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III. Paul Before Festus and Agrippa, 25:13 to 26:32 A. Occasion, 25:13-22 1. Who came to visit Caesar’s new representative, Festus, at Caesarea? a. Who was Agrippa? Where was he king? What was his character and reputation? b. Who was Bernice? What relation was she to Agrippa? What was her character and reputation? c. What […]

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Acts 18:22 to 23:30

The Book of Acts: Paul’s Third Missionary Journey (continued) III. The Journey to Jerusalem, 20:7 – 21:16 (continued) D.  From Miletus to Tyre, 21:1-6 1.  Trace Paul’s journey from Miletus to Tyre, vss. 1-2 a.   Did Paul travel in a small ship that hugged the coast, or did he travel in a large merchant […]

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Acts 18:22 to 23:30

The Book of Acts: Paul’s Third Missionary Journey  (continued) III. The Journey to Jerusalem, 20:7 – 21:16 (continued) B.  To Miletus: 20:13-16 1.  How did Paul’s companions travel from Troas? 2.  How did Paul leave Troas? Why? How is it that Paul could travel more quickly afoot? 3.  Where did they meet? 4.  Trace their […]

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Acts 18:22 to 23:30

The book of Acts: Paul’s Third Missionary Journey (continued) II.  From Ephesus to Macedonia and Greece, 19:21 – 20:6. A.  Paul plans to leave Ephesus, 19:21, 22. 1.  What is meant by “purposed in the spirit”? 2.  Where did Paul purpose to go from Ephesus? a.  Why did he want to go to Macedonia and […]

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Acts 18:22 to 23:30

The Book of Acts: Paul’s Third Missionary Journey I.   Ephesus by way of Galatia and Phrygia, 18:22 – 19:20. A.  Through Galatia and Phrygia, 18:22, 23. 1.  What did Paul do at Antioch? a.  Which Antioch is meant here? b.  Does the text mean simply that Paul passed some time away? c.  What was undoubtedly […]

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Acts 15:36 to 18:22

The Book of Acts: Paul’s Second Missionary Journey (concluded) IV. At Athens, 17: 16-34. A.  His First Labors, vv. 16-18: 1.  Athens’ idolatry: a.  What did Paul observe while he waited for Silas and Timothy? 1) What is meant by “wholly given to idolatry”? 2) Was Athens more idolatrous, and therefore worse, than other cities? […]

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Acts 17

The Book of Acts: Paul’s Second Missionary Journey IV.  AT THESSALONICA: (17:1-9) A.  Paul’s Labors: 1.  Arrival: a.  Through what cities did they pass on their way to Thessalonica? b.  Did they preach there? c.  Why did they stop at Thessalonica and not at these other cities? d.  What kind of city was Thessalonica? 2.  […]

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Acts 15:36 to 18:22

The Book of Acts: Paul’s Second Missionary Journey (continued) III. AT PHILIPPI, 16:11-40 A.  The Journey, vss. 11, 12. 1.   What is the significance of “therefore,” vs. 11? 2.   Trace the journey. How long did it take? 3.  What kind of city was Philippi? a.   What is the meaning of “the chief city […]

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Acts 15:36-18:22

Introduction The record of the second missionary journey comprises a very important phase of the book of Acts. There are several important aspects to this record; but undoubtedly the outstanding aspect of the entire narrative of the second journey of Paul is that of the advance of the gospel into the continent of Europe. And […]

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Acts 15:36-18:22

(Heretofore we have considered the dispute leading up to this council of Jerusalem. We next began to consider the council itself. And thus far we have considered the member ship of the council. We continue from this point.) B. Deliberations of the Council, vs. 6-21. 1. In general: a. What does the first part of […]

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Acts 15:1-35

INTRODUCTION The material of this section constitutes a sort of interlude in the narrative of the mission labors of the Apostle Paul and of the Antioch Church. And yet it would be a mistake to separate the events narrated here from that mission labor among the Gentiles, or, in fact, from the history of the […]

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Acts 14:1-28

The First Missionary Journey (continued) D.  Iconium (14:1-6) 1.  The labors of Paul and Barnabas: a.  Where did they begin their labors? vs. 1 1)   Is there any significance in the note that “they went both together into the synagogue”? 2)   What does it imply that they “so spake, that a great multitude . . […]

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Acts 12:25 – 14:28

The First Missionary Journey I.  Sent by the Antioch Church, 12:25-13:3. A.  The Return of Saul and Barnabas to Antioch: 1.  When did they return from Jerusalem? a.  To what “ministry” does the text refer? b.  Does this imply that they were in Jerusalem during the persecution by Herod? 1)   Is this very likely? 2)   […]

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Acts 11:19-30 to Acts 12:23

CHAPTER 11:19-30 (continued) ANTIOCH (Note; It is several months ago that the last Bible outline appeared in “Beacon Lights.” Hence, it may not he amiss to remind you that we already began our treatment of this section, and treated the text through vs. 21 under, “I. The Beginning of the Work at Antioch.” We continue […]

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Acts 11:19-30

Introduction: It is quite evident that here we have a new section, even though the beginning of this section falls in the middle of the chapter we are studying. This is plain from the fact that the 19th verse takes us back in time to the important occasion of the martyrdom of Stephen and the […]

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Acts 10:1 – 11:18

III. The Conjunction of the Two Visions: (vss. 17-22) A. The Facts: 1. When do the messengers from Cornelius arrive? 2. How do they make inquiry for Peter? 3. Who instructs Peter as to their arrival? What is meant by “the Spirit said unto him”? 4. What does the Spirit tell Peter to do? Why […]

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Acts 10:1 to 1:18

Introductory Remarks: We have given to this section the title, “The Conversion of Cornelius.” And to be sure, that conversion of the Roman centurion is one of the main threads in this narrative. However, as we indicated in connection with the last part of chapter 9 already, there is a broader and greater significance to […]

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Acts 6,7 (Continued)

II.  The Martyrdom of Stephen: A. The Occasion: 6:9-12 1. The dispute with Stephen: a. What is the significance of the word “then” in vs. 9? Does it give any indication of the real nature of the dispute and of the subject of the dispute? b. Who were the disputants? 1) Identify these Libertines, Cyrenians, […]

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Acts 6,7

Introduction: The material of these two chapters can hardly be separated, and therefore, in our question-outlines we will treat it as a unit. The choosing of the seven deacons leads up to the narrative of Stephen’s dispute with those of the synagogue of the Libertines. And the latter in turn leads up to the narrative […]

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Acts 5

Chapter 5 Introduction It is quite evident that the first part of this chapter is related to the last part of chapter 4 by way of contrast. In the closing section of chapter 4, evidently in close connection with the return of the apostles from their first imprisonment and “trial” before the Jewish council, we […]

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Acts 4

Chapter 4 Introductory Note: This chapter stands, of course, in close connection with the preceding one. The apostle Peter preached his second recorded sermon (not very likely only his second sermon, even though others are not recorded), emphasizing that the miracle of the healing of the lame man was a manifestation of the power of […]

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