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Acts

Believers Church Bible Commentary
Acts

Series: Believers Church Bible Commentary Series
By author: Chalmer E. Faw
Product Code: 3631
ISBN: 9780836136319
Pages: 336
Binding Information: Paper
Size: 8.75 x 5.63 inches

Publication Date: 10/8/1993
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Chalmer E. Faw brings Acts to life for our day. He blends thorough biblical scholarship with wisdom from extensive and varied experience in missionary work and Bible teaching. His careful exposition of the book of Acts is supplemented with literary and theological discussion.

The key word in Acts is witness for Jesus Christ, from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. God’s Spirit anoints the church at Pentecost, leads believers in handling conflicts between converts new and old, and empowers Christians to overcome false beliefs and magic. In Acts, Luke tells this dramatic story with subtle humor.

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Series Foreword . . . 11
Author's Preface . . . 13
Introduction to Acts . . . 17

Part 1: Beginnings in Jerusalem, 1:1-26

Summary of the Story Thus Far, 1:1-5 . . . 29
Commissioning of the Apostles, 1:6-8 . . . 30
Ascension and Promise of the Lord's Return, 1:9-11 . . . 31
Events in the Upper Room, 1:12-26 . . . 32

Part 2: The Day of Pentecost, 2:1-47

The Outpoured Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, 2:1-13 . . . 41
Peter's Speech and the Response, 2:14-41 . . . 44
The New Community of Believers, 2:42-47 . . . 47

Part 3: The Witness of the Early Church, 3:1-5:42

Witness of a Great Miracle, 3:1-4:31 . . . 61
Continuing Life Within the Community, 4:32-5:16 . . . 68
Another Encounter with the Sanhedrin, 5:17-42 . . . 72

Part 4: The Martyr-Witness of Stephen, 6:1-8:1a

Appointment of the Seven, 6:1-6 . . . 85
Continued Growth of the Church, 6:7 . . . 88
Stephen's Ministry and Arrest, 6:8-7:1 . . . 88
Stephen's Final Speech, 7:2-53 . . . 89
Stephen's Witness in Death; Saul Introduced, 7:54-8:1a . . . 92

Part 5: The Witness of a Persecuted and
  Scattered Church, 8:1b-9:31

Hellenist Christians Scattered by Persecution, 8:1b-3 . . . 102
Philip's Witness in Samaria, 8:4-13 . . . 102
Mission of Peter and John to Samaria, 8:14-25 . . . 104
Philip's Witness to the Ethiopian, 8:26-40 . . . 105
The Conversion of Saul, 9:1-19a . . . 108
Saul's Witness in Damascus, 9:19b-25 . . . 113
Saul's Witness in Jerusalem, 9:26-30 . . . 114
A New Era of Peace and Growth, 9:31 . . . 115

Part 6: The Continuing Ministry of Peter, 9:32-12:25

Healing of Aeneas at Lydda, 9:32-35 . . . 122
Raising of Dorcas at Joppa, 9:36-43 . . . 122
Conversion of Cornelius and Household, 10:1-11:18 . . . 124
The Jew-Gentile Church in Antioch, 11:19-30 . . . 130
Peter's Imprisonment and Deliverance, 12:1-19 . . . 134
The Death of Herod Agrippa I, 12:20-23 . . . 137
Church Growth; Return of Barnabas and Saul, 12:24-25 . . . 138

Part 7: First Mission of Witness to the Gentile World, 13:1-15:35

  Mission from Antioch and Return, 13:1-14:28 . . . 148
Commissioning of Barnabas and Saul, 13:1-3 . . . 148
Witness of Barnabas and Saul on Cyprus, 13:4-12 . . . 149
Paul and Barnabas at Pisidian Antioch, 13:13-52 . . . 151
Further Witness in the Galatian Highlands, 14:1-23 . . . 155
Return to Syrian Antioch and Report, 14:24-28 . . . 159
  The Council of Jerusalem . . . 160
Dispute over Circumcision for Gentiles, 15:1-5 . . . 161
Jerusalem Meeting of Church Leaders, 15:6-21 . . . 162
What Seems Good to the Spirit and the Church, 15:22-35 . . . 165

Part 8: The Witness in Macedonia and Athens, 15:36-17:34

From Antioch to Troas, 15:36-16:10 . . . 178
The Witness of Paul and Silas in Philippi, 16:11-40 . . . 181
The Witness in Thessalonica, 17:1-9 . . . 188
The Witness of Berea, 17:10-14 . . . 191
The Witness in Athens, 17:15-34 . . . 192

Part 9: The Witness in Corinth and Ephesus, 18-19

Ministry in Corinth, 18:1-17 . . . 206
Journey Toward Syria; Stopover at Ephesus, 18:18-21 . . . 210
Visit to Jerusalem; Return to Ephesus, 18:22-23 . . . 211
Apollos at Ephesus; On to Corinth, 18:24-28 . . . 212
Paul's Ministry in Ephesus, 19:1-10 . . . 213
Triumph of Miracles over Magic at Ephesus, 19:11-20 . . . 216
Paul's Plan to Go to Jerusalem, 19:21-22 . . . 217
Silversmiths Stirring Up Confusion at Ephesus, 19:23-41 . . . 218

Part 10: Journey to Jerusalem and Witness There 20:1-23:35

  From Ephesus to Jerusalem, 20:1-21:16 . . . 231
Farewells in Macedonia, Greece, and Troas, 20:1-16 . . . 231
Farewell to the Ephesian Elders, 20:17-38 . . . 233
Farewells at Tyre, Ptolemais, and Caesarea, 21:1-14 . . . 236
From Caesarea to Jerusalem, 21:15-16 . . . 238
  Encounters in Jerusalem, 21:17-23:35 . . . 238
Report to Jerusalem Church; Request of James, 21:17-25 . . . 238
Paul's Arrest at the Temple, 21:26-40 . . . 240
Paul's Defense in Jerusalem, 22:1-23:10 . . . 243
A Night Vision of Reassurance, 23:11 . . . 243
Dealing with the Plot Against Paul, 23:12-35 . . . 256

Part 11: Witness in Caesarea, 24-26

Paul's Trial Before Felix, 24:1-27 . . . 262
Paul's First Trial Before Festus, 25:1-12 . . . 266
Paul's Hearing Before Festus and Agrippa, 25:13-26:32 . . . 268

Part 12: Witness-On to Rome, 27-28

  Voyage to Rome, 27:1-28:16 . . . 282
From Caesarea to Crete, 27:1-12 . . . 282
The Storm, 27:13-26 . . . 284
The Shipwreck, 27:27-44 . . . 286
Wintering on the Island of Malta, 28:1-10 . . . 289
From Malta to Rome, 28:11-16 . . . 291
  Paul's Witness in Rome, 28:17-31 . . . 293
First Session with the Jewish Leaders, 28:17-22 . . . 293
Second Meeting with the Jews, 28:23-28 . . . 294
Two Years of Unhindered Witness, 28:30-31 . . . 295

Outline of Acts . . . 301
Essays . . . 309
Map of Palestine in New Testament Times . . . 324
Map of the New Testament World . . . 325
Bibliography . . . 327
Recommended Resources for Personal and Group Study . . . 333
The Author . . . 335


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