Everyone needs a little encouragement on a regular basis. Barnabas tends to be one of the forgotten apostles, yet he provides a sterling example of encouraging others.
Luke records the confrontation of the apostles and the Sanhedrin. Amazingly, the apostles found an ally in Gamaliel, a Pharisee and grandson of Hillel.
Have you ever wanted to just give up? Have trials weighed you down to the point of despair? Is old age sapping the strength and determination?
In Acts 13, the false prophet Elymas is cursed with blindness, providing the witness prompting the Proconsul Sergius Paulus to become converted.
In Galatians, Paul took issue with the Halakhah, not God's word. Halakhah was a massive collection of human opinion that placed a yoke on its followers.
Paul and Barnabas developed the church in the cosmopolitan city of Antioch, the location from where the term 'Christian' originated.
The martyrdom of Stephen had the paradoxical effect of spreading the Gospel into Gentile venues, enabling individuals like Cornelius to be added to Christ.
Paul, by circumcising Timothy, demonstrates a reluctance to flaunt his religious liberty, preferring instead to exercise cautious conservative expediency.
The early church had confidence in God's sovereignty, realizing that no human authority could thwart God's power. This conviction gave them strength.
How often have we wished we could live some part of our lives over again to correct a wrong? God gives us multiple chances to change our character for the better.
Based on the requirements and evidences of apostles, here is how we can know whether the title is fitting for the late Herbert Armstrong.
Peter, using the details of fulfilled prophecy, establishes the Messiahship of Jesus Christ and convicts the crowd of their culpability in His death.