Big Ideas from the Minor Prophets

 Hosea
God loves his people despite their unfaithfulness
Sin will lead to judgment and punishment
After they repent, God will restore them

Joel
God promises to judge his enemies
Repentance brings God’s forgiveness and restoration
God promises the Holy Spirit

Amos
Wealth and success can lead to spiritual complacency
God punishes those who exploit poor people
God promises to restore his people after judgment

Obadiah
God punishes the Edomites because of their poor treatment of Israel
God will eventually punish the Edomites

Jonah
God shows mercy to all people who repent
God offers second chances
God loves all people and expects believers to do the same

Micah
God judges sin
God will not protect his people from the consequences of their actions
God will forgive and restore if people repent
How believers treat others is important to God
God promises to send a savior

Nahum
God bring judgment on and punishes sinners
God will restore his people when the repent

Habakkuk
God will punish the wicked
The righteous wait faithfully for God’s purpose to be fulfilled
God’s goodness can be seen even in the worst situations

Zephaniah
God will judge
Only God brings salvation
God will restore his people

Haggai
Building God’s temple should be the people’s priority
There are consequences for disobeying God
God will bless people with peace if they obey him

Zechariah
God wants people to repent of their sins and show mercy and compassion to all people
God will ultimately have victory over those who resist his will

Malachi
God demands his people’s best
God judges evil and rewards those who honor him
God will send a messenger to prepare his people for the Messiah

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Books of Moses

Bible Section 1

The first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

These books were written by Moses (with the exception of the few verses that record his death, which were added by a later writer) at the end of the forty-year period in the desert. God guided and inspired Moses to write these books.

The period that preceded the migration to Egypt is also called the prehistoric era of the Hebrew people. Remember, none of these accounts was written by eyewitnesses of the events that were recorded, rather, they were written by Moses.

These five books furnish the basis for the history, the law, the worship, and the life of the chosen people of God. Moses wrote to outline God’s covenants with Israel.

They tell God’s divine purposes and plans, and explain how sin entered the world.

 Section 1: Books of Moses/Prehistoric

1. Creation of the World and Man/Fall of Man
2. The Flood
3. The Patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph
4. Living in Egypt/Exodus from Egypt
5. Wilderness Period

Book 1: Genesis (2500 BC—1406BC)

Creation of the World: God creates the heavens and the earth.

Adam and Eve

The Fall: Because Eve eats of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they lose their innocence.

Noah and the Ark: In the great flood, God destroys all humans with the exception of Noah and his family because everyone was so wicked and evil.

Hebrew Lineage Began with Abraham: Abraham was promised that he would become father to a great nation and inherit the land of Canaan. God said that Abraham would be the father of “many nations”

Isaac was Abraham’s son. Isaac had twelve sons, giving rise to the twelve “tribes” of Israel.

Jacob (whose name was changed to Israel) was Isaac’s son.

Joseph, one of Jacob’s sons, was sold into slavery in Egypt, leading to Jacob and his family going to Egypt and later their descendants becoming slaves in Egypt.

Four Hundred Years of Egyptian Bondage: The Egyptian pharaoh forced the Jewish people into servitude and slavery.  After being in slavery for four hundred years, they cried out to God for forgiveness and deliverance. God heard their cries, felt sorry for them, and sent Moses to get them delivered.

Book 2: Exodus

Moses led the Exodus from Egypt: Moses freed the Israelites from bondage. The Exodus from the land of Egypt marked the turning point in the history of the Hebrew people and enabled them to become a separate nation.

God gives the Ten Commandments.

The Wilderness Period: The Exodus was followed by a period of wandering in the wilderness for forty years prior to their entrance into the land of Canaan. During this time, God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses. A covenant was established between God and the people of Israel. God promised to care for the people, supplying for their needs and protecting them against attacks by their enemies. His promise to remain as their God was conditional on their living up to the laws he had given to them. After Moses’ death, the people entered the Promised Land.

Book 3: Leviticus (while wandering in the desert)

Leviticus concerns the service of worship to be performed in the tabernacle by the priestly tribe, the Levites. God requires Israel to lead a life of holiness.

Book 4: Numbers  (while wandering in the desert)

Numbers tells of forty years wandering in the desert after the establishment of the covenant of Sinai and of the reluctance of the rebellious Israelites to undertake the conquest of Canaan.

Men are sent to explore Canaan but after they return, many of the people express unwillingness to attack Canaan. Because of their lack of faith, God condemns them to remain as shepherds in the desert for forty years.

Moses again responds to the peoples need for water and the Lord’s instructions by striking a rock, from which issues the waters of Meribah. But God is displeased that Moses did not speak first to the rock as requested and as a result he tells Moses that he will not be allowed to enter the promised land.

Book 5: Deuteronomy  (wandering in the desert)

Deuteronomy repeats much of the Law already stated.

As his followers prepare to cross the Jordan, Moses recounts their journey and their goal, the rebellion, the wandering in the desert, the battles, the division of the land, God’s prevention of Moses from crossing the Jordan, the ban on idolatry, God’s selection of the chosen people and their need to uphold the covenant, and the Ten Commandments.

Moses blesses the tribes and, after seeing the land promised to Abraham, dies in Moab and is buried.


 

Revelation

Section 8

Revelation, written by the apostle John, is the New Testament’s one book of prophecy to reveal everyone’s future. It is the final warning that the world will surely end and judgment will be certain. It gives us a tiny glimpse of heaven and all of the glories awaiting those who will go there.

Revelation begins with letters to the seven churches of Asia Minor.

1. Introduction (Rev 1)
2. Messages to the 7 Churches (Rev 2-3)
3. The 7 Seals and the 7 Trumpets (Rev 4-11)
4. The Rise of Antichrist (Rev 12-18)
5. The Return of Jesus Christ (Rev 19:1-20:10)
6. Heaven (Rev 20:11-22:21)

To be continued…..
John wrote Revelation while a prisoner on the Island of Patmos.  Its purpose is to give encouragement and hope for all Christians to continue watching for the return and triumph of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In chapters 1-3, John was elderly and imprisoned on the Island of Patmos when he received a vision from an angel. With this vision he was instructed to write to seven churches about what he had seen.

Finally, in chapters 21-22, John describes the New Heaven and the New Earth. In it is the holy city of the New Jerusalem. There will no longer be any crying or tears, pain, mourning, or death.

Teachings of Jesus

Part of Section 5

Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments ” John 14:15

 The Greatest Commandment
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40

 

Jesus’ Teachings  from the Four Gospels

1.      You Must be Born Again-Repent and Believe in Jesus
You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ John 3:7

2.      Place God First in Your Life

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33 NIV)

3.      Pray

“This, then, is how you should pray, ” ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11Give us today our daily bread. 12Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ 14For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:9-15 NIV)

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.” (Matthew 6:5-7 NIV)

4.      Have Faith in God
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23″I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:22-24 NIV)

5.      Remain in Me -Bear Fruit
Here Jesus uses a grape vine to compare our relationship with Him. “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.(John NIV)

6.      Let Your Light Shine Before Men
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. ” In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Mathew 5:14;16 NIV)

7.      Get Rid of Pride
The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.(Matthew 23:11-12 NIV)

8.      Forgive
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your sins. Mark 11:25-26 NIV

“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.”Matthew 5:25 NIV

  “Settle Disputes Between Believers in this Manner…”
“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. 16But if he will not listen, take one
or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector. Matthew 18:15-17 NIV

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21-22

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.     Matthew 6: 14-15

 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.  Mark 11:25

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.  Ephesians 4:31-32

 Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37

 “You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others” Colossians 3:13

9. Get Rid of Whatever Causes You to Sin
“If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.” Matthew 5:29-30 NIV

10.  Do not Take an Oath – Cherish the Truth and Speak it Simply
“But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” Matthew 5:34-37

11.  Do Not Resist an Evil Person (Turning the other cheek.)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’  But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Matthew 5:38-39 NIV

12.  Giving More than is Demanded (Going the extra mile)
“And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” (Matthew 5:40-42 NIV

13.  Love Your Enemies

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:43-45 NIV)

 14.  Do not Judge
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2 NIV)

15.  Do not Store up Treasures on Earth
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 NIV)

“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 6:1 NIV)

16.  Do not Worry 
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (Matthew 6:25-26 NIV

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34 NIV)

17.  Guard what is Sacred

Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.” (Matthew 7:6 NIV

18.  Ask, Seek, and Knock
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7 NIV)

19.  Enter Through the Narrow Gate
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.(Matthew 7:13-14 NIV)

20.  Watch out  for False Prophets
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” (Matthew 7:15 NIV)

21.  Do not Oppose Other Christian Groups

“Teacher,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”

39″Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40for whoever is not against us is for us. (Mark 9:38-40 NIV)

22.  Be Merciful
“The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:37 NIV) (In reference to the “Good Samaritan”) (See Luke 10:30-35)

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. (Matthew 25:34-36 NIV)

 “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36 NIV)

23.  Love One Another

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12

24.  Do this in Remembrance of Me
“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’”

20″In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.’” (Luke 22:19-20 NIV)

And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.  Luke 22:19-20   

And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 11:24-27  

25.  Make Disciples of All Nations
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV)

26.  Obey What I Command
“If you love me, you will obey what I command.” (John 14:15 NIV)

27.  Be Ready
“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Luke 12:40 NIV)

Truths about Jesus

Jesus is God

 I and the Father are one.”

 Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”
“We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” John 10:30-33

 Jesus Became a Man

 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death —even death on a cross! Philippians 2:5-8

 Jesus has Two Natures: Divine and Human

 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,
1 Timothy 2:5

 Jesus was Sinless

 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 1 Peter 2:22

 Jesus is the Only Way to God

 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

Jesus Died for all of Our Sins

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2

Jesus’ Sacrifice was a Substitution, for Us

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

Jesus Rose from the Dead in His Physical Body

Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body. John 2:19-21

Jesus will Return Visibly to Earth

“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11

Christians will be Raised from the Dead when Jesus Returns

There will be a Rapture (Being Caught up into the Clouds with Jesus)

For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17

Acts

Section 7

Book Acts

 

The Book of Acts gives the history of the Christian church and the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ, as well as the mounting opposition to it.  Christianity spread from Jerusalem, the Jewish capital, to Asia, Africa, and Rome in Europe, the Gentile capital.   It first went to the Jews, but they, as a nation continually reject it. It spread from believing Jews to non-Jews (Gentiles).

Spreading the gospel was not without hardship. The apostles were imprisoned, beaten, and prosecuted.

Chapter 1 
The first chapter begins with Jesus Christ going up into the heavens. Before he does, he commissions his apostles to be his witnesses.

“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

The promise of receiving the Holy Spirit was fulfilled ten days later at the Jewish holiday of Pentecost.

Chapter 2
On Pentecost, in fulfillment of Jesus’ promise, the disciples receive the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Gift of the Holy Spirit

During the forty days that Jesus appeared to his disciples after His resurrection, He had told them not to leave Jerusalem until they had received the gift of the Holy Spirit.

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17

Jesus’ followers had all gathered together when suddenly they heard a mighty roaring, like a violent wind blowing all through the house where they were staying. They saw what appeared to be flames on each person.  At that point, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.

The disciple, Peter, gave a speech about how Jesus is the Son of God. He told the crowd that salvation comes through Jesus. So many in the crowds were moved by what Peter said that over 3,000 people accepted Jesus as their savior that day!

The original church focused on the teaching of the apostles, time together, celebrating the Lord’s Supper, and prayer.

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common.  They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.  Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,  praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2: 42-47

Peter preached the gospel boldly and performed many miracles and many Jews who heard Peter’s preaching joined the Church.

Chapters 3-6
Peter and John were tried by the ruling council of the Jews. However, the Holy Spirit filled them and they spoke the Word boldly. The apostles perform miracles and taught in the temple. Multitudes of men and women joined the church.

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

“But Peter and John replied, ‘Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.’” Acts 4:19-20:

The Jewish leaders grew weary of the followers of Jesus adding thousands of new converts to their movement after the death of Jesus. Miracles continued to take place. Now the apostles were on trial.

Then Gamaliel, a wise leader from among the Jewish religious elite, spoke of several past movements that had resulted in nothing. This man acknowledged God was real and could be at work. If God was behind the activities of these followers, nothing could stop them.
Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.5: 38-39

The apostles are arrested by the ruling council of the Jews but are released by an angel to speak in the temple. They are again taken into custody for trial and are released after being flogged. Each day afterwards, they continue teaching in the temple and from house to house.

Stephen, a most outspoken preacher of the gospel, was the first follower of the Christianity to be killed for preaching the gospel.

The church in Jerusalem continued to grow.

Chapter 7
Jesus’ witnesses spread his gospel in Judea and Samaria.

The persecution, trial, and murder of Stephen set the stage for an all out persecution of the church in Jerusalem by the ruling council of the Jews.

Chapter 8
The persecution scatters Jesus’ disciples and spreads the church into Judea and Samaria, where they preach the Word. The Lord uses the persecution for the good purpose of spreading his church and the preaching of his Word.

Philip takes the gospel as far as Caesarea in northern Samaria.

Chapter 9

Dramatic Conversion of Paul

“As he [Saul] neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ ‘Who are you, Lord?’ Saul asked. ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. ‘Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’”Acts 9:3-6

Saul seemed to have made it his life’s work to wipe out all of the followers of Jesus. Saul received permission from the temple priests in Jerusalem to round up and imprison any Jews he could find who were believers in Christianity.

Saul was actually travelling to the city of Damascus to search the synagogue there for believers in Jesus when a brilliant light from heaven flash around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice ask him, “Saul, why are you persecuting me?”

“Who are you?” Saul asked. It was Jesus himself who was speaking to Saul. God had chosen him to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to gentiles (anyone who is not a Jew) everywhere.

Paul preaches the word of Jesus to the Jews in Damascus, Syria.

“Therefore the church throughout Judea and Galilee and Samaria was having peace, was being built up and proceeding in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, and was being multiplied in numbers.” Acts 9:31

Peter spreads his gospel in Judea and Samaria.

Chapters 10-11
Christianity was not just for the Jews. Peter’s ministry to the Gentiles of Cornelius’ household plainly shows that in the church of Jesus there is no difference between Jew and Gentile. Peter defends his ministering to the Gentiles, which he did by the Spirit’s direction.

Disciples preach the gospel of Jesus to the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria. The church of Antioch is made up of both Jews and Gentiles.

Chapter 12:
Peter escapes from prison with the aid of an angel.

But the word of God continued to spread and flourish. Acts 12:24

Chapters 13-28: Ministry and Journeys of the Apostle Paul.

Paul, one of their worst persecutors, became a believer in Christianity. Paul traveled thousands of miles spreading the gospel of Jesus. He suffered much persecution because of his teaching about Jesus. He was arrested and imprisoned in Rome. It was from his prison there that Paul wrote many of the letters to the churches scattered around Europe.

Paul’s First Missionary Journey

Paul makes his first missionary journey to Cyprus, Pamphylia, and Galatia. Jewish and Gentile disciples are united into one church.

Paul and Barnabas are commissioned at Antioch, Syria, by the Spirit to be missionaries to the Gentiles.

Many Gentiles believe and the Word is spread throughout the whole region. Unbelieving Jews there instigate a persecution and drive out Paul and Barnabas.

Paul brings the Word to Jews and Gentiles in Galatia, where a great multitude of Jews and Gentiles believe. Again, unbelieving Jews arouse the Gentiles, incite a persecution, and drive out Paul and Barnabas. Unbelieving Jews stone Paul. They leave him for dead.

Paul’s Second Missionary Journey
Paul and Barnabas preach and teach in Antioch, Syria, the mother church, until they part company to strengthen the churches. Barnabas takes John Mark with him to Cyprus. Paul takes Silas to the churches in Syria, Cilicia, and Galatia.

Paul’s Third Missionary Journey
In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power. Acts 19:20

Paul takes his gospel to Rome, the Gentile capital of the world.

Paul defends his ministry by speaking to the Jews, but they react violently and Paul is taken into Roman custody.

The Lord stands beside Paul to encourage him and to tell him that he must witness the Word in Rome. Paul appeals to have his case tried in Rome. Festus agrees to send Paul to Rome.

Paul arrives in Rome and is held under house arrest. He has the freedom to have the Jewish leaders in Rome brought to him. Paul speaks the Word to them. Some are persuaded by Paul’s teaching, but others refuse to believe.

The preaching of the word had reached Rome, the capital of the Gentile world in Europe.
So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers. Acts 16:5

He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance! Acts 28:31

Miracles of Jesus

Jesus worked many miracles in the course of his ministry. Throughout the four Gospels (books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) there are descriptions of 34 miracles performed by Jesus. Some miracles are included in all four Gospels and some in only one.

“At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.” Luke 7:21

The largest group of miracles involved cures. Sometimes Jesus cured simply by saying a few words, at other times employs material such as spit and mud. He cured the blind, lepers, paralytics, people bleeding, fever, dropsy, whithered hand, a deaf mute, healing every disease and sickness.

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:35-36

Secondly, Jesus cast out demons.

At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.” 32He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ Luke 13:31-32

Thirdly, Jesus called dead people back to life.

And finally, some of Jesus’ miracles included His power over nature. He turned water into wine, walked on water, catching large numbers of fish, feeding 5,000 with bare scraps, calming a violent storm, and finding a coin in the fish’s mouth.

Scripture makes it clear that Jesus performed many more miracles than the Gospel’s record.

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:30-31

“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”
John 21:25

God also gave authority to his servants at various times to perform miracles. The Bible has many stories of miracles performed by God’s servants – Moses, Elijah, Elisha, and others.

He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. Matthew 10:1

1. Changing Water Into Wine: John 2:1-11

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

2. Healing of the Royal Official’s Son John 4:46-54

 Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.

 “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”

 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”

 Jesus replied, “You may go. Your son will live.”
 The man took Jesus at his word and departed. While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.”

 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and all his household believed.

 This was the second miraculous sign that Jesus performed, having come from Judea to Galilee.

3. Healing of the possessed man in Capernaum Mark 1:21-28, Luke 4:33-37

 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

 “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.

 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him.” News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee. Mark 1:21-28 
4. Healing of Peter’s mother-in-law Matthew 8:14-15, Mark 1:29-31, Luke 4:38-39

 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.Matthew 8:14-15 

5. Catching a large number of fish Luke 5:3-10

He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

6. Healing a leper Matthew 8:1-3 Mark 1:40-42

When he came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.Matthew 8:1-3 

7. Healing a centurion’s servant Matthew 8:5-13 Luke 7:1-10

 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.”

 Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.”

 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.  For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

 When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.  I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour.Matthew 8:5-13 

8. Down through the roof Matthew 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-12, Luke 5:18-26

 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.  Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on.  When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?  Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’?  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . . .” He said to the paralytic, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”  He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”Mark 2:1-12 
9. Healing a withered hand Matthew 12:9-14, Mark 3:1-6

 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”

 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.  Matthew 12:9-14 
10. Raising a widow’s son Luke 7:11-17

 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”

 Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

 They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.
11. Calming the stormy sea Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25

 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” Matthew 8:23-27 
12. Healing the demoniac Matthew 8:28-32, Mark 5:1-13, Luke 8:26-33

When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”

 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”

 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. Matthew 8:28-32
13. Healing a woman with internal bleeding Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34, Luke 8:43

 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”

 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment.Matthew 9:20-22 
14. Raising Jairus’ daughter,Matthew 9:18-19, 23-25,Mark 5:22-24, 35-43; ,Luke 8:41-42, 49-56

 While he was saying this, a ruler came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.

 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”

 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment.

 When Jesus entered the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd, he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up.  Matthew 9:18-25 
15. Healing two blind men Matthew 9:27-31,Mathew 20:29-34

 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”

 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

“Yes, Lord,” they replied.

 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.  Matthew 9:27-31 
16. Healing a mute demoniac Matthew 9:32-33

 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
17. Healing at Pool of Bethesda John 5:5-17

One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, and so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”

 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”

 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”

 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted him. Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.”
18. Feeding 5000 men and their families Matthew 14:16-21, Mark 6:35-44, Luke 9:12-17,John 6:5-14

When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

“Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.  Matthew 14:13-21 
19. Walking on water Matthew 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52, John 6:16-21

 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. When they had rowed three or three and a half miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were terrified. But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.  John 6:16-21 
20. Faith of a Canaanite woman Matthew 15:21-28, Mark 7:24-30

 Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil spirit came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.

 “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”

 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”

 Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”

 She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone. Mark 7:24-30 

21. Healing a deaf man with a speech impediment Mark 7:31-37

Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis.  There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.

33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). 35 At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.

Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. 37 People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
22. Feeding the 4000 men and their families Matthew 15:29-39, Mark 8:1-10

29 Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. 30 Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. 31 The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.

32 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”

33 His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?”

34 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked.

“Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.”

35 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. 36 Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. 37 They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 38 The number of those who ate was four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan.Matthew 15:29-39
23. Healing a blind man Mark 8:22-26

22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”

24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”

25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into[a] the village.”
24. Healing a man born blind John 9:1-41
25. Healing a demoniac boy Matthew 17:14-21, Mark 9:17-29, Luke 9:37-43

14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” [21]
26. Catching a fish with a coin in its mouth Matthew 17:24-27

After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”

25 “Yes, he does,” he replied.

When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes —from their own children or from others?”

26 “From others,” Peter answered.

“Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. 27 “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

27. Healing a blind and mute demoniac Matthew 12:22, Luke 11:14

Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see.Matthew 12:22
28. Healing a woman with an 18 year infirmity Luke 13:10-13

 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
29. Healing a man with dropsy Luke 14:1-6

One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. 2 There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body. 3 Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” 4 But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way.

5 Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child[a] or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?” 6 And they had nothing to say.
30. Healing 10 lepers Luke 17:11-19

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

31. Raising of Lazarus John 11:1-44
32. Healing Bartimaeus of blindness Mark 10:46-52

Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

33. Restoring a severed ear Luke 22:45-53

47 While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, 48 but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

49 When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.

51 But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? 53 Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour —when darkness reigns.”

34. Catching a great number of fish John 21:4-11

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.[a] 9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.