New Testament
Lesson 28
We Are Witnesses


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will remind us of our responsibility to be witnesses of Jesus Christ and help us see how the gift of the Holy Ghost helps us do so.

Scripture references for study:  Acts 1-5 
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Lesson 28 Handout (PDF format)


Introduction to the Book of Acts

WHAT IS THE BOOK OF ACTS? WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

WHO WROTE THE BOOK OF ACTS?


Acts 1

The Book of Acts records the Lord's ministry following the resurrection, "To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God" (Acts 1:3).

The Lord's final commission to his apostles before his ascension.

READ ACTS 1:9-11. The Lord's ascension and his prophesied return.

A new apostle.


Acts 2

READ ACTS 2:1-13. The day of Pentecost.

Consider the words of Peter. Has he changed since his denial of the Savior?

Consider the effects of this mighty change:

WHAT PENTECOSTAL OUTPOURINGS OF THE SPIRIT HAVE OCCURRED IN OUR DISPENSATION?

We can each have Pentecostal experiences, experiences where the Holy Ghost is manifest in great power within our own lives.


Acts 3

READ ACTS 3:1-7. Peter heals the lame man.

"And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering." (v11)

READ ACTS 3:19-21. Peter preaches of the times of restitution.


Acts 4

As they were teaching, Peter and John were arrested by Jewish leaders. The following day they were brought before Annas, Caiphas, John, and Alexander and asked, "By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?" (v7)

READ ACTS 4:8-12. Peter testifies of the power that healed the lame man.

These men then met in private council to determine what do do.

"But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus." (v17-18)

Peter and John were released and returned to their followers where they prayed.


Acts 5

READ ACTS 5:1-11. Ananias and Sapphira.

The Work Goes Forth:

WHAT THOUGHTS AND IMPRESSIONS DO YOU HAVE AFTER READING THE FIRST FIVE CHAPTERS OF ACTS?


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Following the Ascension and the day of Pentecost, the Twelve Apostles went from quiet followers of the Master to bold testifiers of the gospel and mission of Jesus Christ. This remarkable change was wrought by the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost may have a similar effect upon us as we are obedient to our baptismal covenants. We, too, should follow the promptings of the spirit and declare our testimonies when the time is appropriate. As we do so, we can bring the riches of eternity to those with whom we come in contact.

Record your thoughts on the changes that came over Peter after the resurrection. How can you better serve as a witness for Jesus Christ?


Resources Used In This Lesson

Conference Reports (CR).

Discourses of Wilford Woodruff.

Doctrinal New Testament Commentary by Bruce R. McConkie (DNTC).

Doctrines of Salvation by Joseph Fielding Smith.

History of the Church by Joseph Smith.


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