Following the Pentecost , the Descent of the Holy Spirit to the first community in Jerusalem, the mission in Jerusalem is detailed from Chapters 2 through 7. There are four speeches by Peter in which he repeatedly witnesses to the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus: the Pentecost speech , which led to the conversion of Jews, thus fulfilling God's promise to Abraham to bring salvation to the Israelites; the second to the people following the cure of the crippled beggar , and twice before the Sanhedrin with his famous reply, "We must obey God rather than men" Chapter 8 opens with the severe persecution of the Church in Jerusalem and the subsequent dispersion throughout Judea and Samaria.
Chapter 9 depicts the Conversion of Saul on the road to Damascus, when Jesus identified himself with the Church. Chapters 10 to 12 detail the inauguration of the mission to the Gentiles: Peter's conversion of Cornelius in Caesarea 10 , the mission led by Barnabas to the dispersion and Hellenists in Antioch 11 , followed by Herod's persecution of James and Peter Chapter 15 opens with the Council of Jerusalem, while details the return of Barnabas and John Mark to Cyprus.
Chapters to describe the second and third missionary journeys of Paul. Chapter 16 records the introduction of Christianity into Europe. Paul continues to gain converts among the Gentiles but suffers rejection and persecution in the synagogues.
Acts helps to date Paul's journey to Corinth to the years AD, for Gallio served as proconsul of the Grecian province of Achaia during that time, in the twelfth year of the Roman Emperor Claudius. On his third missionary journey - , Paul returned to Ephesus in Asia Minor where he spent a total of three years Acts , but also revisited Macedonia and Greece in Europe. In his Farewell meeting with the Church of Ephesus on his return to Jerusalem, Paul repeats a saying of Jesus not found in the four Gospels: "It is more blessed to give than to receive" Acts Paul is on trial in Chapters for his belief in the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, but also because he considers this as the fulfillment of the "hope in the promise made by God to our fathers.
Chapters narrate Paul's fourth missionary journey through Malta to Rome. Paul arrives in Rome and spends two years there under house arrest preaching the Gospel. The Holy Spirit is named 40 times in Acts, more than any other book of the Bible. Peter laid his hands and bestowed the Holy Spirit in Acts The Holy Spirit directed Peter to accompany the emissaries sent by Cornelius and then descended upon the Gentile Cornelius and his household in Acts The Holy Spirit called for Barnabas and Saul before they began the first missionary journey Paul also laid his hands and bestowed the Holy Spirit in Acts , a sign which has become the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Antioch, Syria was an early home of Christianity after the dispersion, and especially after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD. Indeed the followers of Jesus were first called Christians in Antioch Acts Beginning with Saul's persecution of the Church, Christianity became known as the Way Acts , , , , , , and Followers of Jesus were also referred to as Nazarenes Acts Barnabas and Saul on the first missionary journey to Cyprus and Asia Minor appreciated that the Gospel of salvation be spoken first to the Jews but that the Gentiles were open to the message of Jesus Christ Acts The Council of Jerusalem resolved the important issue on Gentile converts - Peter, James, and the Council supported Paul and Barnabas in allowing Gentile converts to become Christians without subjecting themselves to all the precepts of the Mosaic law.
This issue would continue to create dissension within the early Church, as we can see in reading Paul's Letters to the Galatians and Romans. The Council also served as the precedent for future Councils of the Christian Church.
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As Paul was directed to Rome by the Lord himself in Acts , his voyage to Malta and Rome served as his fourth missionary journey, detailed in Chapters Paul fulfilled Christ's mission given in Luke and Acts to be His witness to "the ends of the earth. In contrast to Jonah, who was running from the Lord and imperiled the safety of the ship, Paul was obedient to the Lord and saved the lives of all on board! There is a lesson here: may all of us be obedient to the Word on our journey through life! Malta is an important aspect of the narrative, for the natives there representing the Gentiles were receptive to Paul's mission.
Publius, the chief man of the island, became a convert and the first Bishop of Malta. This is in contrast to the Jews of Rome, who, while individually may have been responsive to the Word, as a group rejected Paul's message. The climax occurs in Rome, when Paul, after continued rejection by the Jews , , , quotes Isaiah and then reaffirms in Acts , "Let it be known to you then that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.
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All rights reserved. Used by Permission. This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. For the fact that a noteworthy miracle has taken place through them is apparent to all who live in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God. Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out as well.
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Now when the high priest and his associates came, they called the Council together, even all the Senate of the sons of Israel, and sent orders to the prison house for them to be brought. But he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, 3 and said to him, 'Leave your country and your relatives, and come into the land that I will show you. From there, after his father died, God had him move to this country in which you are now living.
Yet God was with him, 10 and rescued him from all his afflictions, and granted him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he made him governor over Egypt and all his household.
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I also will remove you beyond Babylon. They killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become; 53 you who received the law as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it. And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
For His life is removed from the earth. Of himself or of someone else? What prevents me from being baptized? Now for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus, 20 and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "He is the Son of God.
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They were also watching the gates day and night so that they might put him to death; 25 but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket. When he arrived, they brought him into the upper room; and all the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing all the tunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was with them.
And on the next day he got up and went away with them, and some of the brethren from Joppa accompanied him. Now Cornelius was waiting for them and had called together his relatives and close friends. So I ask for what reason you have sent for me. Now then, we are all here present before God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross.
Then Peter answered, 47 "Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he? Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.
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