Acts part one - is the forth of 8 sections or modules of the New Testament.
This first part of a two part section and covers what the early believers did after the death of Jesus.

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 saw 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. The person of the Holy spirit has among His many other functions is to help 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 — God had already chosen Paul. Notice Peter was already coming into his roll as Jesus predicted as a leader and spokesman for the small but growing group of believers.
Background Reading: 1:12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey   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 also Leviticus 23:9-14 about the feast of firstfruits. A live 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. Called Pentecost, Feast of Weeks or Shavuot also called Whitsunday. 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 1st sermon and were 3000 added to the believers Acts 2:14-41 - If AD32 then Sunday 30 May. If AD33 then Sunday 24 May. After Peter's first sermon, 3000 people came to believe, and were baptized in Jesus' name. Peter told his listeners in his first sermon about Jesus and backed up his case as a good Jew from the scriptures. This the first time Peter that we know of spoke in public under the power of the Holy Spirit. Peter seemed to have come the public spokesman for the group of 120 believers.   Read more »

The Fellowship of the Believers or 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 on Jesus, the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to 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: 2:42 The believers continued to devote themselves to what the apostles were teaching,   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 Beautiful Gate of the temple 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 preformed by the early church. Can you think of any other times Peter, Paul or and other of the disciples healed people?   Read more »

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

Peter's 2nd 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 was gathering so he takes the opportunity to tell them about Jesus. Starting with what had just happened the death the of Jesus, Peter explains to the onlookers under whose power and authority that the crippled man was healed and what to do about becoming a believer like Peter and the man that had been just healed.   Read more »

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

Peter in Court Again - Peter's 3rd sermon and 1st jailing. AD33-AD34 - Acts 4:5-22. After healing the crippled man, Peter along with John ends 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 starts to explain what had happened along with whose authority he had used, that of Jesus the Son of God. The first persecution of the early church which was one of a many first for the early church. The Sanhedrin could not decide how to punish Peter and John because the healed man   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 4th Sermon and 2nd 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 about 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 7 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 said to the group chose seven helpers. They chose a number of men most were non Jews yet all were very Godly men, 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.   Read more »

Philip and the Ethiopian, Acts 8:26-40

AD35 - Acts 8:26-40 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 and and 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 to day a number of Jews and believers living in Ethiopia.   Read more »

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

Paul meets Jesus and changes directions. AD35-AD37 - Acts 9:1-22 Paul becomes a follower of Jesus after an encounter with Him about noon on the road to Damascus. Paul's background was a 1st century Rabbinical Jew. After this encounter with Jesus, God changed Saul's name to Paul. Paul in Hebrew means little – some believe this refers to his stature.
Background Reading: 9:1 Meanwhile, still spewing death threats against the Lord’s disciples, Saul went to the high priest.   Read more »

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

AD40 - Acts 9:20-25 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. The 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 bed ridden man called Aeneas. Did God allow 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 Cornelius’ call, Acts 10:1-48

Peter's Dream or vision and 5th Sermon. AD40 - AD41 - Acts 10:1-48 Peter's dream and the actions that followed. Peter was having a rest before lunch. Siesta started after lunch and ended about 1500 (3pm) 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. He gave many gifts to the poor among the people and always prayed to God.   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 year 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 gets out of prison,   Read more »

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

Peter 3rd jailing and gets out of Jail 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 went to those praying for him then goes to an other place of safety. King Herod Agrippa 1 later that day 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-bother of Jesus. Others say that the first book is Matthew, written about AD37 were others say Matthew was written later after James. 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 the last book in the Bible. The book of James covers some really important topics on living right for God including controlling the tongue,   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' 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 ends up writing 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 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 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.
Background Reading: 13:4After they had been sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went to Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus.   Read more »

Paul in Pisidian Antioch, Acts 13:13-52

AD48 - Acts 13:13-52. Paul Teaches at Psidian Antioch in the local Synagogue (church) for two meetings. Notice Paul teaches from the Old Testament to show who 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.
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 were Paul had be 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 planing the third trip starting at Acts 15:36-40. Paul reports back to his sending church all he 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 an 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 was probably Paul's first letter which was written approximately Oct—March AD49. AD49 — Galatians 1:1-6:18, approximately the timeline fit in about 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 meets 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 plus years. 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.   Read more »

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

AD50. Back then people could own other people. So the owners of this girl made their money from a slave that 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

Pilippian 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 with out a trial. Not that withstanding Paul had been and would be put in prison with out a legal trial a number of times. The local anchorites having to escort Paul out of prison with many apologizes. Paul saw it 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 Idol , 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. An Idol is something you put in place of Jesus in your life.
Background Reading: 17:15 The men who escorted Paul took him all the way to Athens and,   Read more »

Do not get angry, Acts 18:1-17

We are told not to get angry. In the Bible the subject of anger turns up a number of times. We have high lighted a 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 — For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I would wish,   Read more »

Paul returns back by ship , Acts 18:22

Paul returned back by Ship and the end of 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. Acts 18:22 — When Paul landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church and then went down to Antioch. The harbor is also mentioned in the accounts of Peter and Cornelius in Acts 10, and Paul in Acts 27:1 as he left for Rome in AD60.
Background Reading: 17 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 believers they had made out side of Israel.
Background Reading: 18:22 When he arrived in Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem,m greeted the church there,   Read more »

AD53 The end of the first twenty years

AD53 End of the 1st 20 Years of the early church. AD53 and the End of the 1st 20 years of the book of Acts. And the end of Acts part one.
Now for the start of part two of the EARLY CHURCH.
Life of the Apostles carries on in Acts part two.   Read more »


Time line for Acts part one

Time line Acts part one Acts of the apostles - Peter, Philip, Paul, John and others AD32-AD100
Time line Acts part one Acts of the apostles - Peter, Philip, Paul, John and others AD32-AD100
Time line Acts part one Acts of the apostles - Peter, Philip, Paul, John and others AD32-AD100
Time line Acts part one Acts of the apostles - Peter, Philip, Paul, John and others AD32-AD100   Read more »

Background Information: Acts part one

Acts part one Background Notes And Study Material Page - The material that was used in preparing Acts part 1 and Acts part 2 or The Early Church part one and part two.
Acts part one Background Notes And Study Material Page - to ask for and receive the material that was used in preparing Acts part 1 and Acts part 2 or The Early Church part one and part two.   Read more »

Resources – Acts part one

BOOKS: Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ - Harold W. Hoehner - Zondervan 1977 Bibliotheca Sacra Volume 130 and 131, Doctoral Dissertation 1964 Revived 1972 Dallas Theological Seminary. He has written other books.
A Harmony of the Gospels and Analytical out line of the Harmony A T Robertson 1922 renewed 1950 Harper & Row Publishers. Synopsis of the Four Gospels Kurt Aland - United Bible Societies ISBN3-43805405-1 6th Ed 1983 .Synopsis of the 1st Three Gospels - Basil Blackwell   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