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Led to Another Mission

Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and…

Guided to Mission

The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot [carrying an Ethiopian official] and stay near it.” —Acts 8:29 NIV Key Thought As in a previous Key Thought section, we are reminded again that reaching the ends of the earth with the good news of Jesus is the Holy Spirit’s work.…

No Part in This Ministry

When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because…

The Spirit Is Given to Samaritans

When the apostles in Jerusalem received the report that Samaria had accepted God’s Message, they sent Peter and John down to pray for them to receive the Holy Spirit. Up to this point they had only been baptized in the name of the Master Jesus; the Holy Spirit hadn’t yet…

A Long Gaze into Glory

[Just before Stephen was stoned:] But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. —Acts 7:55 NLT Key Thought Stephen had been chosen to serve widows because he…

Stubborn People

[Stephen, in his defense before the Sanhedrin:] “You stubborn people! You are heathens at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you!” —Acts 7:51 NLT Key Thought Stephen was empowered by the Holy Spirit and spoke…

No Match!

None of [the people arguing with Stephen] could stand against the wisdom and the Spirit with which Stephen spoke. —Acts 6:10 NLT Key Thought Stephen had been selected as one of the seven special servants of the church in Jerusalem to help make sure the widows were given the proper…

Full of Faith and of the Holy Spirit

[The apostles to the church in Jerusalem concerning ministering to the widows:] “Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.” … And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose…

Full of the Holy Spirit and Wisdom

[The apostles to the church in Jerusalem concerning ministering to the widows:] “And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility.” —Acts 6:3 NLT Key Thought Almost every religion defines spirituality a little bit differently.…

Witnesses

[Peter and the apostles before the Sanhedrin:] “The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead after you killed him by hanging him on a cross. Then God put him in the place of honor at his right hand as Prince and Savior. He did this so the people…

Conspiracy

And Peter said [to Sapphira, concerning Ananias and her], “How could the two of you even think of conspiring to test the Spirit of the Lord like this? The young men who buried your husband are just outside the door, and they will carry you out, too.” —Acts 5:9 NLT…

Lying to the Holy Spirit

Peter said, “Ananias, how did Satan get you to lie to the Holy Spirit and secretly keep back part of the price of the field?” —Acts 5:3 MESSAGE Key Thought This verse comes from the story of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11). They sold their land and gave some of…