Acts Commentaries & Sermons


Doctor Luke

ACTS:
THE EARLY CHURCH'S
WITNESS OF THE GOSPEL


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Paul's First Missionary Journey - Acts 13:4-14:28
Paul's Second Missionary Journey - Acts 15:36-18:32
Paul's Third Missionary Journey - Acts 18:23-21:26
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THE EXPANDING WITNESS
OF THE SPIRIT-EMPOWERED CHURCH

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ACTS COMMENTARY
VERSE BY VERSE
Bruce Hurt, MD

This is a work in  progress. The passages below are completed as of January, 2017. Some chapters are in greater depth than other chapters.

JOSEPH A ALEXANDER
Acts Commentary
(1857, 1866)
(Over 1000 pages!)

James Rosscup: "This work, originally out in 1857, has proved helpful to many, though it is now far out of date as to literature commenting on Acts. For many basic details verse by verse, it still is of good value and often will help on word meaning and special problems. The fact that it was reprinted is indicative of its respected place in Acts studies." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors)

Cyril Barber -  A beautifully produced work that brings within the reach of the busy pastor the benefits of this commentator's prodigious labors. A warmly devotional treatment. (The Minister's Library Volume 2)

D Edmond Hiebert - An exhaustive exposition of Acts by a conservative Presbyterian scholar of the past century. Gives a precise interpretation of the text on the basis of the original. Omission of technical matters makes it suitable to the English reader.

Spurgeon: "In all respects a work of the highest merit." (Commenting on Commentaries - nice resource as it has links to all 66 books)

HENRY ALFORD
Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary
Book of Acts 

Read Alford's fascinating brief biography and Phil Johnson's related comments

James Rosscup writes that Alford's series on the New Testament "contains much that is valuable in the Greek New Testament… though all of the Greek New Testament words have been changed to English throughout....."This was the great work in the life of the versatile Dean of Canterbury. An outcome of this production was the New Testament for English Readers (4 vols.). Alford was a Calvinist, conservative and premillennial, though not dispensational. He takes a literal interpretation of the thousand years in Rev. 20 and has a famous quote there, is strong on sovereign election as in Ro 8:29, 30 and 1Pe 1:2, but, unfortunately, holds to baptismal regeneration in such texts as Titus 3:5 and John 3:5. He shows a great knowledge of the Greek text and faces problems of both a doctrinal and textual nature." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

John Piper writes ""When I’m stumped with a… grammatical or syntactical or logical [question] in Paul, I go to Henry Alford. Henry Alford… comes closer more consistently than any other human commentator to asking my kinds of questions."

C H Spurgeon writes that this text "is an invaluable aid to the critical study of the text of the New Testament. You will find in it the ripened results of a matured scholarship, the harvesting of a judgment, generally highly impartial, always worthy of respect, which has gleaned from the most important fields of Biblical research, both modern and ancient, at home and abroad. You will not look here for any spirituality of thought or tenderness of feeling; you will find the learned Dean does not forget to do full justice to his own views, and is quite able to express himself vigorously against his opponents; but for what it professes to be, it is an exceedingly able and successful work. The later issues are by far the most desirable, as the author has considerably revised the work in the fourth edition. What I have said of his Greek Testament applies equally to Alford’s New Testament for English Readers,* which is also a standard work." (Commenting on Commentaries - excellent resource with links to all 66 books)

Editorial Note: If you are not proficient in Greek, you will find the work below more useful than the Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. 


HENRY ALFORD
THE NEW TESTAMENT FOR ENGLISH READERS
BOOK OF ACTS

Greek and Latin are translated into English. The links are to the chapters but note they are difficult to discern on many pages.

FRANK ALLEN
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
(1931)

PAUL APPLE
COMMENTARY
BOOK OF ACTS

642 page commentary with frequent quotations and devotional questions for reflection. Here is a sample excerpt to give a "taste" of what you can glean from this well done commentary:

"Today we are going to begin a study of the Book of Acts and focus on the mission of the church for today. For the life of Christ we have the Synoptic Gospel accounts of Mat, Mark, Luke and John. But for the important transition time of the founding of the church and the spread of the gospel through the efforts of first Peter centered in Jerusalem and then Paul as the special Apostle to the Gentiles, we only have the one historical document of the Book of Acts. That concept of “transition time” is very important. This is a bridge period of time – the gospel of the kingdom is still being offered first to the Jews in the early chapters – there is still the presentation of the now risen and ascended Messiah to God’s chosen people. There is still the offer of the coming kingdom if they will repent and embrace the promised Messiah. But there is a transition as they continue to reject (not individually, but as a nation) and now the coming of the future king will be linked to the completion of the fullness of the times of the Gentiles. As a transition book, we will see some things that are not normative for this church age. But we will also learn much from studying the initial missionary journeys about how the head of the church wants us to build His church. Key Verse: Acts 1:8 “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem; and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” You can outline the book along these geographic lines. Not sure how far we will take this study before we interrupt and go down a different path … but we are at least committing to the first section. Look at the contrast between the two parts of the Book

Chaps 1-12 = Jerusalem the center – Jewish focus // Peter – central figure //  Peter imprisoned 

Chaps 13-28 = Antioch the center – Gentile focus // Paul – central figure – Apostle to the Gentiles // Paul imprisoned

We should gain confidence from studying this book; we should get excited about the power of God (Ed: His Spirit) working through His people; we should learn much about witnessing; we should learn much about church methodology; we should draw closer to the person of Jesus Christ Himself as we see His continued activity right now in the world (Ed: Through His Spirit) – understanding the significance of His resurrection and ascension and current role at the right hand of God.

Title of the Book: Stott: The most accurate (though cumbersome) title, then, which does justice to Luke’s own statement in verses 1 and 2, would be something like “The Continuing Words and Deeds of Jesus by his Spirit through his Apostles.” Bock: “The Acts of the Sovereign God through the Lord Messiah Jesus by His Spirit on Behalf of the Way.” LUKE CHRONICLES: THE ACTS OF THE RESURRECTED JESUS CHRIST PERFORMED BY HIS CHOSEN APOSTLES THROUGH THE POWER OF THE PROMISED HOLY SPIRIT."

JACK ARNOLD
SERMONS
BOOK OF ACTS

WILLIAM ARNOT
Acts Commentary
"The Church in the House"

A Series of Lessons on the Acts of the Apostles (1873) (569 pages)

Cyril Barber - These sermons reveal Arnot's thorough awareness of the original text and the milieu of the early church. His material is provocative as well as edifying. Both laypeople and pastors should read this book eagerly in order to better determine the course of the church, its commitments, and the criteria of its fellowship. Recommended.(The Minister's Library Volume 2)

Spurgeon writes "Intended to be read in families on Sabbath afternoons; but all who are acquainted with Dr. Arnot will know that even his simplest expositions are rich and full. He hath dust of gold."  (Commenting on Commentaries - excellent resource with links to all 66 books) (Millennial)

Arnot's English uses words from 1800s which are sometimes difficult to understand, but the pearls abound like this snippet from Arnot's comments on Acts 1:8 - "The Spirit is like the air. The Lord breathed on His disciples, and said, "Receive ye the Holy Ghost." We could not live our present natural life without air. The sun in the heavens would not warm us if the atmosphere were not trapped round the globe. The air is near, and the sun is distant. It is the sun's heart that sustains life; but the sun's heart could not be communicated to plants and animals without the intervention of the atmosphere. The earth is as completely dependent on air for its supply of water as for its supply of heat. The air obtains a supply from the ocean, and pours it on the dry land. Thus disciples in every age obtain grace from the Lord through the ministry of the Spirit." Amen (Page 13)


WILLIAM BARCLAY'S DAILY STUDY BIBLE
Commentary on Acts

D Edmond Hiebert - Divides Acts into brief paragraphs, with the author's translation of the portion printed at the beginning. The comments are generally devotional in character, containing various religious and literary quotations. The author is at his best in his discriminating discussion of Greek words. The interpretation is liberal in spots. (from Hiebert's critique of Barclay on Peter's epistles - "Barclay holds that Christ's descent into Hades gave those who there heard Him a second chance."

Comment: I appreciate Barclay's unique insights on Greek words, but clearly his teaching about a "second chance" is NOT sound doctrine! Be an Acts 17:11 Berean with Barclay. See discussion of his orthodoxy especially the article "The Enigmatic William Barclay".


ALBERT BARNES
Notes on the New Testament
on Acts

BRIAN BELL
SERMON NOTES
ACTS OF THE SPIRIT 
THROUGH THE APOSTLES

Frequent use of illustrations.

CHRIS BENFIELD
SERMONS
BOOK OF ACTS

JOHANN BENGEL
The Critical English Testament
Commentary on Acts

Represents Combination of Bengel's Gnomon and Comments by more modern expositors (in brackets) to make this more usable for those who do not read Greek.(1877)

See the Gnonom (more Greek) - Acts 1-28 Commentary

C H Spurgeon -- "'A Critical New Testament, so compiled as to enable a reader, unacquainted with Greek, to ascertain the exact English force and meaning of the language of the New Testament, and to appreciate the latest results of modern criticism.' Such is the professed aim of this commentary, and the compilers have very fairly carried out their intentions. The whole of Bengel’s Gnomon is bodily transferred into the work, and as one hundred and twenty years have elapsed since the first issue of that book, it may be supposed that much has since been added to the wealth of Scripture exposition; the substance of this has been incorporated in brackets, so as to bring it down to the present advanced state of knowledge. We strongly advise the purchase of this book, as it is multum in parvo, and will well repay an attentive perusal. Tischendorf and Alford have contributed largely, with other German and English critics, to make this one of the most lucid and concise commentaries on the text and teachings of the New Testament" (Commenting on Commentaries - excellent resource with links to all 66 books)

BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR
The Acts of the Holy Spirit
Joseph S Exell, Editor

JIM BOMKAMP
BIBLE STUDIES
BOOK OF ACTS

JOHN CALVIN
Commentary
Acts of the Holy Spirit

CAMBRIDGE GREEK TESTAMENT
FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
Commentary on the Acts of the Holy Spirit
J. R. Lumby

ALAN CARR
Sermons
Acts of the Holy Spirit

MATT CHANDLER
Sermons on Acts

ADAM CLARKE
Commentary on Acts

Click critique of Clarke

STEVEN COLE
Sermon Series
Book of Acts

Recommended - These sermons function much like a verse by verse commentary

THOMAS CONSTABLE
Expository Notes on the book of Acts

BOB DEFFINBAUGH
EXPOSITORY SERMONS
BOOK OF ACTS

JOHN EADIE
PAUL THE PREACHER;
A Popular and Practical Exposition
of His Discourses and Speeches as Recorded in the
Acts of the Apostles

Published 1859

Cyril Barber - This companion volume to Steir's The Words of the Risen Saviour and Words of the Apostles deals with the messages of the apostle Paul in the book of Acts. C. H. Spurgeon said Eadie's work was "designed to give ordinary readers a juster and fuller conception of the doctrine and life-work of the apostle:' Recommended. (The Minister's Library - Volume 2)

I.   SAUL AT DAMASCUS - Acts 9:19–25; Gal. 1:17; 2 Cor. 11:32, 33
II.  SAUL AT JERUSALEM - Acts 9:26–30; 22:17–21. Gal. 1:18, 19
III.  SAUL AT ANTIOCH IN SYRIA - Acts 11:22–26
IV.  SAUL IN CYPRUS - Acts 13:1–12
V.  PAUL AT ANTIOCH IN PISIDIA - Acts 13:13–52
VI.  PAUL AT ICONIUM - Acts 14:1–5; 2 Ti 3:11
VII. PAUL AT LYSTRA - Acts 14:8–21; 2 Ti 3:11
VIII. PAUL AT PHILIPPI - Acts 16:6–40. 1 Thes 2:2. Phil 1:30; 4:15
IX.   PAUL AT THESSALONICA - Acts 17:1–9. 1ST & 2ND EPISTLES TO THE THESSALONIANS
X.   PAUL AT ATHENS - Acts 17:15–34; 1 Thess 3:1
   PART  I.      
   PART  II.      
   PART  III.      
XI.  PAUL AT CORINTH - Acts 18:1–18. 1ST & 2ND EPISTLES TO THE CORINTHIANS
XII.  PAUL AT EPHESUS - Acts 19:1–41. 1 Cor 15:31, 32; 16:8, 9. 2 Cor 1:8, 9, 10.
XIII.  PAUL AT TROAS - Acts 20:5–12
XIV.  PAUL AT MILETUS - Acts 20:17–38
   PART  I.     INTRODUCTORY APPEAL TO THE PAST—HIS FIDELITY
   PART  II.   ANTICIPATIONS OF THE FUTURE—HIS COURAGE
   PART  III.  HIS CHARGE
   PART  IV.  THE FAREWELL
   PART  V.   CONCLUDING APPEAL TO THE PAST—HIS DISINTERESTEDNESS
XV.   PAUL AT JERUSALEM - Acts 22:1–30
    PART I.   SPEECH FROM THE STAIRS OF THE GARRISON - Acts 22:1–30
    PART II.   BEFORE THE SANHEDRIN - Acts 23:1–11
XVI. PAUL AT CESAREA
   PART  I.    BEFORE FELIX - Acts 24:1–23
   PART II.   BEFORE FELIX AND DRUSILLA - Acts 24:24–27
   PART III.  BEFORE FESTUS - Acts 25:1–12
   PART IV.  BEFORE FESTUS AND AGRIPPA - Acts 25:13–27; 26:1–32
XVII.  PAUL ON THE VOYAGE TO ROME - Acts 27
XVIII.  PAUL IN ROME - Acts 28; Eph. 3:1; 6:20; Phil. 1:12–14; 4:22; Col 4:18; Philemon 1:9–13

CHARLES ELLICOTT, EDITOR
E H PLUMPTRE - AUTHOR
A Bible Commentary for English Readers
Book of Acts

EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE
Commentary on Acts of the Apostles
George T. Stokes
1891

ARNO C GAEBELEIN
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
AN EXPOSITION (1912)

See his shorter commentary  Acts from Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible

Rosscup notes that Gaebelein "was a popular evangelical Bible teacher of the first part of the century, much like H. A. Ironside in his diligent but broad, practical expositions of Bible books. Gaebelein was premillennial and dispensational, and editor for many years of Our Hope Magazine… This is one of the best older… works on Acts and is at times helpful in studying the transitional problems. It does not involve itself with exegetical details." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

D Edmond Hiebert - A forceful, conservative unfolding of the message of Acts by a noted premillennial, dispensational Bible teacher active during the first half of this century. Emphasizes the transition from Judaism to Christianity as portrayed in Acts.


DAVE GUZIK
Commentary Notes on Acts

HORATIO B HACKETT
A Commentary on the Original Text
of the Acts of the Apostles

Over 400 page revised in 1882 by Alvah Hovey This revised, illustrated edition removes much of the original Greek text which makes this classic nineteenth work on Acts much more "user friendly.". See Alvah Hovey's comments on what was revised in Hackett's original text).

D Edmond Hiebert - A full verse-by-verse commentary by a conservative Baptist professor of the past century. Still valuable for a clear unfolding of the text of Acts.

C H Spurgeon writes that "Hackett occupies the first position among commentators upon the Acts."  (Commenting on Commentaries - excellent resource with links to all 66 books)

JAMES HASTINGS
Sermons on Acts
Great Texts of the Bible

MATTHEW HENRY
Commentary on Acts

DAVID HOLWICK
SERMON NOTES
ACTS 

INTERVARSITY PRESS
Commentary on the Book of Acts
William J Larkin, Jr.

Cyril Barber -  Historically helpful. Contains some important insights. Critical matters are confined to the footnotes. Oriented toward the pastorate.

H A IRONSIDE
Commentary on Acts

JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN
Commentary on Acts

BELOW ARE LINKS TO THE UNABRIDGED VERSION

S. LEWIS JOHNSON
Sermons on Acts

R J KNOWLING
The Expositor's Greek Testament
The Acts of the Apostles

This work has helpful comments but knowledge of the Greek is necessary for maximum benefit.

D Edmond Hiebert - Greek text. Still one of the most thorough commentaries on the Greek text. Significant for the Greek student.

Rosscup notes that Expositor's Greek Testament is "One of the older, much-used commentaries, which offers considerable help on Greek words, grammar, background etc. and will prove rather contributive, consulted along with newer and longer studies." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works).


PAUL KRETZMANN
Popular Commentary of the Bible
The Acts of the Apostles

JOHN MACARTHUR
Verse by Verse Sermons on Acts
Recommended

Functions much like a verse by verse commentary

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MISCELLANEOUS RESOURCES
Conservative, Evangelical
GENERAL RESOURCES
Book of Acts

BIBLICAL ART - retrieved from Google search

Hint: Go to Google Image Search - Enter these words (do not enclose in quotes) - Bible acts 3 - you will retrieve a number of pictures that you may find useful in teaching. For each subsequent chapter simply repeat the search with that chapter number (disclaimer: I have not done all 28 chapters so be a Berean!)


BEST COMMENTARIES ON ACTS


CYRIL BARBER - recommendations - from "The Minister's Library Volume 2" and "The Minister's Library Volume 3"

  • *Alexander, Joseph Addison. Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles. 2 vols. in 1. Minneapolis: Klock & Klock Christian Publishers, 1980. A beautifully produced work that brings within the reach of the busy pastor the benefits of this commentator's prodigious labors. A warmly devotional treatment.
  • Arnot, William. Studies in Acts: The Church in the House. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1978. First published in 1883. These sermons reveal Arnot's thorough awareness of the original text and the milieu of the early church. His material is provocative as well as edifying. Both laypeople and pastors should read this book eagerly in order to better determine the course of the church, its commitments, and the criteria of its fellowship. Recommended.
  • Arrington, French L. The Acts of the Apostles. Peabody,, ME: Hendrickson Publishers, 1988. It was the author's stated intention to "write a readable and yet reliable commentary that would he helpful to all serious students of the Bible," and he has succeeded in his endeavor. A professor in the Church of God School of Theology, TN, Arrington's presentation is clear and his bibliography is impressive. Greek words are translated, often with amplification.
  • Barrett, Charles Kingsley. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles. In process. International Critical Commentary. Edinburgh: T. And T. Clark, 1994- . Replaces the work by W. C.Allen. Barrett makes available to his readers his vast research into the early origin of the Christian church. The informed reader soon becomes aware of the fact that this work is destined to stand the test of time. Barrett ably blends philology and history with his treatment of the Biblical text. Excellent.
  • Bauckham, Richard, ed. The Book of Acts in Its Palestinian Setting. Vol. 4: The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1995. This is the most recent addition to the critically acclaimed Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting. Its contents is devoted to those parts of the narrative of Acts that are specifically set in Palestine. Readers can expect a consummate handling of the geography, culture, and of the social and religious aspects of first-century Judaism; and they will not disappointed. All facets of Luke’s account are explored in light of the Palestinian origins of early Christianity. Included in these chapters are fresh assessments of the historical significance of key persons and events. The material has been well-researched.
  • Boice, James Montgomery. Acts: An Expositional Commentary. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1997. Deals convincingly with the missionary/evangelistic thrust of the early church. Expounds the biblical text with rare excellence. Wordy.
  • Bruce, Frederick Fyvie. The Book of Acts. Revised ed. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1988. A revision of Bruce's 1956 work. While the basic approach remains the same, a comparison of this edition with its predecessor shows that all the material has been carefully reworked. The footnotes have been brought up-to-date, and the text emended in light of modern scholarship. Bible students will appreciate this later edition, and preachers will find that it will help them in their exposition of the text. Recommended.
  • Calvin, John. Acts. Crossway Classic Commentaries. Edited by A. McGrath and J. I. Packer. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1995. Contains all of the remarkable insights of the first English edition without the stilted language. This is a work that deserves a place in every pastor’s library.
  • Couch, Mal, ed. A Bible Handbook to the Acts of the Apostles. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1998. A beautifully produced, practical, well-illustrated, usable book that is abreast of recent scholarship but never loses sight of the needs of lay readers. All things considered, this is an excellent work that deserves a place in every church library.
  • Custer, Stewart. Witness to Christ: A Commentary on Acts. Greenville, SC: BJU, 2000. The scope of this book can best be assessed by the author’s note: “I trust that this commentary will be a spiritual blessing to every reader. It is my desire to provide insight into the meaning, solutions to alleged ‘discrepancies,’ and practical applications that will strengthen the believer in his faith and practice….” The author has admirably achieved each goal.
  • DeHaan, Martin Ralph. Pentecost and After: Studies in the Book of Acts. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1996. First published in 1964. Contains 26 chapters that are rich in devotional insights. This work is ideal for daily devotional Bible reading, or for lay discussion groups. It opens up the readers understanding of the NT world and explains the growth of the early church. It is recommended to earnest Christians in all walks of life.
  • Eadie, John. The Words of the Apostle Paul. Minneapolis: Klock & Klock Christian Publishers, 1985. This companion volume to Steir's The Words of the Risen Saviour and Words of the Apostles deals with the messages of the apostle Paul in the book of Acts. C. H. Spurgeon said Eadie's work was "designed to give ordinary readers a juster and fuller conception of the doctrine and life-work of the apostle:' Recommended.
  • Fitzmyer, Joseph A. The Acts of the Apostles. Anchor Bible. New York: Doubleday, 1998. Begins with a translation of the entire book, followed by a closely reasoned explanation of title, authorship, date, and purpose of Acts. Essays discuss the text and sources, the composition and form-critical analysis, language and style, and historical character of Acts, etc. The exposition combines historic and linguistic data, but offers minimal help to preachers.
  • Gangel, Kenneth Otto. Acts. Holman New Testament Commentary. Nashville: Holman, 1998. Clearly written, and with the theme of Luke’s second work cogently presented, this commentary does justice to the biblical text and the purpose for which this historic account was produced. Gangel follows the best interpretative tradition and then applies the principles in the best possible manner.
  • Gasque, Woodrow Ward. A History of the Criticism of the Acts of the Apostles. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1975. Beginning with E C. Baur and the Tubingen school, Gasque traces the Actaforschung down to the present time. His coverage is remarkably full, and he makes available to students a wealth of material that will guide them in their study of Luke's writings and suggest possible thesis and dissertation topics.
  • Gill, David W., and Conrad Gempf, eds. The Book of Acts in Its Graeco-Roman Setting. Vol. 2: The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1994. Describes the regional, social and cultural milieu of the Roman Empire during the first century A.D. Part 1 covers such topics as travel by ship as well as along the Roman roads of Asia Minor; also food shortages, diverse Roman religions, the urban elites, and the emergence of the house church. Part 2 describes in detail the various Roman provinces and the establishment of the early church. A final chapter discusses Luke’s geographic limits and the Jewish and Roman cultures it contained.
  • Gloag, Paton James. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles. 2 vols. Minneapolis: Klock & Klock Christian Publishers, 1979. H. B. Hackett wrote appreciatively of this work: "I have examined it with special care. For my purposes I have found it unsurpassed by any similar work in the English language. It shows a thorough mastery of the material, philology, history, and literature pertaining to this range of study, and a skill in the use of this knowledge, which places it in the first class of modern expositions:' Warmly recommended.
  • Hackett, Horatio Balch. Commentary on Acts. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1992. Insightful, reliable, and always worth consulting. Reprinted from the revised edition of 1882.
  • *Harrison, Everett Falconer. Acts: The Expanding Church. Chicago: Moody Press, 1976. A very readable, conservative exposition that deserves a place in every home. The treatment is clear, and Harrison presents his resume of apostolic history in a most pleasing and acceptable manner. Recommended.
  • Hengel, Martin. Acts and History of Earliest Christianity. Translated by J. Bowden. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1980. †Asserts the essential reliability of the book of Acts and examines Luke's historical-theological methodology.
  • Hughes, R. Kent. Acts: The Church Afire. Preaching the Word. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1996. This sermonic commentary will help fill the vacuum that exists between the practical needs of the pastor/teacher and the critical, exegetical works that are readily available. Hughes captures our imagination and sheds light on a lot of incidents, places, and sayings we have often wondered about. Hard-working pastors will enjoy studying this handy, helpful volume.
  • Johnson, Dennis E. The Message of Acts in the History of Redemption. Phillipsburg, PA: P&R, 1997. Examines the major themes of Acts and links the OT with the NT while explaining the contribution of Acts to the history of redemption. Though not a commentary, this study will enrich each reader’s understanding of the history of the period.
  • Kent, Homer Austin, Jr. Jerusalem to Rome-Studies in Acts. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1972. In recounting the beginning and expansion of the early church, the writer reveals the personal struggles of those who participated in the events recorded by Luke. The inclusion of discussion questions makes this an ideal volume for adult Bible study groups.
  • Krodel, Gerhard A. Acts. Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament. Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1986. Designed for laypeople. Explains in non-technical language the essential thrust of this portion of the canon.
  • Larkin, William J., Jr. Acts. IVP New Testament Commentary. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1995. Historically helpful. Contains some important insights. Critical matters are confined to the footnotes. Oriented toward the pastorate.
  • Laurin, Roy L. Acts: Life in Action. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1985. In this topical commentary Laurin brings out practical applications as he shows how these early Christians were filled with the dynamic power of a new life of faith. The chapter outlines are also suggestive of discourses, and these will be particularly useful to pastors.
  • Marshall, I. Howard. The Acts of the Apostles. Tyndale New Testament Cornmentaries. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1981. Replaces Blaiklock's commentary. Emphasizes the theological importance of this Lukan work. A thorough study. Highly recommended.
  • Marshall, I. Howard, and David Peterson, eds. Witness to the Gospel: The Theology of Acts. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998. Within these covers a distinguished group of scholars provide a comprehensive survey of the theology of the early church as found in the book of Acts. This material is designed to show the current state of scholarship and discuss the main themes (including the renewing work of the Holy Spirit, and the relationship of Jews and Gentiles).
  • Mills, Watson E. A Bibliography of the Periodical Literature on the Acts of the Apostles,1962-1984. Leiden, The Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 1986. This volume is intended to supplement the indispensible work of A. J. and M. B. Mattill, A Classified Bibliography of Literature on the Acts of the Apostles (which concluded with entries up to 1962). The material in this volume is arranged alphabetically. The indexing to periodical literature is impressive. It succeeds in bringing within the purview of the student or researcher a wealth of important data. Mills, Watson E., and Richard F. Wilson, eds. Acts and Pauline Writings. Vol. 7: Mercer Commentary on the Bible. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1997. Brief comments on 12 NT books (total 291 pages). Each book is introduced, outlined, and explained. Does not deal with controversial issues. Includes bibliographies.
  • Neil, William. Acts. New Century Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1981. †Based on the RSV This handy commentary does not provide an exposition of the theme but, rather, furnishes readers with perceptive comments on select words or phrases. 
  • Phillips, John. Exploring Acts. 2 Vols. In 1. Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1991. Treats the transitional character of Luke’s second volume while explaining each chapter in keeping with the progress of the early church. Well-outlined and alliterated. The exposition is based on the text of the AV. Contains the kind of material pastors will find suggestive of whole series of sermons.
  • Phillips, John. Exploring Acts: An Expository Commentary. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2001 First published in 1986. A simple yet articulate exposition. Useful as a survey for beginning Bible students.
  • *Rackham, Richard Belward. The Acts of the Apostles. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1978. The reissue in an overpriced paperback format of one of the great commentaries on the book of Acts.
  • Rapske, Brian. The Book of Acts and Paul in Roman Custody. Vol. 3: The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1994. Utilizing ancient literary sources and archaeological evidence, Rapske uncovers important background material on the custodial system of the Graeco-Roman world. He uses this to give his readers a better understanding of Paul’s person and mission. He also reveals how keenly aware Luke was of the practical and theological threat that imprisonment posed for Paul, and he argues that this understanding was one of Luke’s primary objectives in his writing of Luke--Acts (viz., to defend or justify Paul in the minds of those living in NT times). A scholarly discussion. Rapske, Brian. The Book of Acts and Paul in Roman Custody. Vol. 3: The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1994. Fills a long-standing lacuna in Lukan and Pauline studies.... Here is now the most important investigation of the nature and variety of Roman imprisonment practices. This study also offers a substantial argument as to the significance of these narratives for the book of Acts.”--Gordon D. Fee.
  • Scroggie, William Graham. The Acts of the Apostles. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1976. Reprinted from the 1931 edition. This handy volume abounds in helpful outlines and practical insights. Valuable for lay use, and I hope it enjoys widespread circulation.
  • Stedman, Ray C. Acts 21-28. Triumphs of the Body. Santa Ana, Calif: Vision House Publishers, 1981. Brief studies completing the author's trilogy. Recommended.
  • _______, . Birth of the Body. Santa Ana, Calif: Vision House Publishers, 1974. A vibrant recounting of the early church's beginning and witness. The author shows how the power available to the early Christians is available today. The formula is found in Acts 1-12.
  • ______, Growth of the Body. Santa Ana, Calif: Vision House Publishers, 1976. A continuation of the author's exposition of Acts in which he demonstrates from the history of the early church the fallacy of relying solely on man-made programs without making room for the "body life" of believers.
  • Stier, Rudolf Ewald. The Words of the Apostles. Translated by G. H. Venables. Minneapolis: Klock & Klock Christian Publishers, 1981. Examines the public ministry of the apostles and expounds each message with insight and skill. A must for every student of the book of Acts.
  • Stott, John Robert Walmsey. The Spirit, the Church, and the World: The Message of Acts. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1990. As usual Stott combines impeccable scholarship with a judicious sense of what needs to be included in a commentary. Here is an exposition that can be read with confidence. Highly recommended.
  • Vaughan, Charles John. Studies in the Book of Acts. Minneapolis: Klock & Klock Christian Publishers, 1985. Vaughan achieved justifiable acclaim for his expositional commentaries on Romans, Philippians, and Revelation. C. H. Spurgeon wrote of this work on Acts, "Not only does Dr. Vaughan expound his text in the ablest manner, but he introduces passages of Scripture so aptly that he suggests discourses:' This is a work of rare merit, and it will be appreciated by those who use it wisely.
  • Wiersbe, Warren Wendell. Be Daring. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1989. Continues the author's popular exposition of the Book of Acts. Shows how the power of God is available to work through ordinary people to accomplish His purposes in the Church and in the world. Recommended.
  • Willimon, William H. Acts. Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Atlanta, GA: John Knox Press, 1988. Combines the latest findings in Lukan scholarship with the pastoral, educational, and theological concerns of the local church. Bases his comments on the idea that the purpose of Acts was not to make Christianity acceptable to the Roman state but rather to preserve the integrity of the church against the onslaught of classical culture. Exegetical insights are applied with clarity and skill.
  • Winter, Bruce W., and Andrew D. Clarke, eds. The Book of Acts in Its Ancient Literary Setting. Vol. 1: The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1993. “This new generation of scholars exhibits the cultural and historical interests of the series they inaugurate in their wide-ranging canvass of the literary and rhetorical possibilities that must pass under review in a study of Acts. The book makes clear the complexities of the matter and encourages us to expect from the series an avoidance of oversimplification, engagement with current scholarship, independence of judgment, and superb knowledge of the world of ancient Christianity.”--Abraham J. Malherbe

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ON THE BOOK OF ACTS

MIKE ANDRUS - and others from FEFC Wichita - sermons

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JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

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GENE GETZ - short videos (~10) emphasizing principles in the text

  • Acts 1:1-11; Video Waiting and Working: Though we should always be prepared for Christ's return, we are to focus on being His witnesses in this world.
  • Acts 1:12-26 Video; Selecting Spiritual Leaders: Spiritual qualifications that reflect godly character are to be used when appointing spiritual leaders.
  • Acts 2:1-13; Video Miraculous Events: To accurately understand God's unfolding revelation throughout biblical history, we are to consider carefully God's miraculous plan for verifying His message.
  • Acts 2:14-40; Video Normative versus Unique Experiences: When interpreting Scripture, we should distinguish between normative experiences for all Christians and unique experiences for believers in the early church.
  • Acts 2:41-47; Video Three Vital Experiences: To become mature in Jesus Christ, as a local church we are to engage in three normative functions.
  • Acts 3:1-4:12;Video  Honoring God: When God uses us to minister to others, we are always to give glory and honor to Jesus Christ.
  • Acts 4:13-22; Video Openness and Honesty: Spiritual leaders must never suppress the truth in order to protect their own religious domain.
  • Acts 4:32-37; Video Generosity: As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to be godly models of generosity.
  • Acts 5:1-11; Video Honesty and Integrity: When we give material possessions to support God's work, we are to do so with pure motives.
  • Acts 5:12-32; Video Our Dual Citizenship: As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to be good citizens, but if we are asked to engage in actions that are out of harmony with God's will, we must not violate biblical principles.
  • Acts 5:33-42; Video Resentment and Persecution: Regardless of our efforts to respect government authorities, when we practice Christian values in a hostile environment, we should be prepared for persecution.
  • Acts 6:1-7; Video Leadership Priorities: Spiritual shepherds in the church are to maintain biblical priorities.
  • Acts 6:8-7:60; Video Loving Our Enemies: When we are persecuted for our faith, we are to love and pray for our enemies.
  • Acts 8:1-8;Video Purpose in Persecution: Though persecution is always painful, we should ask God to use our experiences to bring others to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Acts 8:9-25; Video  Authentic Conversion: Though people can only respond to the gospel with sincerity when the Holy Spirit opens their hearts, we should do all we can to help them respond with pure motives.
  • Acts 8:26-40;Video Biblical Evidence: To help people achieve saving faith in Jesus Christ, we should help them understand from Scripture what God says about this experience.
  • Acts 9:1-19; Video God?s Mercy and Grace: Though our conversion experiences vary greatly, all Christians are to praise and thank God continually for His saving grace.
  • Acts 9:19-31; Video Love and Compassion: As those who are saved by grace, we should always be ready to demonstrate God?s mercy by extending grace to others.
  • Acts 9:32-10:48; Video The Sin of Prejudice: We should sincerely ask God to help us evaluate our attitudes and actions in order to make sure we are free from any form of prejudice.
  • Acts 11:1-18;Video Addressing Prejudice: We should never hesitate to share our concerns regarding prejudice.
  • Acts 11:19-26; Video Being an Encourager: When people put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we should respond enthusiastically with words of encouragement.
  • Acts 11:27-30; Video Reciprocal Generosity: We should look for opportunities to minister to those who have ministered to us, both spiritually and materially.
  • Acts 12:1-25; Video Our Sovereign God: When events happen that are difficult to accept and understand, we must remember that God is sovereign and ultimately in control of our lives.
  • Acts 13:1-3; Video Corporate Wisdom: When we want to discover the will of God, we are to be open to receiving wisdom and guidance from other mature believers.
  • Acts 13:4-12;Video  Servant-Leadership: No matter what the role is within the body of Jesus Christ, leaders are to allow others who are more qualified than they are to emerge as the prominent leaders.
  • Acts 14:8-18; Video Glorifying God: Spiritual leaders must never allow people to honor them above God.
  • Acts 14:19-23; Video Qualified Spiritual Leaders: To lead people to become mature disciples of Jesus Christ, we must select and appoint qualified spiritual leaders in every local church.
  • Acts 15:1-35; Video Maintaining Sound Doctrine: When any community of faith encounters false teachings, the spiritual leaders should make every effort to clarify biblical truth.
  • Acts 15:36-41;  Video Balanced Convictions: Though we are to have strong biblical convictions, we should attempt to keep these values in proper balance.
  • Acts 16:1-5; Video A Good Reputation: When we are selecting spiritual leaders, we should look for individuals whom people trust.
  • Acts 16:6-34; Video  Unity with Diversity: Regardless of our diverse backgrounds, we are to become a unified family of believers.
  • Acts 17:1-12; Video Cultural Adaptation: To present the gospel adequately, we must use the Scriptures as our final authority while adapting our methodology to various cultural situations.
  • Acts 17:16-34; Video Concern and Compassion: As Christ-followers who are living in a world contaminated by idolatrous activities, we must never lose our sense of grief and compassion.
  • Acts 18:1-28; Video Serving Together: Spiritual leaders should encourage husband and wife teams to look for unique ministry opportunities.
  • Acts 19:8-10; Video In-Depth Evangelism: In developing a church-planting strategy, we should help people understand the redemptive message as it unfolds in the total biblical story.
  • Acts 19:11-41; Video Pagan Resentment: When the gospel of Jesus Christ penetrates a community dominated by evil, Christians should expect persecution.
  • Acts 20:1-6; Video A Supportive Team: To serve God effectively, we should develop a supportive team.
  • Acts 20:7-12; Video The Communion Experience: When we gather together to worship God and to encourage one another, we should plan times to remember Christ's suffering on the cross.
  • Acts  20:17-38;Video  Relationships with One Another: Spiritual leaders are to develop deep, lasting, and loyal relationships with one another.
  • Acts 21:10-14; Video God's Will: As Christ-followers, we are to be committed to living in God's will regardless of our circumstances.
  • Acts 21:26-22:22;Video  Potential Persecution: When ministering in cultural situations where people may be resistant to the gospel, we should be prepared to identify with Christ's sufferings.
  • Acts 22:23-23:11; Video God's Strength: No matter what kind of persecution we encounter, we are to draw on Christ's strength in order to be courageous.
  • Acts 23:12-22; Video Being Courageous: No matter what the circumstances, we are to be available for God to use us to carry out His plans in this world.
  • Acts 24:1-21; Video Self-Defense: When we are falsely accused, there are times we should not hesitate to defend ourselves.
  • Acts 24:22-27;Video The Spirit's Conviction: When we hear the truth and experience conviction because of our sins, we should respond in faith and repentance.
  • Acts 25:1-12; Video Government Authority: Since God has established government authorities to be His servants in administering justice, there may be times as believers when we should appeal to a court of law.
  • Acts 25:13-26:32;Video Distorted Perspectives: We should not be surprised if some unbelievers accuse us of being foolish and out of touch with reality because of our faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Acts 27:1-12; Video Security in Christ: In our spiritual journey, we are guaranteed by God Himself that we will arrive some day at our eternal destination regardless of the uncertainties of life on this earth.
  • Acts 27:13-28:31; Video God's Providential Care: Though we may face difficult and painful circumstances in our spiritual journey, we are to trust God to accomplish His divine purposes in our lives.

GOSPEL COALITION

GOTQUESTIONS - questions related to the book of Acts

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JAMES MCCULLEN - frequent illustrations

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MONERGISM

D L MOODY - click link for all of Moody's "Notes from My Bible" - below are Moody's notes on select verses in the Book of Acts

The acts of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 1:4   “Wait for the promise of the Father.” Tarry at a promise till God meets you there. He always returns by the way of His promises.
The promises of God are the moulds into which we pour our prayers.

Acts 1:11  “In like manner.” Hence we may expect that Jesus will come—
             (1.) Personally.
             (2.) Visibly.
             (3.) In the clouds.

Acts 2:1. Pentecost was the birthday of the Holy Spirit whose dispensation will close at Christ’s second coming. The Holy Spirit was present before, but not incarnate in the Church, just as Christ was ever present, but not incarnate.

Acts 2:3. “Fire.” Fill the cup with incense, and load the altar with odorous wood, but fire is still needed to send out fragrance. So the preacher’s talent, genius, and other gifts need fire from above, before they can achieve results.

Acts 2:8. When God set forth his fiery law (Deut. 33:2), He proclaimed it in one tongue; but the story of grace was told in the language of every nation under heaven.

Acts 2:21.  “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” It is remarkable that though more than a million Jews perished during the siege of Jerusalem, no Christians perished; for they withdrew to Pella, on the approach of the Roman army.

Acts 2:23.   The Jews nailed Jesus on the cross and so sent Him to heaven, and now they go about the streets selling old clothes.

Acts 2:37.  Threefold result of being filled with the Spirit:—

  1. Pricked in their heart. Acts 2:37.
  2. Cut to the heart. Acts 7:54.
  3. Turned the world upside down. Acts 17:6.

Acts 2:41. The first time the law was preached three thousand were killed. Ex. 32:28. The first time grace was preached three thousand were saved.

Acts 2:47.“Added to the Church.” See Acts 5:14; 11:24. “Added to the Lord,” because the Church is the body of Christ.

Acts 3:2.Almost all the alms of the world are administered at the gates of the temple, by them that go up to the temple at the hour of prayer.

Acts 3:21.  “The times of restitution of all things.”
         The earth restored to man by re-genesis.
         The body restored to the soul by resurrection.
         The soul restored to God by regeneration.

Acts 4:  The Name of Jesus:—

  • Acts 4:7. By what name have ye done this?
  • Acts 4:10. By the name of Jesus Christ.
  • Acts 4:12. “There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Acts 31. Hugh Latimer was ordered by Henry VIII to apologize for a too plain sermon he preached. But he was sent by a higher King and repeated the sermon.

Acts 5:31 As a Prince, Jesus gives repentance;
                As a Saviour, He gives remission of sins.

Acts 6:5. Six good things about Stephen:—
             (1.) Full of faith. Acts 6:5.
             (2.) Full of the Holy Ghost. Acts 6:5.
             (3.) Full of power. Acts 6:8.
             (4.) Full of irresistible wisdom and energy. Acts 6:10.
             (5.) Full of sunshine. Acts 6:15.
             (6.) An intrepid witness for God. Acts 7.

Acts 6:15.  Three men in the Bible whose faces shone: Moses, Jesus, and Stephen.

Dr. Bonar once said: “Did you ever notice, Brother Whittle, that when the Jews accused Stephen of blasphemous words against Moses (v. 11), the Lord lit up his face with the same glory with which Moses’s face shone?”

Acts 7:2.      Stephen only preached this one sermon that we know of, but out of his death came Paul, the greatest preacher since Christ. 

Acts 7:23–36.      Eighty years of training for forty years of service.
Acts 7:50.      There are few death-bed scenes in the Bible.
Acts 7::60.      Augustine says the Church owes Paul to the prayers of Stephen.

Acts 8:1      

Acts 8:27.      The story of a man who was wrong and knew it; who was set right; and gave evidence of being right (36, 39, rejoicing).

Acts 9:3.  Four recorded visions to Paul:—

  1. For his conversion. Acts 9:3, 4.
  2. For his work. Acts 16:9.
  3. For his strengthening. Acts 18:9.
  4. For his preservation. Acts 27:23, 24.

Acts 11:1. Israel is God’s first-born, but the Gentiles are his second-born.

Acts 11:26.   “Called Christians.” Not in derision, but by God’s providence. The Church is Christ’s body, and the body of a man goes by the same name as the head. Col. 1:18, 24.

A dead church is like a dwarf with fine, large head but crippled body.

Acts 15:11.

  1. Saved by grace. Acts 15:11.
  2. Stand in grace. Rom. 5:2.
  3. Grow in grace. 2 Peter 3:18.

Acts 16:9.  Dr. Bonar used to say that the “man of Macedonia” turned out to be a woman; see v. 15.

Suppose Paul and Silas had been ordered east instead of west, these lands of ours would have been what India and Africa now are, and missionaries from there would be bringing us the gospel.

Acts 16:13. Paul was not a man who was a devout worshiper in Jerusalem, but who, when he came to Philippi, spent his Sabbaths as the Philippians did. Out of Paul’s steady-going habits came this story of grace and salvation.

Acts 16:14. Attention, humanly speaking, is the avenue by which the Lord Jesus enters into the soul. If you had listened with attention and intention for five minutes to the poorest preacher you ever heard, you would have been converted.

Acts 16:15. First the heart, then the home. “If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there.”

Acts 16:31. Believing on Jesus or in Jesus is a great deal more than believing about Jesus.

Acts 17:22.  Paul’s sermon on Mars’ Hill:—
God is Creator, Ruler (Acts 17:24); independent Acts 17:25); approachable (Acts 17:27); immanent (Acts 17:28).

  • True worship (Acts 17:25).
  • God’s bounties to man (Acts 17:25).
  • Gracious privilege or command (Acts 17:27).
  • Wrong views of God (Acts 17:29).
  • Repentance commanded (Acts 17:30).
  • Universality of sin (Acts 17:30).
  • Day of judgment (Acts 17:31).

Idolatry is falsely directed worship, yet it bears witness to the ineradicable needs of humanity.

Acts 17:28. “For we are also His offspring.” A poet’s sentiment—a preacher’s theme.

Men talk of “universal brotherhood” and reject the God and Father of us all.

Acts 17:30. The more a man is troubled about sin now, the less he will be troubled by sin hereafter.
Acts 17:31. The world is redeemed by believing on the Son of man, and hereafter the world will be judged by the Son of man.

A sad conclusion:—

  • Some mocked, Acts 17:32;
  • some procrastinated, Acts 17:32;
  • but some believed, Acts 17:34.

Acts 18:9.The Lord sees and knows you, especially if you are weak and fainting.

Acts 19:18, 19. Fruits of the revival: “Many that believed came and confessed and showed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together and burned them before all men.”

Acts 19:25.Demetrius cried up the goddess Diana, but it was her silver shrines, not her temple, he so much adored.

Acts 20:

  • Tears of personal suffering. Acts 20:19.
  • Tears of pastoral solicitude. Acts 20:31.
  • Tears of friendly sympathy. Acts 20:37.

Acts 26:18. God first forgives; then He gives.

A perfect man has three eyes:—

  1. The eye of sense.
  2. The eye of reason.
  3. The eye of faith.

Every animal has the first; every man has the second and third; but only the regenerate man uses the third to see the things of God.

The gospel gives sight, light, liberty, pardon, heaven.

The sinner is disinherited, but Christ restores him.

Acts 28.  “Almost.”

  • Almost hot is lukewarm. Rev. 3:16.
  • Almost a child is a bastard.
  • Almost sweet is unsavory.

Acts 28:30. The Bible has little to say about the endings of its heroes, but much about their beginnings. Cf. Moses, Paul, Peter. We know nothing of the end of Jeremiah, etc., etc.

End of notes from Moody's "Notes from My Bible"


PASTOR LIFE - sermons

The Resurrection - Hoax or History? Acts  1:1-11 Resurrection; Easter Denis Lyle
Who Should Pray Acts  1:12-15 Prayer; Prayer Meeting Donald Cantrell
Something Happens When Churches Pray Acts  1:14-26 Prayer; Prayer Meeting Donald Cantrell
Missions - A New Perspective Acts  1:6-8 Missions; Soul Winning; Evangelism J. Robert White
Promised Power Acts  1:8 Spirit, Power of; Holy Spirit; Missions Ron Hale
The Right Stuff Acts  2 Church; Christian Living; Evangelism; Church Growth J. Mike Minnix
Go On Back! Acts  2 Church; Homecoming J. Mike Minnix
Heavenly Power Acts  2:1-13 Holy Spirit, Power of David Cook
Power For Our Mission Acts  2:1-4 Holy Spirit Johnny Hunt
The Holy Spirit and Prayer Acts  2:1-4 Prayer; Prayer Meeting; Holy Spirit and Prayer Donald Cantrell
The Empowered at Pentecost Acts  2:1-47 Pentecost; Power in the Church; Holy Spirit Philip Cooper
Rejoicing in the Risen Savior Acts  2:22-41 Resurrection; Easter; Life in Christ; Salvation; Invitation, God's J. Mike Minnix
Those Were The Days Acts  2:22-42 Church Denis Lyle
A Picture of Revival Acts  2:40-47 Revival; Church Life Mark Wood
Prayer and the New Christian Acts  2:41-42 Prayer; Christian, New; Prayer Meeting Donald Cantrell
And They Continued Acts  2:42 Steadfastness; Faithfulness; Salvation, True Paul E. Brown
God's Order for Revival Acts  2:42-47 Revival; Awakening Andy Hammack
The Partnership of the Triumphant Church Acts  2:42-47 Church Life; Unity; Partnership in Church; Church Fellowship J. Mike Minnix
The Fundamentals of the First Church Acts  2:42-47 Doctrine; Fundamentals Terry Trivette
Healing of the Lame Acts  3:1-11 God, Might Power of; Healing; Miracles; Salvation William R. Shively
The Power of a Prayer Meeting Acts  4:23-31 Prayer Terry Trivette
When The Church Prays Acts  4:23-33 Prayer; Church, A Praying Ron Dunn
Persecution, Prayer and Purpose Equals Unity Acts  4:23-33 Church; Church Life; Dedication; Commitment; Unity, Church David Nance
WhenThe Church Prays Acts  4:23-35 Prayer; Church Life; Power in the Church; Growth in the Church Denis Lyle
The Crisis of Prayer Acts  4:23-35 Prayer; Praying Stephen F. Olford
The Cross I Bear Acts  4:31-37 Cross; Cross Bearing; Christian Living Johnny L. Sanders
What Makes A Great Church? Acts  4:32-34 Church Kenneth Hendricks
The Church as a Community Acts  4:32-35 Church Terry Trivette
How To Rub People The Right Way Acts  4:36-37 Encouragement; Encourager James Merritt
Failures in our Relationship to the Holy Spirit Acts  5:1-11 Holy Spirit; Commitment; Surrender Denis Lyle
You Can't Fool God Acts  5:1-11 Hypocrisy; Stewardship; Giving; Lying Mark Adams
The Gates of Jail Shall Not Prevail Acts  5:12-25 God, Power of; Victory Terry Trivette
Obedience is our Obligation Acts  5:29 Obedience; Christian Living Donnie L. Martin
Adequate For Anything Acts  6:13 Holy Spirit Michael A. Guido
Christian Conflict Acts  6:1-7 Conflict, Christian Terry Trivette
The Difference Your Service Makes Acts  6:1-7 Service Johnny Hunt
The Word of God and Prayer Must be a Priority Acts   :1-7 Prayer; Deacons; Leadership and Prayer; Ministry and Prayer Donald Cantrell
Leadership in the Fellowship Acts  6:3 Leadership, Church Terry Trivette
A Sermon To Die For Acts  7 Bible; Witness Terry Trivette
Murder By Consent Acts  8:1 Souls, Responsibility for; Witness; Evangelism; Burden for Souls Sam Wolfe
The Original Outreach Acts  8:1-4 Evangelism; Outreach; Witnessing Terry Trivette
The Holy Spirit's Guidance To Go Acts  8:26 Evangelism; Witnessing; Outreach Johnny Hunt
What is The Mission of the Holy Spirit? Acts  8:26-40 Soul Winning; Witnessing; Evangelism; Holy Spirit, Work of Denis Lyle
World Evangelism 101: Wherever He Leads Acts  8:26-40 Evangelism; Missions Franklin L. Kirksey
Attitudes Essential to Evangelism Acts  8:26-40 Evangelism; Soul Winning Mark Adams
To The Jews First Acts  9 Cross; Paul, The Apostle Johnny L. Sanders
To The Cross Acts  9 Cross; Paul, The Apostle; Christian Living Johnny L. Sanders
At The Cross Acts  9 Cross Johnny L. Sanders
Salvation of the Terrorist Acts  9:1-22 Salvation; Grace of God; Terrorism Terry Trivette
World Evangelism 101: Whatever It Takes Acts  9:1-30 Evangelism; World Evangelism; Missions; Witnessing Franklin L. Kirksey
Bearing The Cross Before Kings Acts  9:15 Cross; Witnessing; Testimony; Paul, The Apostle Johnny L. Sanders
Putting Out The Welcome Mat Acts  9:19-25 Church Membership; Hospitality Terry Trivette
Taking Up The Cross Acts  9:8-30 Cross; Christian Living; Paul, The Apostle Johnny L. Sanders
Religious But Lost Acts  10 Conversion; Salvation; Lostness Paul E. Brown
Prayer and Open Doors Acts  10 Prayer Donald Cantrell
Reshaping our World View Acts  10:1-35 Missions; Evangelism J. Gerald Harris
Lord of All Acts  10:36 Christ is Lord; Lord; Lord Jesus Franklin L. Kirksey
Prayer and the Key Christian Acts  11:1-12 Prayer; Christian Prayer Life Donald Cantrell
The Antioch Project Acts  11:19-20 Ministry; Church; Christian Living David Hammonds
Is There Determination in our Giving? Acts  11:19-30 Giving; Stewardship; Determination David E. Owen
How to BECOME a Christian and How to KNOW One Acts  11:19-30   Paul E. Brown
To Be A Christian Acts  11:26 Christian, Victorious Franklin L. Kirksey
Miracles in the Night Acts  12 Depression; God, Faithfulness of; Prayer Paul E. Brown
God Can Handle Herod Acts  12 Politics and Jesus; King Jesus; Prayer and Power; Herod is Dead Terry Trivette
The Partnership of Prayer Acts  12 Prayer; Church, Prayer in the Stephen F. Olford
Prayer and Closed Doors Acts  12:1-18 Prayer Donald Cantrell
How the Church Deals with a Crisis Acts  12:5 Church Crisis; Church Terry Trivette
Our Chief Weapon Acts  12:5 Prayer for America; Prayer; Power of Prayer Alan Stewart
Prayer and a Lost World Acts  13 Prayer; Lost, Prayering for Donald Cantrell
What It Means To Be Forgiven Acts  13:38-39 Forgiveness Sammy Burgess
To God Be The Glory Acts  15:12-21 Praise; Christian Living Denis Lyle
God Knows What He's About Acts  15:18 God, Sovereignty of; Foreknowldge of God; Omniscient God Franklin L. Kirksey
Our Real Mission Acts  15:26 Missions H. Lee White
Honoring Women On Mother's Day Acts  16:13-15 Mother's Day; Mothers; Women, Godly William R. Shively
Jailer Captured by the Gospel Acts  16 :25-34 Salvation; Witnessing Everywhere Dr. William R. Shively
A Call For Help Acts  16 :6-10 Missions J. Mike Minnix
The Call from Without Acts  16:6-10 Evangelism; Outreach; Soul Winning; Missions Jimmy Draper
Engaging Your Culture Acts  17:16-34 Culture; Witnessing; Soul Winning Jared Moore
The Gospel Among The Gods Acts  17:16-34 Witnessing; Lostness; Pantheism; Evangelism Terry Trivette
Facing Fear Acts  18:9-10 Fear, Overcoming; Faith; Trust; Peace Mark Adams
Acts for a New Year - Peace in Fearful Times Acts  18:9-10 New Year; Fear; Peace Mark Adams
I Want To Be Known In Hell Acts  19:13-16 Witness; Commitment; Testimony Frank Page
It Is More Blessed To Give Than To Receive Acts  20:32-35 Christmas; Stewardship; Giving Mark Adams
The Ninth Beatitude Acts  20:35 Stewardship; Giving Paul E. Brown
No Convenient Season Acts  24:1-26 Convenience; Laziness; Procrastination Johnny L. Sanders
The Word of the Cross Acts  26 Cross; Gospel, The; Paul, The Apostle Johnny L. Sanders
The Almost Christian Acts  26:13-32 Salvation; Procrastination Denis Lyle
Almost Persuaded Acts  26:24-29 Salvation; Procrastination; Opportunity Lost Sammy Burgess
The Resurrection Credible Acts  26:8 Resurrection; Easter Franklin L. Kirksey
Evidences of the Resurrection Acts  26:8-29 Resurrection; Easter Paul E. Brown
Being Cheerful In A Storm Acts  27 Joy in Adversity; God, Peace of; Peace Paul E. Brown
A Storm and a Story of a Sustaining Faith Acts  27:1-38 Faith David E. Owen
Anchors Of The Soul Acts  27:18-29 Peace; Hope; Assurance J. Robert White

 

RAY PRITCHARD - well-done and practical sermons

JAMES SMITH - Handfuls on Purpose - expanded sermon outlines

  • Click this page for all the topics below
  • THE INFANT CHURCH. Acts 1
  • THE EMPOWERED CHURCH. Acts 2:1-13
  • THE WITNESSING CHURCH. Acts 2:14-36
  • THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL. Acts 2:37-47
  • A WORK OF POWER. Acts 3:1-26
  • THE CHALLENGE AND THE DEFENSE. Acts 4:5-23
  • THE APPEAL TO GOD. Acts 4:23-31
  • TESTING TIMES. Acts 4:32-37; 5:1-16.
  • APOSTOLIC BOLDNESS. Acts 5:17-42
  • SERVING AND SHINING. Acts 6:1-15
  • APOSTOLIC CHARACTER. Acts 7:51-60
  • THE CITY'S AND THE CHURCH'S NEED. Acts 8:1-25
  • SOUL-WINNING. Acts 8:26-40
  • SAUL'S CONVERSION. Acts 9:1-19
  • SAUL'S TESTIMONY. Acts 9:20-31
  • THE VICTORY OF FAITH. Acts 9:32-43
  • DIVINE PREPARATION. Acts 10:1-23
  • THE APOSTOLIC GOSPEL. Acts 10:38-44
  • PETER'S TESTIMONY. Acts 11:1-18
  • THE REVIVAL IN ANTIOCH. Acts 11:19-26
  • PERSECUTION AND DELIVERANCE. Acts 12:1-17
  • THE CALL OF BARNABAS AND SAUL. Acts 13:1-12
  • THE GOODNESS OF GOD. Acts 13:13-43
  • RESULTS OF PAUL'S PREACHING. Acts 13:42-52
  • MISSIONARY EXPERIENCE. Acts 14:1-20
  • HELPING THE SAINTS. Acts 14:19-28
  • THE DISPUTE ABOUT WORKS. Acts 15:1-35
  • THE CRY OF THE HELPLESS. Acts 16:9-15
  • THE JAILOR'S CONVERSION. Acts 16:16-40
  • SPECIAL MISSIONS. Acts 17:1-14
  • PAUL AT ATHENS. Acts 17:15-34
  • PAUL AT CORINTH. Acts 18:1-17
  • PAUL AT EPHESUS. Acts 19:1-20
  • WORLDLY WISDOM. Acts 19:21-41
  • A MIDNIGHT MEETING. Acts 20:2-12
  • A PERSONAL TESTIMONY. Acts 20:13-27
  • FAITH AND FAILURE. Acts 21:1-36
  • PAUL'S DEFENSE. Acts 22:1-21
  • A DAY OF TRIAL AND A NIGHT OF CHEER. Acts 23:1-24
  • PAUL BEFORE FELIX. Acts 24:1-27
  • PAUL'S APPEAL UNTO CAESAR. Acts 25:1-12
  • PAUL AS A WITNESS FOR GOD. Acts 26:1-32
  • PAUL'S SHIPWRECK, OR THE POWER OF FAITH. Acts 27:1-44.
  • PAUL AMONG THE BARBARIANS. Acts 28:1-10
  • PAUL'S MINISTRY IN ROME. Acts 28:11-31

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    W F BURNSIDE

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    JOHN DUMMELOW

    EXPOSITOR'S DICTIONARY

    WILLIAM M FURNEAUX

    A C GAEBELEIN

    GEORGE GILBERT

    JOHN GILL

    GLOAG, PATON J - exegetical commentary - helps to know some Greek

    GRACE NOTES - Expositional Study by Warren Doud

    L M GRANT

    JAMES GRAY

    RICHARD HAWKER

    F B HOLE

    BARRY HORNER

    WILLIAM KELLY

    ANOTHER SOURCE of Kelly's Commentary

    LANGE'S COMMENTARY

    J VERNON MCGEE

    HEINRICH A. W. MEYER

    JAMES NISBET - Church Pulpit Commentary

    T E PAGE

    ARTHUR PEAKE

    PETER PETT

    F N PELOUBET

    E A PLUMPTRE

    AREND REMMERS

    JOHNNY SANDERS

    PHILLIP SCHAFF

    JOHN SCHULTZ

    SPEAKER'S COMMENTARY

    R C SPROUL - Devotionals

    JOSEPH SUTCLIFFE

    JOHN TRAPP

    DANIEL WHEDON

    ACTS 1

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    GREG ALLEN

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    BOB DEFFINBAUGH

    RICK WARREN 

    RAY PRITCHARD

    DAVID LEGGE

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    J R MILLER

    RUSSELL SMITH

    ROB SALVATO

    JOHN STEVENSON

    LIFEWAY SERMONS

    ACTS 2

    LEHMAN STRAUSS

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    DAVID LEGGE

    LIFEWAY SERMONS

    RICK WARREN

    ALFRED EDERSHEIM

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    J R MILLER

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    ACTS 3

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    JOHN STEVENSON

    ACTS 4

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    GREG ALLEN

    RAY PRITCHARD

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    J C RYLE

    RICK WARREN

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    BIBLE.ORG

    ROB SALVATO

    JOHN STEVENSON

    ACTS 5

    RICHARD STRAUSS

    GREG ALLEN

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    J R MILLER

    DAVID LEGGE

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    ROB SALVATO

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    ACTS 6

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    GREG ALLEN

    J R MILLER

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    ACTS 7

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    JOHN STEVENSON

    ACTS 8

    RAY PRITCHARD

    GREG ALLEN

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    LIFEWAY SERMONS

    J R MILLER

    J C RYLE

    ROB SALVATO

    JOHN STEVENSON

    ACTS 9

    ADRIAN ROGERS

    GREG ALLEN

    BRIAN BILL

    LIFEWAY SERMONS

    OSWALD CHAMBERS

    J R MILLER

    GEORGE WHITFIELD

    ROB SALVATO 

    ACTS 10

    J R MILLER

    GREG ALLEN

    LIFEWAY SERMONS

    DAVID LEGGE

    BOB DEFFINBAUGH

    BIBLE.ORG

    ROB SALVATO

    ACTS 11

    BOB DEFFINBAUGH

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    GREG ALLEN

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    ACTS 12

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    LIFEWAY SERMONS

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    ROB SALVATO

    ACTS 13

    GREG ALLEN

    J R MILLER

    DAVID LEGGE

    LIFEWAY SERMONS

    W FERGUSON

    ROB SALVATO 

    ACTS 14

    GREG ALLEN

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    ACTS 15

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      BOB DEFFINBAUGH

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      BIBLE.ORG

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      JOHN STEVENSON

      ACTS 16

      ON SITE

      GREG ALLEN

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      BOB DEFFINBAUGH

      LIFEWAY SERMONS

      RAY PRITCHARD

      JONATHAN EDWARDS

      BIBLE.ORG

      ROB SALVATO

      JOHN STEVENSON

      ACTS 17

      ON SITE

      GREG ALLEN

      BRIAN BILL

      BIBLE.ORG

      VINCENT CHENUNG - 83 page study

      LIFEWAY SERMONS

      RONALD GOETZ

      J C RYLE

      JOURNAL ARTICLES

      W FERGUSON

      J C RYLE

      JONATHAN EDWARDS

      ROB SALVATO

      JOHN STEVENSON

      ACTS 18

      RICHARD STRAUSS

      RICK WARREN

      GREG ALLEN

      DAVID LEGGE

      ROB SALVATO 

      JOHN STEVENSON

      ACTS 19

      GREG ALLEN

      BIBLE.ORG

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      LIFEWAY SERMONS

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      ACTS 20

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      LIFEWAY SERMONS

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      ACTS 21

      GREG ALLEN

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      ACTS 22

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      ACTS 23

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      ROB SALVATO

      ACTS 24

      OSWALD CHAMBERS

      DAVID LEGGE

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      ACTS 25

      RAY PRITCHARD

      ROB SALVATO

      ACTS 26

      ADRIAN ROGERS

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      J R MILLER

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      ACTS 27

      ADRIAN ROGERS

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      LIFEWAY SERMONS

      J R MILLER

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      ACTS 28

      BRIAN BELL

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      ALEXANDER MACLAREN
      Sermons on Acts
      Recommended

      J VERNON MCGEE
      Thru the Bible
      The Acts of the Apostles

      G CAMPBELL MORGAN
      The Acts of the Apostles: Commentary

      Rosscup writes that this 1947 work is "one of Morgan’s better commentaries and one which the student can profitably consult." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works).

      D Edmond Hiebert - Expository messages on Acts by a noted Bible teacher-preacher. His exposition aims at setting forth the spiritual force and method of early Christianity. Stress is placed on the variety of ways in which the Spirit is seen at work in Acts. Offers many illuminating insights.


      NET BIBLE NOTES
      Commentary

      Comment: These are more technical notes on the New English Translation, but often yield some very useful insights.

      ROBERT NEIGHBOUR
      Wells of Living Water Commentary

      PHIL NEWTON
      Sermons on Acts
      Recommended

      OUR DAILY BREAD
      Devotional Illustrations
      Radio Bible Class

      Updated August 6, 2017 

      Acts Devotionals - multiple devotionals on each chapter of Acts. ~400 pages 


      INDIVIDUAL DEVOTIONALS - SOME DUPLICATION

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      ACTS 15

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      ACTS 24

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      ACTS 26

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      ACTS 28

      JOSEPH PARKER
      Commentary on the Book of Acts
      The People's Bible

      THE DISPENSATION OF THE SPIRIT
      Joseph Parker

      Parker writes: This may be a proper point from which to look back upon the great event which glorifies the Acts of the Apostles, name, the outpouring of the HOLY SPIRIT, and to connect that event with the Ministry of Jesus Christ as well as with the development and sanctification of His Church. On considering how to conduct this part of my task I have decided to reprint the portion of my book entitled "The Paraclete", which specially deals with this sublime section of sacred history, and I feel the less hesitation about this course as the book is out of print and is frequently inquired for.


      JOHN PIPER
      Sermons on Acts

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      ACTS 2

      ACTS 3

      ACTS 4

      ACTS 5

      ACTS 6

      ACTS 7

      ACTS 8

      ACTS 9

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      ACTS 15

      ACTS 16-26

      MATTHEW POOLE COMMENTARY
      The Acts of the Apostles

      PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY
      The Acts of the Apostles

      Explanatory Notes, Homilies, Various Authors 1896

      PULPIT COMMENTARY
      The Acts of the Apostles
      Exposition and Homilies

      Acts 1 Pulpit Commentary Homiletics - click arrow to go to next chapter

      Rosscup - "Many authors contributed to this work that had the aim of giving preachers material on introduction, verse by verse exposition, a section on homiletics, and a section of collected homilies (outlines, etc.) by various preachers, which can stimulate thought. It moves through one small section of Bible verses after another." (Rosscup, J. Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works)

      RICHARD RACKHAM
      The Acts of the Apostles: An Exposition
      1904 

      Rosscup writes "This is a very good though at times terse commentary from the standpoint of Greek and, historical background. Rackham was conservative but amillennial. Verse by verse he often offers good help, and he has addenda on topics such as breaking of bread, Sadducees and Pharisees, etc." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors)

      D Edmond Hiebert - A thorough (513-page), informative exposition by a conservative Anglican scholar. Full treatment of introductory problems. Has a full index. One of the standard older commentaries on Acts.

      Gerald Cowen -  Older works which one should obtain if the opportunity arises include R. B. Rackham, The Acts of the Apostles (Baker, 1978; reprint of the 1901 edition). This is considered by many to be a classic on Acts, and was called by W. Smith the greatest of all the commentaries on Acts (in Profitable Bible Study). This work includes an extensive introduction, including articles on the theology of Acts, and a verse by verse commentary. (Commenting on Commentaries on Acts)

      ROBERT RAYBURN
      SERMONS
      BOOK OF ACTS

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      SERMONS
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      A. T. ROBERTSON
      Word Pictures on Acts
      Notes on original Greek text

      DON ROBINSON
      Sermons on Acts (51)
      Plus a 27 Part Study Series on Acts

      Study of the Book of Acts

        SERMONS
        Acts Verse by Verse

        Example of Sermons related to Acts 1:8 

        A Good Man Seeks to Make Others Good   Acts 1:8
        Apostolic Missions: Their Evidential Value Archdeacon Farrar. Acts 1:8
        Apostolic Missions: Their Order R. Besser, D. D. Acts 1:8
        Christian Witness   Acts 1:8
        Christianity a Living Witness D. Thomas. Acts 1:8
        Christianity Diffused by the Apostles H. Melvill. Acts 1:8
        Christ's Witnesses W. Landels, D. D. Acts 1:8
        Divine Power to be Carefully Transmitted A. Maclaren, D. D Acts 1:8
        Evangelism a Law of Self-Preservation C. H. Fowler. Acts 1:8
        Experimental Witness-Bearing   Acts 1:8
        Kingdom of Christ: More Permanent than Earthly Kingdoms Napoleon I Acts 1:8
        Latent Power in the Church T. Guthrie. Acts 1:8
        Love First to Fall on Objects Near and Then to Diffuse Itself W. Arnot, D. D. Acts 1:8
        Missionary Work Commanded   Acts 1:8
        Natural Gift no Substitute for Spiritual Power M. G. Pearse. Acts 1:8
        Necessary Variety Among the Apostles J. Culross. Acts 1:8
        Noble Witnesses for Christ   Acts 1:8
        Our Sphere Bp. Huntington. Acts 1:8
        Our Vocation J. P. Lunge, D. D. Acts 1:8
        Power S. S. Times Acts 1:8
        Power O. P. Gifford. Acts 1:8
        Power from on High J. Cynddylan Jones, D. D. Acts 1:8
        Power from on High W. M. Punshon, LL. D. Acts 1:8
        Power from on High G. McMichael, B. A. Acts 1:8
        Power in Excess of Organisation   Acts 1:8
        Power Indescribable But Appreciable W. Arthur, M. A. Acts 1:8
        Power not in Mechanism But in Fire W. Arthur, M. A. Acts 1:8
        Prayer the Means of Obtaining Spiritual Power W. Arthur, M. A. Acts 1:8
        Religion an Effective Witness   Acts 1:8
        Spiritual Power for Missionary Work Griffith John. Acts 1:8
        Spiritual Power Recognised C. H. Spurgeon. Acts 1:8
        The Call to Apostleship C. H. Parkhurst, D. D. Acts 1:8
        The Church Engaged in the Renovation of the World Bishop Simpson. Acts 1:8
        The Church's Work and Power James Cameron, M. A. Acts 1:8
        The Gift of Power J. Le Huray. Acts 1:8
        The Heathen May Reach Heaven Without the Gospel C. H. Fowler. Acts 1:8
        The Holy Ghost Awakens Ability as Well as Communicates a Power S. Martin. Acts 1:8
        The Life the Best Sermon C. H. Spurgeon. Acts 1:8
        The Lord's Last Promise to the Apostles W. Hudson. Acts 1:8
        The Might of the Gospel T. Adams. Acts 1:8
        The Old Gospel Preached with New Spiritual Power D. L. Moody. Acts 1:8
        The Pleasure of Realised Power S. Martin. Acts 1:8
        The Reception of Spiritual Power M. G. Pearse. Acts 1:8
        The Witness of a Good Life   Acts 1:8
        The Witness of the Church, its Importance H. Pedley, M. A. Acts 1:8
        The Witness-Bearing Injured by Inconsistencies C. H. Spurgeon. Acts 1:8
        Witnesses W. Arnot, D. D. Acts 1:8
        Witnesses for Christ C. Stanford, D. D. Acts 1:8
        Witnesses for Christ Canon Liddon. Acts 1:8
        Witnessing for Christ Archdeacon Farrar. Acts 1:8
        Witnessing for Christ   Acts 1:8
        Witnessing for Christ T. Gibbon. Acts 1:8
        Witnessing for Christ R.A. Redford Acts 1:8
        Witnessing in Jerusalem W. Arthur, M. A. Acts 1:8
        Christ's Mission and Ours S. Conway Acts 1:1-8
        A True Commencement Must have Respect to What has Gone Before H. C. Trumbull, D. D. Acts 1:1-12
        Aspects of Christ on the Earth   Acts 1:1-12
        Christ Directs Thought to Heaven   Acts 1:1-12
        Christ Preceding His Apostles to Heaven A. Maclaren, D. D Acts 1:1-12
        Christ's Finished and Unfinished Work A. Maclaren, D. D Acts 1:1-12
        Jesus Lives J. Stoughton. Acts 1:1-12
        Literary Histories W. R. Campbell. Acts 1:1-12
        St. Luke a Model for the Bible Student R. Burgess, B. D. Acts 1:1-12
        Teaching to be Combined with Doing Gf. Pentecost. Acts 1:1-12
        The Ascending Lord Monday Club Acts 1:1-12
        The Ascension of Christ J W. Hamilton. Acts 1:1-12
        The Ascension: its Central Position Nesselmann. Acts 1:1-12
        The Beginning of Apostolicity (1 J. Parker, D. D. Acts 1:1-12
        The Beginning of Apostolicity (2 J. Parker, D. D. Acts 1:1-12
        The Coronation of Christ W. B. Campbell. Acts 1:1-12
        The Ever-Active Christ A. Verran. Acts 1:1-12
        The Gospels and the Acts W. Arnot, D. D. Acts 1:1-12
        The Gospels the Living Picture of Christ Little's "Historical Lights." Acts 1:1-12
        The Last Days of the Gospel Period W. Hudson. Acts 1:1-12
        The Memorabilia of Christ   Acts 1:1-12
        The Ministry of Jesus a Beginning W. Hudson. Acts 1:1-12
        The Permanence of Christ in History A. Maclaren, D. D Acts 1:1-12
        The Pre-Eminence of the Doctrine of Christ Incarnate Evangelical Magazine Acts 1:1-12
        The Resurrection and Ascension of Christ D. Jennings. Acts 1:1-12
        The Unchanged Plan W. R. Campbell. Acts 1:1-12
        The Uniqueness of Christ's Earthly Ministry D. Thomas, D. D. Acts 1:1-12
        Theophilus Bp. Jacobsen. Acts 1:1-12
        A Witnessing Church G. Smeaton, D. D. Acts 1:4-8
        Last Words J. R. Thomson, M. A. Acts 1:4-8
        No Better for the Baptism of Fire W. M. Punshon. Acts 1:4-8
        Our Need of the Holy Spirit H. W. Beecher. Acts 1:4-8
        The Ascension of Christ D. J. Burrell, D. D. Acts 1:4-8
        The Baptism of the Holy Ghost T. W. Jenkyn, D. D. Acts 1:4-8
        The Disciples Waiting At Jerusalem for the Promise of the Father W. Cousin. Acts 1:4-8
        The Gospel First Tested At Jerusalem Williams of Wern. Acts 1:4-8
        The Lord's Last Command to His Disciples W. Hudson. Acts 1:4-8
        The Need of Waiting W. E. Chadwick, M. A. Acts 1:4-8
        The Power of the Holy Spirit   Acts 1:4-8
        The Promise of the Father S. S. Times Acts 1:4-8
        The Promise of the Spirit C. Hodge, D. D. Acts 1:4-8
        The Saviour's Last Charge W. Halls. Acts 1:4-8
        The Spirit Essential to the Establishment of the Christian Church J. Morgan, D. D. Acts 1:4-8
        True Baptism Preacher's Analyst Acts 1:4-8
        Waiting for the Promise of the Father C. J. Brown, D. D. Acts 1:4-8
        Waiting Upon God in His Ordinances   Acts 1:4-8
        Before the Ascension T. H. Barnett. Acts 1:6-8
        Christ's Last Instruction to His Apostles W. Hudson. Acts 1:6-8
        Christ's Last Words to His Disciples D. Thomas, D. D. Acts 1:6-8
        Craving for Forbidden Knowledge P.C. Barker Acts 1:6-8
        Ensnared by Inquisitiveness Scientific Illustrations Acts 1:6-8
        God has His Own Plans H. W. Beecher. Acts 1:6-8
        God's Decisions Unknown Lyman Abbott, D. D. Acts 1:6-8
        God's Plans are in His Own Keeping Phillips Brooks. Acts 1:6-8
        Human Knowledge Limited F. N. Peloubet. Acts 1:6-8
        Last Words E. Johnson Acts 1:6-8
        Limitation of Human Knowledge T. De Witt Talmage. Acts 1:6-8
        Mysteries in Nature Prof. C. A. Young. Acts 1:6-8
        Prophecy: Fantastic Interpretation Of C. H. Spurgeon. Acts 1:6-8
        Prophecy: Purpose Of H. W. Beecher. Acts 1:6-8
        Speculations Versus Duty C. H. Spurgeon. Acts 1:6-8
        The Benefits to Character of Ignorance of the Future T. D. Woolsey, D. D. Acts 1:6-8
        The Disciples' Question J. P. Lunge, D. D. Acts 1:6-8
        The Sufficiency of Human Knowledge T. Carlyle. Acts 1:6-8
        Times and Seasons F. W. Brown. Acts 1:6-8
        Times and Seasons not to be Known by the Best of Men T. Horton, D. D. Acts 1:6-8
        Times Misinterpreted J. Jacox, B. A. Acts 1:6-8
        The Ascension. Heaven and Earth Visibly United R.A. Redford Acts 1:6-11

        CHARLES SIMEON
        Sermons on Acts
        Horae Homileticae

        John Piper says that Horae Homileticae "is the best place to go for researching Simeon's theology. You can find his views on almost every key text in the Bible. He did not want to be labeled a Calvinist or an Arminian. He wanted to be Biblical through and through and give every text its due proportion, whether it sounded Arminian as it stands or Calvinistic. But he was known as an evangelical Calvinist, and rightly so. As I have read portions of his sermons on texts concerning election and effectual calling and perseverance he is uninhibited in his affirmation of what we would call the doctrines of grace… What Simeon experienced in the word was remarkable. And it is so utterly different from the counsel that we receive today that it is worth looking at." (See his short discussion on Simeon's life = Brothers, We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering) (Bolding added)


        CHUCK SMITH
        Commentary and Sermons
        Book of Acts

        C H SPURGEON
        All of His Sermons on Acts

        C H SPURGEON
        Sermon Notes on Acts

        C H SPURGEON
        Devotionals on Acts
        Morning and Evening
        Faith's Checkbook

        RAY STEDMAN
        Sermon Series - Expository Studies in Acts:

        Where the Action Is/The Church Under Pressure/The Pattern Setters/The Prisoner of the Lord. Recommended resource.

        Cyril Barber - 

        Birth of the Body.  1974. A vibrant recounting of the early church's beginning and witness. The author shows how the power available to the early Christians is available today. The formula is found in Acts 1-12.

        Growth of the Body. 1976. A continuation of the author's exposition of Acts in which he demonstrates from the history of the early church the fallacy of relying solely on man-made programs without making room for the "body life" of believers.

        Acts 21-28. Triumphs of the Body. Santa Ana, Calif: Vision House Publishers, 1981. Brief studies completing the author's trilogy. Recommended.

        DEREK THOMAS
        SERMONS
        BOOK OF ACTS

        Note: Other speakers are included in this series preached at First Presbyterian, Jackson, Miss.

         TODAY IN THE WORD
        DEVOTIONALS
        Book of Acts

        Moody Bible Institute - Dozens of Devotionals Arranged by Chapter. Click Chapters Below

        MARVIN VINCENT
        New Testament Word Studies
        On the Book of Acts

        THIRD MILLENNIUM
        Study Notes on the Book of Acts

        Acts 1 Commentary

        Acts 2 Commentary

        Acts 3 Commentary

        Acts 4 Commentary

        Acts 5 Commentary

        Acts 6 Commentary

        Acts 7 Commentary

        Acts 8 Commentary

        Acts 9 Commentary

        Acts 10 Commentary

        Acts 11 Commentary

        Acts 12 Commentary

        Acts 13 Commentary

        Acts 14 Commentary

        Acts 15 Commentary

        Acts 16 Commentary

        Acts 17 Commentary

        Acts 18 Commentary

        Acts 19 Commentary

        Acts 20 Commentary

        Acts 21 Commentary

        Acts 22 Commentary

        Acts 23 Commentary

        Acts 24 Commentary

        Acts 25 Commentary

        Acts 26 Commentary

        Acts 27 Commentary

        Acts 28 Commentary

        STEVE ZEISLER
        SERMON ON ACTS


        SERIES - THE SECOND MISSIONARY JOURNEY - this is order in which they were preached

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