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 Jerusalem.

8:4-13, The spiritual work of Philip in Samaria.

8:14-25, Peter and John go to Samaria and give them the Holy Spirit.

8:26-39, The spiritual work of Philip for an Ethiopian court eunuch.

8:40, The spiritual work of Philip in Azotus through Caesarea.

Acts Chapter Nine

9:1-9, On a road to Damascus: God stops a murderous Saul.

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 Jerusalem as a Disciple and preaches Jesus as Messiah.

9:29-30; Religious Greek speaking Jews seek to murder Saul, but he escapes to Tarsus.

9:31; Spiritual peace and strength for the Judea, Galilee, and Samaria Church.

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 Caesarea, to provide a spiritual message describing the spiritual equality of Gentiles in Godís Church.The Holy Spirit

†††††††††††††† 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 Gentile Antioch Syria.

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 persecutes the Jerusalem Church, quarrels with Sidon and Tyre, and is eliminated by God.

12:25; Barnabas, Saul, and John-Mark go from Jerusalem to Antioch Syria.

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 Antioch Church set apart and send off Paul and Barnabas.

13:4-12, Paul and Barnabas proclaim the word of God in Cyprus.

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 Antioch Syria: They report spiritual success among the Gentiles.

Acts Chapter Fifteen

15:1, A religious attack on the Gentile Antioch Syrian Church.

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 Phrygia, Galatia, Mysia, and Troas: Call to Europe and Luke joins them.

16:11-15; Paul, Silas, Timothy, and Luke in Troas, Samothrace, Neapolis, and Philippi: The salvation of Lydia and family.

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 Philippi.

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 Berea: Jesus is proclaimed as Messiah in the synagogue, many believe, Jews from Thessalonica cause a crowd of trouble, Paul flees to

††††††††††††††††††† Athens.

17:16-34; Paul in Athens: He presents Jesus and resurrection in the synagogue, marketplace, and Areopagus; some believe.

Acts Chapter Eighteen

18:1-4; Paul in Corinth: He finds Aquila and Priscilla, he proclaims Jesus as Messiah (see 18:5b) in the synagogue each sabbath.

18:5-11; Paul and Silas and Timothy in Corinth: The synagogue opposes Paul, Paul focuses on Gentiles, He starts a church next to the synagogue, he receives a Divine vision to

†††††††††††††† boldly remain in Corinth and he stays for 18 months.

18:12-17, Synagogue Jews attempt to use a civilian court to spiritually attack Paul.

18:18-22; Paul leaves Corinth: He travels to Cenchrea, Ephesus, Caesarea, Jerusalem, and Syrian Antiochóthe end of missionary journey two.

18:23, Paul goes to Galatia and Phrygiaóthe start of Missionary Journey Three. (53 A.D.)

18:24-28, The ministry of Apollos in Ephesus and Achaia.

Acts Chapter Nineteen

19:1-7; Paul in Ephesus (along with Timothy, Erastus, Gaius, and Aristarchus): Teaching disciples of John the Baptist.

19:8-10, Paul ministers for two years in Ephesus.

19:11-20, The Angelic Conflict in Ephesus.

19:21-41, A religious riot in Ephesus.

Acts Chapter Twenty

20:1-5, Paul travels from Ephesus to Macedonia and Greece.Along with: Luke, Sopater, Son of Pyrrhus, Aristarchus, Secundus, Gaius, Timothy, Tychicus, and Trophimus.

20:6-12, Paul and Luke travel to Troas.He teaches long and revives Eutychus from the dead.

20:13-38; Paul, Luke, and the entourage travel to Miletus.Paul ministers to the spiritual leaders from Ephesus.

Acts Chapter Twenty-One

21:1-16; Paul, Luke, and entourage travel to Jerusalem from Miletus through Cos, Rhodes, Patara, Phoenicia, Cyprus, Syria, Tyre, Ptolemais, and Caesarea.

21:17-40, Paul in Jerusalem: He meets with the brethren, he is the focus of a temple riot, seized by Jews, seized by Romans, and addresses a crowd of people at the barracks stairs.

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.

23:23-35, The Romans send Paul to Governor Felix in Caesarea for protection.

Acts Chapter Twenty-Four

24:1-9; Jewish leaders come to Caesarea and governor Felix, they accuse Paul of causing unrest in Jerusalem and around the Jewish world.

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

25:1-12; New Governor Festus, as a favor to the Jews, wishes to try Paul before him in Jerusalem.Paul rejects this by appealing to Caesar.

25:13-22, King Agrippa goes to Caesarea to meet new governor Festus.Festus describes Paulís circumstances to Agrippa.Agrippa desires to hear Paul.

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

27:1-28:1; Prisoner Paul, plus Luke and others, sails to Italy: Storms lead to a shipwreck on Malta.

Acts Chapter Twenty-Eight

28:1-10; Events on Malta: Kindness, snake bite, healings, and supply.

28:11-16; Final travel to Rome: Sea and land, then rented quarters.

28:17-31; Spiritual events at Rome: Evangelizing Jews, guards, and others for two years.

 

 

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