Acts 9: 19 – 31 Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem

Acts 9: 19 – 31 Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. At once he began to preach in he synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. All those who heard him were astonished and asked, ‘Isn’t he the man who caused havoc in Jerusalem among thoseContinue reading “Acts 9: 19 – 31 Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem”

Acts 9: 1 – 19 Saul’s conversion

Acts 9: 1 – 19 Saul’s conversion Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 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 themContinue reading “Acts 9: 1 – 19 Saul’s conversion”

Acts 8: 26 – 40 Philip and the Ethiopian

Acts 8: 26 – 40 Philip and the Ethiopian Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Go south to the road – the desert road – that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of allContinue reading “Acts 8: 26 – 40 Philip and the Ethiopian”

Acts 8: 9 – 25 Simon the sorcerer

Acts 8: 9 – 25 Simon the sorcerer Now for some time a man named Simon had practised sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, ‘The man is rightly calledContinue reading “Acts 8: 9 – 25 Simon the sorcerer”

Acts 8: 1 – 8 The church persecuted and scattered

Acts 8: 1 – 8 The church persecuted and scattered On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house,Continue reading “Acts 8: 1 – 8 The church persecuted and scattered”

Acts 7: 44 – 60, 8: 1 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 4

Acts 7: 44 – 60, 8: 1 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 4 Our ancestors had the tabernacle of the covenant law with them in the wilderness. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen. After receiving the tabernacle, our ancestors under Joshua brought it withContinue reading “Acts 7: 44 – 60, 8: 1 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 4”

Acts 7: 30 – 43 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 3

Acts 7: 30 – 43 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 3 ‘After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to get a closer look,Continue reading “Acts 7: 30 – 43 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 3”

Acts 7: 17 – 29 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 2

Acts 7: 17 – 29 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 2 ‘As the time drew near for God to fulfil his promise to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt had greatly increased. Then “a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt”. He dealt treacherously with ourContinue reading “Acts 7: 17 – 29 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 2”

Acts 7: 1 – 16 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 1

Acts 7: 1 – 16 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 1 Then the high priest asked Stephen, ‘Are these charges true?’ To this he replied: ‘Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Harran. “Leave yourContinue reading “Acts 7: 1 – 16 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 1”

Acts 6: 8 – 15 Stephen seized

Acts 6: 8 – 15 Stephen seized Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called) – Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and AsiaContinue reading “Acts 6: 8 – 15 Stephen seized”