Study of acts discussion notes chapter 8 introduction our study of the book of acts has been informative and challenging. According to justin, simon goes to rome during the reign of emperor claudius a. Godly men buried stephen and mourned deeply for him. Go to previous section go to next section return to book of acts. The book of acts furnishes a ladder on which to place the epistles. In many ways acts chapter 8 is a significant pivot point. Therefore, it is reasonable to include lukes purpose for acts as falling under his purpose for the book of luke. Luke notes a similar belief about simon, saying he is known as the great power 8.
Acts of the apostles 8, new living translation nlt the. In the opening verses of this critical chapter of acts 8, three progressive features show how god uses evil for good, describing. Acts 8 is the eighth chapter of the acts of the apostles in the new testament of the christian bible. The book of acts shows how god essentially took a group of fisherman and commoners and used them to turn the world upside down acts 17. These verses contains lukes introduction to the book of acts, and his account of christs parting words to his disciples before his ascension into heaven. He was one of the first martyrs and there were many more like him who were martyred in the years that followed. Acts these are all of the chapters of the book of acts. This persecution is much more severe, since it involves the laypeople and since it comes from the unrelenting hands of saul.
Acts 8 indepth versebyverse bible study and commentary of acts chapter 8 in plain english. Acts bible book with full chapters king james version. Acts 8 niv bible and saul approved of their killing. In this chapter we have an account of the persecutions of the christians, and the propagating of christianity thereby. Before you attempt to answer the questions below you should read these chapters in the bible and answer the questions at the end of each chapter found at the website answer the questions below and then click ok to send your answers. Verses 58 then philip went down to the city of samaria, and preached christ unto. Acts 4 niv peter and john before the sanhedrin bible gateway. Acts 8 niv bible and saul approved of their killing him. Acts with book summary versebyverse bible commentary. A proud person might give an outward display of faith because it is the right thing to do in the eyes of others. Of these, the first twelve report events between the time of jesus last meeting with his disciples and the beginning of pauls work as a christian missionary. Acts cliffsnotes study guides book summaries, test. He was probably much more sympathetic to the christians gospel than the average gentile. Up to now all the activity concerning the knowledge and spreading of the good news of the gospel has taken place in the city of jerusalem, has been strictly among jews, and the focus of events has revolved around the works of the 12 disciples.
Exactly how the simon of acts 8 is related to simon magus of later legend is not clear. Philip shares the gospel with the ethiopian eunuch acts 8. This is, in effect, an outline of the book of acts see plan and outline below. As the book of acts closes, the author places himself beside paul at the roman imprisonment. At the time of saul consented unto stephens death, there was great persecution against the church at jerusalem and they were all scattered abroad. This man had gone to jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of isaiah the prophet. Acts 8 commentary matthew henry commentary on the whole. The ethiopian eunuch had visited jerusalem to worship, was studying the old testament, and was open to instruction by a jew. Commentary on the book of acts bible study lessons. On that day, there broke out a severe persecution of the church in. The book of acts also describes the work of the two apostles peter and paul.
It records the burial of stephen, the beginnings of christian persecution, and the spread of the gospel of jesus christ to the people of samaria and ethiopia. Acts chapter 8 in the previous chapter of acts, we are told that stephen was stoned. Our story starts off where the gospel of luke left offjesus is back now that hes resurrected, jesus decides to hang out and chat with his disciples whom luke calls apostles for forty days. Timeline of the book of acts from the bible generation word. The earlier persecutions of chapters 4 and 5 involved persecutions of the christian leaders, the apostles, by the jewish leaders, primarily the priests. Acts 4 new international version niv peter and john before the sanhedrin. As modern readers, then, we should approach the book of acts as another channel to lukes view of salvation history. The presence and working of the holy spirit is the dominating mark of the book of acts. Limited objectivity is especially apparent in ancient histories. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at. In the last lesson, we had seen peter and john come to samaria to help philip. Also the great missionary commission, which appears in all four gospels, is confirmed in the book of acts. This man appears to have been the first fullfledged gentile that luke recorded being evangelized in acts.
Acts 8, new international version niv the bible app. And in much the same way, the apostles miracles in the book of acts proved that their testimony concerning christ was true. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Acts chapter 8 explained discover the 66 books of the bible. An overview of the book of acts the life of the early church is recorded and preserved for us in the book of acts and the epistles. In verse 24, what moves simon to ask peter for help. That day a bitter persecution started against the church in jerusalem, and everyone except the apostles scattered to the country districts of judaea and samaria. It is as if the four gospels had been poured into a funnel, and they all come down into this jug of the first chapter of the book of acts. It will help to keep the whole of the book before you as you work your way through each section. Paul in his epistle states that luke, not titus, was with him at that time philemon 24. Before the coming of philip and the gospel, simon was an admired holy man in the region, and had been admired for a long time acts 8. A better title would be the acts or the workings of the holy spirit, because he is the real main character of the book.
The following outline is intended to be used while studying the book. It has challenged our theology and the depth of our relationship with christ and the holy spirit. The apostles healed the sick in acts chapter 5 verse 16. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at jerusalem. Accordingly, we can assume that acts reflects the concerns of its author. Second, the author gives some evidence of being a physician by the attention he gives to medical detail luke 8. On the radio you are listening to the services of the first baptist church in dallas, and this is the pastor bringing the early morning message entitled additional chapters to the book of acts. It was strange, but very true, that the disciples of christ the more they were afflicted the more they multiplied. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at jerusalem. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout judea and samaria. God took a christianhating murderer and transformed him into historys greatest christian evangelist, the author of almost half the books of the new testament. Clicking on a chapter will show you the text of that chapter of acts in the bible king james version.1436 471 1462 108 574 1256 166 121 1426 100 426 741 1581 64 596 1021 395 684 639 1278 1279 162 508 162 631 28 1067 116 694 1134 385 54 1180 401