ESL in Acts 2:29-41

1.  In Acts 2:29-4, search for the eleven vocabulary words listed in #2.

Acts 2:29-41“Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, “‘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 Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. NIV®

2.  Read Acts 2:29-41 in your native language. Then play this quick matching game. Time yourself. Can you do it in two minutes?

_____ 1.  Confident                 A.  Rot

_____ 2.  Tomb                        B.  Left alone; deserted

_____ 3.  Oath                         C.  Sure of something

_____ 4.  Descendant              D.  Dishonest, evil

_____ 5.  Messiah                   E.  To lift up with praise

_____ 6.  Abandoned              F.  A person’s child, grandchild, great grandchild, etc.

_____ 7.  Realm                      G.  To kill by nailing to a cross

_____ 8.  Decay                      H.  A place to bury a dead person

_____ 9.  Exalt                        I.   A strong promise

_____ 10. Crucify                   J.  The promised Savior, Christ

_____ 11. Corrupt                   K.  Kingdom

(Answers are at the end.)

3.  Analogy Game

Think about how the first pair of words are related, and then fill in the blank with the best word to relate the last pair in the same way. For example, farms is to farmer as teaches is to _________. Since a farmer farms, teacher would be a good word to put in the blank. Try the game without the word box, and then use the word box to go over your answers.

a.  Tomb is to body as school is to _____________.

b.  Make an oath is to mouth as sniff is to _____________.

c.  Confident is to sure as cautious is to _____________.

d.  Realm is to king as city is to _____________.

e.  Descendant is to grandson as ancestor is to _____________.

f.  Exalt is to put down as hot is to ___________.

g.  Decay is to a cavity in a tooth as drill is to a ___________ in a board.

h.  Messiah is to Christ as Saint Nicolas is to _____________. However, one is factual, and one is legend.

i.  Corrupt is to honest as bad is to _____________.

j. Abandon is to abandonment as judge is to ____________. (I know it’s too easy, but can you spell it?)

k. Crucify is to nails as hang is to a ___________.

Word Box

cold       rope      nose       good       student        judgment      hole        grandfather        careful       Santa      mayor

(Answers are at the end.)

4. Try to use the new words to fill in the blanks without looking at #2 above.

a.  One thousand years before Christ, King David of Israel spoke of the ___________ God had made about David’s descendant.

b.  King David’s body is still in his _____________.

c.  Jesus was a _____________ of King David.

d.  Peter was ____________ that Jesus was the promised Messiah.

e.  Christ and ___________, which come from two different languages, both mean “the anointed one.”

f.  The Romans _____________ Jesus because a large crowd demanded it.

g.  One reason Peter called his generation ___________ was that they had not honestly considered Jesus’ claims to be the Messiah.

h.  Jesus’ body did not ___________ after his death.

i.  God did not ____________ his Son in the tomb, but raised Jesus from the dead.

j.  One kingdom is heavenly. Another is the _____________ of the dead.

k. After his death, Jesus was ______________  to God the Father’s right hand.

(Answers are at the end.)

Now for a little grammar – Hooray!

Present perfect tense is formed by using has + past participle (for singular verbs) or have + past participle  (for plural verbs or for verbs following I or you.) One important reason for using a present perfect tense verb is to show that an action began in the past and the action or its effect has continued to the present. In Acts 2 above, the present perfect tense was used by Peter to show that an action had happened in the past and its effect continued at least to the time at which Peter was speaking (Peter’s “present time”). Can you find the four present perfect tense verbs in Peter’s speech?

Answers for the Matching Game: 1-C, 2-H, 3-I, 4-F, 5-J, 6-B, 7-K, 8-A, 9-E, 10-G, 11-D (If you matched the words in two minutes or less, you are totally awesome! J )

Answers for the Analogies: a.) student  b.) nose  c.) careful  d.) mayor  e.) grandfather  f.) cold  g.) hole  h.) Santa  i.) good  j.) judgment  k.) rope

Answers for the fill-in-the-blank exercise: a.)oath  b.) tomb  c.) descendant  d.)confident  e.) Messiah  f.) crucified  g.) corrupt  h.) decay  i.) abandon  j.) realm  k.) exalted

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