The Biblical Book Called Acts: Rightly Divided
Writing purposes and observations:†
™Written as a historical account of the founding of Christís Church.† The writing is filled with details for fact-checking- desires.
™Written for Jews to inform them that Gentiles have a new role in Godís plan.† Acts records the conversion of many Jews †to Christianity.††
™Multiple miracles in Acts versus limited miracles in the Epistles, though covering the same time-frame.
™Spiritual Positive Volition: One of most powerful spiritual realities in the universe (angelic and human).† Fine examples of human spiritual positive volition abound in Acts;† as Christís †
† Church was formed by those leaving Jewish religion and Gentile religion.
™Acts is more applicative to first century Christians than us.† The events in Acts are not the norm for the mature Church (1 Corinthians 13:8-13 and Hebrews 2:1-4).† If you are going to
†† claim visions from God, producing miracles makes for credibility.†
Acts Chapter One
1:1-11, Details of Jesusí Ascension and His orders to the Apostles.
1:12-26; Choosing another Apostle, a replacement for Judas.
Acts Chapter Two
2:1-13; Pentecost, the Holy Spirit, and evangelistic languages.
2:14-36, Peter presents Jesus as Messiah to a Pentecost crowd.
2:37-41, About 3,000 believed Peterís Messiah message.
2:42-47, The activities of the First Christian assembly of God.
Acts Chapter Three
3:1-10; At the Temple, Peter and John heal a lame man.
3:11-26, Peter presents Jesus as Messiah to the miracle gathered crowd.
Acts Chapter Four
4:1-22, The Jewish religious establishment jails Peter and John.† Peter preaches Jesus as Savior to them.
4:23-31, The First Christian Assembly of God reacts to the Jewish religious establishment with prayer and boldness.
4:32-37, The First Christian Assembly of God was a spiritually based collective.†
Acts Chapter Five
5:1-11, Ananias and Sapphira: Lying and dying.
5:12-16, Abundant Apostolic Miracles.
5:17-42, Subjective religious leaders reject the Apostlesí abundant miracles.
Acts Chapter Six
6:1-7, Distribution of Church work: Workers in the Word, workers among members.
6:8-15, The false spiritual arrest of Stephen.
Acts Chapter Seven
7:1-50, Stephen proclaims his Jewish bonafides to counter the false witnesses.
7:51-53, Stephen judges the Sanhedrin.
7:54-8:1a, The Sanhedrin murders Stephen for proclaiming Jesus as Messiah.
Acts Chapter Eight
8:1b-3; The Sanhedrin, and their agent Saul,
try to destroy Christian Assemblies in
8:4-13, The spiritual work of Philip in
8:14-25, Peter and John go to
8:26-39, The spiritual work of Philip for an Ethiopian court eunuch.
8:40, The spiritual work of Philip in Azotus
Acts Chapter Nine
9:1-9, On a road to
9:10-19a, In Damascus: God has Ananias spiritually help Saul.
9:19b-22, In Damascus: Saul proclaims Jesus as Messiah.
9:23-25; Religious Damascus Jews seek to murder Saul, but he escapes.
9:26-28, Saul returns to
9:29-30; Religious Greek speaking Jews seek
to murder Saul, but he escapes to
9:31; Spiritual peace and strength for the
Judea, Galilee, and
9:32-35; Peter goes to Lydda, heals a paralytic, and many are saved.
9:36-43; Peter goes to Joppa, raises dead Tabitha, and many are saved.
Acts Chapter Ten
10:1-48; God sends Peter to the Gentile house
of Cornelius, in
†††††††††††††† falls on the Gentiles to the surprise of the Jews.
Acts Chapter Eleven
11:1-18, The Jerusalem Church realizes that Gentiles get to go to heaven tooóand have the same Spiritual gifts.
11:19-26, The Church is established in
11:27-30, The Gentile Antioch Syrian Church sends famine relief to the Jewish Jerusalem Church.
Acts Chapter Twelve
12:1-24, The rule of Herod Agrippa: He
12:25; Barnabas, Saul, and John-Mark go from
Acts Chapter Thirteen
13:1-14:28, Missionary Journey One: Paul and Barnabas proclaim Jesus as Messiah, starting in Jewish Synagogues (45-47 A.D.).
13:1-3; The Holy Spirit and the
13:4-12, Paul and Barnabas proclaim the word
of God in
13:13-52, Paul and Barnabas proclaim Jesus as Messiah in Pisidian Antioch.
Acts Chapter Fourteen
14:1-7, Paul and Barnabas in Iconium: They proclaim Jesus as Messiah, in the Synagogue, and many Jews and Greeks believe.† Other Jews and Greeks turn against them.† Paul and
†††††††††††† Barnabas perform miracles.† The city is divided spiritually. Those opposed try to murder them.† They flee.†
14:8-20, Paul and Barnabas in Lystra: They proclaim Jesus as Messiah, heal a lame man, Paul is murdered, returns to †life, and they leave.†
14:21a, Paul and Barnabas in Derbe: They proclaim Jesus as Messiah and make many converts.
14:21b-23; Paul and Barnabas return to Lystra, Iconium, and Pisidian Antioch: They strengthen the Christian †Assemblies.
14:24-25a, Paul and Barnabas in Perga: They proclaim Jesus as Messiah.
14:25b-28, Paul and Barnabas return to
Acts Chapter Fifteen
15:1, A religious attack on the
15:2-29, A Jerusalem Council: Are Gentiles saved by keeping the Mosaic Law, or ďsaved †through the grace of the Lord JesusĒ?
15:30-34, The Gentile Antioch Syrian Church is encouraged to continue in the grace of †the Lord Jesus.
15:35-41, The start of Missionary Journey(s) number Two: Personnel issues (49 A.D.).
Acts Chapter Sixteen
16:1-5, Paul and Silas in Derbe and Lystra: Adding Timothy to the team and strengthening the churches.
16:6-10; Paul and Silas and Timothy in
16:11-15; Paul, Silas, Timothy, and Luke in
Troas, Samothrace, Neapolis,
and Philippi: The salvation of
16:16-40, A dispossession, Paul and Silas are
arrested,† a jailer and family become Believers,
Paul and Silas are released from prison and leave
Acts Chapter Seventeen
17:1-10a; Paul and Silas and Timothy in Thessalonica: Paul proclaims Jesus as Messiah in the synagogue, many agree, others disagree and cause a riot in town. Religious civil
††††††††††††††††† arrests are made, but Paul and Silas escape.
17:10b-15; Paul and Silas and Timothy in
17:16-34; Paul in
Acts Chapter Eighteen
18:1-4; Paul in
18:5-11; Paul and Silas and Timothy in
boldly remain in
18:12-17, Synagogue Jews attempt to use a civilian court to spiritually attack Paul.
18:18-22; Paul leaves
18:23, Paul goes to
18:24-28, The ministry of Apollos in
Acts Chapter Nineteen
19:1-7; Paul in
19:8-10, Paul ministers for two years in
19:11-20, The Angelic Conflict in
19:21-41, A religious riot in
Acts Chapter Twenty
20:1-5, Paul travels from
20:6-12, Paul and Luke travel to
20:13-38; Paul, Luke, and the entourage travel to
Acts Chapter Twenty-One
Paul, Luke, and entourage travel to
Acts Chapter Twenty-Two
22:1-21; Paulís barracks stairs evangelistic message.
22:22-23, The Jews violent reaction to Paulís evangelistic message.
22:24-30, Roman officers seek the reason for the Jews reaction to Paul.
Acts Chapter Twenty-Three
23:1-10; Roman officers, seeking the reason for the Jewish reaction to Paul, bring him before the Sanhedrin.† A spiritual riot ensues.
23:11, God encourages Paul, more ministry.
23:12-15, Jewish leaders plan to murder Paul.
23:16-22, Paulís nephew learns of the plot and informs Paul and then the Romans.
The Romans send Paul to Governor Felix in
Acts Chapter Twenty-Four
Jewish leaders come to Caesarea and governor Felix, they accuse Paul of causing
24:10-21; Paul easily defends himself against Jewish accusations.
24:22-27, Governor Felix takes two years to decide Paulís case, but just leaves him in prison after he is relieved of his duties.
Acts Chapter Twenty-Five
New Governor Festus, as a favor to the Jews, wishes to try Paul before him in
King Agrippa goes to
25:23-27, Paul is brought before King Agrippa.
Acts Chapter Twenty-Six
26:1-29, Paulís defense before King Agrippa: A spiritual chronology of his life.
26:30-32, King Agrippa would have freed Paul.† (He recognizes freedom of religion.)
Acts Chapter Twenty-Seven
Prisoner Paul, plus Luke and others, sails to
Acts Chapter Twenty-Eight
Final travel to
Spiritual events at