ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

 

 

Chapter 19 - continued

(Paul's Third Missionary Trip)

 

DAY ONE:

 

VERSE 6 Once again, because the New Testament was not written yet, people sometimes needed external proofs. In this case, they needed to see evidence there was a __________ ______________. So Paul "laid his hands on them" (something the Apostles seem to have always done when imparting special spiritual gifts), and they did what?

 

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NOTE: The word here for "tongues" in Greek is the same word "glossaia" as used to describe what the Apostles did on the Day of Pentecost at which time everyone heard in their own language (see Acts 2:4, Pg. 111).

 

VS 8-10 At first, Paul set up a class in the local synagogue which lasted ____________ months. But when kicked out of there, he set up another on in a lecture hall that lasted ________ _____________________.

 

VERSE 11 Were the miracles performed by the twelve men who were received the Holy Spirit through Paul? ________________________________

 

VERSE 19 Eventually there was a big book burning, the value of the books coming to ___________ drachmas.

 

NOTE: A drachmas was worth a day's wages. That would be 137 years worth of wages burned in books that day.

 

VS. 26-27 A silversmith named __________________________ complained Paul was ruining their business because he preached that the statues they made were _____________________.

 

NOTE: Artemis/Diana was the goddess of love. In her great temple at Ephesus were thousands of prostitutes to who help men "worship" this goddess. Many people made pilgrimages to Ephesus to see her temple and obtain an authentic idol to take back home with them.

 

VS. 28-31 A riot started and ________________ of Paul's companions were pushed into the ampitheatre, much like the colosseum in Rome.

 

b. Paul was talked out of going to the ampitheatre by

 

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VERSE 32 Why did the people think they were at the ampitheatre? __________________________

 

 

DAY TWO:

 

VERSE 34 For how long did they shout "Great is Artemis/Diana of the Ephesians!"? ____________

 

VS. 35-41 How was the city clerk able to break up the riot? ______________________________

 

 

Chapter 20 - Pages 132 133

 

AD 57

 

VERSE 6 After Paul escaped from Ephesus, he returned to Macedonia, the province in Greece. Then he sailed from the city of _________________ and arrived at _________________.

 

NOTE: This city was formerly called Troy, and is the center of the ancient story of Helen of Troy and the Trojan Horse. In later years it became known as Constantinople. It was supposedly also the home town of the founder of the city of Rome.

 

VERSE 7 What was the primary purpose of their assembly on the first day of the week? ____________ _________________

 

b. What else did the early Christians do on the first day of the week? (See 1 Corinthians 16:2, pg. 166) ___________________________

 

c. What of significance to the church had originally happened on the first day of the week? (See Luke 24:1-7, pg. 84). ____________________ __________________________________________________

 

d. Since no other day of the week was significant to the Christians, what other name did it finally go by? (See Revelation 1:9-10, pg. 227). ________________________________

 

THOUGHT QUESTION: In the Old Testament, God said, "Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy" (Deuteronomy 5:12-14). Which Sabbath Day did he mean? The early Christians "broke bread" on THE first day of the week. Which first day of the week was it?

VS. 8-12 During Paul's sermon, what happened to Eutychus? _____________________________

 

b. Who raised him from the dead? An ordinary Christian or an Apostle? _____________

 

VERSE 17 Then Paul set sail for Jerusalem, and at a seaport, sent for the elders of the church in what city? _____________________

 

VS. 22-23 Paul admitted to the elders he knew what awaited him in Jerusalem?

 

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DAY THREE:

 

VERSE 25 In fact, Paul was convinced it would ultimately end in his _________________.

 

VERSE 28 The elders were to do what and be what to the church?

 

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VERSE 30 Paul predicted the first heresy in the church. It would come "from your own numbers." Who was he talking to? _______________________

 

NOTE: The first heresy in the church occurred when elders of a congregation decided to pick one head elder of their congregation. Then, elders of several congregations in a city decided to appoint one elder to be head over all the other elders in that city. At this point, they decided to call this elder "Bishop," though "elder" and "bishop" refer to the same thing just as Member of Parliament and Senator means the same thing. (For reading on this, refer to Eusebius' Ecclesiastic History written about 325 AD. Paul in his letter to Titus explained that elders were to be appointed in every _______ (Titus 1:5, pg. 200), not over several.

 

VS. 37-38 When they prayed, everyone hugged and kissed Paul and ______________ because he said he'd never ______________________________.

 

NOTE: Paul wrote the church in Ephesus a letter around AD 63 during his first imprisonment in Rome. It is a fantastic letter explaining why the world was created and how we Christians fit in to the scheme of the spirit world. In 6:12, pg. 183, Paul said our earthly struggle is not against flesh and blood, but powers of evil in spiritual places.

 

 

Chapter 21 - Pages 133 134

 

AD 58

 

VERSE 4 As Paul made his way to Jerusalem, his ship stopped in Tyre which is in today's Lebanon. What did the disciples there tell Paul? ________________________________________

 

VERSE 8 His ship finally stopped in Caesarea where he stayed with a friend, ______________, who was one of the original Seven. What were the "Seven"? (See Acts 6:5, pg. 116) ________________________________________.

 

VERSE 9 Philip's daughters did what? _______________________

 

NOTE: The word "prophecy" in the original Greek means to "speak forth from God." It does not necessarily mean a future, although often a warning of future problems often accompanied a commandment. The "gift of prophecy" is listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 (pg. 163) as one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. How were these gifts obtained? Paul wrote the Romans (1:11, pg. 142) that he wanted to see them so he could impart some spiritual gift to them. There is no one listed in the New Testament church who received a spiritual gift apart from the Apostles or directly from the Lord.

 

Thought Question: Since the New Testament was not written at this time, why should prophecy be important to the first-century church?

 

 

DAY FOUR:

 

VS. 12-13 What did the people of Caesarea beg Paul to do? ______________________________

 

b. What did Paul reply? __________________________________________

 

VS. 17-18 In Jerusalem, Paul went to see __________________ and all the ______________________________.

 

NOTE: Apparently between Acts 15:22 and now, all the original Apostles had left Jerusalem. What happened to them? According to history, over the next probably 10 years, all were martyred except John:

 

Matthew was burned at the stake in Egypt

Simon was crucified in Great Britain

Peter was crucified upside down in Rome

Thaddeus was killed in Russia

Andrew was crucified in Greece

Thomas was stoned in India

Philip was speared in Turkey

Nathaniel was thrown into the Black Sea in Russia

 

When Andrew died, it is reported that he said this:

 

Accept me, oh Christ Jesus!

Whom I saw,

Whom I love,

And in whom I am.

Accept my spirit in peace

In your eternal home.

 

VS. 23-24 Because the headquarters of the Jewish religion was in Jerusalem, James and the elders advised Paul to go through a Jewish ceremony to prove he didn't hate Jews. He was to do this with ________ other Jewish men?

 

VS. 28-29 But some Jews who'd followed Paul from Turkey ("Asia"), accused Paul of defiling the Temple by bringing who into it? _____________________________________ Was it true? ______________

 

VS. 30 So a mob dragged Paul into the ______________, closed the gates, and tried to do what to him? ________________

 

VS. 31-35 Who rescued Paul from death? ____________________________________

 

VERSE 38 The captain had thought Paul was the __________________ who led _________ terrorists.

 

NOTE: Josephus speaks of this terrorist: There came out of Egypt about this time to Jerusalem, one that said he was a prophet...and at his command the walls of Jerusalem would fall down. He promised them that he would procure them an entrance into the city through those walls when they fell down. Now when Felix was informed of these things, he....slew four hundred of them, and took two hundred alive. But the Egyptian himself escaped....And again the robbers stirred up the people to make war with the Romans, and said they ought not to obey them at all; and when any persons would not comply with them, they set fire to their villages, and plundered them. Antiquities of the Jews, Book 20, 8:6

 

 

DAY FIVE:

 

VS. 37-40 Paul spoke to the Roman commander in what language? _____________________ He then got permission to address the mob, and did so in what language? _______________

 

 

Chapter 22 - Pages 134 - 135

Paul Defends Himself Before Mob

 

VERSE 16 In recalling his conversion, Paul said he was baptized for what reason? ___________________________________

 

VERSE 29 When the crowd got into an uproar again, the commander ordered Paul flogged. But he was ______________________ to find out Paul was a ___________________________.

 

VERSE 30 So the commander ordered the Jewish ____________________ to assemble and get to the bottom of the riots.

 

 

Chapter 23 - Pages 135 - 136

Paul's Trial Before the Jewish Sanhedrin

 

VS. 1-2 Who was the high priest before whom Paul was tried? _____________ Who was the high priest before whom Jesus was tried? (See John 18:12-14, pg. 106) ____________

 

NOTE: Acts 4:6 (pg. 113) lists Annas' (also spelled Ananias, Ananus) sons as Caiaphas, John(athan), Alexander.

This elder Ananus proved a most fortunate man; for he had five sons, who had all performed the office of a high priest...and he had himself enjoyed that dignity a long time formerly. Antiquities of the Jews, Book 20, 9:1

 

VS. 6-8 Paul decided to "divide and conquer" when he realized part of the Sanhedrin were Sadducees and part were Pharisees. Did it work? ____________________

 

VERSE 10 So the Sanhedrin created a riot among themselves. It got so violent, the commander was afraid what would happen to Paul? ____________________________________________

 

 

DAY SIX:

 

VERSE 11 That night, Jesus ____________ near Paul and told him he'd live to go to ___________.

 

VS. 12-13 The next day _____ Jews decided not to ______________ or ______________ until they had _________________ Paul.

 

VS. 15-16 They plotted to have Paul sent back to the Sanhedrin, and on his way they would do what? _______________________________ Who spoiled the plot? _____________________

 

VERSE 23 To protect this Roman citizen, the commander slipped Paul out of town that night under guard of ___________ soldiers, ___________ horsemen, and ___________ spearmen and escorted him to __________________________.

 

NOTE: Caesarea was built on the Mediterranean coast by King Herod about 15 years before Jesus was born, and named after Augustus Caesar. It became Palestine's headquarters as it related to Rome while Jerusalem was maintained as the headquarters as it related to the Jews.

 

VS. 25-26 The commander sent a _________________ along with the soldiers to explain that the Jews were trying to kill Paul, the Roman citizen.

 

b. Who was governor of Judea at this time? ___________________

 

NOTE: Josephus says Felix was appointed by Claudius Caesar to be governor of the Judea part of Palestine the last year of Claudius' life. (Antiquities of the Jews, Book 20, 7:1).

 

 

Chapter 24 - Pages 136 - 137

Paul's Trial Before Roman Governor Felix

 

VS. 2-3 The high priest hired a slick lawyer named _______________ who flattered Felix by saying the Jews had enjoyed __________________ under his rule.

 

NOTE: Josephus said regarding the time Felix was governor, Now, as for the affairs of the Jews, they grew worse and worse continually; for the country was again filled with robbers and impostors, who deluded the multitude. Yet did Felix catch and put to death many of those impostors every day. Antiquities of the Jews, Book 20, 8:5

 

VERSE 5 What did Paul's enemies at this time call the church? _____________________________