It traces christianity from its beginnings in jerusalem, following jesus resurrection, to the arrest of the apostle paul in rome, the heart of the empire. It gives examples of people who were converted to jesus and of. A chapterbychapter bible study of the book of acts 2 acts the beautiful, amazing, powerful, weak, dysfunctional church table of contents scripture passage page 1. The acts of the apostles is a crucial part of holy scripture. Acts is the thirteenth chapter of the acts of the apostles in the new testament of the christian bible. Really, very little is written about the apostles in acts. By command of the holy spirit the church appoints saul and barnabas to a particular work, 2,3.
While there are some areas of great detail of the acts of the apostles, many times you must use cross references to the gospels of matthew, mark, luke and john as well as some other epistles in the new testament to get the full picture of what was. T he book of acts in the bible, written around 6263 a. An appeal to the people with a warning against rejecting christ acts. Acts can be neatly divided into two sections, the first dealing primarily with the ministry of peter in jerusalem and samaria acts 112 and the second following paul on his missionary journeys throughout the roman empire acts 28. The first continental congress and american identity. Jesus sends the holy spirit to empower his disciples as they carry the good news of his kingdom to the nations of the world. The trouble which the infidel jews gave to the apostles, which obliged them to remove to another place acts. David guzik commentary on acts describes the start of pauls first. Acts concerns the very vital period in christian history between the resurrection of jesus and the death of the apostle paul, the time when christian ideas and beliefs were. Many people call acts the acts of the apostles, but really, if you want to add to the name acts, perhaps, a better name would be the acts of the early church.
Acts chapter discusses the ministry in antioch, which started with teachers who. Paul traces the history of the jews from the coming out of egypt through the. They depart, and travel to seleucia, cyprus, and salamis, preaching in the jewish synagogues, 4,5. It alone presents an extensive picture of early church life and history. Acts commentary commentary critical and explanatory on. The closing verse of acts 12 picks up the story of the trip of barnabas and. Antioch is the center of activity among the gentiles covering chapters 21. Acts tells what he brought about through the holy spirits continuation of his work. Luke wrote well over onefourth of the entire new testament. Acts 1, new international version niv the bible app.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. Acts niv now in the church at antioch there were bible. Setting sail from paphos, they arrive in perga of pamphylia 2. Lukeacts is a twopart historical account traditionally ascribed to luke, who was believed to be a follower of paul. The book of acts, which continues the narrative that luke began in his gospel, is especially important because it was the first written history of the christian church. The book of acts is the record of that commission beingcarried out. Acts commentary matthew henrys complete commentary on. Luke was a companion of paul on his missionary journeys, and in many parts of the book of acts it says we did this or that acts 16. The author of lukeacts noted that there were many accounts in circulation at the time of his writing, saying that these were eyewitness testimonies.
Acts commentary james burton coffman commentaries on. Concise presentation notes by charles dailey black underlined words match words in the bible text. A chronological chart of the time, people and places in the acts of the apostles and letters of the apostle paul. This means when you try to translate a word from one language, in this case greek or hebrew, to another language, that doesnt have a word for it. Paul and barnabas spoke the word of god to them first acts. At perga, john mark leaves them and returns to jerusalem 3. Acts commentary matthew henrys complete commentary. Our story starts off where the gospel of luke left offjesus is back now that hes resurrected, jesus decides to hang out and chat with his disciples whom luke calls apostles for forty days. The book containing this chapter is anonymous but early christian tradition uniformly affirmed that luke composed this book as well as the gospel of luke.
The whole city came together to hear the word of god acts. Commentary on the book of acts bible study notes and comments by david e. At paphos they meet with barjesus or elymas, a jewish sorcerer, who endeavoured to prevent the deputy of the island from receiving the. Jun 19, 20 welcome to ivy baptist churchs bible study on demand before beginning this study, please take an opportunity to download the worksheet for this bible study.
The abrupt ending of acts allows for an early date around the time of the events, but could. The word of the lord spread through the region acts. Jerusalem is the base for the churchs evangelistic activity among the jews for the first 12 chapters. Acts cliffsnotes study guides book summaries, test. Attribution information if you are redistributing all or part of this book in a print format, then you must include on every physical page the following attribution. The book of acts clearly focuses on the beginnings of the church, and two people. Cheryl k on acts the reason is because this name canaan was transliterated. The earliest date for the book of acts is the two year imprisonment which is recorded in acts 28. The emphasis of the book is the fulfillment of the great commission.
The title as we know it comes from the second century and only partially discloses the theme of. In out study today, the book of acts takes a major turn because peter is no longer the central character in the book, the church in jerusalem is no longer the center of gods working in the world, and the first organized missionary activity occurs. Acts commentary james burton coffman commentaries on the. Paul takes the gospel to cyprus and asia minor acts 12.
An understandable version of acts translation by william e. Kjv the book of acts is the historical link between the. Welcome to ivy baptist churchs bible study on demand before beginning this study, please take an opportunity to download the worksheet for this bible study. The acts time line a chronological chart of the time, people and places in the acts of the apostles and letters of the apostle paul. Acts chapters 14 notes grace notes lissa eggleston. The historical reliability of the acts of the apostles, the principal historical source for the apostolic age, is of interest for biblical scholars and historians of early christianity as part of the debate over the historicity of the bible archaeological inscriptions and other independent sources show that acts contains some accurate details of 1st century society with regard to the titles. It traces christianity from its beginnings in jerusalem, following jesus resurrection, to the arrest of the apostle paul in rome, the heart of the. Read all of acts we come now to the beginning of the direct history of the work, new in some important respects, that is, connected with pauls mission by the immediate intervention of the holy ghost. Acts niv bible now in the church at antioch there. Commentary on the book of acts bible study lessons. The first seven chapters of this book might be entitled, the church among the jews. Barnabas, simeon called niger, lucius of cyrene, manaen who had been brought up with. The title as we know it comes from the second century and only partially discloses the theme of the document.
The spread of the gospel throughout the earth chapters 28 benefits of studying this history 1. Acts in the picture study bible, with maps and background information on. Saul is in antioch of syria, the church there is composed partly of. The book of acts was written to provide a history of the early church. The latest date for the book of acts is in the second century writings of the church fathers. Now in the church at antioch there were prophets and teachers.
The book of acts was penned by luke, the physician. The book containing this chapter is anonymous but early christian tradition. Acts is significant for chronicling the spread of the gospel, not only geographically but also culturally. The book of acts was likely written between ad 61 and 64. The first 12 chapters of the book of acts deal with peter, and the remainder of the. Actus apostolorum, often referred to simply as acts, or formally the book of acts, is the fifth book of the new testament. Acts niv bible now in the church at antioch there were. Barnabas, simeon called niger, lucius of cyrene, manaen who had been brought up with herod the tetrarch and saul. Book of acts overview insight for living ministries. They sort of approximate what it would be if you changed the letters to what it would equal in english. The book of acts is the first history of the christian church. The geography of the book involves three key cities.
While they were worshiping the lord and fasting, the holy spirit sai. Of the prophets and teachers in the church of antioch, 1. The signs and preaching at samaria which resulted in the conversion of the samaritans. Luke wrote the book of acts and the gospel of luke and he dedicated his work to a man named theophilus as mentioned in the summary of the book of luke. The gentiles responded to the word of the lord acts. Acts commentary commentary critical and explanatory. The apostle peter, and the one who actually possessed the courage to go to the farthest parts of the known world with the gospel of jesus christ, his name was paul the apostle. Acts 14 now in the church at antioch there were bible. Events in acts and other new testament books are placed in harmony. The rest of the book of acts is dominated by the three missionary journeys of paul.
Acts of the apostles, new living translation nlt the. Before jesus was taken into heaven where he was enthroned to share gods rule over the world, he instructed his followers to be a witness for him. This book is creative commons attribution license 4. World history acts chapter acts chapter discusses the ministry in antioch, which started with teachers who had journeyed together, including barnabas, simeon, and paul.
The disciples of christ prayed and fasted about their ministry. Exploring the book of acts chapter gci archive grace. Historical reliability of the acts of the apostles wikipedia. The proof that jesus was indeed the promised deliverer acts. Acts records the apostles being christs witnesses in jerusalem, judea, samaria, and the surrounding world. Acts new international version niv 1 now in the church at antioch there were prophets and teachers. The acts of the apostles is a unique and therefore crucial book of the new testament. The book of acts tells how the multiethnic, international. Here is the launch point for formally taking the gospel of christ to the rest of the world. Saul is here for the first time called paul, and never after saul. This chapter also marks the beginning of part 2 of the book of acts, which is pauls ministry to the gentiles. It records the first missionary journey of paul and barnabas to cyprus and pisidia.168 817 374 710 400 920 1334 15 160 333 934 649 1328 1335 1003 1130 1379 1684 66 1075 1403 458 1671 1180 640 554 912 1261 194 761 1169 466