Understanding The Bible
BY THE AUTHOR
Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
THE BOOK OF THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
The Fifty Days from Passover to Pentecost 1
1. The forty days' ministry and ascension of Christ 1:1-11
2. The prayer meeting (choice of Matthias) 1:12-26
REJECTION by Jews and Proselytes (IN Judea) 2:1-8:3
See Pertinent Comment No. 1 - "Was Joel's prophecy said by Peter to be fulfilled?"
See Pertinent Comment No. 2 - "Peter's use of the Keys of the Kingdom"
The re-offer of the Kingdom TO Israel and the final rejection of the Kingdom BY Israel!
The first offer at Pentecost--the Birthday of the Church 2:1-41
Further offers and the Kingdom witness to Israel 2:42-8:3
Family love and unity of Church 2:42-47
Tacit offer of Christ's return (if repentance is
(See w. 19-20: Healing at Gate Beautiful and resulting sermon.)
The first persecution (holy boldness): warned 4:1-31
Purification and power of Church 4:32-5:16
The second persecution: beaten 5:17-42
Sweet reasonableness of Church 6:1-7
The third persecution: martyred 6:8-8:3
Stephen's ministry 6:8-10
Stephen's sermon to Sanhedrin 6:11-7:53
Stephen's dying testimony 7:54-60
Saul's guilty participation 8:1-3
TRANSITION from Jews and Proselytes to Gentiles (FROM Judea)
See Pertinent Comment No. 3 - "Peter's tacit offer of the Kingdom"
See Pertinent Comment No. 4 - "The right of private property - Christianity or Communism?"
Through Philip (to Samaria and Africa) 8:4-40
Ethiopia (Africa) 8:26-40
Parenthesis: The apostle to the Gentiles converted 9:1-31
Through Peter (Judea and Caesarea) 9:32-11:18
Peter at Lydda and Joppa 9:32-43
Peter goes to Caesarea 10
Peter explains at Jerusalem 11:1-18
Through Barnabas and others (to Syria) 11:19-12:25
At Antioch (in Syria) 11:19-30
2. At Jerusalem 12
EXPANSION among the Gentiles ("To the uttermost") 13-28
See Pertinent Comment No. 5 - "Was the Church revealed only to Paul, or also to Peter and Others?"
See Pertinent Comment No. 6 - "Another pivotal point"
See Pertinent Comment No. 7 - "Precise accuracy of Luke as a historian"
See Pertinent Comment No. 8 - "Philosophers at Athens"
See Pertinent Comment No. 9 - "Seven external factors favoring Paul and the spread of his message"
See Pertinent Comment No. 10 - "Six elements of Paul's missionary strategy"
See Pertinent Comment No. 11 - "How many missionary journeys were there? Three? Four? Five?"
See Pertinent Comment No. 12 - "Which day should Christians particularly keep as a worship day?"
See Pertinent Comment No. 13 - "The Herodian family"
Paul's three missionary journeys 13:l-20:3a
Paul's first missionary journey (with Barnabas) 13-14
(to Asia Minor)
Parenthesis: The First Church Council (at Jerusalem, AD 50) 15:1-35
Judaizers answered and gospel of grace approved.
Paul's second missionary journey (with Silas) 15:36-18:22
(to the Balkans: Eastern Europe)
Disagreement with Barnabas over John Mark 15:36-39
Paul and party revisit first journey cities 15:40-16:5
Paul and party enter Europe at Macedonia (Philippi) 16:6-40
Evangelization of Thessalonica, Berea, Athens, Corinth, and Ephesus 17:1-18:22
Paul's third missionary journey (with Silas) 18:23-20:3a
(to the Balkans: Eastern Europe)
Revisiting Galatia and Phrygia 18:23
Revisiting Ephesus 18:24-19:41
(ministry to Roman "Asia")
Revisiting Macedonia and Greece (Achaia) 20:l-3a
The trip to Jerusalem with Gentile Christians' gift, and its results 20:3b-26:32
On the way 20:3b-21:17
Via Macedonia, Troas, Miletus, Tyre, Caesarea.
Paul exceeds instructions "that he should not set foot in Jerusalem," 21:4.
See note on the First Day of the Week at end of Acts notes.
Paul at Jerusalem 21:17-23:33
Paul arrives and reports 21:17-19
Unwise counsel to sponsor men making blood sacrifice 21:20-26
Providential interruption of sacrifice and protection of Paul 21:27-32
Paul arrested but permitted to preach to mob 21:33-22:23
Paul asserts Roman citizenship 22:24-29
Paul before Sanhedrin 22:30-23:10
Paul encouraged 23:11
Paul transferred to Caesarea for safety 23:12-33
Paul at Caesarea (in prison) 23:34-26:32
Paul's first hearing (public) before Felix 23:34-24:23
Paul's second hearing (private) before Felix 24:24-26
Paul's two years' wait 24:27
Paul's hearing before Festus 25:1-12
Paul's hearing before Agrippa (and Festus) 25:13-26:32
The trip to Rome and its results (to Western Europe) 27-28
Malta to Rome 28:12-16
Ministry to Jews 28:17-29
Two years' ministry to many in "his own hired house"
ABRUPT ENDING! Presumably released.
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