Acts Reading Plan - The Church on Fire

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Day 1 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Once you are born again, you can receive power from Holy Spirit and Holy Spirit lives in you. With His power in you, has your life become a witness for God?

Day 2 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.” (Acts 2:44-45, NIV)

The lives of the first Christians were lives that blessed other people in their community. They were united, generous, encouraging one another, and favored by many.  One of the characteristics of someone who is filled by Holy Spirit is that the person becomes relevant to other people. What about the life of your small community? Does your life bless the people there?

Day 3 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.” (Acts 3:16, NIV)

In the name of Jesus there is miracle, healing, restoration, and victory. The question is, do you truly believe that the name of Jesus can bring restoration for you? Whatever struggle you are facing now, believe in the name of Jesus, and victory will be yours.

Day 4 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.” (Acts 4:32, NIV)

The lives of the Christians were not only blessed, but they also blessed many people. Life is not to be lived for ourselves. Rather, life is meant to produce fruit, and the fruit can be enjoyed by many people.

Day 5 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!” (Acts 5:29, NIV)

In our daily lives, we often have to deal with pressures or challenges from people or the culture around us. Even so, let us choose to obey God rather than human beings.

Day 6 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.” (Acts 6:10, NIV)

One of the Holy Spirit’s roles is to help. In our daily lives, it’s necessary for us to always rely on the Holy Spirit to receive wisdom to face circumstances.

Day 7 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.” (Acts 7:60, NIV)

In the final moments of his life, Stephanus prayed and cried out to God for those who tortured him. Have you ever prayed for those who have hurt you?

Day 8 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went.” (Acts 8:4, NLT)

The believers in that era were persecuted but they persevered and continued to share the good news wherever they went. Are you sharing the good news wherever you go despite the pressure you are experiencing?

Day 9 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel.” (Acts 9:15, NLT)

God can use anyone to be His tool according to His will even if the person is underestimated by others. Maybe you feel that you are unable or unworthy to be His tool, but when God is willing then He Himself will enable you.

Day 10 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” (Acts 10:34-35, NIV)

God shows no favoritism. Everyone deserves to hear about the Good News and many people around you have never heard of the Good News.

Day 11 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“And since God gave these Gentiles the same right he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to stand in God’s way?” (Acts 11: 17, NLT)

God gives everyone a chance to repent and receive an eternal life. Be the “bridge” to those who do not know Jesus, through your daily lives. 

Day 12 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”” (Acts 12:11, NIV) 

In times of adversity God will surely provide help in His own time. Believe that God is never too late to help you.

Day 13 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.” (Acts 13:39, NIV)

We become righteous not when we live by religious laws. We become righteous in His eyes when we believe in Jesus Christ.

Day 14 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.” (Acts 14:15, NIV)

When we accomplish great things, know that they are all God’s own works. Everything is from Him, by Him, and for Him.

Day 15 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us.” (Acts 15:8, NIV)

Before you knew Him, God had already known and accepted you. Do you want to get to know Him more?

Day 16 of 28 • This day’s reading

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They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized.” (Acts 16:31-33, NIV)

We are saved because we believe in Jesus Christ. What about your household? Have you shared with them the good news through your daily life?

Day 17 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11, NIV)

The people in Berea received the Bible and examined it every day. What about you? Have you read and meditated or even examined the Word of God every day?

Day 18 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.”” (Acts 18:9-10, NIV)

Maybe you experienced rejection and pressure when you testified about Jesus Christ. Do not be afraid and do not give up because God is always with you. Keep spreading the Word and testify about Jesus Christ through your daily lives.

Day 19 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“God did extraordinary miracles through Paul” (Acts 19:11, NIV)

Through Paul, God did extraordinary things. The same God can also do extraordinary things through you.

Day 20 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35, NIV)

The same way Paul lived his life, we, too, have to become like Jesus. We do so by becoming examples, helping the weak and preferring to give rather than receive. All glory only be to Jesus our God.

Day 21 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“We sought out the disciples there and stayed with them seven days. Through the Spirit they urged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.” (Acts 21:4, NIV)

God can speak to you through anyone and it can be about anything. There are so many voices around us. Whose voice do we listen to? Make sure you know God so that you can recognize and follow His voice.

Day 22 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.” (Acts 22:15-16, NIV)

No matter how terrible his past was, God forgave Paul and changed him, even used him as His tool. The same God is able to forgive your sins, change you, and use you as His witness. Doubt no more, start calling on God now.

Day 23 of 28 • This day’s reading

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The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.” (Acts 23:11, NIV)

In the midst of tremendous pressure, Paul remained courageous as a witness for Jesus. When you face great pressure, do not be afraid. God will defend and keep you. Continue to act as a witness for Jesus in your daily lives.

Day 24 of 28 • This day’s reading

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So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. (Acts 24:16, NIV)

Integrity is one of the values we must have as a follower of Jesus. You will fail if your sole focus is to please others. Choose to please God, even when you face great challenges and pressure from the people around you.

Day 25 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“I found he had done nothing deserving of death, but because he made his appeal to the Emperor I decided to send him to Rome.” (Acts 25:25, NIV)

Maybe you have experienced what Paul had, being judged even though you are not guilty. However, believe that Jesus, who has experienced the same thing, will always come to your defense.

Day 26 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” (Acts 26:17-18, NIV)

Are you ready to be used by God as His tool to spread the good news to your family and the people around you?

Day 27 of 28 • This day’s reading

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“We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard.” (Acts 27:18, NIV)

When a great storm hits your life, what baggage do you need to unload from your life? Do not fear.  Place your hope in Jesus, who always keeps His promises.

Day 28 of 28 • This day’s reading

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They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your ancestors when he said through Isaiah the prophet: “‘Go to this people and say, “You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.” For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ (Acts 28:25-27, NIV)

When you are reading or listening to the Word of God, open up your heart and your mind, then act upon what the Word speaks to you in your daily lives. Do not ignore the voice of the Holy Spirit. Learn to obey Him.