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1 The Acts of the Apostles The Acts of the Apostles “..of all that Jesus began both to do and to teach” Acts 1:1

2 “And these signs shall follow them that believe” Mark 16: believe” Mark 16: “Cast out devils” Acts. 16:18; 19:12 “Speak with new tongues”Acts 2: 7-8 “Take up serpents”Acts 28: 3-6 “Take up serpents”Acts 28: 3-6 “Lay hands on the sick”Acts. 5: 15 “Lay hands on the sick”Acts. 5: 15 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? Hebrews 2: 3-4

3 “And these signs shall follow them that believe” Mark 16: believe” Mark 16: “Cast out devils” Correct mental abberations “Speak with new tongues” Speak plainly “Take up serpents” Shake off the power of sin “Take up serpents” Shake off the power of sin “Lay hands on the sick” Provide personal “Lay hands on the sick” Provide personal attention attention

4 ..of all that Jesus began both to do and teach” Historical Period AD = 33 Years! History of the Apostle Paul Called AD 36 Executed AD 69 = 33 Years!

5 Conversion of “All nation’s Conversion of “All nation’s Mark 16:16 cp. Acts 1: 8 Mark 16:16 cp. Acts 1: 8 Jerusalem and JudeaChapter 2 to 7 SamariaChapter 8 Uttermost parts of the earthChapters 13 to 28 3 important conversions……………………… PaulShem Ethiopian EunuchHam CorneliusJapheth

6 THE EMPERORS Tiberius AD 14-37` Otho AD 69 Caligula AD Vitellius AD 69 Claudius AD Vespasian AD Nero AD Titus AD Galba AD Domitian AD 81-96

7 THE ROMAN GOVERNORS BC 4- AD 39 Herod Antipas tetrarch of Galilee BC 4- AD 34 Herod Philip Tetrarch of Iturea AD 26-36Pontius Pilate Roman Procurator AD Herod Agrippa 1. King of Judea AD Herod Agrippa 11. Tetrarch of North Te. AD 52-60Felix Roman Procurator AD 60-62Festus Roman Procurator

8 The Acts of the Apostles Divisions Chps. 1 & 2 Ascention to day of Pentecost Chps. 3 – 5 The witness of Peter & John Chps. 6 – 9 Death of Stephen to conversion of Saul Chps. 10 –11 The call of Cornelius Chp. 12 Persecution by Herod Agrippa 1 Chps Paul’s first journey

9 Acts of the Apostles Divisions (Cont.) Chp. 15:1-35Jerusalem conference Chp. 15:36 – 18:22Paul’s second Journey Chp. 18:23 – 21:17Paul’s third journey Chp. 21:18 – 26:32Trials in Jerusalem and Caesarea Chp.27:1 - 28:16Voyage to Rome Chp.28: 17-31Final message to the the Jews

10 The seven progress reports 1.V ictory over unbelief2: 47 2.V ictory over deceit5:14 3.V ictory over Ecclesial strife6: 7 4.V ictory over persecution9: 31 5.V ictory over pride12: 24 6.V ictory over doctrinal error16: 5 7.V ictory over superstition19: 20

11 The Roman Empire AD 14 Influences throughout the Roman Emire that affected the spread of the Gospel Romans Greeks Jews

12 Influences that affected the spread of the Gospel Roman discipline and Justice Control of the Roman Army Roman road systems that linked the whole Empire to Rome Greek culture and learning Greek language the universal language of the day The production of the Septuagint version 200 BC. (Approx.) The Judean Jews who opposed the Gospel The Jews of the Diaspora, their Greek connections and Synagogues provide the channel for spread to Gentiles

13 The ascension The ascension of the Lord of the Lord Acts of the Apostles 1: 1-14

14 Resurrection -- National & Personal For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. Romans 5:10 Persona l National For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? Romans 11: 15

15 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. Ezek.9:3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. Ezek.9:3 Then the glory of the Lord went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; Ezek. 10:4 Then the glory of the Lord went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; Ezek. 10:4 “In like manner as ye have seen him go” Acts 1: 11

16 Then the glory of the Lord departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims. And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the Lord's house Ezek.10: Then did the Cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above. And the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city.Ezek.11:22-23 “In like manner as ye have seen him go” Acts 1: 11

17 Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.Zech. 14: 3-4 Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. Ezekiel 43: 1-2 Acts 1: 11 “So come in like manner” Acts 1: 11

18 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. Acts 1: 14 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. Acts 2: 1 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Acts 2: 46 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:Acts 4: 24 (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. Acts 5: 12 Acts 5: 12

19 Acts of the Apostles 1: Acts of the Apostles 1: Replacing one of the Twelve

20 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put therein at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt. 11 Chron. 5:10

21 Three distinct types of Manna…….. Manna that corrupted after one dayExod.16:20 Human nature Styled “This corruptible”1.Cor.15:53 Jesus came in our natureHeb.2:14 Process of corruption suspended for SabbathExod.16:23 God did not allow Jesus to see corruptionActs 2:31 Manna preserved in Most Holy PlaceExod.16:23-24 Jesus now immortal- “The hidden manna”Rev. 2:17 The Manna

22 And Moses laid up the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness. And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds. And Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD unto all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod. Numbers 17:7-9

23 “ Blind leaders of the blind” “ Blind leaders of the blind” Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. Matthew 15: 24 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Matthew 23: 16 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. Matthew 23: 24 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, Romans 2: 19

24 “When the day of Pentecost was fully come” Acts 2: 1-21

25 “When the day of Pentecost was fully come” 14 th. Day of the first month ---Passover 1 to 7 days later “Morrow after the Sabbath” waving of the first fruits of the barley harvest. 5o days after the waving of the sheaf – The day of Pentecost (Greek “Fiftieth”)

26 The offerings for the day of Pentecost Burnt Offering Burnt Offering Sin Offering Peace Offering 7 Lambs 1 Bullock 2 Rams 1. Kid of goats 2 Lambs “Two wave loaves baken with leaven” Leviticus 23: 17

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28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men Exodus 32: 28 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. Acts 2 : 41 “ When the day of Pentecost was fully come”

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30 Parthians MedesMedes Elamites MesopotamiaMesopotamia Arabians tongue, wherein we were born? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Acts 2:8 tongue, wherein we were born? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Acts 2:8

31 Judea Cappadocia Pontus Asia Phrygia Pamphylia Egypt Libya Cyrene Rome Cretes

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33 The outpouring of the spirit The outpouring of the spirit Acts 2: 14-21

34 “Of judgement because the Prince of this world is judged” “Save yourselves from this untoward generation” “Of judgement because the Prince of this world is judged” “Save yourselves from this untoward generation” Peter’s speech at Pentecost – Expression of the Spirit “And when he is come he will, he will reprove the world……… “Of sin, because they believe not on me” “ye have taken and by wicked hands have crucified and slain” “Of sin, because they believe not on me” “ye have taken and by wicked hands have crucified and slain” “Of righteousness because I go to my Father” “Whom God hath raised up..” “Of righteousness because I go to my Father” “Whom God hath raised up..” John 16: 8-11 compare Acts. 2: 23, 24, 40

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36 The Jewish Year Seasonal 1.“Abib” 7 Spring “Latter rains” Barley Harvest 2.“Zif” Flowers in bloom. Wheat harvest. 3. “Sivan” Summer begins, hot and dry 4. “Tammuz” Summer 5. “Ab” Heat increases 6. “Elul” Dates and summer fruits 7. “Ethanim” 1 Vintage, “Former rains” Ploughing begins 8. “Bul” Winter rains set in 9. “Chisleu” Winter rains increase 10 “Tebeth” Snow in the highlands 11. “Shebat” Almond in blossom 12. “Adar” Signs of spring.

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38 “Moreh” “A teacher” - as pointing the lesson “Early rain” – as pointing to the season “An archer” - as pointing the arrow

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40 “The former & the Latter rain 1 st. Advent -- “Former rain” “as a root out of a dry ground” Isa.53: 2 Prepares the ground for sowing 1 st. Advent -- “Former rain” “as a root out of a dry ground” Isa.53: 2 Prepares the ground for sowing 2 nd. Advent-- “Latter rain” “as rain upon the mown grass” Psa. 72: 6 Fills out for the gathering of the harvest 2 nd. Advent-- “Latter rain” “as rain upon the mown grass” Psa. 72: 6 Fills out for the gathering of the harvest

41 Bro. Thomas on Joel 2: 23

42 Bro. Thomas on Joel 2: 23.. (Cont) “Faith in the last days” Pages

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44 God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Hebrews 1: 1-2 “The last days” Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 1. Peter 1: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 1. Peter 1: 20 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time1.John 2: 18

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46 “ It shall come to pass in the last days” Acts 2: “ It shall come to pass in the last days” Acts 2: “I will pour out of my spirit …………… “upon all flesh” -- Without distinction of race “your sons and daughters” Without regard of gender “young men & old men” Without regard for age “Servants & handmaidens” Without distinction of class

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48 Acts. 2: “Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God”

49 Special offering on day of Pentecost Lev. 23:19 - Peace offerings commanded only on this day Offer of fellowship with God Lev. 23:19 - Peace offerings commanded only on this day Offer of fellowship with God Lev. 7:13 - Two loaves baken with leaven Sins need to be forgiven Lev. 7:13 - Two loaves baken with leaven Sins need to be forgiven Lev. 23:22:23- Blemish permitted in one type of peace offering Fellowship offered despite imperfection Lev. 23:22:23- Blemish permitted in one type of peace offering Fellowship offered despite imperfection

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51 “Hear these words” V. 22 Jesus attested by miracles V. 23Delivered to death by God’s counsel V. 24Raised from the dead by God’s power

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53 “ The son of man goeth as it was determined” Luke 22:22 “ The son of man goeth as it was determined” Luke 22:22 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.Psalm 22:16-18 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.Psalm 22:16-18 For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded. Psalm 69:26 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. Isaiah 53:10

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55 “Not possible that he should be holden of it” It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing John 6:63 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 1. Pet. 3:18 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God11. Cor.13:4 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father John 10:18

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57 “For David speaketh concerning him” Acts. 2: 22-32

58 Peter’s insistence on David’s understand Act 2:25 For David speaketh concerning him Act 2:25 For David speaketh concerning him Act 2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; Act 2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; Act 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ Act 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ

59 Peter’s use of two major Psalms Psalm 16: 4 Words of a Priest, through the experience of weakness Psalm 110:4 King-Priest because of perfect obedience “Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.” “The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek”

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61 “He seeing this before” Acts 2:31 1 Chronicles 17:17 —( Youngs Lit. trans.) “ And this was a small thing in thine eyes O God, and thou speakest concerning the house of thy servant afar off and hast seen me as the type of the man raised up on high, O Yahweh God” 1 Chronicles 17:17 —( Youngs Lit. trans.) “ And this was a small thing in thine eyes O God, and thou speakest concerning the house of thy servant afar off and hast seen me as the type of the man raised up on high, O Yahweh God”

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63 “Thou hast made known to me the ways of life” Acts. 2: 28 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:6 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:18 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: Proverbs 8:20 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof errethProverbs 10:17

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65 “I am the root and the offspring of David” Rev. 22:16 “I am the root and the offspring of David” Rev. 22:16 And there shall come forth a rod ( “A twig”) out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: Isa. 11:1

66 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the Holy Scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: Romans 1: 1-4 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the Holy Scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: Romans 1: 1-4 The explanation !

67 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof Revelation 5: 2-5 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof Revelation 5: 2-5 The reason !

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69 “Both Lord and Chris t” Acts 2:33-47

70 Peter’s method of exposition Psa 16:11 Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Act 2:28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance Act 2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted,

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72 “He hath shed forth this which ye now see and hear” Acts 2: 33 “He hath shed forth this which ye now see and hear” Acts 2: 33 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them. Psalm 68:18 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. Ephesians 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. Ephesians 4:8

73 “Received” and “Gave” gifts unto men For they are wholly given unto me from among the children of Israel; instead of such as open every womb, even instead of the firstborn of all the children of Israel, have I taken them unto me. Numbers 8:16 And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of the congregation Numbers 8:19 And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of the congregation Numbers 8:19

74 “Received” and “Gave” gifts unto men “And behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from among the people of Israel, they are gift to you, given to Yahweh, to do the service of the tent of the meeting” Numbers 18:6 RSV “I therefore, Lo! I have taken your brethren the Levites, out of the midst of the sons of Israel, unto you as a gift are they given as a gift unto Yahweh, to do the laborious work of the tent of meeting” Numbers 18:6 Roth.

75 The gift of teachers “And he gave some… Apostles (“One that is sent”) and some Prophets ( “Foretell”) And some Evangelists ( “Announce good news”) And some Pastors ( “A shepherd”) And some Teachers ( “An instructor”)

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77 “The name of Jesus Christ” V22. “ Jesus of Nazareth a man approved of God” V36. “God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ” V36. “God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ” V38. “ Be baptised every one you intoThe name of Jesus Christ”

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79 Peter’s method of exposition Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Joe 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. Act 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

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81 “Save yourselves from this untoward generation” Acts 2:40 “Save yourselves from this untoward generation” Acts 2:40 Deu 32:5 They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation. (Mg. “Or that they are not his children, this is their blot”) Phi 2:14-15 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

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83 “Upon this rock I will build my Ecclesia” Matthew 16:18 Compare Deuteronomy 32 “Upon this rock I will build my Ecclesia” Matthew 16:18 Compare Deuteronomy 32 V37Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted, V31For their rock is not as our Rock V30except their Rock had sold them, V18Of the Rock that begot thee thou art unmindful V13and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock; v4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect:

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85 “They continued steadfast in the Apostle's doctrine” “They continued steadfast in the Apostle's doctrine”

86 Aspects of “Koinonia” “Sharing” 1. Cor. 10: 16“Communion of the blood of Christ” Phil. 3: 10“Fellowship of his sufferings” Rom. 15: 26“Contribution for poor saints” Heb. 2: 14“Partakers of flesh and blood”

87 The three stages of redemption Baptism, association with the sacrifice of Christ Walking in newness of life at the present Immortality in the Kingdom

88 The furniture in the “Holy place” “And they continued steadfastly in…………....the Apostle’s doctrine..and in the breaking of bread....and in prayers”

89 The Apostles doctrine Acts 2: 42 Heb. 6:1-3 Eph. 4: 3-6 The Apostles doctrine Acts 2: 42 Heb. 6:1-3 Eph. 4: 3-6 Fellowship Breaking of bread Prayers One body ( One true religion) One spirit ( same attitude 1.Cor. 1:10) One hope ( “Saved by the hope” Rom. 8: 24) One Lord ( Christ as the head of the Ecclesia) One Faith ( “Substance of things hoped for” Heb.11: 1) One baptism ( Validated by proper understanding Acts. 19) Fellowship Breaking of bread Prayers One body ( One true religion) One spirit ( same attitude 1.Cor. 1:10) One hope ( “Saved by the hope” Rom. 8: 24) One Lord ( Christ as the head of the Ecclesia) One Faith ( “Substance of things hoped for” Heb.11: 1) One baptism ( Validated by proper understanding Acts. 19)

90 The Apostles doctrine Acts 2: 42 Heb. 6:1-3 Eph. 4: 3-6 The Apostles doctrine Acts 2: 42 Heb. 6:1-3 Eph. 4: 3-6 One God ( Singularity of God Deut. 6: 4) Repentance from dead works ( Change of lifestyle) Faith toward God ( The ultimate trust) Laying on of hands ( Grk. “Admit” “Right hand of fellowship” Gal. 2: 90 ) Resurrection ( Only hope beyond the grave) Judgement ( of just and unjust Acts. 24: 15) One God ( Singularity of God Deut. 6: 4) Repentance from dead works ( Change of lifestyle) Faith toward God ( The ultimate trust) Laying on of hands ( Grk. “Admit” “Right hand of fellowship” Gal. 2: 90 ) Resurrection ( Only hope beyond the grave) Judgement ( of just and unjust Acts. 24: 15)

91 “The poor saints in Jerusalem” Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea: Acts 11: 29 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings. Acts 24: 17 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.Romans 15: 26 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; 11. Cor. 9: 12

92 Healing the Lame man Acts 3:1:11 Healing the Lame man Acts 3:1:11

93 Healing the lame man Acts 3:1 to 4:37 DIVISIONS 3: 1-11The lame healed 3: 12-26Peter’s testimony to power behind the miracle 4: 1-12Peter & John interrogated by the Sadducees 4: 13-17Closed meeting of the Sadducees 4: 18-22Peter & John warned & released by Sadducees 4: 21-31Rejoicing among the Ecclesia

94 Peter and John Luke 5: 10Partners in fishing business John 1: 41-42Together in John’s baptism Luke 22: 8Sent together to prepare last supper John 18: 6Together in Palace of High-Priest John 20: 6Ran together to empty Tomb Acts. 3: 1Together in healing of the lame man Acts 8: 14Sent to Samaria together

95 Opening Miracles The Lame at the Temple Acts 3: 1 The Lame at the Temple Acts 3: 1 The lame man at Lystra Acts 14: 8 The lame man at Lystra Acts 14: 8 Never walked from their mother’s womb. Both looked steadfastly on the Apostles Both leap and walk Never walked from their mother’s womb. Both looked steadfastly on the Apostles Both leap and walk

96 Most Holy Solomon’s Porch Solomon’s Porch Tower of Antonia Royal Porch Court of Priests Court of Israel Court of Gentiles Court of Women The Beautiful gate of the Temple Beautiful gate

97 “The name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth” Acts 3:6 “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” Acts 3: 16 “And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong” Acts 4:7 “By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?” Acts 4:7 “By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?” Acts 4: 10 “that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,”

98 “The name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth” Acts 4: 17 “ let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.” Acts 4: 18 “not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.” Acts 4: 18 “that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.” Acts 4: 12 “for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

99 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. ” Acts 2: 36 Gospel records Acts to Revelation JESUS CHRIST Combination “Jesus Christ” JESUS CHRIST

100 Psa 17:7 Show thy marvelous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them. Psa 20:6 Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. Psa 80:17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself. Psa 108:6 That thy beloved may be delivered: save with thy right hand, and answer me. Psa 138:7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. “The saving strength of his right hand” “The saving strength of his right hand”

101 Peter and John before the Council Acts 4: 1-12 Peter and John before the Council Acts 4: 1-12

102 “We have no king but Caesar” John 19:15 “The chief priests” There is a singular force in the exact definition of the speakers here. They are not simply described as “ the Jews” ( John 18: 31; 19: 7), nor yet as “The chief priests and the officers” (John 19:6). The official organs of the theocracy themselves proclaim that they have abandoned the faith by which the nation had lived. The sentence “We have no king but Caesar” (The foreign emperor) is the legitimate end of their policy, the formal abdication of the Messianic hope. The Kingdom of God, in the confession of its rulers, has become the kingdom of the world. In the place of the Christ, they have found the emperor. They first rejected Jesus as the Christ, and then, driven by the irony of circumstances, they have rejected Christ altogether. B. F. Westcott “We have no king but Caesar” John 19:15 “The chief priests” There is a singular force in the exact definition of the speakers here. They are not simply described as “ the Jews” ( John 18: 31; 19: 7), nor yet as “The chief priests and the officers” (John 19:6). The official organs of the theocracy themselves proclaim that they have abandoned the faith by which the nation had lived. The sentence “We have no king but Caesar” (The foreign emperor) is the legitimate end of their policy, the formal abdication of the Messianic hope. The Kingdom of God, in the confession of its rulers, has become the kingdom of the world. In the place of the Christ, they have found the emperor. They first rejected Jesus as the Christ, and then, driven by the irony of circumstances, they have rejected Christ altogether. B. F. Westcott

103 Intensity of resistance to the Gospel Apostles mocked2:13 Detained overnight4: 3 Ordered not to preach4: 18 Imprisoned5: 18 Beaten5: 40 Stoned7: 59 Scattered abroad8: 1 Apostles mocked2:13 Detained overnight4: 3 Ordered not to preach4: 18 Imprisoned5: 18 Beaten5: 40 Stoned7: 59 Scattered abroad8: 1

104 Before the Sanhedrin (Grk.“Joint-session”) Rulers……………“Chief ones” Elders……………“Seniors” Scribes…………...“writer” Annas…………….The High priest Caiaphas…………His son-in-law John Alexander Relatives

105 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name (Grk.“The name”) which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil. 2: 9-11 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory. Isaiah 45: “There is no other Name……..”

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107 Peter & John report to the Ecclesia Acts. 4:23-33

108 The application of Psalm 2 PSALM 2 ACTS 4 “Against the Lord and his anointed” v2 “against They holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed” v27 Rulers v2Rulers v8 chief priests & elders v23 Kings v2Herod & Pontius Pilate v27 Heathen v1Gentiles v27 PeoplesPeople of Israel v27 Set themselves v2Gathered themselves v27 Rage v1Threatenings v29 Take counsel v2To do -- thy counsel v28 Put their trust in him v12Boldness vv 29, 31

109 Psalm 2 not fulfilled as yet v5God will vex them in his sore displeasure V9Smashing his enemies like a potter’s vessel V6He will set his king on Mount Zion V8Christ will be given the uttermost parts of the earth v5God will vex them in his sore displeasure V9Smashing his enemies like a potter’s vessel V6He will set his king on Mount Zion V8Christ will be given the uttermost parts of the earth And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. Rev. 2:26-27

110 God’s endorsement of his moral perfection Rom.1:4 Positive identification as the promised seed Acts. 13:34 The assurance that he is coming, and is equipped to Judge the world in righteousness Acts. 17:31 The guarantee of salvation for all those positively identified with him.1.Thess. 4: 14 God’s endorsement of his moral perfection Rom.1:4 Positive identification as the promised seed Acts. 13:34 The assurance that he is coming, and is equipped to Judge the world in righteousness Acts. 17:31 The guarantee of salvation for all those positively identified with him.1.Thess. 4: 14 The power of his resurrection

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112 Acts 4:36 to 5:11 The first Ecclesial problem

113 Benjamin Simeon Reuben Gad Ephraim Manasseh Dan Asher Naphtali Judah Issachar Zebulon Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth. Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us. Psalm 80:1-2 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth. Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us. Psalm 80:1-2 “The flock of Joseph” Manasseh Benjamin

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115 “The love of money is the root of all evil” Simon the sorcererActs. 8: The Philppian masters of demented girlActs. 16:16-19 The Ephesian silversmithsActs. 19:24-25 The injustice of Felix.Acts 25:26 Simon the sorcererActs. 8: The Philppian masters of demented girlActs. 16:16-19 The Ephesian silversmithsActs. 19:24-25 The injustice of Felix.Acts 25:26 Case histories in Acts of the Apostles………..

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117 The serious crime of Ananias & Sapphira V3. “To lie to the Holy Spirit” ( Thinking that they could deceive spirit guided Apostles) V4. “Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God” (Imagining that God could not see what they were doing) V9. “Ye have agreed together to tempt the spirit of the Lord” (Testing the ability of the spirit to detect hypocrisy) V3. “To lie to the Holy Spirit” ( Thinking that they could deceive spirit guided Apostles) V4. “Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God” (Imagining that God could not see what they were doing) V9. “Ye have agreed together to tempt the spirit of the Lord” (Testing the ability of the spirit to detect hypocrisy) “Against thee, thee only have I sinned” Psa. 51:4

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119 The punishment fits the crime !! Judgement on Moses for striking the Rock. Num.20:10 The death of Uzzah before the Ark. 11.Sam.6:6-10 The death of the unnamed prophet 1.Kings 13:1-24 The leprosy of Gehazi 11. Kings 5:20-27 Judgement on Moses for striking the Rock. Num.20:10 The death of Uzzah before the Ark. 11.Sam.6:6-10 The death of the unnamed prophet 1.Kings 13:1-24 The leprosy of Gehazi 11. Kings 5:20-27

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121 Preaching prospers – Persecution intensifies Acts. 5: 12-42

122 The Apostolic testimony spreads Apostles defy order to desist from preaching Crowds gather in the very precincts of the Temple Essential solidarity of Ecclesia undisturbed by events Populace honours the Apostles Peter grows in stature with the people News reaches outer districts, people flock to Jerusalem Main roads clogged with the sick brought to be healed Every one is healed Apostles defy order to desist from preaching Crowds gather in the very precincts of the Temple Essential solidarity of Ecclesia undisturbed by events Populace honours the Apostles Peter grows in stature with the people News reaches outer districts, people flock to Jerusalem Main roads clogged with the sick brought to be healed Every one is healed Acts. 5: 16

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124 The Sadducees Founded as a sect in B.C. 260 by one named “Zadok” hence “Zadokians” ( “Sadducees”) “Righteous ones” Small but powerful sect, mainly of the rich class, favoured by the Maccabees (B.C ). Through political intrigue they gained the priesthood Acts. 5:17 Rational and sceptical, they did no believe in the supernatural, Acts 23:8, and so opposed national fanaticism, and religious zeal. This made them unpopular with the masses, so that they were often constrained because of popular opinion against them. Math.21: 26; 26: 3-5 Acts 4:21; 5:26 Founded as a sect in B.C. 260 by one named “Zadok” hence “Zadokians” ( “Sadducees”) “Righteous ones” Small but powerful sect, mainly of the rich class, favoured by the Maccabees (B.C ). Through political intrigue they gained the priesthood Acts. 5:17 Rational and sceptical, they did no believe in the supernatural, Acts 23:8, and so opposed national fanaticism, and religious zeal. This made them unpopular with the masses, so that they were often constrained because of popular opinion against them. Math.21: 26; 26: 3-5 Acts 4:21; 5:26

125 The Sadducees They opposed the Pharisees, totally rejecting the oral traditions. They considered all Scripture as sacred, but only the Pentateuch as authoritative They scorned the idea of immortality and future rewards, teaching that the best in this present life was the reward of virtue Note their opposition to the Pharisees on their stated policy of political expediency. John 11: They opposed the Pharisees, totally rejecting the oral traditions. They considered all Scripture as sacred, but only the Pentateuch as authoritative They scorned the idea of immortality and future rewards, teaching that the best in this present life was the reward of virtue Note their opposition to the Pharisees on their stated policy of political expediency. John 11: 47-50

126 The Sadducees The early opposition to our Lord came mainly from the Pharisees, but the Priests took a more prominent part in procuring the Lord’s death John 19:15 Their opposition intensifies throughout the book of The Acts as their foundation doctrine of no resurrection was powerfully assailed. Acts. 4: 33 The early opposition to our Lord came mainly from the Pharisees, but the Priests took a more prominent part in procuring the Lord’s death John 19:15 Their opposition intensifies throughout the book of The Acts as their foundation doctrine of no resurrection was powerfully assailed. Acts. 4: 33 Act 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

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128 Jesus exalted by God to be a “Prince” ( Grk. “Chief leader”) Jesus exalted by God to be a “Prince” ( Grk. “Chief leader”) Rendered…. “Prince of Life” Acts.3:15 The leader into eternal life. “Captain of our salvation” Heb. 2:10 Leads us to salvation “Author …of faith” Heb.12: 2 Leader in the race of faith. Rendered…. “Prince of Life” Acts.3:15 The leader into eternal life. “Captain of our salvation” Heb. 2:10 Leads us to salvation “Author …of faith” Heb.12: 2 Leader in the race of faith.

129 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people Isa. 54:3-4 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people Isa. 54:3-4 “Witness” Heb. “To Testify” “Leader” Heb. “To go in front” “Commander” Heb. “To issue commands” “Witness” Heb. “To Testify” “Leader” Heb. “To go in front” “Commander” Heb. “To issue commands”

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131 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. Isa 43:11 Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me. Hosea 13:4 Yahweh the saviour of Israel

132 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. Titus 1:3-4 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. Titus 1:3-4 Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Titus 2:10.13 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; Titus 3: 4, 6

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134 The first Ecclesial welfare problem Acts 6: 1-7

135 Gamaliel ( “Reward of Ail”) The grandson of Hillel Revered teacher of the Law, one of only seven with title of “Rabban” ( “Our teacher”) Compare “Rabbi” (“My teacher”) Also called “The beauty of the Law” Paul’s teacher Acts 22:3 Last of the great teachers, who taught being seated He died about 18 years before siege of Jerusalem A.D. 70 At his death it was said “The glory of the law ceased” The grandson of Hillel Revered teacher of the Law, one of only seven with title of “Rabban” ( “Our teacher”) Compare “Rabbi” (“My teacher”) Also called “The beauty of the Law” Paul’s teacher Acts 22:3 Last of the great teachers, who taught being seated He died about 18 years before siege of Jerusalem A.D. 70 At his death it was said “The glory of the law ceased”

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137 “Seven men of honest report” Stephen - “A Laurel Crown” Philip -“A lover of horses” Prochorus“Before the dance” Nicanor“Victorious” Timon“Valuable” Parmenas“Consistent” Nicholas“Victorious over the people” Stephen - “A Laurel Crown” Philip -“A lover of horses” Prochorus“Before the dance” Nicanor“Victorious” Timon“Valuable” Parmenas“Consistent” Nicholas“Victorious over the people”

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139 “The number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly” Acts. 6:7 The day of Pentecost 3000Acts 2:41 Increased to 5000 Acts 4:4 “Multitudes addedActs 5:14 Disciples increased greatlyActs 6:7 Posssibly near 10,000! The day of Pentecost 3000Acts 2:41 Increased to 5000 Acts 4:4 “Multitudes addedActs 5:14 Disciples increased greatlyActs 6:7 Posssibly near 10,000!

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141 Disputing with Stephen Acts 6:8-15

142 Cyrene Cilicia Rome Asia Alexandria The synagogue of the Hellenists

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144 The Alexandrians City on great learning institutions Next to Jerusalem & Rome, largest Jewish population Given their own quarter by Ptolemy Philadelphus Allowed to have their own Governor Philo the great teacher lived here at this time Apollos educated here Acts. 18:24-25 Translation of the Septuagint (LXX) done here City on great learning institutions Next to Jerusalem & Rome, largest Jewish population Given their own quarter by Ptolemy Philadelphus Allowed to have their own Governor Philo the great teacher lived here at this time Apollos educated here Acts. 18:24-25 Translation of the Septuagint (LXX) done here

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146 Stephen’s Characteristics An honest personv3 A gracious personv6 A man of knowledge & wisdom v10 Had an excellent disposition v10 His whole demeanor reflected in his face. v15 An honest personv3 A gracious personv6 A man of knowledge & wisdom v10 Had an excellent disposition v10 His whole demeanor reflected in his face. v15

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148 Stephen’s defence Acts 7 Stephen’s defence Acts 7

149 Stephen’s defence Acts 7 …………… Divisions 1-8Abraham -- inheritance by promise not by law 9-16Joseph – Type of Christ—help from Egypt 17-36Moses – Raised & educated in Egypt – Rejected by his brethren – Revelation of God in desert 37-43Israel’s consistent failure 44-50The Temple not the final phase in worship 51-53Stephen’s condemns his hypocritical accusers 54-60In rage Stephen is stoned Stephen’s defence Acts 7 …………… Divisions 1-8Abraham -- inheritance by promise not by law 9-16Joseph – Type of Christ—help from Egypt 17-36Moses – Raised & educated in Egypt – Rejected by his brethren – Revelation of God in desert 37-43Israel’s consistent failure 44-50The Temple not the final phase in worship 51-53Stephen’s condemns his hypocritical accusers 54-60In rage Stephen is stoned

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151 “Mesopotamia” “Between the 2 rivers” “Mesopotamia” “Between the 2 rivers”

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153 Abraham elevated to firstborn Genesis 11:26-32 Terah 70 yrs old begins familyv26 He dies at Haran aged 205 yrs.V32 After his death Abraham moves to CanaanActs 7:4 Abraham then 75 yrs. Old12:4 Terah would then have been 130 yrs. old Though youngest Abraham would have been mentioned first, as was Shem cp. Genesis 6:10 with 10:21 Terah 70 yrs old begins familyv26 He dies at Haran aged 205 yrs.V32 After his death Abraham moves to CanaanActs 7:4 Abraham then 75 yrs. Old12:4 Terah would then have been 130 yrs. old Though youngest Abraham would have been mentioned first, as was Shem cp. Genesis 6:10 with 10:21

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155 Abraham’s seed afflicted for 400 years! Gen.15:13 Israel in Egypt approximately 215 years Exod.12:40 has 430years. LXX translation “In the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan” Gal.3:16-17 gives 430 yrs. From the promise to the law Gen.15:13 refers to affliction “of thy seed” and dates from the birth of Isaac some 30 years after Abraham’s entry into the land, hence 400 years. Israel in Egypt approximately 215 years Exod.12:40 has 430years. LXX translation “In the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan” Gal.3:16-17 gives 430 yrs. From the promise to the law Gen.15:13 refers to affliction “of thy seed” and dates from the birth of Isaac some 30 years after Abraham’s entry into the land, hence 400 years.

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157 Jewish emphasis on circumcision Gal 6:12 As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. Eph 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; Phi 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

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159 Throughout the earth, our Father, we revere thee. Led by thy Son, together we stand true One faith, one love, Thy Spirit binds us firmly as sons and daughters blessed in Thy view. From many lands we raise our eyes toward Thee, Our voices joined as one great family.

160 Our many lives are woven, fitly blended as tapestry created by Thy hand. Within each thread, Thy glory is extended, with every colour quality and strand. Upon thy loom our differences become one: a pleasing tribute to thee and thy Son

161 From many nations of the earth do we hail. With many tongues we form our praise to Thee. Across the seas from mountain, isle, and deep vale, Thy sons and daughters in one love agree. And as we strengthen one another in Thee, Thy spirit binds in perfect harmony.

162 Throughout the earth, our Father we revere thee. Led by thy Son together we stand true One faith, one love, Thy Spirit binds us firmly as sons and daughters blessed in Thy view. From many lands we raise our eyes toward Thee, Our voices joined as one great family.

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164 The Roman Provinces

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167 Antioch Paphos Antioch Perga Iconium Lystra Derbe Paul’s first journey- outward

168 Antioch Paphos Antioch Perga Iconium Lystra Derbe Paul’s first journey- Return Attalia Seleucia

169 Antioch Paphos Antioch Iconium Lystra Derbe Paul’s second journey First stage Seleucia Phrygia Troas Tarsus “Come over and help us” Bithynia

170 Macedonia Neapolis Philippi Troas Thessalonica Berea Athens Corinth Paul’s second journey Second stage

171 Corinth Cenchrea Ephesus Caeserea Jerusalem Antioch Rhodes Paul’s second journey Third stage Third stage

172 Ephesus Antioch Paul’s third journey First stage First stage

173 Paul’s third journey Second stage Second stage Ephesus Macedonia Philippi Corinth

174 Philippi Troas Assos Ephesus Miletus Patara Tyre Caeserea Ptolemais Jerusalem Paul’s third journey Third stage Third stage

175 Melita Caeserea Sidon Myra Cnidus Salmone Fair havens Clauda Syracuse Rhegium Puteoli Appii Forum Rome Paul’s Journey to Rome

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177 Euroclydon St. Paul’s bay

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