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In the following reading every aspect of this paper is information that I knew nothing of before I read it for this class. If it seems that I am telling you things that you have read before I am truly sorry because it is all new to me. So there for I have learned all of what's in my paper as I will state.

I have learned that Acts starts to tell the story of what happened after Jesus went to heaven. It's about Jesus having his Twelve Apostles to spread the Gospel throughout the world. Peter serves as the leader of the apostles and the small congregation of the faithful in Jerusalem. Their first thing to do was to elect Matthias as the twelfth apostle, replacing the traitor Judas Iscariot. I went on to explore why Judas was a traitor so that was something I learned. I found it interesting that they cast lots to make such a decision. I thought that Jesus would just make it for them. During the year of Jesus's death and resurrection, the disciples are gathered for Pentecost, a religious holiday celebrating the grain harvest. I have always heard of Pentecost but never knew what it was to this was something that was really interesting to learn about.

So I learned that when the Holy Spirit came they began to speak another language called tongues. Peter delivers a sermon explaining the miracle. He says that the gift of tongues is given to prophets. I didn't know that tongues was actually called a language, I just thought it was something some people did in a spiritual sense. I learned from Peter because he gives scriptural proof that Jesus is the Messiah, the savior whom God promises in the Old Testament to send to save Jews from their adversity. A man named Barnabas is particularly praised for his generosity, and a couple that defrauds the church is stricken dead, that I found interesting because that goes to show how God truly works and how karma works.

This is also something I found interesting, the Sadducee high priests of the temple, do not believe in the resurrection of the dead. They brought Peter and John before the Jewish high court, where Peter preaches the Gospel fearlessly. At this point I learned that shows how much of a fighter he is and how much he is truly serving God. The court, which is called the Sanhedrin, recognizes that public opinion is in favor of the apostles and releases them with only a warning. It showed how yet even in that time there where believers and non-believers. Brought again before the court, Peter leads the apostles in their defense, saying, "We must obey God rather than any human authority" (5:29). Gamaliel, warns them, "You will not be able to overthrow them--in that case you may even be found fighting against God," the court declines to execute the apostles, who continue preaching throughout Jerusalem (5:39). I think they got scared of this higher power that they did not believe in. An I'm surprised that Peter saying that he chose Gods word



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