This week the study focussed on chapters 1 & 2 of Acts.

There is always a debate about whether Matthias’ appointment was God ordained or Peter’s ‘good idea’. I wrote about this here and I don’t think I’ve changed by mind after this week’s lectures despite the fact that the lecturer felt very strongly that Matthias was not God’s choice. The lecturer did point out that Peter’s requirements for a replacement apostle: “…have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us…For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection” (1:21-22), would make apostleship obsolete these days, which I don’t think is the case.

The other interesting topic in this early part of Acts is, of course, the number of miracles and the number of conversions, and are these directly related? It is significant that the places where the church is experiencing much growth in the world today is also the places where there are many miracles. This requires some serious thought and prayer if we want to see churches in our part of the world experience serious growth.