Daily Bible Reading

Day 9

Today's reading: Acts 1-3

Look for the promises in God’s word. As you read and find them, write them in your journal along with the scripture reference.

Acts 1

Jesus Ascends to Heaven

1. I wrote the former account, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach
2. until the day he was taken up to heaven, after he had given orders by the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
3. To the same apostles also, after his suffering, he presented himself alive with many convincing proofs. He was seen by them over a forty-day period and spoke about matters concerning the kingdom of God.
4. While he was with them, he declared, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait there for what my Father promised, which you heard about from me.
5. For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
6. So when they had gathered together, they began to ask him, “Lord, is this the time when you are restoring the kingdom to Israel?”
7. He told them, “You are not permitted to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.
8. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth.”
9. After he had said this, while they were watching, he was lifted up and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10. As they were still staring into the sky while he was going, suddenly two men in white clothing stood near them
11. and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking up into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in the same way you saw him go into heaven.”

A Replacement for Judas is Chosen

12. Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mountain called the Mount of Olives (which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away).
13. When they had entered Jerusalem, they went to the upstairs room where they were staying. Peter and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James were there.
14. All these continued together in prayer with one mind, together with the women, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
15. In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a gathering of about one hundred and twenty people) and said,
16. “Brothers, the scripture had to be fulfilled that the Holy Spirit foretold through David concerning Judas – who became the guide for those who arrested Jesus –
17. for he was counted as one of us and received a share in this ministry.”
18. (Now this man Judas acquired a field with the reward of his unjust deed, and falling headfirst he burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out.
19. This became known to all who lived in Jerusalem, so that in their own language they called that field Hakeldama, that is, “Field of Blood.”)
20. “For it is written in the book of Psalms, ‘Let his house become deserted, and let there be no one to live in it,’ and ‘Let another take his position of responsibility.’
21. Thus one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time the Lord Jesus associated with us,
22. beginning from his baptism by John until the day he was taken up from us – one of these must become a witness of his resurrection together with us.”
23. So they proposed two candidates: Joseph called Barsabbas (also called Justus) and Matthias.
24. Then they prayed, “Lord, you know the hearts of all. Show us which one of these two you have chosen
25. to assume the task of this service and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.”
26. Then they cast lots for them, and the one chosen was Matthias; so he was counted with the eleven apostles.

Acts 2

The Holy Spirit and the Day of Pentecost

1. Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
2. Suddenly a sound like a violent wind blowing came from heaven and filled the entire house where they were sitting.
3. And tongues spreading out like a fire appeared to them and came to rest on each one of them.
4. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.
5. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven residing in Jerusalem.
6. When this sound occurred, a crowd gathered and was in confusion, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
7. Completely baffled, they said, “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?
8. And how is it that each one of us hears them in our own native language?
9. Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and the province of Asia,
10. Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene, and visitors from Rome,
11. both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs – we hear them speaking in our own languages about the great deeds God has done!”
12. All were astounded and greatly confused, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”
13. But others jeered at the speakers, saying, “They are drunk on new wine!”

Peter’s Address on the Day of Pentecost

14. But Peter stood up with the eleven, raised his voice, and addressed them: “You men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, know this and listen carefully to what I say.
15. In spite of what you think, these men are not drunk, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.
16. But this is what was spoken about through the prophet Joel:
17. ‘And in the last days it will be,’ God says, ‘that I will pour out my Spirit on all people, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.
18. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
19. And I will perform wonders in the sky above and miraculous signs on the earth below, blood and fire and clouds of smoke.
20. The sun will be changed to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes.
21. And then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
22. “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man clearly attested to you by God with powerful deeds, wonders, and miraculous signs that God performed among you through him, just as you yourselves know –
23. this man, who was handed over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed by nailing him to a cross at the hands of Gentiles.
24. But God raised him up, having released him from the pains of death, because it was not possible for him to be held in its power.
25. For David says about him, ‘I saw the Lord always in front of me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken.
26. Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced; my body also will live in hope,
27. because you will not leave my soul in Hades, nor permit your Holy One to experience decay.
28. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of joy with your presence.’
29. “Brothers, I can speak confidently to you about our forefather David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
30. So then, because he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants on his throne,
31. David by foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did his body experience decay.
32. This Jesus God raised up, and we are all witnesses of it.
33. So then, exalted to the right hand of God, and having received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, he has poured out what you both see and hear.
34. For David did not ascend into heaven, but he himself says, ‘The Lord said to my lord, “Sit at my right hand
35. until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’
36. Therefore let all the house of Israel know beyond a doubt that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ.”

The Response to Peter’s Address

37. Now when they heard this, they were acutely distressed and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “What should we do, brothers?”
38. Peter said to them, “Repent, and each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39. For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.”
40. With many other words he testified and exhorted them saying, “Save yourselves from this perverse generation!”
41. So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand people were added.

The Fellowship of the Early Believers

42. They were devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
43. Reverential awe came over everyone, and many wonders and miraculous signs came about by the apostles.
44. All who believed were together and held everything in common,
45. and they began selling their property and possessions and distributing the proceeds to everyone, as anyone had need.
46. Every day they continued to gather together by common consent in the temple courts, breaking bread from house to house, sharing their food with glad and humble hearts,
47. praising God and having the good will of all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number every day those who were being saved.

Acts 3

Peter and John Heal a Lame Man at the Temple

1. Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time for prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon.
2. And a man lame from birth was being carried up, who was placed at the temple gate called “the Beautiful Gate” every day so he could beg for money from those going into the temple courts.
3. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple courts, he asked them for money.
4. Peter looked directly at him (as did John) and said, “Look at us!”
5. So the lame man paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.
6. But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, stand up and walk!”
7. Then Peter took hold of him by the right hand and raised him up, and at once the man’s feet and ankles were made strong.
8. He jumped up, stood and began walking around, and he entered the temple courts with them, walking and leaping and praising God.
9. All the people saw him walking and praising God,
10. and they recognized him as the man who used to sit and ask for donations at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with astonishment and amazement at what had happened to him.

Peter Addresses the Crowd

11. While the man was hanging on to Peter and John, all the people, completely astounded, ran together to them in the covered walkway called Solomon’s Portico.
12. When Peter saw this, he declared to the people, “Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this? Why do you stare at us as if we had made this man walk by our own power or piety?
13. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our forefathers, has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate after he had decided to release him.
14. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a man who was a murderer be released to you.
15. You killed the Originator of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this fact we are witnesses!
16. And on the basis of faith in Jesus’ name, his very name has made this man – whom you see and know – strong. The faith that is through Jesus has given him this complete health in the presence of you all.
17. And now, brothers, I know you acted in ignorance, as your rulers did too.
18. But the things God foretold long ago through all the prophets – that his Christ would suffer – he has fulfilled in this way.
19. Therefore repent and turn back so that your sins may be wiped out,
20. so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and so that he may send the Messiah appointed for you – that is, Jesus.
21. This one heaven must receive until the time all things are restored, which God declared from times long ago through his holy prophets.
22. Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must obey him in everything he tells you.
23. Every person who does not obey that prophet will be destroyed and thus removed from the people.’
24. And all the prophets, from Samuel and those who followed him, have spoken about and announced these days.
25. You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed.’
26. God raised up his servant and sent him first to you, to bless you by turning each one of you from your iniquities.”

{Luke 22-24}   {Daily Reading Guide}   {Acts 4-6}