Lesson 2


Church Members Were Called "Believers."

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            According to Acts 5:14, what were the members of the early church called? ____________________    Read Acts 4:4. How many men were members of the church at this time? _________________  Not only did these men hear God’s Word but they also __________________ (Acts 4:4).

            A true believer is a person who gladly receives God’s Word: "Then they that _____________     ______________________ his word (Peter preached God’s Word to them) were baptized; and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls (persons)"--(Acts 2:41). The word receive means "to welcome," just like you would receive or welcome a friend or a guest into your home:

"Come and be a guest in my house. You’re welcome to stay and abide with me. I’d love to have you stay with me, and it is a real joy for you to be my guest. I feel very comfortable and happy when you’re here. Please make yourself at home here. You’re always welcome in this place."

            What do believers receive and welcome into their lives (Acts 8:14)? ___________________________  Believers should receive and welcome God’s Word "not as the _________ of ________ but as it is in truth (as it truly is), the Word  ____     ________ (1 Thess. 2:13).

Someone might say, "I don’t believe all the things that Paul wrote because he was just a man. The things that he wrote in the Bible are only the words of a man and a man can make mistakes." How could you answer this person in light of 1 Corinthians 14:37 and 1 Thess. 4:15?

            Is God’s Word welcome in your life?  Is God’s Word your special guest?  Is God's Word at home in your heart?

"I have joyfully and gladly received God's Word. HAVE YOU?"

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God's Word is at home in my heart and mind and life (Deut. 6:6; Josh. 1:8; John 15:7; Psalm 1:2; 119:11; and Col. 3:16).

            Do you eagerly welcome God’s Word into your heart and mind and life (by saying, "come in!") or do you shut the doors of your mind and heart whenever you hear God’s Word?

            Why were the Jews in Berea more noble than the Jews in Thessalonica (Acts 17:11)?--Because "they _________________ (welcomed) the __________ with all ________________ (eagerness) of mind." How often did they search the Scriptures? __________________ How often do you search the Scriptures (compare John 5:39)? Notice the different groups of believers who received God’s Word (please match the following):

1. _____ the Gentile believers A. Acts 8:14
2. _____ the Thessalonian believers B. Acts 11:1
3. _____ the Samaritan believers C. Acts 17:11-12
4. _____ the Berean believers D. 1 Thess.1:6; 2:13

            Unbelievers do not welcome and receive God’s Word and God’s truth into their hearts.   See 2 Thessalonians 2:10 which describes their hatred and rejection of the truth: "they _________________ not the love of the ________________ (God’s Word is ____________John 17:17), that they might be _____________." Look at 2 Thessalonians 2:12: "That they all might be damned (judged) who ________________     _______ the ___________." But 2 Thessalonians 2:13 tells us that those who have been chosen to salvation (those who are the true members of Christ’s Church) receive God’s Word gladly because it says that they believe the T___________. 

[Note:  Luke 8:13 does describe unsaved people who "receive the Word with joy," but as you read the rest of the verse you see that their reception did not last for long.  God's Word did not find a permanent home in their hearts.  They embraced the truth initially, but when things got difficult they rejected the truth.  They held onto the truth for only a short time.]

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"God's Word is 
at home in my life"

"God's Word is not
welcome in my heart."

            Before each of the following sentences, put H for those things that Hank would say and S for those things that Sam would say:

_____ "I can’t wait for the Pastor to stop talking so that I can get home."
_____ "What a wonderful promise! I never realized that was in the Bible."
_____ "What the Pastor said was very interesting. I’m going to read those verses again when I get home to see if what the Pastor was saying is really so" (Compare Acts 17:11).   Note:  A good pastor would want his people to go to the Scriptures and make sure that what he is teaching is really true.
_____ "I seem to get bored in Sunday School. All we ever do is study the Bible."
_____ "I don’t read my Bible every day because there are too many other things I would rather be doing."
_____ "This verse will help me to be a better student at school."
_____ "I sure hope this church service is over before the World Series begins (or Super Bowl, etc.)."
_____ "I know the Pastor will be speaking on Acts chapter 25 because he spoke on Acts 24 last week. I’m going to read that chapter even before I get to church."
_____ "I didn’t understand what the Pastor meant when he was explaining this verse. I’ll have to ask one of the elders (or my Sunday School teacher or my parents) about it after the service."
_____ "I don’t usually spend time thinking about Bible verses because I have too many other things to think about such as school, my friends, sports, etc."
_____ "I try to take notes in Church because it helps me to pay attention and listen."
_____ "If my parents didn’t make me come to Sunday School I would never come."
_____ "Why do we need to come to Church in the middle of the week? Isn’t attending on Sunday enough?"
_____ "I’m trying to read through all of my Bible in a year. To do this I must read three or four chapters each day."
_____ "I used to receive God’s Word with joy but I found that it is too hard to be a believer. My friends made fun of me."  See Luke 8:13.
_____ "I love to go to Church because most of my friends are there, but that’s the only reason."
_____ "My little sister (or brother) really enjoys the times when I read to her (or him) from the Bible and other good Christian books."
_____ "I regret that I can never watch the good television shows on Sunday night because I always have to be in church."
_____ "My friend and I have been memorizing Bible verses. It’s fun to do it together."
_____ "Whenever I read God’s Word I always try to remember that the Bible is God’s Love Letter to me and that the Lord has a personal message just for me."
_____ "When the Lord teaches me something from His Word I enjoy sharing that truth with my family and friends. I’m also very thankful whenever I have an opportunity to talk to an unsaved person about the Lord and what Christ has done for me."


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