Text: Acts 15:1-41. The Lord is extending His kingdom beyond the nation of Israel to include persons from other nations. In Acts 15 we read that a question was asked about these gentile converts to Christ: do they need to become Jews (which included circumcision) as part of becoming a Christian? (vv.1-5). It seemed to[…]

Acts 14:1-28. Whenever Paul entered a new city, his habit was to go first to the Jews, meeting with them in a synagogue, the Jewish Sabbath gathering (vv. 1-7). It was right to do so, because the promise of the Messiah came through the Jews, so they should be the first to hear about the[…]

Text: Acts 13:1-52. In this passage, the most important thing to notice about mission is that it is the work of Christ through His Holy Spirit (John20:22). In v2 it is the Holy Spirit who calls Barnabas and Saul. Of course, the Church is involved, they laid their hands on the men, meaning, the Church[…]

Acts 12:1-25. Herod was a wicked man whom Rome had allowed to be king in Jerusalem (vv.1-5). Herod wanted to please the Jews, so he began to destroy the Christians, beginning with James (the brother of John). Herod then arrested Peter. But during the night the Lord sent an angel to rescue Peter. The prison[…]

Text: Acts 11:1-30. When Peter returns to Jerusalem, he tells the fellow Christians (who used to be religious Jews) about how salvation had come to the gentiles (vv. 15- 18, 22, 25-26). When they heard that the gentiles not only trusted in Jesus, but that their belief was confirmed by Christ’s gift of the Holy[…]

Text: Acts 10:1-48. For many centuries God’s covenant of saving grace was found inside of the nation of Israel. But ever since the resurrection of Christ, salvation has gone outside of ethnic Israel and beyond their borders to be spread over all the earth (vv.9-16). Peter, though a disciple of Jesus, was still thinking like[…]

Text: Act 9:1-43. Many Christians today read this account of Saul and feel envious of his dramatic conversion (vv. 1-6). They may have been raised in a Christian family, in a good church, and always knew about Jesus and always trusted Him for their salvation. That is a great testimony, because that is the way[…]

Text: Acts 8:1-40. Jewish leaders were hoping to destroy the new “sect”, but persecution and the murder of Stephen actually caused the Church increase (vv.1-4). As the disciples are scattered abroad, they preach the gospel, the good message of salvation in Jesus Christ. In this chapter we see a special focus on Philip, one of[…]

Text: Acts: 7:1-60. In the previous chapter we read that Stephen is a powerful preacher of the Gospel (vv.1-5), and his enemies cannot stand against him. So, the Jewish leaders have him accused falsely. In his defense, Stephen recites the history of Israel to prove that the Jews themselves are the blasphemers. God’s chosen leaders[…]

Text: Acts 6:1-15. The common sharing of the Church in chapter 4-5 became a problem in chapter 6 (vv.1-4). This shows that such sharing was not intended to be a permanent feature for all generations but only for that very early group. But in God’s providence the dispute was designed for the development of the[…]