Posts from August 2020

Posts from August 2020

Acts 20:7-37 – The Final Movement in Acts

In Acts 19:21 the Holy Spirit who had directed Paul’s movement into Asia and then Paul’s movement around the Aegean Sea now initiates Paul’s third movement to Rome. As Jesus’ final ministry in Luke was his journey to Jerusalem, so Paul’s final ministry in Acts is his journey to Rome. Jesus’ journey…

Acts 18:18-19:20 – Ephesus and wonders

Paul leaves Corinth to head back to Jerusalem and Antioch. Possibly his trip to Jerusalem is in response to his having taken a Nazarite vow, the conclusion of which required sacrifice in the Jerusalem Temple. Possibly Paul had taken this vow in order as part of him being a Jew to win Jews. Along the way he stops at Ephesus, the largest city in the Aegean Sea region. Paul…

Acts 17:15-18:17 – Athens and Corinth

In Athens Paul preaches both in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks and in the marketplace with those who happened to be there. Paul was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. Several times in Acts we have seen that Paul is a once-blind servant of the Lord who having had his eyes opened to see the salvation work of God now proclaims…

Acts 17:1-14 – Thessalonica and Berea

The next two stops on Paul’s mission around the Aegean Sea is Thessalonica and Berea. As in many places, Paul goes to a synagogue and proclaims Jesus. Some Jews are persuaded and a large number of God-fearing Greeks and not a few prominent women. This causes the unbelieving Jews to become jealous and stir up the unbelieving Gentiles against the gospel. As in Philippi the…

Acts 15:1-35 – The Council of Jerusalem

The threat to the Church was caused by some who argued that Gentile Christians needed to become Jews and obey the Law of Moses to become God’s people rather than simply have faith in Christ. The danger was that the Church would be split when the Jewish believers cast off the Gentile believers. What ended up happening was the elders and representatives of the churches were…