Acts part one - is the fourth of 8 sections or modules of the New Testament.
This is the first part of a two-part section and covers what the early believers did after the death of Jesus. Including some of the events:- The start of the Early Church, Peter Preaches his First sermon, Ananias and Sapphira, Choosing of the Seven Helpers, Peter’s dream and Corneliu's call, Peter in prison again, and the fortune telling Slave Girl.

He is not here, Jesus has risen from the dead, Luke 24:5-8

Luke 24:5-8 – Sunday, April AD32 or Sunday, April AD33 In Luke, we see that Jesus rose from the dead. The angel speaks: "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!" To roll the two tonne stone uphill took quite a bit of effort and strength that the two women did not have. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from Heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. The women rushed off back to the Apostles and told them the Lord had risen as He said He would.   Read more »

40 Days, Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven, Acts 1:1-11

40 Days after the resurrection Acts 1:6-11 - Thursday 20 May AD32. 40 days after the resurrection of Jesus, He goes to His heavenly home. One of the possible dates is Thursday 20 May AD32. Another possible date is Thursday 14 May AD33. We know He will come back the same way He went.
Background Reading: 1:1 In my first book, Theophilus, I wrote about everything Jesus did and taught from the beginning, 2 up to the day when he was taken up to heaven after giving orders by the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After he had suffered,   Read more »

Jesus returns Home back to Heaven via the clouds, Acts 1:9-11

Going home - Back to Heaven Acts 1:9-11 - possible dates Thursday 20th May AD32 or Thursday 14th May AD33. Jesus went back to Heaven in order to send the Holy Spirit to His followers. We know that He will come back the same way He went. Among His many other functions, the Holy Spirit helps us through life to stay close to God.
Background Reading: 9 After saying this, Jesus was taken up while those who had gathered together were watching,   Read more »

Matthias replaces Judas, Acts 1:12-26

Acts 1:12-26 - May - June AD32 or AD33. The eleven remaining Apostles chose Matthias to replace Judas as one of the twelve Apostles. Judas had just killed himself after betraying his friend Jesus. However, Matthias is never mentioned again — even though he had been with Jesus from the beginning. God had already chosen Paul because of his Roman birth and Jewish training. Notice Peter was already coming into his roll as Jesus predicted as a leader and spokesman for the small but growing group of believers.   Read more »

50th Day After Jesus’ Resurrection, Acts 2:1-41

Acts 2:1-41 - Sunday 30th May AD32 or Sunday 24th May AD33 most likely dates. The day of Pentecost or Shavuot, the late Spring thanksgiving for the first harvest. Time frame, the 7th Sunday or 50 days or 7 weeks after the resurrection of Jesus. The first weekly Sabbath after Pentecost was called The Feast of First Fruits. Also, read Leviticus 23:15-22 about the Feast of Weeks or Shavuot and also Leviticus 23:9-14 about the Feast of First Fruits. A life-changing experience happened: God sent tongues of fire.   Read more »

Start of the Early Church, The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost, Acts 2:1-13

The beginning Acts 2:1-13 - 30th May AD32 or 24th May AD33. This date was chosen as the start of the early church because the Holy Spirit descended on the day of Pentecost onto the apostles and believers. The Holy Spirit breathed life into the early church. The early church was mainly made up of Jewish believers but this changed over time.
Background Reading: 2:1 When the day of Pentecost was being celebrated, all of them were together in one place.   Read more »

Pentecost Fire, Like Tongues of Fire, Acts 2:1-13

The Holy Spirit appeared as tongues of fire over the heads of the believers on the day of Pentecost or Shavuot. It seemed as if tongues of fire came and rested on the early disciples. Time frame, the 7th Sunday or 50 days or 7 weeks after the resurrection of Jesus. The first weekly Sabbath after Pentecost was called the Feast of First Fruits. One possible date is Sunday 30th May AD32, which is early summer in Israel. Another possible date is Sunday 24th May AD33, which is early summer in Israel.   Read more »

Peter addresses the Crowd, Acts 2:14-41

Peter preaches his first sermon and 3000 are added to the believers and were baptized in Jesus' name. Acts 2:14-41 - If AD32 then Sunday 30 May. If AD33 then Sunday 24 May. Peter told his listeners in his first sermon about Jesus and backed up his case as a good Jew from the Scriptures. This was the first time, that we know of, that Peter spoke in public under the power of the Holy Spirit. Peter seems to have become the public spokesman for the group of 120 believers. Background Reading: 2:14 Then Peter stood up among the eleven apostles and raised his voice to address them:   Read more »

The Fellowship of the Believers form a community, Acts 2:42-47

Acts 2:42-47 about AD32-AD34. The early disciples formed a community of believers, based on their beliefs for a new way of living. The believers based their new faith in Jesus and devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching, the fellowship, the breaking of bread and prayer. The Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. The number of believers, including some of the priests and leaders of Israel, had in a few short months topped 5000 people. Background Reading:   Read more »

Peter Heals the Crippled Beggar, Acts 3:1-10

Acts 3:1-10 - winter Dec-Feb AD33. Peter, accompanied by John, heals a lame beggar who sat at the Gate Beautiful in the Temple in Jerusalem every day begging for provision. The lame could not worship in the Temple. Peter in the name or authority of Jesus heals this cripple who then enters the Temple praising God and the people in the Temple were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to this man. This was the first miracle that was recorded as performed by the early church. Can you think of any other times Peter, Paul or and any other of the disciples   Read more »

Peter addresses the onlookers in the Temple, Acts 3:11-26

Peter's second sermon to the onlookers after healing the lame man. Peter speaks to the onlookers, Peter preaches in the Temple. Peter has just healed a cripple in the Temple. He sees that a crowd is gathering so he takes the opportunity to tell them about Jesus. Starting with what has just happened and the death of Jesus, Peter explains to the onlookers under whose power and authority the crippled man has been healed and what to do about becoming a believer like Peter and the man who has just been healed.   Read more »

Peter and John before the Sanhedrin, Acts 4:1-22

Peter in Court Again - Peter's 3rd sermon and first jailing. AD33-AD34 - Acts 4:5-22. After healing the crippled man, Peter along with John ended up in front of the ruling Jewish Leaders (Sanhedrin) who questioned Peter. They wanted to know under whose authority Peter had healed the cripple. Peter then started to explain what had happened along with whose authority he had used, that of Jesus the Son of God. This was the first persecution of the early church and was to become one of a many for the early church. The Sanhedrin could not decide how to punish Peter and John,   Read more »

Ananias and Sapphira, Acts 5:1-11

Ananias and Sapphira - lied to the Holy Spirit - Winter, Dec- Feb AD34 - Acts 5:1-11. A HIGH THAT TURNED SOUR. All the believers were of one accord and shared what they owned, even selling land and houses, giving the money to the apostles who then gave this to those in need. But there was sin (doing things from man's motives) in the camp. So we get the story of Ananias and Sapphira, husband and wife. In trying to make themselves appear more spiritual to others, they lied to God.   Read more »

The Apostles persecuted, Acts 5:17-42

Peter's fourth Sermon and second jailing AD34-AD35 - Acts 5:17- 42 Peter was arrested and put in a public jail. He was released by God and told to share his faith in Jesus. Peter was then brought once again in front of the Jewish council.
Background Reading: 5:17 Then the high priest and all those from the sect of the Sadducees who were with him were filled with jealousy. So they went out, 18 arrested the apostles, and put them in the city jail.   Read more »

Choosing of the Seven Helpers, Acts 6:1-7

Finding seven Helpers AD35 - Acts 6:1-7. As the number of the disciples kept growing one of the problems that arose was to look after the widows and young children. The Apostles told the group to choose seven helpers. They chose a number of men. Most were non-Jews, yet all were very Godly. Some of them were to do great things for God. Seven helpers were chosen to help to do the jobs that needed to be done so that the twelve Apostles could concentrate on prayer and teaching.   Read more »

Stephen seized and killed, Acts 6:8-8:3

APRIL AD35 - Acts 6:8-8:3 Enraged by Stephen's teaching of Jesus, Council members killed Stephen. Stephen told them of seeing the glory of God and Jesus and acknowledged Jesus in his death. Like Jesus, he prayed for their forgiveness and then called upon Jesus to receive his spirit as he died. Saul, later to be called Paul, was at this event. Background Reading: 6:8 Now Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people. 9 But some men who belonged to the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), as well as some Cyrenians,   Read more »

Philip and the Ethiopian, Acts 8:26-40

AD35. Philip was on a preaching tour in Samaria when God sent him towards the desert to meet an Ethiopian official who was reading the Bible and having a hard time understanding it. To this man Philip preached about Jesus. After the official said he wanted to be baptized in water, Philip stopped the chariot and baptized the Ethiopian official, who from all accounts then told many people about Jesus, as we have today a number of Jews and believers living in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian official was more than likely serving at the court of Queen Candace of Ethiopia.   Read more »

Paul (Saul) meets God, Acts 9:1-22

Paul meets Jesus and changes direction. AD35-AD37 - Acts 9:1-22. Paul becomes a follower of Jesus after an encounter with Jesus or God about noon on the road to Damascus. Paul's background was a first-century Rabbinical Jew, who also was a member of the Sanhedrin. Paul's rabbinical teacher was Gamaliel. Saul is a Jewish name and Paul is Roman: he was both a Jew and a Roman citizen this is why the book of Acts used Paul as there is belief that the book was for Paul's Roman Trail. Paul in Hebrew means little – some believe this refers to his stature.   Read more »

Paul (Saul) Escapes In A Basket, Acts 9:23-31

AD40 - Acts 9:23-31 After Paul had become a follower of Jesus in Damascus, he started telling everybody that Jesus was the Messiah. Because Paul preached that Jesus is the Son of God he was in danger of being killed. The local believers thought the best way to save Paul's life was to send him away. They sent Paul on his way first by lowering him out of a window in the walls of Damascus and then continued to help him to escape his would-be killers.
Background Reading: 9:23 After several days had gone by, the Jewish leaders plotted to murder Saul,   Read more »

Aeneas healed by Peter, Acts 9:32-35

Acts 9:32-35 - winter Dec-Feb AD?? Peter heals a bedridden man called Aeneas. Maybe God allowed Peter to heal Aeneas so those who saw the healing would turn to Jesus as their Lord and God? Aeneas lived in a town called Lydda which is near Joppa which is on the coast. Joppa is the old port part of the modern Israeli city of Yafo, otherwise known as Jaffa which is part of the city of Tel Aviv means in Hebrew: the Hill of Spring. Background Reading: 9:32 Now when Peter was going around among all of the disciples, he also visited the saints living in Lydda.   Read more »

Peter’s dream and the call of Cornelius, Acts 10:1-48

Peter's Dream or vision and 5th Sermon. AD40-AD41 - Acts 10:1-48 Peter's Dream happened about AD40-AD41 or 7 to 8 years after the start of the book of Acts. Peter's dream and the actions that followed. Peter was having a rest before lunch. Siesta started after lunch and ended about 1500 hours (3 pm) after the heat of the day. Background Reading: 10:1 Now in Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2 He was a devout man who feared God, as did everyone in his home.   Read more »

Barnabas looks for Paul, Acts 11:22-26

AD43 - Acts 11:22-26. Without Barnabas (Son of Encouragement), a Levite from Cyprus, a Prophet and Apostle, we might not have had Paul's ministry. When Barnabas was sent out on a mission to Antioch by the Apostles in Jerusalem and believing he needed Paul's help, he went looking for him in Tarsus. He found Paul and brought him back to Antioch to minister together. Again it was Barnabas who took Mark, also known as John Mark, under his wing when Paul rejected him. Later, after being trained by Barnabas, Mark was of great assistance to Paul.   Read more »

AD43 Covered First Ten Years, Acts 1:1 TO 12:1

We have just covered the first ten years from AD32 or AD33 to AD43 of the Book of Acts Chapters 1-12, covering what the Early Church did. Some of the things covered in these first ten years have been: Jesus going back to Heaven, The Spirit of God coming down on the early disciples. Peter preaching, Paul becoming a believer, death of Stephen and Philip preaching. Now we cover the next ten years ending up in the Book of Acts Chapter 18 verse 22, seeing what the Early Church continued to do. Some of the events we will cover are: Peter getting out of prison,   Read more »

Peter’s 2nd miraculous escape from prison, Acts 12:1-19

Peter is jailed a 3rd time and set free miraculously a 2nd time. April AD44 - Acts 12:1-19. Peter was sleeping but the church was praying and an angel appears and leads Peter out of Jail. The angel takes Peter one block and disappears. Peter goes to those praying for him then moves to a place of safety. Later that day, King Herod Agrippa I has the guards executed. This is nearly the last time we hear of Peter in the Book of Acts, even though he carries on with the work that His Lord and Master called him to do. Peter wrote letters called 1 and 2 Peter.   Read more »

The Book of James – first New Testament book, James 1:1-8

Some say that the first New Testament book was written about AD45-AD50 by James the half-brother of Jesus. In English, we use the name James, but his name in Hebrew was Jacob. Others say that the first book is Matthew, written about AD37 while others say Matthew was written later after James. While others suggest the earliest book in the NT is most likely the book to the Galatians. In the order of the Bible Matthew is the First New Testament book. The book of James is with Peter's, John's and Jude's letters near the back of the New Testament, just before the book of Revelation,   Read more »

Orphans and Widows – Listening and Doing, James 1:16-27

Book of James, orphans and widows - AD48 James wrote about looking after the weak in the body of the church. James's letter is very practical for Christian living. James gives practical advice on things like quick to listen and slow to speak or become angry. And he carries on writing that we must not merely listen to the word but Do what it says. And includes these words — Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.   Read more »

Barnabas and Paul sent off, Acts 13:1-3

Spring April AD48 - Acts 13:1-3. Paul starts his first of three missionary trips, which spanned a 10 year period. Paul and Barnabas start this one together. Later Paul and Barnabas split up and do separate trips. Paul with Silas and Timothy and Barnabas with John Mark. The effect of this first missionary trip in spreading the Good News about Jesus should never be underestimated. Paul studied under some of the greatest teachers of the time. Paul was a disciplined learner and excelled in his search for knowledge. As a great thinker and communicator, Paul   Read more »

Ship, The Port of Seleucia, Acts 13:4

April AD48 - Acts 13:4. Barnabas and Paul were sent on their way by the Holy Spirit. They went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus. When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. Mark was with them as their helper and he later wrote the Gospel of Mark. Travel was slow and dangerous. Sometimes traveling by ship was quicker than walking. Antioch of Syria was about 483 km or 300 miles north of Jerusalem. And about 26km or 16 miles inland from the Mediterranean seaport of Seleucia.   Read more »

Paul in Pisidian Antioch, Acts 13:13-52

AD48 - Acts 13:13-52. Paul teaches at Pisidian Antioch in the local Synagogue (church) for two meetings. Notice Paul teaches from the Old Testament to show that Jesus is the Son of God. In the end, those who opposed Paul caused trouble. How often are we to see this happening over again and again in the life of Paul, as he spreads the Good News about Jesus. Pisidian Antioch is found in modern Turkey.
Background Reading: 13:13 Then Paul and his men set sail from Paphos and arrived in Perga in Pamphylia,   Read more »

Paul heals a crippled man at Lystra, Acts 14:8-10

AD49 - Acts 14:8-10. Paul heals a man crippled from birth by speaking to him. Paul discerned through the Holy Spirit that this man had faith to be healed. This happened while Paul was in the city of Lystra.
Background Reading: 14:8 Now in Lystra there was a man sitting down who couldn’t use his feet. He had been crippled from birth and had never walked. 9 He was listening to Paul as he spoke. Paul watched him closely, and when he saw that he had faith to be healed,   Read more »

They tried to kill Paul by stoning him at Lystra, Acts 14:19-20

AD49 - Acts 14:19-20. A common way to kill people in those days was to have a mob throw rocks at them until they died. The crowd supposed Paul was dead but he just got up and carried on with his preaching. The next day Paul and Barnabas left for Derbe. Later, having won a large number of disciples, they went back to Lystra where Paul had been stoned a short time ago.
Background Reading: 14:19 But some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won over the crowds by persuasion.   Read more »

The return to Antioch to rest after the first trip, Acts 14:21-28

AD49-AD50 - Acts 14:21-15:35 with the start of planning the second trip starting at Acts 15:36-40. Paul reports back to his sending church all the things that happened. Paul worked hard between trip one and trip two. Paul then was asked to give a report to the elders in Jerusalem. While there he got involved with important discussions about non-Jewish believers who had come to the Messiah or Christ.
Background Reading: 14:21 As they were proclaiming the good news in that city, they discipled a large number of people.   Read more »

The Book of Galatians, Galatians 1:1-10

AD49 - (Paul's 1st Letter). Paul wrote Galatians in AD49. Paul's 1st letter of 13 (some say 14) which he wrote. Paul wrote 1,859 verses, Luke wrote 2,158 verses (50,194 words) and John wrote 1,415 verses (31,099 words). Some theologians attribute the book of Hebrews also to Paul (another 4,003 verses). However, Paul's authorship of all his books is clearly stated in the opening verses, and his singular personal pronouns are heavily used throughout. In contrast, no author is mentioned in Hebrews, and the personal pronouns are plural.   Read more »

Paul uses a Scribe, Galatians 6:1-18

The book of Galatians, which was probably Paul's first letter, was written approximately Oct-March AD49. AD49 -- Galatians 1:1 - 6:18. Fits in the timeline at approximately Acts 14 - 15. Some believe that Paul found it hard to write. He had had a hard life, with many injuries from persecutions. However, scribes were frequently used in those times, even by the educated. For whatever reason, Paul dictated his letters to a scribe. For the book of Romans Paul's scribe was Tertius. See Romans 16:22: "I, Tertius, the one writing down this letter, greet you in the Lord."   Read more »

Start of Paul’s Second Trip, Acts 15:36-40

Start of Paul's second missionary journey from Antioch of Syria. The Port for Antioch of Syria is Seleucia. But Paul went by land with Silas. Barnabas took Mark. Started from the city of Antioch about April AD50 They had just received the letter from The Jerusalem Council. Acts 15:1-35
Background reading 15:36 A few days later, Paul told Barnabas, “Let’s go back and visit the brothers in every town where we proclaimed the word of the Lord and see how they’re doing.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take along John, who was called Mark,   Read more »

Timothy, Paul’s disciple, Acts 16:1-5

Paul met Timothy in Lystra AD49-50 Acts 16:1-5 and wanted to take him on the 2nd missionary journey he was making. Paul would have discipled or mentored Timothy for a number of years - AD49–AD67. Remember Paul later wrote a letter to Timothy AD67. Do we take the time to disciple or mentor others? Even on one on one or in groups?? Background Reading: 16:1 Paul also went to Derbe and Lystra, where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a believing Jewish wife whose husband was a Greek.  Read more »

Philippi – The Fortune Telling Slave Girl, Acts 16:16-21

AD49. Back then people could own other people. So the owners of this girl made their money from a slave who told fortunes. This slave girl told fortunes through the power of an evil spirit. She told the people about Paul and his team, telling them they were "servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved." This abruptly stopped when Paul ordered the evil spirits to leave the girl. Then the owners of the girl caused all sorts of trouble for Paul and the team.   Read more »

Paul and Silas in Prison again, Acts 16:22-40

Philippian Jailer looks after Paul and Silas - AD50. Paul in jail again for teaching about Jesus. Paul a Roman citizen could not be put in prison without a trial. Notwithstanding that, Paul had been and would be put in prison without a legal trial a number of times. The local authorities having to escort Paul out of prison with many apologies. Paul saw prison a wonderful place to speak about his Lord and Master Jesus and using song Paul was used to bring the Philippian Jailer and household to faith in Jesus.   Read more »

In Athens, the unknown god, Acts 17:15-34

Idol to unknown god - AD51. Paul had just been chased out of the city of Thessalonica. Now in Athens he again finds a group of people to speak to and again ends up with a small group of followers for Jesus the Messiah. Paul must have had a wide knowledge of other cultures, because in his speech he made references to their own poets, even if they were quoting some of the things the Jewish prophets had said 2-300 years ago. An Idol is something you put in place of Jesus in your life.   Read more »

Do not get angry, Acts 18:1-16

AD51 - Acts 18:6 or Acts 18:12-16. We are told not to get angry. In the Bible, the subject of anger turns up a number of times. We have highlighted some of the times the word anger or angry turns up in Paul's writings in the New Testament. Acts 19:28 — When they heard this, they were filled with anger and began to cry out, saying, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!" Romans 2:8 — but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 2 Corinthians 12:20 — etc.   Read more »

Paul returns back by ship, Acts 18:22

Paul returned by ship, ending the 2nd Missionary Trip. November AD52. Caesarea was built by King Herod the Great in 13BC and the harbor, known as Sebastos, was completed in 9BC. The harbor is also mentioned in the accounts of Peter and Cornelius in Acts 10, and of Paul in Acts 27:1, as he left for Rome in AD60.
Background Reading: 18:22 When he (Paul) landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church and then went down to Antioch.   Read more »

Paul rests between Trips 2 and 3, Acts 18:22-23

Paul rested between 2nd and 3rd missionary trips. Acts 18:22. When Paul landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church and then went down to Antioch. Antioch was the original sending church. See Acts 13:1-3 and Acts 15:36 for Paul and his teams. Notice how Paul and Barnabas wanted to look after and strengthen any new disciples they came across.
Background Reading: 18:22 When he arrived in Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem, greeted the church there,   Read more »

AD53 The end of the first twenty years

It was twenty years ago since Jesus was Crucified. The early Christian believers had grown a lot and had many adventures with Jesus the head of the church. Some of the adventures were some of their leaders being put in prison and threatened with death. One man who opposed them, in the beginning, had become one of the better known persons in telling of the Good News about Jesus. His name was Paul. Now for the start of Part Two of the EARLY CHURCH LIFE. The Lives of the Apostles carries on in Acts Part Two   Read more »

Timeline for Acts part one

Timeline Acts part one Acts of the apostles - Peter, Philip, Paul, John and others AD32-AD100. This timeline Acts part one covers the events both secular and spiritually side by side. Starting at the resurrection of Jesus, His Ascension into Heaven. Informing you of the events and places things happened and also in time order.
Time line Acts part one Acts of the apostles - Peter, Philip, Paul, John and others AD32-AD100   Read more »

The Book of Acts:- Part Two » »

Acts Part Two - is the fifth of 8 sections or modules of the New Testament. This second part of a two-part section covers mainly the Life of Paul and places some of the books he wrote in the order Paul wrote them. Some of the events include:- Books being burnt, Paul being arrested and a number of trials, Paul and a snake, Paul in prison in Rome, and The Great Fire of Rome, on 19 July AD64. The continuation of what the early church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit managed with and for Jesus their master and Lord. Acts Part Two » »   Read more » »

Now to Acts part two - the filth of 8 sections or modules of the New Testament. This section continues to cover what the early believers did after the death of Jesus. Acts Part Two