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Bible Study on the Acts of the Apostles Epi 2: Qualifications to be chosen

Divine UK2022-07-16
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The video delves into the differences between ascension and assumption in Christianity, highlighting examples like Hanok, Elijah, and Mother Mary. It discusses the disciples' obedience during the period between Jesus' ascension and Pentecost, focusing on the selection of successors for the apostles. The significance of the 12 apostles and the replacement of Judas is explored, emphasizing the importance of true experiential knowledge of Jesus Christ for discipleship. The segment concludes by discussing the use of casting lots for divine guidance and the importance of unity, fellowship, prayer, and aligning decisions with scripture for spiritual growth.

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Explanation of the difference between ascension and assumption in Christianity.
Ascension is when Jesus rises to heaven by his own power, while assumption refers to being lifted up by the power of God.
Examples of assumption include Hanok and Elijah going to heaven.
Mother Mary's assumption is discussed, emphasizing that she was taken up by God's power.
The concept of where Jesus will return for his second coming is mentioned, with some believing it will be on the Mount of Olives.
The disciples waited in Jerusalem for 10 days after Jesus' ascension and before Pentecost.
During this period, they experienced emptiness and absence without Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
They followed Jewish law by only traveling a Sabbath day's journey, about 1.06 kilometers.
Upon entering Jerusalem, they stayed in an upper room as instructed.
The upper room symbolized their obedience and anticipation for what was to come.
Importance of the upper room in the Last Supper and Passover meal.
Luke's listing of the apostles hints at future selection and significance of the gathering for prayer.
Peter's leadership role among believers, totaling about 120 people.
Peter's appointment as the leader by Jesus emphasizes his role in building the church.
The apostles' recognition of Peter's leadership and establishment of a leadership succession plan.
Selection of successors for the apostles is a significant aspect in the Catholic Church.
Jesus did not select a substitute for Judas to teach the disciples how to run the church independently in the future.
Early church fathers believed successors should be chosen based on conditions like obedience, fellowship, devotion to prayer, adherence to scripture, and alignment with God's will.
Significance of the 12 Apostles and the replacement of Judas.
No one is irreplaceable in God's ministry and anyone can be chosen unexpectedly.
Judas bought a field with his betrayal money before committing suicide by hanging.
Judas did not die instantly, as the cheap rope broke, causing him to fall and burst open in a gruesome death.
Selection of a New Apostle to Replace Judas Iscariot.
Peter quotes scripture to discuss Judas Iscariot's betrayal of Jesus and the need to replace him with a new apostle.
The disciples face a period of emptiness without Jesus or the Holy Spirit and decide to select a candidate who had been with them throughout Jesus' ministry.
The decision-making process occurs before Pentecost and after Jesus' ascension, emphasizing the importance of choosing a new apostle to fill Judas' place.
Importance of Witnessing Jesus' Resurrection
Emphasizes the difference between knowing about Jesus and truly knowing him through personal experience.
Selection of disciples based on those who have experienced and lived the life of Jesus.
Concern expressed about lack of emphasis on experiential knowledge of Jesus in the church.
Emphasizes the need for true experiential knowledge of Jesus Christ for discipleship.
Casting lots in the Bible for decision-making.
The disciples used casting lots to choose who would take the place in ministry and apostleship, a practice continued through bishops in the Catholic church.
Casting lots was a common practice among Jewish leaders, with examples like Aaron using lots to seek answers and sailors using lots to identify causes of calamity.
This method was used to seek the message of the Lord and make decisions, with biblical references supporting the practice for divine guidance.
Importance of obeying God, fostering unity, engaging in prayer, and aligning decisions with scripture for spiritual growth.
Emphasizes spiritual uplifting and blessings through methods like casting lots.
Learnings from Bible passages, especially Acts of the Apostle chapter one, are highlighted.
Gratitude towards the Lord is encouraged as a conclusion.