- Luke wrote the book of Acts.
- a. He went up from Mount Olive. b. Jesus told them to wait
c. It was about a Sabbath day's journey. This was not quite a mile which
was what they were allowed to travel on a Sabbath. d.
In an upper room where they were staying.
- About 120 disciples at that
- To find a replacement for
- a. He must have accompanied
the apostles beginning from the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist to
the time He was taken up into heaven. b. They chose Matthias.
- They received the Holy Ghost
and began to speak of the wonderful works of God in other languages.
- a. Each heard and understood
the apostles in his own language. b. The apostles were Galileans.
- Seems to be just the twelve
apostles based on verse 14.
- He spoke that Jesus would
not see corruption in the grave but would be resurrected and also sit at
God’s right hand until He made the enemies of Jesus a footstool to
- David has not yet rose from
the grave and ascended to heaven.
- To be given the Holy Spirit
is the gift. This gift will enable you to learn and grow and keep faith in
God and the gospel.
- Peter exhorted them to save
themselves from the influence and fate of this perverse world.
- They received and continued
in the teaching and instruction of the apostles.
- They continued to meet
together with common belief and hope sharing the gospel and praying
- They sold their possessions
and gave to those in need among them.
- a. A man lame since birth.
b. God did this to glorify the name of Jesus.
Repenting is to turn away from your sins. b. To be converted is to change
your heart and actions so you will turn away from sin. c. The refreshing
comes through the Holy Spirit leading us to a righteous walk. d. If we
turn from our sins and change our heart and actions, guided by God's
Spirit, He will send Jesus to gather us for the eternal reward.
- He is waiting until all
prophecy is fulfilled and it is the time for all things to be restored to
- The Levite priests, elders,
and high priests.
- By the authority of Jesus he
- They perceived that they
were uneducated and untrained men and had been with Jesus.
- They feared losing their
authority, power, status, and respect.
- It showed that he, a Levite,
accepted their authority.
- They sold a possession of
land and secretly kept back a part of the proceeds for themselves while
professing to have devoted it all to the Lord.
- a. The Holy Spirit revealed
it to him. b. Ananias thought he could deceive all even the Spirit and
ultimately lied to God. c. He fell dead instantly. d. She also fell dead
- a. They were able to heal
all the sick and those with unclean spirits that were brought to them. b.
They were filled with envy and jealousy. c. They had the apostles
- a. They were freed by an
angel of the Lord. b. They went to the temple and began teaching the
people again. c. They wanted them to stop teaching about Jesus. d.
"We should obey God rather than men."
- To wait and see if the
apostles' work was of man or God. If it was of man, it would come to an
end. If it was of God, it could not be stopped.
- a. Greek speaking Jews that
had lived among the Gentiles. b. Their widows were being neglected in the
daily distributions. c. They chose seven godly and just men and put them
in charge of the distributions.
- They accused him of
blaspheming God and Moses.
- He recited in wisdom and by
the Spirit the history of the children of Israel from Abraham unto Jesus
- a. They stoned him to death.
b. He asked God to forgive them. c. Saul (Paul).
- He made havoc for the church
and dragged people from their homes and put them in prison.
- a. A sorcerer. b. They
thought he was invested with great power from God.
- He believed and was baptized
and continued on with Philip.
- a. He offered them money for
the power. b. He would perish with his money. c. His heart was not right.
He wanted the power for his purposes. d. He needed tp
get his heart right. He needed to repent of his sin and ask forgiveness
- a. The book of Isaiah. b. A
prophecy about Jesus.
- He baptized him.
- The same Spirit that urged
Philip to talk to the Ethiopian strongly urged him to continue on his
journey instead of spending more time with the Ethiopian who then went on
his way rejoicing.
- a. Jesus. b. He was blinded
by the light.
- He was to be a chosen vessel
to carry the name of Jesus before kings, the Gentiles, and the children of
- He preached that Jesus was
the Son of God.
- The disciples let him down
through a window in a basket.
- The Hellenists or Grecians.
- A paralysis of eight years.
- He brought a woman back to
- a. A centurion of the Roman
army. b. Yes, a devout man of God.
- God brought him to the next
level of faith and salvation and poured out the Holy Spirit on him and his
- What God has cleansed should
not be considered unclean any longer. God had also cleansed the Gentiles
- Peter and his circumcised
company were surprised to see God pour out the Spirit on the Gentiles.
- John's baptism was symbolic
of the washing away of sins. The baptism of the Holy Ghost is with power
that sanctifies us in the ways of the Lord.
- At the city of Antioch.
- He harassed the church.
- Herod killed James, the
brother of John, of the sons of Zebedee.
- a. Herod seized Peter next.
b. Peter was set free from the prison by an angel.
- Herod being a Jew received
glory as a god instead of fearing the only God and giving Him the glory.
- Barnabas and Saul were
called to work.
- a. He tried to keep them
from converting the proconsul Sergius Paulus to the faith. b. Saul told
him he was full of deceit and unrighteousness - a son of the devil
perverting the ways of the Lord. c. Elymas was stricken with blindness for
a time. d. This was to show that God was with the disciples and was
against Elymas. Ultimately the blindness was to produce repentance in
- a. Paul showed them how
Jesus was foretold by the prophets and is the savior of the people. They
must beware of despising or rejecting this truth lest calamity or
destruction come upon them. b. The people wanted to hear more the next
- The Gentiles were prophesied
to become children of God. Each has an opportunity after hearing the word.
- He healed a man crippled in
his feet since birth whom had never walked.
- a. They believed them to be
gods come down in the likeness of men. b. Paul and Barnabas denounced this
identity and exhorted the people to turn to the only living God.
- The Jews from Antioch and Iconium
who opposed the teachings of Paul and Barnabas.
- God opened the door of faith
to the Gentiles giving them the opportunity for salvation too.
- The Judeans wanted to
enforce the law of circumcision for the Gentiles.
- God knows the hearts of men
and will judge them by their hearts.
- They did not want to impose
unnecessary and burdensome rituals, namely circumcision, on the Gentiles.
The Gentiles were only required to abstain from all unclean things, meat
offered to idols, and fornication. These should be familiar to them
because Moses was taught in the many synagogues each Sabbath.
- a. Paul wanted see how the
people were doing in their faith and to strengthen them. b. John Mark had left Paul and Barnabas and the work when
in Pamphylia (Acts 13:13).
- The Jews in this region
would not even begin to listen to an uncircumcised person. Paul knew
circumcision was not necessary but had Timothy circumcised so the Jews
would listen to the word (see 1Co.9:22).
- They had healed a demon
possessed girl who was used for profit in fortune telling.
- a. They were set free by an
earthquake. b. He became a believer of Jesus.
- They searched the
scriptures daily to see if their words were true.
- a. The Jews from Thessalonica.
b. They came to stir up people against Paul and Silas.
- The place or court of the
supreme judges. They were highly knowledgeable, intelligent, religious
people who ruled on cases and sought and shared understanding in any new
philosophy or thing.
- He was the God who made the
universe, who is the very reason we exist and whose offspring we are.
- a. A Jewish husband and wife
deported from Rome
who were followers of Christ. b. They and Paul had the same occupation as
- a. He shook his garments at
them as a sign of shaking off the guilt of their condemnation and went to
the Gentiles. b. In the vision he was told to not give up but to keep
speaking. No one would harm him for there were many people there who
believed in God. c. He stayed a year and six months.
- a. An eloquent Jew of
Alexandria who knew the scriptures and taught diligently the things of the
Lord. b. He had knowledge of the scriptures and of the doctrines
pertaining to the Messiah but knew only the baptism of John. c. They
explained to Apollos that the Messiah had already come and doubtless told
him about conversion by the Holy Spirit.
- a. Paul worked unusual or
extraordinary miracles like the touching of handkerchiefs or aprons
brought from his body that healed people of diseases and evil spirits.
- a. They believed the power
for miracles came from just saying the “in the name
Jesus.” They did not
have Jesus in their hearts. b. They were beaten up badly by a man
possessed by an evil spirit.
- The miracles magnified the
name of Jesus and helped the word of the Lord to be believed, grow
mightily, and prevail. Many came to accept Jesus
- He and other craftsmen like
him were losing money for his work to craft idols. He also accused Paul of
despising their goddess Diana (Artemis).
- a. Paul spoke all night
until daybreak. b. He fell asleep and fell out of a third story window but
Paul restored him to life.
- Paul taught repentance
toward God and faith in Jesus Christ which is to turn from sin and to know
forgiveness through Jesus.
- Paul had taught them all
things that would promote their salvation and help them live and endure
life. If they suffered the second death it would be due to their own
- Paul knew strong opposition
and false teachers would come even from within the church and mislead them
by distorting doctrines of the gospel. Some would distract the church from
selfish ambition not leading them in the proper work and focus of the
- Phillip was one of the
seven chosen to administer to the needs of the widows (6:5) and who also
witnessed to the eunuch (8:26-40)
- He prophesied Paul would be
bound or taken prisoner at Jerusalem.
- a. Paul taught that
circumcision of their sons and other rituals of the law were no longer necessary.
b. They wanted him to go with four men who were being purified and go
through the ritual of the law with them to show he was upholding the law
to perhaps save him from the Jews.
- When he said he was sent to
the Gentiles by God because the Jews would not receive Him.
- Paul was a Roman,
uncondemned. This was not lawful to do to a Roman citizen.
- The Pharisees believed in
angels or spirits and the resurrection. The Sadducees did not believe in
the resurrection or spirits.
- a. They would ambush him
and kill him when he was coming to be questioned before the council. b.
Paul's nephew, his sister's son.
- To Felix, the governor, in Caesarea. (Felix was a freed slave. He was released
by Antonia the mother of Claudius.)
- He was a well trained
orator. He would be a more effective against Paul.
- They accused him of evil
because he taught of the resurrection of the dead.
- He listened to Paul teach
about righteousness, self-control, and the coming judgment. Felix was lax
in all these things.
- Two years.
- They wanted him to have
Paul sent back to Jerusalem
under the pretense of wanting to try him there. Their plan was to lay in
ambush to kill Paul.
- Festus also found no wrong
King Agrippa. b. He hoped King Agrippa could specify a charge against Paul
to justify bringing him to Caesar.
- Paul strove hard against
the name of Jesus. With his extensive training in the law and prophets he
should have realized that prophecy was being fulfilled.
- Paul’s mission was to
turn them from darkness to light, from the power of Satan unto God, that
they may receive forgiveness of sins and an eternal inheritance for those
who have faith in God.
- He almost persuaded him to
become a Christian.
- He had appealed to Caesar and
God had intended for him to go to Rome to witness.
- The voyage would be a
disaster. There would be loss of cargo and the ship, and loss of lives
(which he later reveals there would be no loss of lives).
- They needed to eat, for
they would need their strength.
- Two hundred and seventy six
were on board.
- Because he wanted Paul to
- a. He was bit by a
poisonous snake. b. They assumed he must be a murderer who was not allowed
to escape death. c. He must be a god.
- Paul was able to dwell
freely with just a guard.
- No report had been sent
ahead to the Jews in Rome
to continue Paul’s prosecution.
- They wanted to know more
about the gospel and the sect of the Way they had heard about.
- He showed them from the
scriptures and prophets that Jesus was the Christ.
- He dwelled two whole years
in his own house receiving all who came to him.