The Book of Acts
November 27, 2022 • Jeremy Barbrow • Acts 28
November 13, 2022 • Jeremy Barbrow • Acts 26
November 6, 2022 • Acts 25
In chapter 25, Paul continues to face threats and false accusations; and once again, he must defend himself before the Roman and Jewish authorities. Interestingly, God is not named in this chapter, though His sovereign wisdom is clearly on display. In this chapter of Paul’s trials, we learn that God’s wisdom is shown even when His name is not known.
October 23, 2022
In Acts 23, Paul testifies before the Sanhedrin as the Roman tribune, Lysias, continues to observe his words and deeds. Later, God will use Lysias to protect Paul from the threat of death. From this story we learn the power of a faithful witness and our faithful God.
October 16, 2022 • Jeremy Barbrow • Acts 22
In Acts 22, Paul recounts the story of his conversion to Christianity. From his testimony we are reminded of the simple truth that Jesus saves sinners by His grace and sustains saints for His glory.
October 9, 2022 • Jeremy Barbrow
In Acts 21, Paul faces somewhat of a new challenge: While being fully convinced that the Spirit of the Lord is leading him into trials, Paul receives equally compelling warnings to avoid the trials from his brothers and sisters in Christ. By the end of the chapter, Paul is under arrest and in grave danger. From this chapter, we observe the complexities of following the Spirit and having fellowship with other Christians. By way of summary, we learn that God’s people will not always agree on the mind of God, but we can joyously pursue the will of God for His glory.
September 25, 2022 • Jeremy Barbrow
In Acts 19, Luke shares highlights from Paul’s miraculous and fruitful ministry in Ephesus. During this time, Paul encounters several Ephesians who have settled for an incomplete gospel or entirely false gods. From this chapter, we learn that only a whole gospel completely changes lives.
September 18, 2022
In Acts 18, Paul experiences the blessings and burdens of making disciples. In our study of this chapter, we can learn from Paul’s team, troubles, and transition.
September 11, 2022
In Acts 17, we find Paul presenting the gospel in both religious and secular contexts. From his example, we can learn several lessons on engaging our culture with the life-changing truth of the gospel.
September 4, 2022 • Chic Smith
In the first part of Paul's second missionary journey, the gospel advances to Philppi, and a new church is established as Jesus's power is displayed in various ways.
August 28, 2022 • Jeremy Barbrow
In Acts 15, members of the early church, particularly those of Jewish heritage, struggle to define the gospel apart from the observance of the law. Later on, Paul and Barnabas have a strong disagreement about John Mark’s usefulness for ministry. In short, Luke presents us with case studies in confession and even conflict. Here is a summary of the lessons we learn from these stories: Gospel grace is the foundation of our fellowship with God and one another.
August 21, 2022 • Jeremy Barbrow
"In Acts 14, we learn more about the trials and triumphs Paul and Barnabas experienced on their first missionary journey. Despite violent opposition and even undue praise, they faithfully preach the gospel and make disciples. We would do well to follow their example."
August 14, 2022 • Jeremy Barbrow
In Acts 13-15, we find three case studies of principles we recently discussed in our series on Church Membership: commission, commitment, and confession. In chapter 13, Paul and Barnabas are sent on their first missionary journey. Based on their experiences, we find several lessons for modern-day missions.