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[…]

Text: Acts 5:1-42. The last part of chapter 4 teaches about the devotion of the new church to one another (vv. 1-4). People were even selling their properties and distributing the money among the believers who were in need. Ananias and Sapphira also sold property. They kept some of the money (which is fine), but[…]

Text: Acts 4:1-37. In this chapter we see the beginnings of opposition to the Church of Jesus (vv.1-4, 12). Opposition to God and His people has always existed (ever since Satan attacked Adam, Cain killed Abel, Egypt enslaved Israel, etc.) but here opposition rises against the newly born Church. Jesus promised it (John15:20). Interestingly, the[…]

Text: Acts 3:1-26. It’s important to notice that this miraculous healing took place at the temple (vv.1-8, 16). Even though God was doing something new, it started first with His people – Israel, right at their place of worship. For 1,000 years the temple was the place that symbolised God’s forgiving grace. The animals that[…]