Talks for Growing Christians
The Early Christians Gather; The Selection of Matthias
Lesson Number 2
- The betrayal of Judas was according to Scripture.
- The selection was Matthias was according to Scripture.
- You can’t go wrong if you continue in unity and prayer.
- From which mountain did the Lord ascend?
- What should we notice about Mary in Acts 1:14?
- Is the account of the death of Judas in Acts 1:18 in contradiction to Matthew 27:5?
- The betrayal of the Lord Jesus was predetermined and predicted in Scripture. Was Judas responsible for his evil deed?
- What qualifications did someone have to meet to be eligible to take Judas’ place as an apostle?
- The Mount of Olives, which overlooks the town of Bethany
- The disciples prayed with Mary, not to her. Mary is referred to as the “mother of Jesus,” not the “Mother of God.”
- No, most likely Judas hanged himself over a rocky precipice and the rope broke and his body burst open on the rocks below.
- Yes, we see here the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man working together. See Luke 22:22.
- He must have been a follower of the faith throughout the Lord’s pubic ministry, from the time of John’s baptism until the resurrection and ascension.
- Discuss the casting of lots used to determine Judas’ replacement. Keep in mind these three points:
This was an accepted method in the Old Testament.
This was a non-moral decision.
They prayed that the Lord would show them in this way whom He had chosen.
- The Lord blessed the early church as they continued in unity and prayer. Read Psalm 133:1. It takes work for as church to be in unity and time must be sacrificed for prayer, but God will bless and guide a fellowship of His people who prioritize this. How is your fellowship doing with unity and prayer? Are there areas in which you could improve?
- As you make major and daily decisions this week, be sure to pray that the Lord will guide your decisions. If you ask Him, He will!
- “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication.” Acts 1:14
“You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell.” Acts 1:24-25