Study Bible notes: Acts 28

Let’s read and comment the last chapter of Acts, 28. Previous chapters and the project description are here.

Since Prince William and Miss Kate’s wedding is the talk of the day, here’s a connection in this chapter between Paul and the British royal family: The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh lived on Malta 1949-51. The Duchess is now Queen Elizabeth II.

Leave your notes in study Bible format in the comments section.

We now conclude the reading of Acts. We’ll give a while for anyone to make further comments to the chapters here on TFR, and then close it out with a final PDF document.

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Study Bible notes: Acts 26

Join in the reading and the commenting on our text for today.

  • Acts 26 in the NET Bible version, text only;
  • Previous chapter posts here on TFR and the original project proposal;
  • Include your notes in study Bible style to this chapter in the comments section below;
  • Below is the chapter in “An Understandable Version,” for your appreciation and consideration. At the version’s website you can download a PDF copy of the NT text.

1) Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You have permission to speak for yourself.”

So, Paul motioned [to the assembly] with his hand [for attention] and began speaking in his defense: 2) “King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate that I am able to defend myself before you concerning all the charges being brought against me by the Jews, 3) especially since you are an expert on all the customs and issues discussed among the Jews. So, for this reason I request that you hear [my response to them] patiently. 4) All the Jews know how I lived during my youth and my early days among [the people of] my nation, and [especially here] in Jerusalem. 5) They know of my early background; if they were willing to, they could testify that I lived as a [faithful] Pharisee, [which is] the strictest sect of our religion. 6) And now I am standing [here], being judged because [I believe that] God will fulfill the hope He promised to our forefathers. 7) This is the promise our twelve tribes [i.e., family groups], who earnestly serve God night and day, hope to see fulfilled. It is because [I advocate] this hope, O King, that I am being charged [with wrongdoing] by the Jews. 8) So, why should you [Jews] consider it incredible for God to raise the dead? 9) I truly thought within myself [that it was right] to do many things which were opposed to the name of Jesus from Nazareth. 10) So, I was doing this in Jerusalem, having received [my] authority from the leading priests. I both imprisoned many of the saints [i.e., God’s holy people] and [even] voiced my approval when they were put to death [See 8:1]. 11) I often persecuted them in the synagogues, [even] trying to get them to blaspheme [i.e., speak against God]. I had extreme anger toward them and [even] traveled to foreign cities [in my effort] to persecute them.

12) “While on a journey to Damascus for this purpose, I was acting under the authority and directive of the leading priests. 13) [Then] along the road, about noon, O King, I saw a light from the sky, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those traveling with me. 14) When we all fell to the ground I heard a voice speaking in the Hebrew [i.e., Aramaic] language. [It said], ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? You are only hurting yourself by kicking against the spurs [i.e., opposing the work of God].’ 15) I answered, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus, the One you are persecuting. 16) But, get up onto your feet, for the reason I have appeared to you is to appoint you a minister and witness of both the things you have [already] seen of me and the things I will [reveal when] appearing to you. 17) I will rescue you from the [Jewish] people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them, 18) to open their eyes [to the truth] so they will turn from darkness to light and from the power [i.e., the influence] of Satan to God. [Then] they can receive the forgiveness of sins and the inheritance [of never ending life], along with [all] those who are set apart [for God] by trusting in Me.’

19) “As a result of this, O King, I did not disobey [the mandate of] this vision from heaven 20) but, [instead] declared to the people of Damascus first, [then] to the people of Jerusalem, and [finally to those] throughout all of the district of Judea, as well as to the Gentiles [everywhere] that they should repent [i.e., change their hearts and lives] and turn to God, doing deeds which demonstrate their repentance. 21) For this reason the Jews grabbed me in the Temple and attempted to kill me. 22) But I obtained help from God and so [I am able to] stand here to this day, testifying to both the common people and to those in prominence. [I am] saying only what the prophets and Moses said would happen, 23) namely, that the Christ must suffer and be the first to rise from the dead [i.e., never to die again] and then proclaim the light [of the Gospel] to the [Jewish] people and to the Gentiles.”

24) As Paul made his defense in this way, Festus said to him loudly, “Paul, you are crazy. All your education is driving you insane.” 25) But Paul replied, “I am not crazy, Your Excellency Festus; I am [just] speaking a message of truth and sound reason. 26) I can speak boldly of these things because the King knows [they are true]. And I am convinced that none of these things are hidden from you, for none of them have been done in a corner [i.e., secretly]. 27) King Agrippa, do you believe [the message of] the prophets? [Yes] I know you do.”

28) Agrippa said to Paul, “You expect to persuade me to be a Christian with such little effort [or, in such a short time]?” 29) Paul replied, “I wish to God that, whether it would take a little or a lot, not only you, but all those who hear me today, might become [Christians] like me, except [not] with these chains.”

30) Then King Agrippa, [his wife] Bernice, Governor [Festus] and [the commanders and leading men of the city, 25:23] all rose up, 31) and when they left [the room] they conferred with one another, saying, “This man is not doing anything deserving of the death penalty or [even] imprisonment.” 32) Then Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been released if he had not appealed [his case] to Caesar.”

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Study Bible notes: Acts 25

Paul passes from the hands of Felix to Festus, but his situation doesn’t improve. This in Acts 25, our reading for today, and base text for your notes to share in the comments section below. Previous reading are listed under the tag, “Study Bible notes.” This chapter contains:

  • Jews ask Festus to judge Paul soon after his taking office (1-5)
  • On Festus’ desire to placate Jews, Paul appeals to Caesar (6-12)
  • Festus asks Agrippa’s opinion (13-22)
  • Paul called before King Agrippa (23-27)

Tomorrow, of course, we’ll read Paul’s discourse before Agrippa, but today’s reading sets the scene for his appearance before the king. The movements in this chapter are restricted from Caesarea to Jerusalem and back.


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Study Bible notes: Acts 24

Life is not fair! Or so it seems. Paul gets stuck two years in prison, against Roman law, for nothing. But God has his plans.

Add your study notes in the comments section on Acts 24. Previous chapters can be accessed at this tag. We’re in the final stretch!

This chapter would make a good study on corruption in government and God’s purposes, would it not? Not to mention applying to those people who say they’ll get around to the gospel when they have more time. You’ve probably heard a few of those.

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Study Bible notes: Acts 23

If someone made a movie about Paul’s experiences in Jerusalem, it would be full of what people call drama. A nasty Sanhedrin scene. A plot to kill him. Collaboration with the Sanhedrin. A nephew who discovers it and tells Paul, who sends him to the commanding officer, who puts together a detail with armed soldiers to whisk Paul off to Caesarea. A letter shaded by personal interests to a superior. It’s got everything. Moves fast.

So let’s read Acts 23 today, share notes in the comments section, review previous chapters, learn from Paul’s smarts in the midst of danger, be assured of doing God’s work here and beyond.

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Study Bible notes: Acts 22

Today we read Acts 22, and have the opportunity, which you’ve been waiting for, of sharing notes on the chapter. Previous chapters are under the tag Study Bible notes (what else?).

We’re getting near to the end. I’ve grown by working with the text of the book.

Since I’m late getting this out today — the power company shut off electricity at 8:30 this morning, and I didn’t see the notice — I’m posting this without the usual outline of the chapter.


Study Bible notes: Acts 21

In Acts 21, Paul travels to and arrives in Jerusalem, soon discovering the fulfillment of the prophecies. Share your notes on this chapter, in study Bible style, in the comments area. Previous chapters are listed here.

  • From Miletus to Philip’s house in Caesarea (1-9)
  • Agabus prophesies imprisonment for Paul (10-14)
  • In Jerusalem, Paul takes a vow with four men (15-26)
  • Asian Jews riot, beat Paul, over a bad assumption (27-32)
  • Roman office arrests and questions Paul (33-40)

Now here’s a research question: How many people slept in Philip’s house when he received Paul?

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Study Bible notes: Acts 20

Today the glorious passage of Acts 20 is our daily reading. Please add your notes to the chapter in the comments area below. Posts for previous chapters are here.

Below, applications to the chapter for each section. You can get bland subtitles in your Bible. Today we’ll give you bracing imperatives, again.

  • Use interruptions for good (1-12)
  • If you can, have your cake and eat it, too (13-17)
  • Don’t hold back anything to announce the good news (18-24)
  • Watch out for wolves; help the weak (25-35)
  • Don’t be afraid of emotional demonstrations (36-38)

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Study Bible notes: Acts 19

Add your notes to the comments section below for Acts 19, our NT reading today. Previous chapters and the project description can be accessed through the tag, “Study Bible notes.” In my FMag editorial today I draw seven applications from the chapter, “7 Gospel Imperatives.” Those also serve a bit as a section division for the chapter.

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Study Bible notes: Acts 18

Our reading for Friday was Acts 18. Share your notes in the comments area below, in study Bible format (concise). The previous posts and notes, plus the project description, are here.

Outline for chapter 18:

  • Corinthian church established (1-11)
  • Jews take Paul to court, case thrown out (12-17)
  • Paul returns to Syrian Antioch, takes third journey (18-23)
  • Apollos’ preaching and correction (24-28)

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Study Bible notes: Acts 17

In spite of comment problems, I’m posting Acts 17 in the study Bible notes series, so that we don’t fall behind. When the problem is fixed, please add your comments to the chapter. You can try it right now!

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Study Bible notes: Acts 16

Today’s chapter and NT reading: Acts 16

Previous chapters and project description: Study Bible notes

My outline for the chapter:

  • Paul chooses and circumcises Timothy (1-5)
  • Paul’s Macedonian vision (6-10)
  • Lydia opens heart and home (11-15)
  • Paul exorcises a future-telling spirit (16-19)
  • Paul and Silas imprisoned (20-24)
  • The prison and the jailer shaken (25-27)
  • The jailer saved, the prisoners freed (28-40)

Please add your notes in study Bible format to the comments are below, by clicking on the Reply button in the upper right portion of this post.


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Study Bible notes: Acts 15

Bible reading schedule for today: Acts 15.

Previous posts and project description: “Study Bible notes” tag.

Outline of Acts 15:

  • The Antioch controversy over circumcision (1-4)
  • The Jerusalem meeting (5-7)
  • Peter’s speech (8-12)
  • James’ speech (13-21)
  • The letter to Antioch (22-29)
  • The letter delivered (30-35)
  • Separation and two mission trips begun (36-41)

Your assignment: Add short commentary notes in the comments area (reply, upper right of this post).

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Study Bible notes: Acts 14

Acts 14 was yesterday’s reading and we’re getting caught up today with the posting. We’re moving into an exciting part where the gospel is reaching new territory. Today, the city of Iconium is known as Konya, and its population of over a million inhabitants is almost exclusively Muslim. Read about the city’s history here.

But it’s the history of Paul’s and Barnabas’ first contact with it that interests us most just now. Share your notes and comments in study Bible format in the comments area. (Click Reply in the upper right corner of this post.)

Previous posts and the project description are joined with the “study Bible notes” tag.

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Study Bible notes: Acts 13

Share your notes in a format simlar to a study Bible (meaning, concise) on Acts chapter 13. For previous chapters and project description see this tag.

Since I forgot to add this last week, as we follow our daily Bible reading for the NT, I’m dispensing with the outline of the chapter, in order to get it out as early as possible.


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