Acts of the Apostles, #4 The Expansion of the Church to the Gentiles (to the remotest part of the world) Acts 11:19 - 21:16
This section of 11:19 - 21:16: begins with the establishment of the Church at Antioch. records that the disciples there were first called “Christians”. and we see Antioch becoming the new center of the expansion of the Church.
But we also see that: although Paul generally appealed “to the Jew first”, it was the Gentile (both proselytes & heathen) that comprised the greatest response. it was general Jewish rejection /Gentile acceptance that fueled the growth of the Church independent of Judaism.
Key Points of the Story from chp.11: Remember how the chapter began, vv.1- 18 (covered this morning). Connections to previous texts: -v.19a > 8:4 -v.19b > chp.10 -v.20 > 11:18 The Church at Antioch became the first center of the Gentile Church. So, here we go.
Key Points of the Story from chp.11: The famine predicted, vv.27-28. This famine was and would further become an opportunity of uniting of Jew and Gentile, vv.29-30 > Rom.15:25-27.
Key Points of the Story from chp.12: The Persecution in Jerusalem continues. >Herod (Agrippa I- grandson of Herod the Great who ruled when Jesus was born, see also chp.26) “laid hands on some who belonged to the church, in order to mistreat them.” >He killed James and arrested Peter, vv.2-3 >Peter’s miraculous escape, vv.5-23 >Herod died, but the church grew! vv.24-25
Key Points of the Story from chp.13: The Beginning of the First Missionary Journey of Barnabas and Saul/Paul. >Events in Cypress: Elyamus & Sergius Paulus, vv.4-12 >Paul Preaches at Antioch of Psidia: (vv.13-42) -traces the history of Jesus from the birth of the nation in Egypt > Jesus. -Sweet Refrain: Jesus crucified, raised, witnessed, & forgiveness proclaimed.
Key Points of the Story from chp.14: Problems/Persecution in Iconium, vv.1-5 They fled to Lycoania, Lystra, & Derbe, vv.6-7: -Paul & Barnabas worshipped for healing a lame man, vv.8-14 -a Sermon ensues, vv.15-18 -Jews from past cities arrive & stir up the crowd > Paul stoned, vv.19ff
Key Points of the Story from chp.15: Gentiles & Circumcision becomes a problem in the Church. >Judean men came to Antioch and taught the essentiality of circumcision of Gentiles, vv.1ff. >The Church sends Paul & Barnabas to Jerusalem, vv.2-5. >Apostles & Elders of the Church made a decision based on inspired testimony and scripture, vv.6-35. >The Second Mission Journey was begun to revisited the churches previously established, vv.36ff.
Key Points of the Story from chp.16: We’re introduced to Timothy at Lystra, vv.1-5. The Gospel is preached in Europe: the Macedonian Call, vv.6-10. The Conversion of Lydia, vv.11-15. Paul & Silas jailed, vv.16-24. Their Jailer is converted, vv.25- 40.
Key Points of the Story from chp.17: Success and trouble at Thessalonica, vv.1-9. The Noble Bereans, vv.10-15. The “Unknown God” of the Athenians, vv.16-34.
Key Points of the Story from chp.18: Aquilla & Priscilla and the work at Corinth, vv.1-17. The completion of the Second Journey, vv.18-22. The Third Journey begun, vv.23-28: >Apollos corrected at Ephesus by Priscilla & Aquila.
Key Points of the Story from chp.19: The Events at Ephesus: > the baptism of John’s disciples, vv.1-6 > the success at Ephesus, vv.8-12 > the seven sons of Sceva, vv.13-20 > Demetrius & the Silversmiths stir up the city against Paul, vv.21- 41 > Paul departs for Macedonia, 20:1
Key Points of the Story from chp.20: The Third Journey Continues: >He went through the Macedonian region, > & spent three months in Greece, vv.2-3 > Some of the company he sent ahead to Troas, vv.4-5. > Upon arrival in Troas, he “broke bread” with the disciples and preached a long time, vv.7-16. >He spoke to the Ephesian Elders, vv.17-38.
Key Points of the Story from chp.21: Paul continues pressing back to Jerusalem: > He visits brethren along the way at Tyre and Ptolemias, vv.1-7. > And stops off in Caesarea at the house of Philip, vv.8-9. > It is while there that Agabas (a prophet from Jerusalem, cf.11:28) warned him not to enter Jerusalem, vv.10-16, to no avail.