1 Richard Longenecker, "The Acts of the Apostles" in The Expositors Bible Commentary, ed. When the Sun Sets: Jacob Meets God (Gen. 27:41-28:22), Jacob: When God Turns Darkness into Dawn (Expository Sermons On O.T. In each part Paul’s testimony is in 3 parts. 5-7. From a Ravenous Wolf to a Loving Shepherd. CONVERTED! The following outline is intended to be used while studying the book. ACTS 9. (1-2) Saul’s purpose in traveling to Damascus. from Jerusalem to Rome. . The Lord Prepares the Disciples (1:1-11) 1. 3. Acts 9:1-22 (ESV) But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest [2] and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. With this knowledge, Theophilus, who was probably a Roman official,2 could understand how Christianity reached his city. Acts 9 (King James Version) 1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. Characters), The Net Pastor’s Journal, Eng Ed, Issue 37, Fall 2020. It will help to keep the whole of the book before you as you work your way through each section. Greg is currently serving as Project Director for KnowingGod.org, 3. 1. Therefore, as Acts furnishes for us a selective record of events that took place during the formative years of the church, it provides us with the historical antecedents of our faith and how that faith came to be embraced from Jerusalem to Rome. 2:47; 6:7; 9:31; 12:24; 16:5; 19:20; 28:30, 31). Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Acts 9:1-20 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: The first disciples experienced considerable opposition at the hands of Jewish leaders. Acts 9 – The Conversion of Saul of Tarsus A. Saul on the road to Damascus. Saul’s Conversion (). Apparently, as Longenecker1 observes, Theophilus "seems to have been a man, who though receptive to the gospel and perhaps even convinced by its claims, had many questions about Christianity as he knew it." Acts 9:1 "And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest," “Saul” The Apostle Paul was originally named Saul, after the first king of Israel. "in order that he might know the certainty of the things he had been taught." and Ph.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary. When The Sun Finally Rises: Wrestling With The Past (Gen. 32:22-32), 2. CONVERSION OF SAUL (1-31) A. There are seven "progress reports" on the unity and advance of the church that further confirm this (cf. The Lord Re-Establishes 12 Apostles (1:12-26) 1. Luke wrote to strengthen him in his belief. Therefore, it is reasonable to include Luke's purpose for Acts as falling under his purpose for the book of Luke. Introduction to the Beginning of the Church (1) A. 2 The designation "most excellent" is used by Luke to refer to Roman officials of high rank. Luke-Acts; cf. Acts 9:1-22. Given the contents of the book of Acts, Theophilus appears to have had questions about the coming and activity of the Holy Spirit, the ministry of the apostles, Paul and his dealings with the Jerusalem apostles and the advance of Christianity to the Imperial capital. It was probably written in the early 60's, perhaps from Antioch, Rome or Ephesus. The life of the early church is recorded and preserved for us in the book of Acts and the epistles. The priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees arrested Peter and John and tried them before … The importance of this second of Luke's two-volume work can hardly be over-estimated, for without it we would have no record of the beginnings and development of the early church. Acts 1:1). It also provides helpful information of the facts surrounding many of the letters of the apostles, which in turn helps us to better understand when they said what they said and why they said it. He was born a Jew, studied in Jerusalem under Gamaliel (22:3), and became a Pharisee (23:6). Acts 23:26 and 24:3 where it refers to Felix (a Roman governor from AD 53-60) and Paul refers to Festus (AD 60-62) as "most excellent" (Acts 26:25). 3-4. In Luke 1:4 the author says that he is writing to "most excellent Theophilus" . b. . Leah: The Woman No Man Loved But Every Woman Envied (Gen. 29:15-35), 1. i) 3 places in Acts where his testimony is given. Frank E. Gaebelein, v. 9 (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1981): 217. The Re-orientation to the Program (1:6-8) 3. PAUL WAS A BITTER MAN – Vss.1-2. THE APPEARANCE ON THE ROAD (1-9) 1. Cf. With letters to the synagogues in Damascus c. To find those of "the Way" and bring them bound to Jerusalem 2. PAUL WAS A BRAND NEW MAN – Vs. 20 ***** Acts 9:1-22. He has a passion to teach and disciple others, and holds a Th.M. As was stated, Acts is the second part of what was originally a two-part, single volume (i.e. Related Topics: Teaching the Bible, Introductions, Arguments, Outlines, Greg lives in Calgary Alberta, Canada with his wife and 4 kids. Acts 9:1-9, 17-20. PAUL WAS A BROADSIDED MAN – Vss. While aggressive in persecuting disciples of the Lord b. A MIRACLE OF GRACE! 17-19. Outline of Acts I. ii) Here; 22; 26 (see sermon notes) iii) Each gives additional details. PAUL WAS A BROKEN MAN – Vss. The Reaffirmation of the Promise (1:1-5) 2. 10 Outlines. In a sentence, given the emphasis on the unity of the church (2, 4, 15, 20) and its expansion from Jerusalem to Rome we may say that the Luke's purpose was to demonstrate to Theophilus the sovereign, unified and unmitigated advance of the gospel into all the world, i.e. Paul’s Encounter with Christ. OUTLINE I. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. Lets look at the story together in Acts 9:1-31 (page 934) a. Paul tells his testimony in three parts. Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. The Ascension and Predicted Return (1:9-11) B. 9 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. Saul granted authority by the high priest a. PAUL WAS A BRIGHTENED MAN – Vss.

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