Category Archives: Acts

Galatians: A Lesson from Acts, Part 5 (Some conclusions)

Hmm … There are just so many applications. Let’s start with – Grace Peter said, (Act 15:11 ESV)  11 “But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.” We don’t … Continue reading

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Galatians: A Lesson from Acts, Part 4 (Acts 15)

Chapter 15 — the Council in Jerusalem I’ve skipped Paul’s First Missionary Journey. He and Barnabas were sent by the congregation in Antioch to preach the gospel in Asia Minor. And as a result, they had many converts from among … Continue reading

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Galatians: A Lesson from Acts, Part 3 (Acts 11)

Chapter 11 — Peter defends his actions (Act 11:1-3 ESV) Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.  2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the … Continue reading

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Galatians: A Lesson from Acts, Part 2 (Acts 10, part 2)

(Act 10:19-22 ESV)  19 And while Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you.  20 Rise and go down and accompany them without hesitation, for I have sent them.”  21 And … Continue reading

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Galatians: A Lesson from Acts, Part 1 (Acts 10, part 1)

I’ve been asked to teach a combined class in support of the Galatians series of lessons, based on Acts 10, 11, and 15, that is, the chapters in which the apostles wrestle with how the Gentiles might become Christians. We covered some of that material … Continue reading

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Acts 8:1-17 (Persecution breaks out; Samaritans converted)

(Act 8:1-3 ESV) And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.  2 Devout … Continue reading

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Acts 8:18-19 (How we’re forgiven)

(Act 8:18-19 ESV)  18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money,  19 saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my … Continue reading

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Acts 7 (Stephen’s speech and martyrdom)

(Act 7:1 ESV) And the high priest said, “Are these things so?” Nearly all of Acts 7 is taken up with Stephen’s recitation of the history of the Jews. It’s a strange way to defend yourself from blasphemy! Why did … Continue reading

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Acts 6:5-25 (More about deacons; Stephen)

(Act 6:5-6 ESV)  5 And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte … Continue reading

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Acts 6:1-4 (Deacons)

(Act 6:1 ESV) Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. The Jerusalem congregation was, of course, entirely … Continue reading

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