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Explanation - The following list includes not only commentaries but other Christian works by well known evangelical writers. Most of the resources below are newer works (written after 1970) which previously were available only for purchase in book form or in a Bible computer program. The resources are made freely available by archive.org but have several caveats - (1) they do not allow copy and paste, (2) they can only be checked out for one hour (but can be checked out immediately when your hour expires giving you time to read or take notes on a lengthy section) and (3) they require creating an account which allows you to check out the books free of charge. To set up an account click archive.org and then click the picture of the person in right upper corner and enter email and a password. That's all you have to do. Then you can read these more modern resources free of charge! I have read or used many of these resources but not all of them so ultimately you will need to be a Berean (Acts 17:11+) as you use them. I have also selected works that are conservative and Biblically sound. If you find one that you think does not meet those criteria please send an email at https://www.preceptaustin.org/
Preaching Luke-Acts by Allen, Ronald J.
James Rosscup - This conservative commentary is a detailed work in the Greek and is well-written. The author did the famous Greek-English lexicon and two books on alleged contradictions.
Acts of the apostles by Allen, Ronald J
Turning to God : a study of conversion in the book of Acts and today by Barclay, William See discussion of his orthodoxy especially the article "The Enigmatic William Barclay".
The Acts of the Apostles: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries) E. M. Blaiklock
The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible : New Testament, King James Version (POSB) - Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians - This is a very useful resource which always includes numerous related cross-references. It will be of aid to you preaching and teaching.
Acts - Bible Study Commentary by Bruce, F. F. (1982) 124 pages - this is not the top rated NICNT version
The book of the Acts (New International Commentary on the New Testament) by Bruce, F. F (1988) 584 pages
Rosscup - This work, first issued in 1954, is now revised not long before Bruce died, with a new translation of the Greek text in place of the ASV. The bibliographical lists are extensively updated in footnotes, Bruce has interacted with later studies, arranged comments on fewer verses, and achieved a more lucid style in places. However, the basic verse-by-verse commentary remains substantially the same. It remains the finest commentary on Acts as to exposition in detail. Bruce points to I. H. Marshall’s commentary for detail on Luke’s theology. He shows a fine grasp of pertinent history, a sound explanation of most passages, and insights on many of the problems.
Keith Mathison (Lignonier) - First published in 1954, F.F. Bruce’s commentary on Acts in the NICNT series soon became a standard conservative evangelical commentary. In 1988, his commentary was revised and updated. It still remains one of the best commentaries on this book of Scripture.
Tim Challies - F.F. Bruce has two commentaries on Acts and the contribution to the NICNT series is regarded as the stronger of the two. Not only that, but it is regarded as one of the very best works on the book. A couple of commentators on the commentaries point out that Bruce is especially strong on the historical aspect of Acts.
The Acts of the Apostles: the Greek text with introduction and commentary by Bruce, F. F. (1990) 608 pages. Somewhat Technical.
New Bible Commentary - (1994) Bruce, F. F. “The Acts of the Apostles,” in New Bible Commentary. A boiled down version of Bruce’s expertise, quite helpful in itself.
Acts by Calvin, Jean Crossway Classic Commentaries.
Cyril Barber - 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.
The Acts; an exposition by Erdman, Charles R
James Rosscup - Concise treatments are given to each of the N. T. books. The main value of the set lies in its clear synthesis which helps the student grasp the flow of thought as he moves through a book. Erdman possessed a lucid writing style. He was amillennial.
The Acts of the Apostles a new translation with introduction and commentary by Fitzmyer, Joseph A
Mathison at Ligonier gives it runner up status in best commentaries on Acts.
Cyril Barber - 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.
Acts by Gangel, Kenneth - This is more like a workbook with questions and short explanatory notes.
Cyril Barber commenting on Gangel's more extensive work in the Holman NT Commentary says "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.
Luke-Acts and New Testament historiography by Green, Joel B
The apostolic church by Harrison, Everett Falconer, 1902- Not a commentary on book of Acts but the church that begins in Acts.
Acts and the history of earliest Christianity by Hengel, Martin,
Cyril Barber - Asserts the essential reliability of the book of Acts and examines Luke's historical-theological methodology.
An introduction to the New Testament - the Gospels and Acts Volume 1 by Hiebert, D. Edmond
Cyril Barber - 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.
The Book of Acts in its Graeco-Roman setting Gill, David W., and Conrad Gempf, eds
A commentary on the original text of the Acts of the Apostles by Hackett, Horatio Balch e
Cyril Barber - Insightful, reliable, and always worth consulting. Reprinted from the revised edition of 1882.
The book of Acts by Horton, Stanley Pentecostal perspectiv
The message of Acts in the history of redemption by Johnson, Dennis E.
Mathison at Ligonier gives it runner up status in best commentaries on Acts.
Cyril Barber - 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.
Acts : an exegetical commentary by Keener, Craig S., 1208 pages
Keith Mathison (Lignonier) - Craig Keener’s four-volume commentary on Acts is not for everyone. At 4,500 pages, few will ever read all of it. But if you are looking for an exhaustive commentary that deals with every conceivable question, then, clear out about a foot and a half of shelf space and pick up this commentary (bend your knees when you do so). This will probably be the standard evangelical commentary on Acts for at least the next half century. For those who do not need a commentary with a bibliography longer than most other books, Keener also has an abridged version of his commentary that is only 635 pages.
Jerusalem to Rome; studies in the Book of Acts by Kent, Homer Austin,
Cyril Barber - 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.
Acts Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament by Krodel, Gerhard (Lutheran perspective)
Cyril Barber - Designed for laypeople. Explains in non-technical language the essential thrust of this portion of the canon.
Cyril Barber - 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.
The Acts of the apostles by Morgan, G. Campbell
Studies in the Acts of the apostles by Moule, C. F. D Short work (104 pages) by respected Anglican pastor.
Acts : based on the Revised standard version by Neil, William
Cyril Barber - New Century Bible Commentary. 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.
The Communicator's Commentary. Acts by Ogilvie, Lloyd John - (This is now known as the Preacher's Commentary and states that the goal is to aid preachers and teachers.)
Drumbeat of Love : the unlimited power of the Spirit as revealed in the Book of Acts by Ogilvie, Lloyd John
Cyril Barber - The reissue in an overpriced paperback format of one of the great commentaries on the book of Acts.
Growth of the Body : [Acts 13-20] by Stedman, Ray C
The Words of the Apostles by Stier, Rudolf;
Cyril Barber - 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.
The strength of an exacting passion : a study of Acts 18:18-28:31 by Swindoll, Charles
The church of the first days : lectures on the Acts of the Apostles by Vaughan, Charles John
Cyril Barber - 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.
Acts : Bible study commentary by Vaughan, Curtis - Conservative. Simple, easy to understand comments.
Be Dynamic (Acts 1-12) by Warren Wiersbe
Be Daring : put your faith where the action is (Acts 13-28) by Wiersbe, Warren Cyril Barber - 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.
Wiersbe Commentary on Acts in Pdf - 88 pages
The Bible Exposition Commentary by Wiersbe, Warren W - All NT books in one source. Excellent. Rosscup - One of America’s most appreciated staunchly evangelical Bible conference teachers gives diligent, refreshing expositions. These are all of his 23 separate, earlier books in the “Be” series on the New Testament. He strikes a particular appeal with lay people as he crystallizes sections, deals with some of the verses, handles certain problems and backgrounds and applies principles. He is premillennial.
With the Word - Devotional Commentary - Chapter by Chapter Warren Wiersbe - Excellent to help summarize a chapter.
Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament by Wiersbe, Warren W - helpful ponts for teaching and preaching
Cyril Barber - This is a book of exceptional merit. Pastors, missionaries, and Christian workers will profit from its use. Wiersbe introduces each book of the NT, provides an outline, and then furnishes his readers with a chapter-by-chapter discussion of the contents. The homiletic style is a “plus.” Recommended.
Acts by Williams, David John Mathison at Ligonier gives it runner up status of best commentaries on Acts.
STUDY BIBLES - ONE VOLUME COMMENTARIES OF ENTIRE BIBLE, BIBLE DICTIONARIES, GENERAL REFERENCE WORKS
Note: The first 4 resources have no time restriction and allow copy and paste function:
(1) KJV Bible Commentary - Hindson, Edward E; Kroll, Woodrow Michael. Over 3000 pages of the entire OT/NT. Well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective. Pre-millennial -generally gets 4/5 stars from users. -
Very well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective
The King James Version Bible Commentary is a complete verse-by-verse commentary. It is comprehensive in scope, reliable in scholarship, and easy to use. Its authors are leading evangelical theologians who provide practical truths and biblical principles. Any Bible student will gain new insights through this one-volume commentary based on the timeless King James Version of the Bible.
(2) The King James Study Bible Second Edition 2240 pages (2013) (Thomas Nelson) General Editor - Edward Hindson with multiple contributing editors. . . Pre-millennial. See introduction on How to Use this Study Bible.
(3) NKJV Study Bible: New King James Version Study Bible (formerly "The Nelson Study Bible - NKJV") by Earl D Radmacher; Ronald Barclay Allen; Wayne H House. 2345 pages. (1997, 2007). Very helpful notes. Conservative. Pre-millennial.
(4) The Wycliffe Bible Commentary - only the New Testament (for OT see below to borrow) - 1126 pages. (1971) Everett F Harrison - Editor of New Testament. Uses the KJV. Strictly speaking not a study Bible, but short notes are similar. KJV text in left column, commentary notes in right column. The comments are generally verse by verse, short, conservative and to the point. Pre-millennial.
Note: The following have a one hour time restriction and no copy and paste function.
The MacArthur study Bible - John MacArthur. Brief but well done notes
ESV Study Bible - Excellent resource but not always literal in eschatology and the nation of Israel
HCSB Study Bible : Holman Christian Standard Bible - General Editor Jeremy Royal Howard (2010) 2360 pages. Conservative. Good notes. Include Holmans excellent maps. One hour limit
The David Jeremiah Study Bible - (2013) 2208 pages.
The Defender's Study Bible : King James Version by Morris, Henry M. Excellent notes for well known creationist.
The Holman Illustrated Study Bible Includes the excellent Holman maps but otherwise of little help in serious study.
The Ryrie Study Bible - Charles Ryrie (1978) 2142 pages. Conservative.
NIV Study Bible - (2011) 2570 pages - Use this one if available as it has more notes than edition below. One hour limit
NLT Study Bible (Illustration Version)
The Living Insights Study Bible : New International Version - Charles Swindoll. Notes are good but somewhat sparse and not verse by verse.
NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture Keener, Craig and Walton, John. Editors (2017)
Disciple's Study Bible: New international version Not that helpful for verse by verse study. Focuses on application of Christian doctrines. 10,000 annotations; doctrinal summaries, "Life Helps" section relate doctrine to everyday discipleship.
The Word in life Study Bible - Very interesting format. Not your routine study Bible. Worth checking the very informative notes. (e.g., here is a picture of Jesus' post-resurrection appearances.)
Wycliffe Bible Commentary - OT and NT - Everett F Harrison - Editor of New Testament. Uses the KJV. Charles F Pfeiffer - Editor of the Old Testament. 1560 pages (1962). s Less detailed than the KJV Bible Commentary.
The Experiencing God Study Bible : the Bible for knowing and doing the will of God - Blackaby, Henry (1996) 1968 pages - CHECK THIS ONE! Each chapter begins with several questions under the title "PREPARE TO MEET GOD." Then you will interesting symbols before many of the passages. The chapter ends with a "DID YOU NOTICE?" question. This might make a "dry chapter" jump off the page! R
Believer's Bible Commentary by MacDonald, William (1995) 2480 pages - Dr. John MacArthur, Jr. - "Concise yet comprehensive - the most complete single-volume commentary I have seen." Warren Wiersbe - "For the student who is serious about seeing Christ in the Word."
Compact Bible commentary by Radmacher, Earl D; Allen, Ronald Barclay; House, H Wayne, et al - 954 pages. Multiple contributors to the comments which are often verse by verse. The comments are brief but meaty and can really help your study through a given book. A sleeper in my opinion.
The Expositor's Bible Commentary - 1994 edition - Abridged - New Testament
Evangelical Commentary on the Bible - editor Walter Elwell (1989) 1239 pages.
New Bible Commentary - (1994)
J.Sidlow Baxter: Explore The Book - pdf Vol. 6 Acts to Revelation
Jensen's Survey of the NT - a classic with suggestions for studying each book of the Bible
NIV cultural backgrounds study Bible. bringing to life the ancient world of scripture Keener, Craig and Walton, John. Editors (2017)
The illustrated guide to Bible customs & curiosities by Knight, George W. (George William),
Today's handbook of Bible times & customs by Coleman, William L
Eerdmans' family encyclopedia of the Bible (1978) 344 pages
Eerdmans' handbook to the Bible (1983) 688 pages
The Lion handbook to the Bible - (1999) 822 pages. This resource is absolutely loaded with very nice color pictures and charts.
Tyndale handbook of Bible charts & maps by Wilson, Neil
The Shaw pocket Bible handbook - Editor - Walter Elwell (1984) 408 pages.
"This hardback is small in size but packed full of content: Brief summaries of every book of the bible, cultural, archaeological and historical info, word definitions, pictures, maps and charts." Worth checking!
Zondervan illustrated Bible backgrounds commentary - New Testament - 552 pages. (2002)
The new Unger's Bible dictionary by Unger, Merrill Frederick, 1909-
Survey of the Bible : introductory insights, background studies, book-by- book survey by Unger, Merrill Frederick
The parallel New Testament and Unger's Bible handbook : produced for Moody monthly by Unger, Merrill (1975) 744 pages
The Hodder Bible handbook by Unger, Merrill
Nelson's expository dictionary of the Old Testament by Unger, Merrill
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery - free for use online with no restrictions (i.e., you do not need to borrow this book). Editors Leland Ryken, J C Wilhoit, Tremper Longman III - This is a potential treasure chest to aid your preaching and teaching as it analyzes the meaning of a host of Biblical figures of speech. Clue - use the "One-page view" which then allows you to copy and paste text. One downside is there is no index, so you need to search 3291 pages for entries which are alphabetical.
Dictionary of Paul and his letters IVP Series The Dictionary of Paul and His Letters is a one-of-a-kind reference work. Following the format of its highly successful companion volume, the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, this Dictionary is designed to bring students, teachers, ministers and laypeople abreast of the established conclusions and significant recent developments in Pauline scholarship. No other single reference work presents as much information focused exclusively on Pauline theology, literature, background and scholarship.
Dictionary of the later New Testament & its developments IVP Series The third of IVP's critically acclaimed series of dictionaries of the New Testament provides focused study on the often-neglected portions of the New Testament: Acts, Hebrews, the General Epistles, and Revelation. Furthermore, its scope goes beyond the life of the New Testament church to include the work of the apostolic fathers and early Christianity up through the middle of the second century.
Dictionary of New Testament background IVP Series In a time when our knowledge of the ancient Mediterranean world has grown by leaps and bounds, this volume sets out for readers the wealth of Jewish and Greco-Roman background that should inform our reading and understanding of the New Testament and early Christianity. The Dictionary of New Testament Background takes full advantage of the flourishing study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and offers individual articles focused on the most important scrolls. In addition, the Dictionary encompasses the fullness of second-temple Jewish writings, whether pseudepigraphic, rabbinic, parables, proverbs, histories or inscriptions. Articles abound on aspects of Jewish life and thought, including family, purity, liturgy and messianism. The full scope of Greco-Roman culture is displayed in articles ranging across language and rhetoric, literacy and book culture, religion and cults, honor and shame, patronage and benefactors, travel and trade, intellectual movements and ideas, and ancient geographical perspectives. No other reference work presents so much in one place for students of the New Testament. Here an entire library of scholarship is made available in summary form.
When Critics Ask - A Popular Handbook on Bible Difficulties - Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe
Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties - Gleason Archer
Hard Saying of the Bible Walter C. Kaiser Jr.
The Apologetics Study Bible Understand Why You Believe by Norman Geisler
Systematic Theology - An Introduction to Bible Doctrine (first edition) - Wayne Grudem
More than a Carpenter - Josh McDowell's classic - good book to suggest to your skeptical friends!
Who Moved the Stone? by Frank Morison
THE LIST BELOW IS FOR GREEK (AND HEBREW) WORD STUDIES
IF YOU WANT TO DIG A LITTLE DEEPER INTO THE TEXT
See also the list of Word Study Resources
The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament by Zodhiates, Spiros - This is my "go to" resource for Greek word studies. One on the best lexicons for laymen. Highly Recommended for Greek Word Studies to aid your interpretation of a passage.
Analytical Lexicon of the Greek New Testament by Friberg, Timothy. Shorter definitions than Zodhiates but does an excellent job in summarizing the various nuances of a specific Greek word. One of my favorites.
Shorter Lexicon of the Greek New Testament by Gingrich, F. Wilbur. Similar to Friberg but shorter definitions. Gingrich however gives more Scriptures for each nuance, whereas Friberg generally gives only one representative Scripture.
The New Linguistic and Exegetical Key to the Greek New Testament by Rogers, Cleon - A sleeper. This book is a gold mine of little gems on individual Greek words in any NT passage you are studying. If you have time it is always worth checking out! I use it for my Greek word studies all the time.
Word meanings in the New Testament - Matthew-Revelation by Ralph Earle. Strictly speaking this is not a lexicon, but it offers insights on select words in a verse by verse format (but not every verse is included in the analysis). This resource is worth checking if you have time as it can occasionally give some wonderful insights on a specific Greek word.
New Testament Words - William Barclay - very interesting resource - covers about 70 NT Greek words in Barclay's unique style. On page 289 there is a helpful index of English words with the corresponding Greek word, in turn followed by the places Barclay described them in New Testament Words and in his Daily Study Bible series (see list of DSB commentaries here). E.g., take the Greek word for "Covetousness" which is pleonexia and is found in New Testament Words on page 61 and pp 233-235 and is also described in the Daily Study Bible entries for : Mark 7:14-23; Ro 1:28-32; Eph. 4:17-24; Col. 3:5. So you can click the DSB commentary on Mark 7 and scroll down to Mark 7:14 to see Barclay's entry for pleonexia which concludes "Pleonexia ( G4124) is that lust for having which is in the heart of the man who sees happiness in things instead of in God." Interesting!
Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament : based on semantic domains - Louw Nida. Brief but nice definitions. Not easy to use - you need to know some Greek. Classifies Greek words into 93 "semantic domains" (see list on page XXV) and if you can categorize the word you are looking for in one of the domains, it can help find the specific word you are interested in.
Kittel's Theological Dictionary of the New Testament : abridged in one volume (TDNT) - Classic ("Little Kittel") work summarizing the 10 volume set by Kittel. For most of us the abridged definition is "more than enough!"
A Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament, and other early Christian literature (BDAG); by Bauer, Walter, More detailed definitions but need to know Greek. Zodhiates and Friberg are much easier to use.
Liddell and Scott's Greek-English lexicon, abridged : the little Liddell by Liddell, Henry George. The abridged version. You need to know Greek to use.
Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old Testament and New Testament Words - pdf. The old standby. You can also borrow Vine's complete expository dictionary of Old and New Testament words
New Testament Words in Today's Language by Detzler, Wayne A - Wonderful resource to supplement word studies. THIS IS A SLEEPER!
FRANK ALLEN THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES (1931)
- Introduction to the Book of Acts
- Acts 1:1-8 The disciples prepared for and called to witness
- Acts 1:9-26 The ascension: waiting for the SPIRIT and reorganization.
- Acts 1:8, 14; 2:1 Preparation of witnesses.
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)
Ajith Fernando - Loaded with exegetical and devotional gems, though dated.
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)
MIKE ANDRUS - FEFC Wichita - sermons - audio with excellent lengthy transcripts - recommended
JACK ARNOLD - Sermons
- Acts 1:1 The Gospel and the Acts
- Acts 1:2-7 Final Instructions
- Acts 1:8 Witnesses
- Acts 1:9-11 (Luke 24:50-52) The Ascension
- Acts 1:9-14 Waiting and Praying
- Luke 6:12-13 Common Men, Uncommon Calling
- Luke 6:14 Common Men, Uncommon Calling: Peter, Part 1
- Luke 6:14 Common Men, Uncommon Calling: Peter, Part 2
- Luke 6:14 Common Men, Uncommon Calling: Peter, Part 3
- Luke 6:14 Common Men, Uncommon Calling: Andrew and James
- Luke 6:14 Common Men, Uncommon Calling: John
- Luke 6:15 Common Men, Uncommon Calling: Matthew and Thomas
- Luke 6:16 Common Men, Uncommon Calling: Judas Iscariot, Part 1
- Luke 6:16 Common Men, Uncommon Calling: Judas Iscariot, Part 2
- Luke 6:15-16 Common Men, Uncommon Calling: James, Simon, and Judas
- Matthew 10:2 The Master's Men Andrew, James Son of Zebedee, John
- Matthew 10:3 The Master's Men, Philip and Bartholomew
- Matthew 10:3b The Master's Men, Matthew and Thomas
- Matthew 10:3-4 The Master's Men James Son of Alphaeus, Simon Zealot
- Matthew 10:4 The Master's Men, Part 5: Judas Iscariot
- Chart of the Apostles Names
- Where is Jesus now? Is Jesus in heaven?
- Holman Bible Dictionary - Ascension of Christ, Ascension
- Baker Evangelical Dictionary Ascension of Jesus Christ
- Charles Buck Dictionary Ascension of Christ
- Watson's Theological Dictionary Ascension of Christ
- Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible Ascension
- Hastings' Dictionary of the NT Ascension Ascension (2)
- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia Ascension
- Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia Ascension
WAYNE BARBER Acts - Life of Paul (through Acts 21)
- Paul - Introduction
- Paul the Missionary- Part 1
- Paul the Missionary- Part 2
- Paul the Missionary- Part 3
- Acts 1:1-3 Embryogenesis
- Acts 1:4-8 Christ’s Farewell Address
- Acts 1:9-26 Are We Better Off Without Jesus?
- Acts 1:1-3 The Message of the Church
- Acts 1:4-8 - The Mission of the Church
- Acts 2:44-47 - The Attitude of the Church
JIM BOMKAMP BIBLE STUDIES
CAMBRIDGE GREEK TESTAMENT FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES J. R. Lumby
RICH CATHERS - Sermon Notes - frequent illustrations
- The texts below are from 3 separate studies, some more of survey study and some in depth
- Acts 1 Sermon Notes - Text Text Text Text Text Text
- Acts 1:1-8 Keeping The Main Thing The Main Thing
- Acts 1:3-11 What Are You Looking At?
- Acts 1:4-12 What Are You Looking For?
- Acts 1:9-12 The Coronation Of The King
MATT CHANDLER Sermons on Acts
Video, audio, study guide and transcripts available.
- Acts 1:1,2 The Church: Continuing What Jesus Began
- Acts 1:3-11 Doing Jesus’ Work
- Acts 1:12-26 Why Christianity is Credible
- Acts 1:1-9 THE THIRTEENTH ANNIVERSARY
- Acts 1:14 THE SOUL-WINNING CHURCH
- Acts 1:1-3 THE INFALLIBLE FORTY DAYS
- Acts 1:4-5 THE GREATEST OF THE PROMISES
- Acts 1:8 OUR FAR-FLUNG MISSION LINE
- Acts 1:3 THE INFALLIBLE FORTY DAYS
- Acts 1:11 MOUNT OLIVET: MOUNT OF CHRIST’S RETURN
- Acts 1:1-8 OUR FAR-FLUNG MISSION LINE
- Acts 1:6-9 OUR FAR-FLUNG MISSION LINE/OUR MISSION FRONTIER
- Acts 1:1 THE GREAT GODLY EXPECTATIONS OF OUR LORD
- Acts 1:1 GREAT GODLY EXPECTATIONS
- Acts 1:4 THE GREATEST OF THE PROMISES Comforter, Holy Spirit,
- Acts 1:6-8 STRATEGY AND WORLD CONQUEST
- Acts 1:9-11 THE HEAVENLY ASCENSION
- Acts 1:10-11 WHEN JESUS COMES AGAIN
- Acts 1:21 THE GOOD HAND OF GOD UPON US
- Acts 1:11 THIS SAME JESUS
- Acts 1:12-14 PRAYER AND PENTECOST Holy Spirit
- Acts 1:14 THE PRAYING, SOUL-WINNING CHURCH
- Acts 1:14 THE PRE-PENTECOSTAL CHURCH
- Acts 1:8 THE OUTPOURING OF PENTECOSTAL POWER
- Acts 1:8 MINISTERING IN MISSIONS
- Acts 1:1-5 THE INFALLIBLE FORTY DAYS
- Acts 1:11 THE MANNER OF OUR LORD’S RETURN
- Acts 1:3 THE INFALLIBLE FORTY DAYS
- Acts 1:1 MT. OLIVET: MOUNT OF CHRIST’S RETURN
DAN DUNCAN - SERMONS
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CHARLES ELLICOTT (EDITOR) E H PLUMPTRE (AUTHOR) Bible Commentary for English Readers Book of Acts
EXPLORE THE BIBLE - studies
- Acts 1:1-2 The Origin and Authority of the Acts of the Apostles
- Acts 1:6-9 The Conversations of the Great Forty Days
- Acts 1:9 The Ascension of Christ and Its Lessons
- Acts 1:24-26 The Election of Matthias
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).
WILLIAM M FURNEAUX
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.
GLOAG, PATON J - exegetical commentary - helps to know some Greek
Spurgeon "Dr. Hackett says aye Dr. Gloag's 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." (Commenting on Commentaries - excellent resource with links to all 66 books)
GOTQUESTIONS - questions related to the book of Acts
- Book of Acts - Bible Survey
- Acts 1 Who was Theophilus at the beginning of Luke and Acts?
- Acts 1 Was Matthias or Paul God's choice to replace Judas as the 12th apostle?
GRACE NOTES - Expositional Study by Warren Doud
W H GRIFFITH-THOMAS
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)
DAVID HOLWICK SERMON NOTES
- Restoration of the Fortunes of Judah and Israel
- The Glorious Restoration Of Israel - John Walvoord
- What is replacement theology / supersessionism?
- Will all Israel be saved in the end times?
- What is the Palestinian Covenant?
- Did God give Israel the Promised Land for all time (Deuteronomy 4:40)?
- The Jewish Problem - David Baron
- Israel of God
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.
Preceptaustin - I found Larkin's notes very helpful with good insights.
- THE JERUSALEM CHURCH: ITS BEGINNING (1:1-2:47)
- Acts 1:1--2:47 The Jerusalem Church: Its Beginning
- Acts 1:1-26 Preparation for Pentecost
- Acts 1:1-11 Post- resurrection Appearances & Ascension
- Acts 1:12-26 Waiting for Spirit: Election of Matthias
H A IRONSIDE Commentary on Acts
- Acts 1:1-5 Acts, part I
- Acts 1:6-12 The Plan, the Power and the Promise
- Acts 1:12-16 Biblical Apostolic Succession
- E Earle Ellis - The End of the Earth (Acts 1:8) - Bulletin for Biblical Research 1991, page 123-32.
- Thomas Moore -To the End of the Earth’: The Geographical and Ethnic Univarsalism of Acts 1:8 in Light of Isaianic Influence on Luke - JETS 40/3, 1997
- John F. Maile - “The Ascension in Luke-Acts.” Tyndale Bulletin 37 (1986):29-59
D Edmond Hiebert - Prints the authors own translation. An able devotional exposition by a noted Plymouth Brethren scholar of the past century. The viewpoint is premillennial; the volume reflects something of the author's ecclesiastical views. Contains much rich material on the meaning of Acts.
- Acts 1 Commentary - click arrow to for next chapter
PAUL KRETZMANN Popular Commentary of the Bible
Spurgeon - Adds nothing to our knowledge of the Acts; but the homiletical hints are useful (Commenting on Commentaries - excellent resource with links to all 66 books)
- Acts 1:1-5 Resources for Finishing Our Lord's Unfinished Work--1
- Acts 1:1-11 How to Finish Christ's Work
- Acts 1:6-11 Resources for Finishing Our Lord's Unfinished Work--2
- Acts 1:12-26 Resources for Finishing Our Lord's Unfinished Work--3
- Acts 1:1-2 The Theme of Acts
- Acts 1:1-14 The Ascension
- Acts 1:3 The Forty Days
- Acts 1:7 The Unknown Tomorrow
- Acts 1:21-22 The Apostolic Witnesses
- Click list of his sermons and scroll down to Acts to select individual sermons
- Acts 1:1-11 What Jesus Continues To Do
MAPS - related to Acts
- Complete list of Holman Bible Atlas Maps - has most of those listed below
- Complete list: Bible-History.com New Testament Maps
- Complete list: Bible-history.com All Maps
- Complete list: Maps from Studylight.org
- Complete list: ESV Maps
- Maps sorted by book of the Bible
- Old Testament Maps
- Acts 2 - Pentecost and the Jewish Diaspora
- Acts 4-11 - Expansion of the Early Church in Palestine
- Acts 9, 11, 12 - Paul's Conversion and Early Ministry
- Acts 12:20-23 - Kingdom of Herod Agrippa I (Kingdom of Herod Agrippa II)
- Paul's Journeys (summarized)
- Acts 13:4-14:28 - Paul's First Missionary Journey
- Acts 15:36-18:32 - Paul's Second Missionary Journey
- Acts 18:23-21:26 - Paul's Third Missionary Journey
- Acts 21:15-26:32 - Paul's Arrest and Imprisonment
- Acts 27:1-28:31 - Paul's Voyage to Rome
- Is Mary the co-redemptrix / mediatrix?
- Is prayer to saints / Mary biblical?
- Is the perpetual virginity of Mary biblical?
- What is Mariolatry?
- What is the immaculate conception?
- What does the Bible say about the virgin Mary?
P G MATTHEW - sermons
JAMES MCCULLEN - frequent illustrations
- Click here for sermons below...
- Acts 1:6-8 Faith Witnesses
- Acts 1:8 Essential Witnessing Tools
HEINRICH A. W. MEYER
D Edmond Hiebert - Greek text. An exhaustive exegetical study of Acts by a well-known German scholar of the past century. Still contains much of value, although unaware of later developments in the understanding of the Koine Greek.
J R MILLER
- A Spirit Filled Church
- Acts Book Introduction - John MacArthur
- Analysis of Acts - James Van Dine
- Is the Book of Acts Historically Accurate? - Don Stewart
- The Acts of the Apostles - Trustworthiness - William Ramsay
- Personhood of the Spirit
- What is an apostle?
- Is God restoring the offices of apostle and prophet in the church today?
- What is the difference between a disciple and apostle?
- Why should I believe in Christ’s resurrection?
- Why does it matter that Jesus rose from the dead?
- Why is the truth of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ so important?
- Who resurrected Jesus?
- Where does the saying ‘He is risen; He is risen, indeed’ come from?
- Why didn't the disciples always recognize Jesus after His resurrection?How can I avoid being a doubting Thomas?
- Can the various resurrection accounts from the four Gospels be harmonized?
- What is the significance of the "folded napkin" in Christ's tomb after the resurrection?
- Who Moved the Stone? Frank Morson
- John MacArthur "Kingdom Parables" in which he gives more explanation of the universal Kingdom and the mediatorial Kingdom.
- Alva McClain - The Universal and Mediatorial Kingdoms of God (article from his book "The Greatness of the Kingdom")
- Darrell Bock - The Kingdom of God in New Testament Theology
- John Walvoord - The NT Doctrine of the Kingdom of God-part 1, Part 2 (Also Kingdom of God in the OT)
- Kingdom of Heaven or God
- Chart of the Apostles Names
- The Women Who Followed Jesus
- Women Who Traveled With Jesus and His Disciples
- Acts of the Apostles - 423 page Pdf (includes all the following notes)
- Acts Commentary 1:1-5
- Acts Commentary 1:6-26
HENRY MORRIS - Defender's Study Bible - conservative, literal study Bible notes from a leading Creationist.
- Introduction to Acts
- Acts 1:1 - Theophilus Jesus began
- Acts 1:3 - infallible proofs forty days
- Acts 1:5 - baptized with the Holy Ghost
- Acts 1:6 - at this time
- Acts 1:7 - times or the seasons
- Acts 1:8 - power shall be witnesses Samaria
- Acts 1:10 - he went up two men
- Acts 1:11 - this same Jesus
- Acts 1:14 - one accord in prayer with his brethren
- Acts 1:15 - an hundred and twenty
- Acts 1:18 - purchased a field
- Acts 1:19 - Aceldama
- Acts 1:20 - book of Psalms bishopric (his office)
- Acts 1:22 - baptism of John witness with us
- Acts 1:25 - his own place
- Acts 1:26 - lots
ROBERT NEIGHBOUR Wells of Living Water Commentary
JAMES NISBET - Church Pulpit Commentary
- Acts 1 Devotionals
- Acts 1:1-8 Let the Whole World Hear!
- Acts 1:1-8 The Missionary Option
- Acts 1:1-8 Evie’s Decision
- Acts 1:1-8 He Wanted To
- Acts 1:1-8 To The End
- Acts 1:1-9 Home Missions
- Acts 1:1-9 Being A Witness
- Acts 1:1-10 He Lives!
- Acts 1:1-11 The Ascension - 2
- Acts 1:1-11 Why Did He Leave?
- Acts 1:1-11 Forty Amazing Days
- Acts 1:1-11 More Than Waiting
- Acts 1:1-11 Infallible Proofs
- Acts 1:1-11 Gentle Witness
- Acts 1:1-11 You Can Believe It
- Acts 1:1-11 The Ascension - 3
- Acts 1:1-11 Witnesses
- Acts 1:1-11 Ascended and Enthroned
- Acts 1:1-11 To Be Continued
- Acts 1:1-11 Gentle Witness
- Acts 1:1-14 Perhaps Today!
- Acts 1:7 Our Lord's Return
- Acts 1:8 Change The World!
- Acts 1:8 UNCHANGED ORDERS
- Acts 1:8 Have We Learned?
- Acts 1:8 Lesson Of The 18-Wheeler
- Acts 1:8 Fence-Breaking
- Acts 1:8 Christ's Agents
- Acts 1:8 The Power Of Pentecost
- Acts 1:8 Business Card
- Acts 1:9-14 . . . And His Brothers
- Acts 1:12-14 Going Away
JOSEPH PARKER Commentary on the Book of Acts The People's Bible
- Acts - Preface
- Acts - Outline in Seven Parts
- Acts 1:1-9 The Beginning of Apostolicity
- Acts 1:10-14 The Upward Look
- Acts 1:15-26 The Premature Election
- The Dispensation of the Spirit - A Series of Articles
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|
- Acts 1:1-3 What Jesus Did After the Beginning
- Acts 1:4-8 The Spirit Wants the World for Christ
- Acts 1:4-5 You Will Be Baptized with the Holy Spirit
- Acts 1:6-14 You Shall Receive Power Till Jesus Comes
- Acts 1:15-26 What Judas's Death Teaches Us about the Spirit
WIL POUNDS - sermon
- Colossians 1:9 Commentary
- Colossians 4:12 Commentary
- Devotional on Prayer
- Guide to Praying for Missionaries
- Pithy Prayer Phrases
- Prayer - Greek Words for Prayer
- Prayer Devotionals and Illustrations
- Prayer Hymns and Poems
- Prayer Quotes
- Prayer Quotes, Devotionals and Illustrations
- Praying His Word
- Praying in the Spirit
- Spurgeon's Gems on Prayer
- Acts 1:1 The Adventure Begins: How Jesus Works Through Ordinary People
- Acts 1:1-3 40 Amazing Days: The Original Founders Week
- Acts. 1:3 Many Infallible Proofs: How We Know Christ Lives Today
- Acts 1:4 In God’s Waiting Room: Lessons from the “Down Time” of Life
- Acts 1:4-5 The Baptism of the Holy Spirit: The Source of Our Power
- Acts 1:6-7 Is It Time Yet? Don't Forget the First Rule of the Spiritual Life
- Acts 1:8 From Oak Park to the Ends of the Earth: God's Plan for Calvary Memorial Church
- Acts 1:8 You Will Be My Witnesses: God's Job Description for Every Christian
- Acts 1:9 He Ascended Into Heaven: Why It Still Matters Today
- Acts 1:10-11 This Same Jesus: The Blessed Hope of the Church
- Acts 1:12-14 The Church on its Knees: Unleashing the Power of United Prayer
- Acts 1:15-26 How God Uses Bad People to Do His Will: Another Look at God's Providence
- Acts 1:15, 20 The Scripture Had to Be Fulfilled: Can We Still Believe the Bible?
- Acts 1:15-26 What Happened to Judas? The Man Who Kissed the Door of Heaven But Went to Hell
- Acts 1:21-26 Dice in the Prayer Meeting: Making Tough Decisions with God's Help
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)
RADIO BIBLE CLASS
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)
REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE STUDY NOTES ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
- Acts 1:1
- Acts 1:2
- Acts 1:3
- Acts 1:4
- Acts 1:5
- Acts 1:6
- Acts 1:7
- Acts 1:8
- Acts 1:9
- Acts 1:10
- Acts 1:11
- Acts 1:12
- Acts 1:13
- Acts 1:14
- Acts 1:15
- Acts 1:16
- Acts 1:17
- Acts 1:18
- Acts 1:21
- Acts 1:23
- Acts 1:24
- Acts 1:26
DON ROBINSON Sermons on Acts
- Acts 1:1-11 Why Stand Ye Gazing?
- Acts 1:1-9 The Great Commission, the Power
- Acts 1:12-14 2nd Floor Christianity
- Acts 1:14 Keeping the Church Alive
- Acts 1:15 Why Join Church?
- Study of the Book of Acts - Part 1
- Acts 1:1-11 The Revolution, Anchored in Glorifying God
- Acts 1:8 Anchored and Moving Forward, Dependent upon the Holy Spirit
- Acts 1:8b Anchored and Moving Forward, with a Heart for the Lost
- Acts 1:12-2:13 Anchored and Moving Forward, in Unity
NOTE - These are of variable quality so must be approached with a Berean mindset!
JAMES SMITH - Handfuls on Purpose - expanded sermon outlines
- Click this page for all the topics below
- THE INFANT CHURCH. Acts 1
R C SPROUL - Devotionals
- Acts 1:6–11 The Ascension of Christ
- Acts 1:6–11 The Return of Christ
- Acts 1:8 Power to Minister
- Acts 1:8 Power to Minister -2
- Acts 1:9-26 The Ascension of Christ
- Acts 1:1-10 Purposes of the Book of Acts
- Acts: An Unfinished Story
- Acts 1:1-14 Out Of The Shadows
- Acts 1:15-2:4 The Birthday Of The Church
- Acts 1:8-11 The Ascension of Christ
THIRD MILLENNIUM STUDY NOTES
- The Accession to Pentecost - Acts 1:1-2:47
- The Ascension of Jesus Christ and the Promise of the Holy Spirit - Acts 1:1-11
- The Ascension and Session of Jesus: Why Did Jesus Go to Heaven?
- The Choosing of Matthias - Acts 1:12-26
- Acts 1:1-11 Gazing Into Heaven: The Ascension of Jesus by Derek Thomas
- Acts 1:1-12 Taken Up Coming Back by Donald Patterson
- Acts 1:1-11 Ascended King by David Strain
- Acts 1:6-11 He Ascended into Heaven by James Baird
- Acts 1:8 Obedient to the Last Command by David Meredith
- Acts 1:9-11 I Believe in Jesus Christ Who Ascended Into Heaven by J. Ligon Duncan
- Acts 1:12-14 The New Testament Church - Birthed in Prayer by Derek Thomas
- Acts 1:12-26 To the End of the Earth:(2)Then They Were Twelve Again by Derek Thomas
DAVID E THOMPSON
TODAY IN THE WORD DEVOTIONALS
Moody Bible Institute - Dozens of Devotionals Arranged by Chapter. Click Chapters Below
BOB UTLEY - Acts Commentary
- 1. The Person of the Holy Spirit
- 2. The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament
- 3. The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament
- 4. The Holy Spirit in Relation to the Person and Work of Christ
- 5. The Holy Spirit in Relation to the Unsaved World
- 6. The Work of the Holy Spirit in Salvation
- 7. The Work of the Holy Spirit in Salvation
- 8. The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Believer
- 9. The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Believer
- 10. The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Believer
- 11. The Eschatology of the Holy Spirit