Acts 27-28

While Paul had endured long journeys evangelizing as far as the Aegean world, his journey to Rome was perhaps the most difficult.  Paul and company had to endure turbulent seas, shipwreck and ignorant mariners—yet even in these circumstances the apostle was used by God to minister to those in need. … Continue reading

Acts 24-26

A good portion of the book of Acts is either the historical setting of, or the direct account of, apostolic witness in legal settings.  In chs 24-26, Luke detailed Paul’s defense before Governors Felix and Festus and King Agrippa II, the son of Agrippa I—who had “cruelly attacked some who … Continue reading

Acts 21-23

These chapters form a bridge between Paul’s third missionary journey and his trip to Rome.  Paul was accused of expanding the verdict of the Jerusalem council (ch 15) beyond its original scope, and many opposed his gospel of Gentile freedom from the Mosaic law.  While the Jews were vehemently coming … Continue reading

Acts 19-20

Luke provided little information on the transition between Paul’s second and third journeys.  After landing back at Caesarea to conclude his second trip, Paul went up to Jerusalem to give a mission report, then back down to Antioch and then “set out, traveling through one place after another in the … Continue reading

Acts 16-18

In these chapters Luke detailed Paul’s second missionary journey.  After the Jerusalem council and a season edifying the believers in Antioch, Paul requested of Barnabas, “Let’s go back and visit the brothers in every town where we have preached the message of the Lord, and see how they’re doing” (15.36). … Continue reading

Acts 15

If one follows the flow of the book of Acts to this point, especially with an eye on the Epistle to the Galatians, they are not surprised at the events which take place in ch 15; sooner or later the various leaders of the church needed to assemble and settle … Continue reading

Acts 13-14

The record of Paul’s first missionary journey demonstrates the significance of Syrian Antioch as a mission-sending church.  From that assembly Paul and Barnabas were called to evangelize Gentiles, enduring much opposition from the Jewish leadership in south Galatia.  These chapters further advance Luke’s thesis that God was calling many Gentiles … Continue reading

Acts 11-12

Luke was a pristine writer.  Having composed a scholarly biography of the life of Jesus, he then set out for Theophilus an account of the early church.  Luke had an affinity for clarifying the place of Christianity within the broader sphere of the Roman world (cf. Luke 2.1-3; 3.1-2).  Luke … Continue reading

Acts 9-10

In these chapters Luke not only provided an account of the events of the early church, but also the shift that had occurred in salvation history with the coming of Jesus, Messiah.  The conversion and baptism of Saul and the record of his early preaching ministry—coupled with the scattering of … Continue reading

Acts 6-8

After research and analysis Luke wrote Theophilus with an orderly account of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ (Luke 1.1-4), and followed that volume with a report of the events that took place in the early church.  Themes of expansion and persecution and expansion dominate Acts 6-8: The apostles … Continue reading

Acts 3-5

After His resurrection, Jesus recalled Peter to ministry on the shores of the Sea of Galilee (John 21.15-19) and within a few weeks the Spirit empowered him in Jerusalem.  There and then Peter received a level of courageous speech unmatched in the unfolding of redemptive history; the power of the … Continue reading

Acts 1-2

Luke contributed two works to the New Testament, both biographical in nature; the first was his Gospel, a sketch of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, the second the book of Acts, portraits of the work of the Holy Spirit through the apostles and the early church.  The earlier … Continue reading