The Covenant of Conspiracy

Acts 23:12-22 And when it was day, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. And there were more than forty who formed this plot. And they came to the chief priests and the elders, and said, “We have … Continue reading The Covenant of Conspiracy

The Sarcastic Citizen of Citizens, Tried by Brethren, Rescued by Romans

Acts 23:1-11 And Paul, looking intently at the Council, said, “Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day.” And the high priest Ananias commanded those standing beside him to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you … Continue reading The Sarcastic Citizen of Citizens, Tried by Brethren, Rescued by Romans

The Speech on the Steps Stymied By Broken off Branches

Acts 22:3-22 "I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated under Gamaliel, strictly according to the law of our fathers, being zealous for God, just as you all are today. And I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and putting both men and women into prisons, … Continue reading The Speech on the Steps Stymied By Broken off Branches

The Start of the Speech on the Steps

Acts 21:37-22:7 And as Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the commander, “May I say something to you?” And he said, “Do you know Greek? Then you are not the Egyptian who some time ago stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out … Continue reading The Start of the Speech on the Steps

The Fruitful Farewell

Acts 20:13-38 But we, going ahead to the ship, set sail for Assos, intending from there to take Paul on board; for thus he had arranged it, intending himself to go by land. And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and came to Mitylene. And sailing from there, we arrived … Continue reading The Fruitful Farewell

The Symbolic Cessation of Significant Signs

Acts 20:1-12 And after the uproar had ceased, Paul sent for the disciples and when he had exhorted them and taken his leave of them, he departed to go to Macedonia. And when he had gone through those districts and had given them much exhortation, he came to Greece. And there he spent three months, … Continue reading The Symbolic Cessation of Significant Signs

The Counter Culture of Christianity

Acts 19:23-41 And about that time there arose no small disturbance concerning the Way. For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, was bringing no little business to the craftsmen; these he gathered together with the workmen of similar trades, and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity depends … Continue reading The Counter Culture of Christianity

The (Feigned) Worship War and The Haircut Heard ‘Round the World

Acts 18:12-23 But while Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him before the judgment seat, saying, “This man persuades men to worship God contrary to the law.” But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a … Continue reading The (Feigned) Worship War and The Haircut Heard ‘Round the World

The Mission Through Macedonia

Acts 17:1-15 Now when they had traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And according to Paul’s custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and giving evidence that the Christ had to suffer and rise again … Continue reading The Mission Through Macedonia

The Path of Paul to More Peoples Than Peter

Acts 16:14-30 And a certain woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul. And when she and her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged … Continue reading The Path of Paul to More Peoples Than Peter

The Forbidden Cities, The Macedonian Vision and the Entrance of the Beloved Physician into the Fray

Acts 16:6-13 And they passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia; and when they had come to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; and passing by Mysia, they came down to … Continue reading The Forbidden Cities, The Macedonian Vision and the Entrance of the Beloved Physician into the Fray

The Superfluous Circumcision

Acts 15:40+41-Acts 16:5 But Paul chose Silas and departed, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord. And he was traveling through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. And he came also to Derbe and to Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman … Continue reading The Superfluous Circumcision

The Disagreement

Acts 15:30-41 So, when they were sent away, they went down to Antioch; and having gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter. And when they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement. And Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message. And after they … Continue reading The Disagreement

The Letter Alleviating Levitical Laws

Acts 15:1-29 And some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” And when Paul and Barnabas had great dissension and debate with them, the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up … Continue reading The Letter Alleviating Levitical Laws

The Persecution Prescription

Acts 14:1-7 And it came about that in Iconium they entered the synagogue of the Jews together, and spoke in such a manner that a great multitude believed, both of Jews and of Greeks. But the Jews who disbelieved stirred up the minds of the Gentiles, and embittered them against the brethren. Therefore they spent … Continue reading The Persecution Prescription

The Road to Ruin

Acts 13:42-52 And as Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people kept begging that these things might be spoken to them the next Sabbath. Now when the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and of the God-fearing proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, were urging them … Continue reading The Road to Ruin

The Devastating Blow

Acts 13:13-40 (Yes, it's long, I will let Paul and the prophets do most of the talking) Now Paul and his companions put out to sea from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia; and John left them and returned to Jerusalem. But going on from Perga, they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, and on the … Continue reading The Devastating Blow

The Great Famine

Acts 11:27-30 Now at this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. And one of them named Agabus stood up and began to indicate by the Spirit that there would certainly be a great famine all over the world. And this took place in the reign of Claudius. And in the proportion that … Continue reading The Great Famine

The Path of Peter to All Peoples; Part 3, No Partiality​

Acts 10:23-48 And on the next day he [Peter] arose and went away with them [the servants of Cornelius] and some of the brethren from Joppa accompanied him. And on the following day he entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends. And when it came … Continue reading The Path of Peter to All Peoples; Part 3, No Partiality​

The Path of Peter to all Peoples; Part 2, The Prayer of Cornelius

Acts 10:1-23 Now there was a certain man at Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian cohort, a devout man, and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people, and prayed to God continually. About the ninth hour of the day he clearly … Continue reading The Path of Peter to all Peoples; Part 2, The Prayer of Cornelius

The Path of Peter to all Peoples; Part 1

Acts 9:32-43 Now it came about that as Peter was traveling through all those parts, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years, for he was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; … Continue reading The Path of Peter to all Peoples; Part 1