Acts 8 Resources

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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 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 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 The resources are listed in alphabetical order by the author's last name and some include reviews of the particular resource. For hundreds of other commentaries and books that can be borrowed see Christian Commentaries Online

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.


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


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


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


MIKE ANDRUS -  FEFC Wichita - sermons - audio with excellent transcripts - recommended

PAUL APPLE -642 page commentary - check it out


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)


ALBERT BARNES Notes on the New Testament on Acts




BIBLICAL ART - retrieved from Google search



JOHN CALVIN Commentary Acts of the Holy Spirit


RICH CATHERS - Sermon Notes - frequent illustrations

MATT CHANDLER Sermons on Acts


ADAM CLARKE Commentary on Acts

STEVEN COLE Sermons Book of Acts

THOMAS CONSTABLE Expository Notes on the book of Acts

W A CRISWELL - Sermon 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 




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





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 8:1-8;Video Purpose in Persecution: Though persecution is always painful, we should ask God to use our experiences to bring others to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Acts 8:9-25Video  Authentic Conversion: Though people can only respond to the gospel with sincerity when the Holy Spirit opens their hearts, we should do all we can to help them respond with pure motives.
  • Acts 8:26-40;Video Biblical Evidence: To help people achieve saving faith in Jesus Christ, we should help them understand from Scripture what God says about this experience.



GOTQUESTIONS - questions related to the book of Acts

GRACE NOTES - Expositional Study by Warren Doud


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)

MATTHEW HENRY Commentary on Acts




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

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

H A IRONSIDE Commentary on Acts


S. LEWIS JOHNSON Sermons on 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



MAPS - related to Acts

  • Complete list of Holman Bible Atlas Maps - listed below 
  • 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
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JAMES MCCULLEN - frequent illustrations

J VERNON MCGEE Thru the Bible The Acts of the Apostles






G CAMPBELL MORGAN The Acts of the Apostles: Commentary

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

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

HENRY MORRIS -  Defender's Study Bible notes

ROBERT NEIGHBOUR Wells of Living Water Commentary


PHIL NEWTON Sermons on Acts

JAMES NISBET - Church Pulpit Commentary

OUR DAILY BREAD Devotional Illustrations


PASTOR LIFE - sermons

Murder By Consent Acts  8:1 Souls, Responsibility for; Witness; Evangelism; Burden for Souls Sam Wolfe
The Original Outreach Acts  8:1-4 Evangelism; Outreach; Witnessing Terry Trivette
The Holy Spirit's Guidance To Go Acts  8:26 Evangelism; Witnessing; Outreach Johnny Hunt
What is The Mission of the Holy Spirit? Acts  8:26-40 Soul Winning; Witnessing; Evangelism; Holy Spirit, Work of Denis Lyle
World Evangelism 101: Wherever He Leads Acts  8:26-40 Evangelism; Missions Franklin L. Kirksey
Attitudes Essential to Evangelism Acts  8:26-40 Evangelism; Soul Winning Mark Adams




JOHN PIPER Sermons on Acts


RAY PRITCHARD - well-done and practical sermons

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.




A. T. ROBERTSON Word Pictures on Acts






CHUCK SMITH Commentary and Sermon Notes

JAMES SMITH - Handfuls on Purpose - expanded sermon outlines


R C SPROUL - Devotionals


RAY STEDMAN Sermon Series - Expository Studies in Acts




DAVID THOMPSON - Sermons, well-done


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


BOB UTLEY - Acts Commentary

MARVIN VINCENT New Testament Word Studies On the Book of Acts




Seed Scattered and Taking Root Alexander Maclaren Acts 8:1
The General Spread of the Gospel John Wesley Acts 8:1
The Enemy Coming in Like a Flood R.A. Redford Acts 8:1-3
Discordant Elements Obedient to the Accomplishing of One Purpose P.C. Barker Acts 8:1-4
Perversion and Restoration W. Clarkson Acts 8:1-4
Providence Making Missionaries R. Tuck Acts 8:1-4
After Stephen, Paul   Acts 8:1-8
Stephen and Saul Canon Liddon. Acts 8:1-8
Strong Contrasts of Moral Character J. S. Exell, M. A. Acts 8:1-8
The Apostles Stayed Bravely in Jerusalem S. G. Green, D. D. Acts 8:1-8
The Dispersion Dean Plumptre. Acts 8:1-8
The Effect of Persecution Archdeacon Farrar. Acts 8:1-8
The Extension of the Church C. H. Spurgeon. Acts 8:1-8
The Persecution After Stephen D. Thomas, D. D. Acts 8:1-8
The Scattered Church; or Good Out of Evil W. H. Davison. Acts 8:1-8
The Wonderful Ways of the Lord in the Propagation of His Kingdom K. Gerok. Acts 8:1-8
Three Great Figures in the Church J. Parker, D. D. Acts 8:1-8
Incidents of Persecution and Dispersion E. Johnson Acts 8:1-13
Stephen's Funeral B. D. Johns. Acts 8:2
The Burial of Stephen J. Marratt. Acts 8:2
The Burial of Stephen P. C. Horton. Acts 8:2
The Grave Beside the Church R.A. Redford Acts 8:2
The Lamentation At Stephen's Funeral Bp. H. C. Potter. Acts 8:2
Different Kinds of Martyrdom C. S. Robinson, D. D. Acts 8:3
Intense Against Christ May Become Intense for Him R. Tuck Acts 8:3
The Smiter Smitten J. Parker, D. D. Acts 8:3
Thoughts Under Persecution   Acts 8:3
Sparks Carried by the Wind K. Gerok. Acts 8:4
The Aggressive Character of Christianity C. Hodge, D. D. Acts 8:4
The Aggressive Power of Christianity J. H. Tinsley, D. D. Acts 8:4
The First Flight of the Word R.A. Redford Acts 8:4
The Gospel -- its Propagation and Effects Dean Vaughan. Acts 8:4
The Liberty of Prophesying G. V. Lechler, D. D. Acts 8:4
The Service of Persecution to She Church G. V. Lechler, D. D. Acts 8:4
The Zeal of the Apostles   Acts 8:4
Useful Incendiaries Archbishop Leighton. Acts 8:4
What True Preaching Is S. G. Green, D. D. Acts 8:4
Wider Growth of the Church   Acts 8:4
Preaching Christ R. Tuck Acts 8:5
Christ in Every Sermon   Acts 8:5-8
Christ not in the Sermon   Acts 8:5-8
Fruit -- Joy W. Arnot, D. D. Acts 8:5-8
Genuine and Spurious Miracles Dean Goulburn. Acts 8:5-8
How Christ Should be Preached C. H. Spurgeon. Acts 8:5-8
Joyful Import of the Gospel J. Benson. Acts 8:5-8
Joyousness of Christianity   Acts 8:5-8
Philip At Samaria T. Kelly. Acts 8:5-8
Philip Preaching At Samaria D. J. Burrell, D. D. Acts 8:5-8
Philip Preaching in a Samaritan City W. Arnot, D. D. Acts 8:5-8
Philip's Ministry in Samaria D. Thomas, D. D. Acts 8:5-8
Preaching Christ C. Hodge, D. D. Acts 8:5-8
Samaria Evangelized R.A. Redford Acts 8:5-8
Samaria Made Joyful W. Dransfield. Acts 8:5-8
The Advent of the Gospel to Samaria Dean Goulburn. Acts 8:5-8
The Christian City Bp. Phillips Brooks. Acts 8:5-8
The Duty of Christians to Speak About Christ J. L. Nye. Acts 8:5-8
The Grounds of Christian Joy A. Thomson, D. D. Acts 8:5-8
The Joy of Salvation   Acts 8:5-8
The Only Cure for Soul Disorders J. S. Pawlyn. Acts 8:5-8
The Spiritual Miracles of the Gospel K. Gerok. Acts 8:5-8
The Unique Effects of the Gospel Lord Bacon. Acts 8:5-8
Success and Disappointment in Christian Work W. Clarkson Acts 8:5-25
Missions to the Masses R.A. Redford Acts 8:8
New-Found Joy P.C. Barker Acts 8:8
The Spirit of Lies Cast Out R.A. Redford Acts 8:9-13
Warnings from Simon Magus R. Tuck Acts 8:9-13
Christianity True and False   Acts 8:9-24
Saul, Simon, and Philip K. Gerok. Acts 8:9-24
Simon Magus and Simon Peter K. Gerok. Acts 8:9-24
Simon Magus, or Wrong-Heartedness D. Thomas, D. D. Acts 8:9-24
Simon the Magian Unmasked and Put to Shame D. J. Burrell, D. D. Acts 8:9-24
Simon the Sorcerer J. Parker, D. D. Acts 8:9-24
Simon the Sorcerer American Sunday School Times Acts 8:9-24
Simon the Sorcerer, an Admonitory Example of a False Teacher K. Gerok. Acts 8:9-24
Simony G. V. Lechler, D. D. Acts 8:9-24
Sudden Conversions not Always Genuine C. H. Spurgeon. Acts 8:9-24
The Fortune Hunter W. A. G. Acts 8:9-24
The Sin of Simon Dean Vaughan. Acts 8:9-24
The Sin of Simon; or Trading in Holy Things St. J. A. Frere, M. A. Acts 8:9-24
The Type of One Stricken with Religion-Blindness P.C. Barker Acts 8:9-24
The Gift of the Holy Ghost R. Tuck Acts 8:14-17
The Spirit of Mammon in the Christian Church R.A. Redford Acts 8:14-24
The Apostle's Visit to Samaria Dean Goulburn. Acts 8:14-25
The Church and the World Prof. Luthardt. Acts 8:14-25
The Deputation to Samaria J. Parker, D. D. Acts 8:14-25
The First Church Visitation K. Gerok. Acts 8:14-25
A Right State of the Heart E. Cooper. Acts 8:20-24
Gift and Purchase Arthur Brooks. Acts 8:20-24
Peter's Admonition to Simon the Sorcerer H. R. Raymond, D.D. Acts 8:20-24
Right Hearts W. Birch. Acts 8:20-24
Simony Assumes Various Forms G. T. Stokes, D. D. Acts 8:20-24
Sin and Salvation J. W. Burn. Acts 8:20-24
The Gall of Bitterness and the Bond of Iniquity S. Barnard. Acts 8:20-24
The Impotence of Money Bp. H. C. Potter, D. D. Acts 8:20-24
The Natural Heart H. Crosby, D. D. Acts 8:20-24
Simon the Sorcerer Alexander Maclaren Acts 8:21
The Impostor Unmasked E. Johnson Acts 8:24, 25
The Second Flight of the Gospel R.A. Redford Acts 8:25-40
A Life True to Light Led to the Light True to Life P.C. Barker Acts 8:26-39
A Special Infusion Dean Vaughan. Acts 8:26-39
A Typical Evangelist: a Striking Conversion A. Wood, B.A. Acts 8:26-39
Changing Spheres: a Word for Workers Mark Guy Pearse. Acts 8:26-39
Comparisons and Contrasts Homilist Acts 8:26-39
Courtiers and Conversion A. Coquerel. Acts 8:26-39
Four Noble Guides to the Way of Salvation K. Gerok. Acts 8:26-39
Gaza Dean Plumptre. Acts 8:26-39
How All Things Co-Operate to Promote the Salvation of a Soul Desiring to be Saved K. Gerok. Acts 8:26-39
How the Ethiopian Treasurer Found the True Treasure K. Gerok. Acts 8:26-39
Man Versus Angel H. C. Trumbull, D. D Acts 8:26-39
Philip and the Ethiopian E. M. Taylor. Acts 8:26-39
Philip and the Ethiopian M. C. Hazard. Acts 8:26-39
Philip and the Eunuch J. Cynddylan Jones, D. D. Acts 8:26-39
Philip and the Eunuch: a Remarkable Meeting D. Thomas, D. D. Acts 8:26-39
Philip on His Way to Gaza, a Type of a True Minister K. Gerok. Acts 8:26-39
Philip the Evangelist A. Maclaren, D. D. Acts 8:26-39
Philip's Audience of One C. S. Robinson, D. D. Acts 8:26-39
The Christian Teacher's Work and its Rewards Monday Club Sermons Acts 8:26-39
The Converted Nobleman W. A. Griffiths. Acts 8:26-39
The Ethiopian E. Bersier, D. D. Acts 8:26-39
The Ethiopian Convert: a Typical Man J. Parker, D. D. Acts 8:26-39
Unto Gaza, Which is Desert H. Macmillan, LL. D. Acts 8:26-39
Worker and Seeker   Acts 8:26-39
Philip and the Ethiopian E. Johnson Acts 8:26-40
The Christian Teacher and Disciple W. Clarkson Acts 8:26-40
The Inquiring Proselyte R. Tuck Acts 8:27-39
Method of Bible Reading Determined by Need and Purpose H. W. Beecher. Acts 8:28
Oriental Reading Prof. I. H. Hall. Acts 8:28
Reading the Scriptures J. Clayton, M. A. Acts 8:28
Reading the Scriptures: Fruits Of   Acts 8:28
Reading the Scriptures: its Advantage Bp. Jewel. Acts 8:28
Reading the Scriptures: Motive For   Acts 8:28
Reading the Scriptures: Unprofitable Method Of J. Hamilton, D. D. Acts 8:28
Reading: Kinds Of S. T. Coleridge. Acts 8:28
Reading: Results of Good and Bad   Acts 8:28
The Great Prophecy R. Bruce. Acts 8:28
The Word of God, the Best Reading for a Journey K. Gerok. Acts 8:28
A Providential Meeting   Acts 8:29
A Timely Visit   Acts 8:29
Guidance in Doing Good C. S. Robinson, D. D. Acts 8:29
Lessons from the Desert Ways Morgan Dix, D. D. Acts 8:29
Little Events Leading to Great   Acts 8:29
The Meeting W. Arnot, D. D. Acts 8:29
A Personal Question C. H. Spurgeon. Acts 8:30-39
A Weighty Question K. Gerok. Acts 8:30-39
Alacrity in God's Service H. C. Trumbull, D. D Acts 8:30-39
Asking Questions   Acts 8:30-39
Bible Reading H. J. W. Buxton. Acts 8:30-39
Directions for Profitable Study of the Word of God R. P. Buddicom. Acts 8:30-39
Fruitful Bible Reading D. G. Watt, M. A. Acts 8:30-39
Humility in an Inquirer Baptist Teacher. Acts 8:30-39
Intelligent Reading of Holy Scripture Family Churchman Acts 8:30-39
The Bible E. A. Stuart, M. A. Acts 8:30-39
The Conversion and Baptism of the Eunuch Dean Goulburn. Acts 8:30-39
The Relations Between Holy Scripture and the Church Dean Goulburn. Acts 8:30-39
The Seed Sown and the Harvest Reaped W. Arnot, D. D. Acts 8:30-39
Understandest Thou What Thou Readest? C. H. Spurgeon. Acts 8:30-39
Understanding the Word M. Burnham, D. D. Acts 8:30-39
Jesus and the Scriptures G. B. Johnson. Acts 8:32-38
Philip's Sermon W. Jay. Acts 8:32-38
Philip's Sermon T. Jackson. Acts 8:32-38
Preaching Jesus, not Self R. Venning. Acts 8:32-38
Preaching to One Dean Hook. Acts 8:32-38
Jesus the Hope of the World R.A. Redford Acts 8:35
Testing the Impulse to Confession R. Tuck Acts 8:36
Address After Communion R. Walker. Acts 8:36-39
Baptism and the Visible Church Whitecross. Acts 8:36-39
Baptism, Water In Luther's Table Talk. Acts 8:36-39
Christian Joy J. H. Evans, M. A. Acts 8:36-39
Christian Joy H. P. Bowen. Acts 8:36-39
Divine Working in the Unions and Separations of Man Homilist Acts 8:36-39
Happiness and Joy H. Bushnell, D. D. Acts 8:36-39
Spiritual Joy John Jardine. Acts 8:36-39
The Baptizing of the Eunuch S. Hieron. Acts 8:36-39
The Joy of the First Christian Experiences H. O. Mackey. Acts 8:36-39
The Open Door of the Church L. W. Bacon. Acts 8:36-39
The Rapture of Philip and the Eunuch Dean Goulburn. Acts 8:36-39
The Rejoicing Life H. J. W. Buxton, M. A. Acts 8:36-39
The Word and the Sacrament K. Gerok. Acts 8:36-39
The Way of Pleasantness R.A. Redford Acts 8:39