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1 Jerusalem Community Acts 2:42 – 5:11

2 Life of the Early Church They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers (Acts 2:42) Perseverance in these areas; major themes of the early Christian church (J. Gonzales)

3 Apostles' Teaching – verbal, but also through wonders and miraculous signs (2:43) Fellowship – gathering together, sharing of goods, and meeting needs (2:44-45) Breaking of Bread – a new developing form of Christian worship (2:46) A celebration Prayers – praising God, Jewish traditions (2:47) Life of the Early Church (cont.)

4 Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar Acts 3:1-8 By Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld Engraving

5 Lame Man Healed Acts 3:1-8 Unknown artist

6 Miracle Story: Five Stages Introduction: Peter and John go to Jerusalem Temple; crippled man brought in (3:1-2) Conflict/Delay: Crippled man asks for money; Peter addresses him; he expects money (3:3-6a) Action: Peter tells the man to get up; takes him by the right hand; lifts him up (3:6b-7a) Confirmation: The man jumps up, stands, walks, enters the temple (3:7b-8) Reaction: People notice, observe, are amazed (3:9-10 )

7 Observations John – more proactive in 1 st depiction Crippled man carried to the temple gate Observers inside the temple Man walks and jumps Peter raises his arm in the air – shows that the healing power is of God, not his own Gate called Beautiful – Nicanors gate? Beautiful because it was of burnished bronze

8 Believers Share Possessions (Acts 4:32-37) Share everything (32) No needy person among them People sold their land and houses Placed the money from the sales at the apostles feet Distributed to those in need

9 Why? J. Gonzales: A result of the gift of the Holy Spirit Eschatological expectation One of Lukes themes is helping the poor and giving up ones possessions Eschatological reversal Method for distribution of resources – apostles Ideal community?

10 Barnabas Acts 4:36-37 Positive example By Johann Cristoph Weigel 1695 Woodcut

11 Ananias Acts 5:1-5 Negative example By Caspar Luiken Dutch, 1712 Copper engraving

12 Sapphira Acts 5:1-2, 7-10 Negative example By Nicolas Poussin 1652 Oil on Canvas

13 Sapphira Unknown Artist 1702 Woodcut

14 Observations Money laid at the apostles feet (5:2) Ananias & Sapphira both lie (5:3-4, 8-9) Both are struck dead (5:5,10) Great fear seizes the people (5:5,11) Young men carry out the bodies (5:6,10) Pointing to Ananias & Sapphira, and pointing up Lying to the Holy Spirit / God (5:3,4)

15 Observations (cont.) No young men to carry out Ananias' body Unclear if other men with Peter are apostles or observers Depiction of a dove – reference to Holy Spirit How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? (Acts 5:9) …you have lied to the Holy Spirit… (5:3b)

16 Conclusions Goals and actions of the early Christian church Both Jewish and new practices Miracle – through the power of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles New community – both positive and negative examples The Spirit – love and truth Sin of Ananias and Sapphira = lying Ideal community/Church vs. reality


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