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Charts from Jensen's Survey of the NT - used by permission
Another Chart - Swindoll - chart on right side
A Spirit Filled Church
Our Anointing - The Holy Spirit
Praying in the Spirit
Spirit-Filled Believers Are Like Artesian Wells
|Paul's First Missionary Journey - map||Acts 13:4-14:28+|
|Paul's Second Missionary Journey - map||Acts 15:36-18:22+|
|Paul's Third Missionary Journey - map||Acts 18:23-21:26+|
Maps related to Acts
- The Kingdom of Herod Agrippa I
- The Kingdom of Agrippa II
- Pentecost and the Jewish Diaspora
- Expansion of the Early Church in Palestine
- Paul’s Conversion and Early Ministry
- Paul’s Journeys
- The First Missionary Journey of Paul
- The Second Missionary Journey of Paul
- The Third Missionary Journey of Paul
- Paul’s Arrest and Imprisonment
- Paul’s Voyage to Rome
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.
Kingdom power : receiving the power of the promise : a study in the book of Acts by Hayford, Jack W
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.
A bibliography of the periodical literature on the Acts of the Apostles, 1962-1984 by Mills, Watson E
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
The Acts of the Apostles : an exposition Rackham, Richard. Also available below with no time limit.
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
Adventuring through the life of Christ : a Bible handbook on the Gospels and Acts 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.
Bible Exposition Commentary - New Testament and Bible Exposition Commentary - Old Testament
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 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.
Most of the following have a one hour time limit
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
Life Application Study Bible : New Living Translation. Has some very helpful notes. s
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 Archaeological Study Bible (2005) 2360 pages (See also Archaeology and the Bible - OT and NT)
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)
NIV Archaeological Study Bible (2005) 2360 pages (See also Archaeology and the Bible - OT and NT)
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
What the Bible is all about by Mears, Henrietta What the Bible is all about OR here - What the Book is all about
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
Bible handbook and A-Z bible encyclopedia
International children's Bible field guide : answering kids' questions from Genesis to Revelation by Richards, Larry
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
Kregel Bible handbook : a full-color guide to every book of the Bible by Kerr, William
Zondervan handbook to the Bible
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!
New Evidence that Demands a Verdict (Evidence I and Evidence II updated and in one volume) (or here) - Josh McDowell
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!
Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament by Harris, R. Laird - One of the best OT lexicons for laymen. Here is another link to the TWOT which has no time limit on use and does allow copy/paste
MARK ADAMS - Sermons
JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Acts Commentary (1857, 1866)
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.
HENRY ALFORD - Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary
- Acts 13 Commentary
- Acts 13 Commentary - Similar work but all Latin and Greek are translated into English
FRANK ALLEN - ACTS OF THE APOSTLES(1931)
- Acts 13:1-12 The first foreign missionaries.
- Acts 13:13-52 The preaching of the first foreign missionaries.
MIKE ANDRUS - FEFC Wichita - sermons - audio with excellent transcripts - recommended
PAUL APPLE -642 page commentary - check it out
JACK ARNOLD SERMONS BOOK OF ACTS
- Acts 13:1-3 The First Official Missionaries
- Acts 13:4-13 The Blessings, Burdens and Blunders of Missionaries
- Acts 13:14-41 Paul's First Recorded Sermon
- Acts 13:42-52 Eternal Life: Of God or Man?
WILLIAM ARNOT Acts Commentary
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)
- Acts 12:20-25, 13:1 Antioch Occupied for Christ
- Acts 13:2-12 The First Foreign Mission - Cyprus
- Acts 13:13-52 The Gospel in Asia Minor
WILLIAM BARCLAY'S DAILY STUDY BIBLE
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.
ALBERT BARNES Notes on the New Testament on Acts
BRIAN BELL SERMON NOTES
- Acts 13:1-5 The Charge of the Church
- Acts 13:14-16 The Communication of the Church
- Acts 13:38-46 Rising to the Occasion
- Acts 13 Commentary The Critical English Testament
- Acts 13 - Gnomon of the NT
BIBLICAL ART - retrieved from Google search
- Acts 13:1-12 "The Holy Spirit Leads To Missions"
- Acts 13:13-37 "Paul And The Men Sail To Asia Minor"
- Acts 13:38-52 "Forgiveness Through Christ Is Proclaimed"
- Acts 13:48-14:20 "Ministry And Persecution In Galatia"
JOHN CALVIN Commentary Acts of the Holy Spirit
CAMBRIDGE GREEK TESTAMENT FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES - J. R. Lumby
RICH CATHERS - Sermon Notes - frequent illustrations
MATT CHANDLER Sermons on Acts
ADAM CLARKE Commentary on Acts
STEVEN COLE Sermons Book of Acts
- Acts 13:1-3 The Main Business of the Church
- Acts 13:4-12 Into the Battle
- Acts 13:13-41 The God Who Keeps His Promise
- Acts 13:42-14:7 Good News That Divides
THOMAS CONSTABLE Expository Notes on the book of Acts
W A CRISWELL - Sermon on Acts
- Acts 13 PRAYER AND MISSIONS
- Acts 13:5-6 THE WORK WHERE UNTO GOD HAS CALLED US
- Acts 13:4-12 CHRISTIANITY FACES THE PAGAN WORLD
- Acts 13:38 THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS
- Acts 13:42 TEACHING THE WORD OF THE LORD
- Acts 13:48 THE DOCTRINE OF ELECTION
BOB DEFFINBAUGH EXPOSITORY SERMONS
DEVOTIONALS ON ACTS
Today in the Word (Moody), Our Daily Bread (Radio Bible Class), Our Daily Walk - F B Meyer, Our Daily Homily - F B Meyer, Our Daily Bread
DAN DUNCAN - SERMON For corresponding Mp3's click here.
- Dawn For The Nation Acts 13:1-12
- Justification By Faith Acts 13:13-43
- Awakening In Antioch Acts 13:44-52
JOHN EADIE - Paul the Preacher
- SAUL IN CYPRUS - Acts 13:1–12
- PAUL AT ANTIOCH IN PISIDIA - Acts 13:13–52
CHARLES ELLICOTT, EDITOR - E H PLUMPTRE - AUTHOR
- Acts 13 Commentary Bible Commentary for English Readers
EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE Commentary on Acts of the Apostles - George T. Stokes
- Discovering Christ in Acts - 352 pages
- Acts Sermons - 27
WILLIAM M FURNEAUX
ARNO C GAEBELEIN - THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES - AN EXPOSITION (1912)
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.
GENE GETZ - short videos (~10) emphasizing principles in the text
- 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.
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)
- A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles - Volume 2 (or here) - Acts 13-28
GOTQUESTIONS - questions related to the book of Acts
- What can we learn from the life of Barnabas?
- What is the connection between prayer and fasting?
- Christian fasting - what does the Bible say?
- What are the different types of fasting?
- How to fast—what does the Bible say?
- Fast, Fasting - Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology
- Fast; Fasting - International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
- Fasting - Article by Archibald Alexander
- Why don't Christians fast the same as Muslims?
- How can I recognize the guidance of the Holy Spirit?
- What is the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives today?
- How can I receive divine guidance?
- How can I know God's will for my life? What does the Bible say about knowing God's will?
- How much power does Satan possess?
- What is righteousness?
- What does it mean to pursue righteousness?
- Who was King Saul in the Bible?
- Was King Saul saved?
- Why did God send an evil spirit to torment King Saul?
- What is repentance and is it necessary for salvation?
- Who was John the Baptist in the Bible?
- Was John the Baptist really Elijah reincarnated?
- In what way was John the Baptist the greatest (Matthew 11:11)?
- Why did John the Baptist refer to the Pharisees as a brood of vipers?
- Was Jesus crucified on a cross, pole, or stake?
- What is the meaning of the cross?
- Why is there a curse associated with hanging on a tree?
- What is the curse of the law?
- On Site Article - The Resurrection of Christ
- Who Moved the Stone? by Frank Morrison
- Where do the Hebrew Scriptures prophesy the death and resurrection of the Messiah?
- Why is the truth of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ so important?
- Why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ important?
- Why should I believe in Christ's resurrection?
- When will the Resurrection take place?
- What is the first resurrection? What is the second resurrection?
- Is the resurrection of Jesus Christ true?
- What is more important, the death of Christ or His resurrection?
- Can the various resurrection accounts from the four Gospels be harmonized?
- What did Jesus mean when He said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life” (John 11:25)?
- What does it mean that Jesus is God's only begotten son?
- What is the doctrine of eternal Sonship and is it biblical?
- What is forgiveness?
- Got Forgiveness? How can I receive forgiveness from God?
- What is the relationship between salvation and forgiveness?
- Do Christians have to keep asking for forgiveness for their sins?
- In regards to forgiveness, is there a difference between willful sin and ignorant sin?
- I have committed _____ sin. Will God forgive me?
- If the Jewish people do not offer animal sacrifices, how do they believe they can receive forgiveness from God?
- Will God forgive me?
- Why do we need to confess our sins if they have already been forgiven (1 John 1:9)?
- Why is justification by faith such an important doctrine?
- What is justification? What does it mean to be justified?
- How do God’s mercy and justice work together in salvation?
- Is there a difference between the book of life and the Lamb's book of life?
- What is the Book of Life?
- Tony Garland's summary - Book of Life - - Its Ultimate Purpose When are Names Written? Names Blotted Out
- Is it possible for a person's name to be erased from the Book of Life?
- Is eternal security biblical?
- What is eternal life?
- What is predestination? Is predestination biblical?
- How are predestination and election connected with foreknowledge?
- Bob Utley's Special Topic: Election/Predestination and the Need for a Theological Balance
GRACE NOTES - Expositional Study by Warren Doud
L M GRANT
W H GRIFFITH-THOMAS
DAVE GUZIK Commentary Notes on Acts
HORATIO B HACKETT A Commentary on the Original Text of the Acts of the Apostles
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)
F B HOLE
MATTHEW HENRY Commentary on Acts
HOMILETICS - Acts 13
INTERVARSITY PRESS Commentary on the Book of Acts - William J Larkin, Jr. (Excellent commentary)
Cyril Barber - Historically helpful. Contains some important insights. Critical matters are confined to the footnotes. Oriented toward the pastorate.
- THE CHURCH IN ALL NATIONS: PAUL'S MISSIONARY JOURNEYS (13:1-21:16)
- Acts 13:1--21:16 Paul's Missionary Journeys
- Acts 13:1--14:28 The First Missionary Journey
- Acts 13:1-3 The Commissioning
- Acts 13:4-12 Witness on Cypress
- Acts 13:13-52 Witness at Pisidian Antioch
H A IRONSIDE Commentary on Acts
JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN Commentary on Acts
- Acts 13 Commentary
- Acts 13 Commentary - Unabridged version
S. LEWIS JOHNSON Sermons on Acts
- Acts 13:1-4 Antioch and the New Testament Church: Acts
- Acts 13:4-12 The Cypriot Sorcerer Encounters God’s Magic: Acts
- Acts 13:13-25 Paul at Antioch – Biblical Evangelism, part I: Acts
- Acts 13:26-41 Paul at Antioch - Biblical Evangelism, part II
- Acts 13:42-52 Enrolled for Life and Testimony: Acts
Hiebert - 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.
R J KNOWLING The Expositor's Greek Testament The Acts of the Apostles
D Edmond Hiebert - Greek text. Still one of the most thorough commentaries on the Greek text. Significant for the Greek student.
PAUL KRETZMANN Popular Commentary of the Bible The Acts of the Apostles
JOHN MACARTHUR Verse by Verse Sermons on Acts
- Acts 13:1-13 Satanic Resistance
- Acts 13:1-2a Satanic Opposition to a Spirit-Filled Church, Part 1
- Acts 13:2b-13 Satanic Opposition to a Spirit-Filled Church, Part 2
- Acts 13:14-23 Paul Preaches Jesus, Part 1
- Acts 13:23-37 Paul Preaches Jesus, Part 2
- Acts 13:38-41 Paul Preaches Jesus, Part 3
- Acts 13:42-52 The Troubling Gospel
ALEXANDER MACLAREN Sermons on Acts
- Acts 13:1-13 To the Regions Beyond
- Acts 13:9 Why Saul Became Paul
- Acts 13:13 John Mark
- Acts 13:26-39 The First Preaching in Asia Minor
- Acts 13:36, 37 Luther-A Stone on the Cairn
- Acts 13:44-52 Jewish Rejecters & Gentile Receivers
- Acts 13:46 Unworthy of Life
- Acts 13:52 Full of the Holy Ghost
P G MATTHEW - sermons
- The Church in Mission Acts 13:1-12
- Evangelizing Pisidian Antioch Acts 13:13-43
- Evangelizing Pisidian Antioch, Part Two Acts 13:44-52
J VERNON MCGEE Thru the Bible The Acts of the Apostles
F B MEYER
HEINRICH A. W. MEYER
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
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.
- Acts of the Apostles - entire book in one Pdf
- Acts Commentary 13:1-3
- Acts Commentary 13:4-12
- Acts Commentary 13:13-41
- Acts Commentary 13:42-52
HENRY MORRIS - Defender's Study Bible notes
- Acts 13:1- Niger Lucius Herod the tetrarch
- Acts 13:2 - the Holy Ghost
- Acts 13:5 - in the synagogues
- Acts 13:13 - Paphos John departing from them
- Acts 13:16 - ye that fear God
- Acts 13:20 - four hundred and fifty years
- Acts 13:33 - second psalm
- Acts 13:34 - on this wise
- Acts 13:35 - another psalm
- Acts 13:40 - in the prophets
- Acts 13:47 - light of the Gentiles
- Acts 13:48 - ordained to eternal life
- Acts 13:52 - filled
ROBERT NEIGHBOUR Wells of Living Water Commentary
NET BIBLE NOTES
PHIL NEWTON Sermons on Acts
- Acts 13:1-3 A Call to Missions
- Acts 13:4-12 Recognizing False Teachers
- Acts 13:13-41 Gospel Invitation
- Acts 13:42-52 Evidences of Grace
JAMES NISBET - Church Pulpit Commentary
OUR DAILY BREAD Devotional Illustrations
- Acts 13:1-5 Pray Or Act?
- Acts 13:1-5 Are You Ready?
- Acts 13:1-13 Doing Things God’s Way
- Acts 13:13 Tough To Love
- Acts 13:22 Wait On The Lord
- Acts 13:22 The Heart Of The Matter
- Acts 13:36-41 A Past Long Gone
- Acts 13:36 Why Not Now?
- Acts 13:39 “I’m Justified!”
- Acts 13:44-52 Witnessing Smarter
THOMAS E. PAGE - 1895 Commentary
- Personality and Manifestation of the Holy Spirit
- The Historic Movement Towards Spirituality
- The Holy Spirit As the Interpreter of Scripture
- The Ministry of the Comforter
- The Convictive Work of the Holy Ghost
- The Witness of the Spirit
- The Human Spirit Limited by the Human Body
- The Gift of the Holy Ghost Considered as the Gospel's Culmination
- The Miracles of the Holy Ghost
- Acts 13:1-13 The First Missionary Journey
- Acts 13:14-41 Paul's First Recorded Speech
- Acts 13:38 The Forgiveness of Sins
- Acts 13:42-52 Growth of Apostolic Power
PASTOR LIFE - sermons
- Acts 13 - Prayer and a Lost World - Donald Cantrell
- Acts 13:38-39 What It Means To Be Forgiven - Sammy Burgess
F N PELOUBET
JOHN PIPER Sermons on Acts
- Acts 13:1-12 The Straight Paths of the Lord
- Acts 13:1-4 Prayer, Fasting and the Course of History
- Acts 13:1-5 Education for Exultation: In Setting Some Apart
- Acts 13:13-29 History Is God's Story
- Acts 13:36 The Mission and Vision of Bethlehem Baptist Church: Volume Two
PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY The Acts of the Apostles
PULPIT COMMENTARY The Acts of the Apostles
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.
RADIO BIBLE CLASS
ROBERT RAYBURN SERMONS BOOK OF ACTS
REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE STUDY NOTES
- Acts 13:1
- Acts 13:3
- Acts 13:4
- Acts 13:5
- Acts 13:6
- Acts 13:7
- Acts 13:8
- Acts 13:9
- Acts 13:13
- Acts 13:14
- Acts 13:15
- Acts 13:20
- Acts 13:33
- Acts 13:34
- Acts 13:39
- Acts 13:46
- Acts 13:48
- Acts 13:51
A. T. ROBERTSON Word Pictures on Acts
ROB SALVATO - Sermons
- Acts 13 Sermons - titles below
- Acts 12:5 Peter's Deliverance from Prison
- Acts 12:21-23 The Evil of Pride
CHUCK SMITH Commentary and Sermon Notes
- Acts 13 Commentary
- Sermon Notes for Acts 13:1
- Sermon Notes for Acts 13:4
- Sermon Notes for Acts 13:14
- Sermon Notes for Acts 13:22
- Sermon Notes for Acts 13:22
- Sermon Notes for Acts 13:30
- Sermon Notes for Acts 13:38
- Sermon Notes for Acts 13:38
- Sermon Notes for Acts 13:38-39
- Sermon Notes for Acts 13:42-52
- Sermon Notes for Acts 13:44
- Sermon Notes for Acts 13:47
JAMES SMITH - Handfuls on Purpose - expanded sermon outlines
- Click this page for all the topics below
- 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
R C SPROUL - Devotionals
C H SPURGEON
- Acts 13:12 Two Pauls and a Blinded Sorcerer
- Acts 13:26 To You
- Acts 13:26 To You - notes
- Acts 13:34 The Sure Mercies of David
- Acts 13:34 - devotional
- Acts 13:39 - devotional
- Acts 13:36 His Own Funeral Sermon
- Acts 13:38 The True Arm of Preaching
- Acts 13:38, 39 Simple Fact and Simple Faith
- Acts 13:46-48 Further Afield
- Acts 13:49 Gospel Missions
RAY STEDMAN Sermon Series - Expository Studies in Acts
THIRD MILLENNIUM - SERMONS AND STUDY NOTES
- Sermons - most Mp3's
- The Kingdom Witness to the Ends of the Earth - Acts 13:1-28:31
- Paul: First Kingdom Missionary Journey - Acts 13:1-14:28
- Kingdom Mission: Set Apart for Me Barnabas and Saul - Acts 13:1-3
- Kingdom Mission: Barnabas and Saul in Cyprus - Acts 13:4-12
- Kingdom Mission: Paul and Barnabas in Pisidian Antioch - Acts 13:13-52
DEREK THOMAS SERMONS BOOK OF ACTS
- Acts 13:1-12 To the End of the Earth (30): Catching the Vision for Missions by Derek Thomas
- Acts 13:13-43 To the End of the Earth (31): Preaching Jesus! by Derek Thomas
- Acts 13:52 Giving Thanks in Hard Places by Brad Mercer
DAVID THOMPSON - Sermon expositions, well-done
TODAY IN THE WORD DEVOTIONALS Book of Acts
Moody Bible Institute - Dozens of Devotionals Arranged by Chapter. Click Chapters Below
- Acts 13 - multiple devotionals on one page
BOB UTLEY - Acts Commentary
MARVIN VINCENT New Testament Word Studies On the Book of Acts
- Whyte's Dictionary of Bible Characters - James the Lord's Brother
- Whyte's Dictionary of Bible Characters - Barnabas
- Acts 13:1-3 Called Into Service
- Acts 13:1-3, 1 Peter 5:1-11 Shared Leadership
- Acts 13:1-12 The First Missionaries
- Acts 13:13-44 Forgiveness of Sins is Proclaimed to you
- Acts 13:42-52 Jealousy and Joy