Holy Spirit In Acts

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October 13, 2011 Holy Spirit Journal Assignment 5 Acts Acts has been called "The Acts of the Apostles", ”The Acts of the Church" and “The Acts of the Holy Spirit”. There is truth in each title. The Holy Spirit acted upon the lives of the Apostles and they acted upon the lives of the people of Israel. The Spirit saved Paul and used him to impact the world. But the first "Act" was that of Jesus Christ, which we see in Acts 1:4-5: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." We also see the Spirit work through Peter and John when fear of the religious leaders had clearly vanished from the believers at Jerusalem since receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, for in Acts 3:1-10 we find Peter and John going to the Temple at the hour of prayer. This bold move could have only come from the Spirit of God. As they entered the gate of the Temple, a lame beggar asked them for some money, but Peter replied, "Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk" (Acts 3:6). As we read on the man was instantly healed and went "into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God" (Acts 3:8). This powerful healing caused a crowd to gather around Peter and John, who used the situation to preach about the saving power of the risen Lord Jesus. Though the religious leaders threatened, beat, and imprisoned the believers for preaching about the Lord Jesus Christ, they continued to do so. We see the same person who out of fear denied the Lord, now bravely proclaim himself as a follower of the same Lord that was crucified. Peter, being that person, was transformed by the Holy Spirit. One of my favorite stories comes from Acts 8-9 when Saul of Tarsus, a persecutor of
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