The Christian god not only fail to fulfil the following biblical promises, he even broke his promise of eternal covenants with Jews in OT to replace with new covenants of salvation in NT:

    1. Israel is not blessed with a land flowing with milk and honey. In fact Israel is less blessed as it is probably the only piece of land in ME without any substantial oil deposits.

    2. Though God gave the land of Canaan to jews, the Jews had to fight very hard and for many years to wrest it from the Canaanites. Does it look like god gift as even today Jews still need to fight to keep their land?

    3. Where is god promise to specially bless Christian with worldly prosperity?

    4. Where is god promise not to let evil befall Christian?

    5. Where is god promise for Christian to heal the sick, cast out demons, not get poisoned or bitten by snakes etc?

    6. The bible promised that king David seed would rule Israel forever. But it only ruled whole of Israel for 100 years and half of Israel for 300 years before they got invaded and exiled for the next 2700 years.

    A bible that contain many flaws and contradictions and cannot keep its promises is not divine but man made.

  8. Acts 7:54-8:2 King James Version (KJV)

    54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.

    55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

    56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

    57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,

    58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.

    59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

    60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

    8 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.

    2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.

  9. This suggests that they had literal fire on their heads while this is possible consider the response of the critics who were there “Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.””
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭2:13 Wouldn't they have "what's going on your heads are on fire?"or something like that if they had literal fire?

  10. Thanks bbros for another wonderful video. But have you left out the fact that Judas was replaced by matathias as the 12th apostle and Saul is a self proclaimed apostle. Please try to research more about the scriptures. I really do appreciate what you guys have been doing but please ask the YESHUA the wisdom and discernment that all of us need. Sad to say but the scriptures was corrupted by the scholars and scribes that was commissioned by Emperor Constantine the self proclaimed christian emperor . the devil's sly enough to put deception in the holy scripture just as he did in the garden of Eden stating some truth but there is deception along with it its up to us to discern it. The devil is devious that he combined the truth with his lies. Thank you guys for spreading the gospel. May the ALMIGHTY BLESS YOU…..

  11. I'm thoroughly enjoying watching a string of your videos while having lunch! It's a much better alternative than to just keep watching Netlfix videos. I've found your videos so educational and entertaining, and truthfully, it feels like watching the "movie version" of the Bible. Granted, the book is ALWAYS better than the movie, but I love the impact The Bible Project has in my life and I'm sure in others 🙂

  12. We are starting a great series on Acts at our church on Sunday. We have study resources developed through our church to support this study.

  13. Can I make a suggestion to the narrator? Please don't let your voice drop off at the end of your sentences. I really want to hear this material but I have to put the volume on full blast to hear the end of every sentence. Thank you, and thank you for this educational video.

  14. There's some minor small changes to the scriptures that could be fixed but I'm very impressed on the version and illustration

  15. You guys are awesome! God bless you both! Could you do one on end times prophecy? On Jesus second coming ? Revelations?!

  16. The jews are the sons of the D…. With their Synagog of S….

    In Sweden The jewish family Bonnier owns about 60% of the News media, and influences the rest. Why do this medias want muslim migrants to come to Europe?

    The Bolshevik party who killed the last tsar of Russia and sent the country into a nightmare. Who were this Bolsheviks? The Bolshevik party were about 80-85% jews.

    The star of David is really the star God Rimphan. Moloch aka the devil. And its on the flag of Israel.

    The Talmud sees gentils as slaves to the jews, who they can do, and lie how they want to.

    See the film Marching to Zion made by Framing the world to learn more.

    God bless all christian!

  17. Thank you for sharing it more clearly through your animations. May God bless this channel even more for sharing of the good news 🙌

  18. Thank you for sharing all that you share in representing the WORD OF GOD.
    God Bless you guys.
    Praise be to The Most High God in Jesus Name.

  19. I'm a video/audiographer creative Dude. I use to draw a lot as a kid and I've been a follower of Christ since I was a wee lad. AND I MUST SAY THE SHEER QUALITY & ATTENTION to detail that goes into these videos is ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! Seriously just AWESOME AMAZING work that brings the Bible to life in a way that I'VE NEVER experienced before (and my Dad's a pastor even ahah) I'm so thankful for your team and for our church to show what The Bible Project is all about 🙂 God Bless you all!

  20. On top of all the great things your guys' work embody, I must applaud the graphic and colorimetric esthetics of your videos- insane.

  21. Did Steven die??? T^T

    This is so sad

    And it makes me cry to see a innocent man. Steven and Jesus “ dIE”. * cough*.

    It makes me so happy to see people like Moses and Jesus’s Follows be so loyal
    It makes me hurt that me and other people sin and make God and Jesus sad I only hope things can change


  22. Did Steven die??? T^T

    This is so sad

    And it makes me cry to see a innocent man. Steven and Jesus “ dIE”. * cough*.

    It makes me so happy to see people like Moses and Jesus’s Follows be so loyal
    It makes me hurt that me and other people sin and make God and Jesus sad I only hope things can change


  23. Hello blessed people! Could I use your videos to translate them in portuguese and use its teachings to teach my compatriot from Brazil? No drawing, just my ugly face speaking what i've learned from you!

    All rights given for you, as deserved.

  24. They use a lot of Hebrew words and that’s fantastic; however, why they say “Jesus” if they know that’s not his name. I believe they should call by his real Hebrew name YESHUA. He is Jewish after all.

  25. I know it's highly unlikely the Bible Project team will read this but just wanted to say thank you so much for all these videos and the teaching you generously give out for free!
    We were unsure what to do next with our youth group and are able to lead a series on Acts at the last minute around our busy working lives all thanks to these videos. May God continue to bless your work and journeys with him.

  26. I like it when they say "the mobile temple" a new kind of definition. So back to book of act God shows mercy to the gentiles, the jews reject Paul's preaching. Shall this the lord' plan, God only permit the gentiles to build and complete his temple? They have to come together with the rest of the nations and all come to Jerusalem to witness thee glory?! and then the end?

  27. This channel has made me feel so confident in my faith and understanding who Jesus is 💕💕💕 thank you for being a witness

  28. You said, "They start to tell stories about Jesus.." Where does that come from? The passage says that they heard people praising God in their own tongues. I only read about one person telling the story of Jesus and it wasn't in tongues either, the praise was in tongues and was understood by all people. I think the way you've interjected a difference in the story is confusing? Is there something people are missing that has led you to describe the event differently than it's translated?

  29. I loved this video. I came upon it because today is Pentecost Sunday and I wanted to learn more about it. And learn, I did. Thank you for choosing this material and thank you for beautifully it is animated.

  30. Liked the video in general, thanks. Slight booboo about 1:20 in the video where you repeat a myth that is not actually in Scripture. That is, the disciples were in a house when they were baptized by the Holy Spirit.

  31. Your awesome I’ve posted this on my Facebook to spread your awesome work in the Lord, thank you so much

  32. I pray that all that occurred in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles are all loosed when it comes to all that God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as well as all the Holy angels and apostles did are all done again inside and out of all my prayers, subjects and stipulations in Christ Jesus name I pray amen.

  33. Hey listen, I have severe anxiety about God because of some things I've done and want to come back to following Jesus properly, but I now have these mental health issues. It all started because I sinned at times when I was supposed to be representing God, and made God look bad to people who needed him. I realise now what I've done and want to turn back and be filled with the Holy Spirit anew, and never turn away again. I'm scared though because I've done things that may not be vulnerable with the blood of Jesus and severely wish I hadn't. What can I do to overcome this and show that I am sorry so that God will forgive, heal, and hopefully use me to reach the people he wanted me to reach?

    If anyone has ears to hear the spirit of God, please ask him to have mercy on me, because I want to love him. You should know though: I've indulged in same sex acts before, though now I want to stay as far away from it as I can. I want to be clean again, I don't want to waste it again. I've smoked weed way longer than I should have, in fact I should have stopped when God first got me off it but I lapsed back I to it and that led me down a road of many sins and rebellion against God but now I just want to do what's right, but my mind is going haywire and I keep remembering all the things I did. I hate them, my sins, all of them. They're all havah as far as I'm concerned! Filth even! This is my honest thought, as I sat here writing with hell itself screaming my many transgressions at me, I just want it to stop and to come home to God again, and never leave his safety. There's nothing outside him but suffering and heartbreak. My name is actually Zac, not James. And Lysander isn't even my last name

  34. [2Pe 1:16-18 KJV]
    16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
    17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
    18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

  35. I'm an old apostolic church member and I have to say… Your teachings are spot on.. You know how to decipher and explain the symbols in the Bible perfectly.

    You are God sent.

  36. I am touched by the amount of thought and work put into making these videos. Thank you… they are amazing.

  37. What version of the Bible is your projects from? The newest NIV or the newest KJV or NLT? Or another version?

  38. Awesome videos… you guys do great with the imagery regarding emotion, etc. complementing the Scripture. Good stuff !

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