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Acts 21:27-22:29 – Paul is arrested in the Temple

Acts 21:27-22:29
Jews from Asia where Paul had proclaimed the gospel cause a riot in the temple which results in Paul being seized. If it had not been for the intervention of a Roman tribune Paul may very well have been killed. The riot is caused by the Jews from Asia who…

Acts 21:17-26 – Paul visits James

Acts 21:17-26
Upon arriving in Jerusalem, Paul visits James and the elders of the Church there. This is James the brother of Jesus. James and the Jerusalem church elders praise God for the work Paul had done among the Gentiles. There was an issue though. Jews who had opposed Paul in the…

Acts 20:1-7; 21:1-16 – Paul’s journey toward Rome via Jerusalem

Acts 20:1-7; 21:1-16
Paul does not travel the direct route to Rome in the west. Instead he heads toward Jerusalem in the east. Why? Paul understood that the Church is one people made of both Jews and Gentiles. He believed that unity was expressed in the gospel being taken by Jews to Gentiles…

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

Acts 20:7-37
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.…

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

Acts 18:18-19:20
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…

Acts 17:15-18:17 – Athens and Corinth

Acts 17:15-18:17
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…

Acts 17:1-14 – Thessalonica and Berea

Acts 17:1-14
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…

Acts 16:12-40 – Philippi, two girls and a jailer.

Acts 16:12-40
In Philippi Paul finds a group of women praying beside a river to whom he shares the good news. One of the women listening was Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. We are told that the Lord opened her…

Acts 16:6-11 – The Holy Spirit and Providence

Acts 16:6-11
There is a thing called providence. Providence refers to God being at work in all circumstances directing things towards his purposes. In Acts 12:1 the Holy Spirit spoke words which commenced the mission to Asia (13:1-16:5). In 16:6-11 a new section starts in Acts as the Holy Spirit acts and…

Acts 15:36-16:5 – The Churches strengthened and increased daily in numbers

Acts 15:36-16:5
It is common to think of Paul as having three missionary journeys which all begin from Antioch. This is not actually the way the book of Acts structures Paul’s ministry. Verse 5 says: “So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.” This, or something…