Acts 18 Resources


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Chart from Jensen's Survey of the NT - used by permission

THE EXPANDING WITNESS OF THE SPIRIT-EMPOWERED CHURCH


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Considering the fact that Acts 13 is such a strategic chapter in regard to world evangelism, take a moment and study Irving Jensen's chart at top of the page (click it to enlarge it which is what I have to do at age 72!). Notice the bold vertical line (|) at the end of Acts 12 and beginning of Acts 13 which Jensen estimates to be about year 47 (it could be a short time prior). Note the horizontal description of "Church" - Church Established in the first 13 years from Acts 1 through Acts 7, then the Church Scattered between Acts 8 through Acts 12, which occurred over a period of about 14 years (and remember all dates and times are at best approximations because Luke gives only a few events that allow us to give specific dates, such as the death of Herod in A D 44 in Acts 12:23) and lastly, beginning in Acts 13 (and until the end of this age), the Church Extended, this extension being the primarily the fruit of Paul's Three Missionary Journeys which"upset the world!" (Acts 17:6) Now, you have a good grasp of the chronological context of Acts 13. And as they say in the restaurant when your delicious meal is served "Enjoy!" The three missionary journeys are summarized below (this note will be repeated in subsequent chapters). Click links for the maps of each journey.

Paul's First Missionary Journey Acts 13:4-14:28
Paul's Second Missionary Journey Acts 15:36-18:22
Paul's Third Missionary Journey Acts 18:23-21:26
  • Maps in table above are from the Holman Bible Atlas (digital bookHardcover/Paperback version) copyrighted © 1998 B&H Publishing Group, used by permission, all rights reserved. This is one of the best resources for Bible maps as the maps also include helpful short descriptions of the events portrayed on the maps. Please do not download for use on another website. Thank you.
  • Here is a map with all three journeys on one map.

THE ITINERARY OF PAUL'S
THREE MISSIONARY JOURNEYS

FIRST SECOND THIRD
  1. Antioch Acts 13:1-3
  2. Seleucia Acts 13:4
  3. Salamis on Cyprus Acts 13:5
  4. Paphos on Cyprus Acts 13:6-12
  5. Perga in Pamphylia Acts 13:13
  6. Pisidian Antioch Acts 13:14-50
  7. Iconium Acts 13:51
  8. Lystra Acts 14:6-20
  9. Derbe Acts 14:20
  10. Lystra Acts 14:21
  11. Iconium Acts 14:21
  12. Pisidian Antioch Acts 14:21
  13. Pamphylia Acts 14:24
  14. Perga Acts 14:25
  15. Attalia Acts 14:25
  16. Antioch Acts 14:26 
  1. Antioch Acts 15:36-40
  2. Syria Acts 15:41
  3. Cilicia Acts 15:41
  4. Derbe Acts 16:1
  5. Lystra Acts 16:1-5
  6. Phrygia/Galatia Acts 16:6
  7. Mysia Acts 16:7
  8. Troas Acts 16:8-10
  9. Samothrace Acts 16:11
  10. Neapolis Acts 16:11
  11. Philippi Acts 16:12
  12. Amphipolis Acts 17:1
  13. Apollonia Acts 17:1
  14. Thessalonica Acts 17:1-9
  15. Berea Acts 17:10-14
  16. Athens Acts 17:15-34
  17. Corinth Acts 18:1-17
  18. Cenchreae  Acts 18:18
  19. Ephesus Acts 18:19
  20. Caesarea  Acts 18:22
  21. Jerusalem Acts 18:22
  22. Antioch Acts 18:22
  1. Antioch Acts 18:23
  2. Phrygia/Galatia Acts 18:23-28
  3. Ephesus Acts 19:1-41
  4. Macedonia Acts 20:1
  5. Greece Acts 20:2
  6. Macedonia Acts 20:3-5
  7. Philippi Acts 20:6
  8. Troas Acts 20:6-12
  9. Assos Acts 20:13
  10. Mitylene Acts 20:14
  11. Samos Acts 20:15
  12. Miletus Acts 20:15-38
  13. Cos Acts 21:1
  14. Rhodes Acts 21:1
  15. Patara Acts 21:1
  16. Tyre Acts 21:3-6
  17. Ptolemais Acts 21:7
  18. Caesarea Acts 21:8-14

Charles Swindoll points out that "When we study the journeys of Paul in the book of Acts, we’re not just reading the travel log of a man; we’re observing the redemptive plan of God unfolding as He promised. Through the ministry of Saul of Tarsus, God’s mission to reclaim His creation from the death grip of evil would move to its next stage. The plan of this mission was outlined in the Lord’s promise at His ascension, where He said,

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses...

  1. In Jerusalem [Stage 1: Acts 2–7],
  2. and in all Judea and Samaria [Stage 2: Acts 8–12],
  3. and even to the remotest part of the earth [Stage 3: Acts 13–‍28].” (Acts 1:8+)

John Hannah's Outline for Second Missionary Journey

  • The second missionary journey of Paul  (Acts 15:36-18:22)
    1. The preparation for the ministry  (Acts 15:36-16:5)
      1. The conflict between Barnabas and Paul  (Acts 15:36-40)
      2. The confirmation of the churches  (Acts 15:41-16:5)
    2. The ministry in Macedonia  (Acts 16:6-17:15)
      1. The call from Macedonia  (Acts 16:6-10)
      2. Arrival at Samothrace and Neapolis  (Acts 16:11)
      3. Ministry at Philippi  (Acts 16:12-40)
        1. The conversion of Lydia  (Acts 16:12-15)
        2. The demon possessed slave girl  (Acts 16:16-18)
        3. The imprisonment of Paul and Silas  (Acts 16:19-25)
        4. The release of Paul and Silas  (Acts 16:26-27)
        5. The conversion of the jailor  (Acts 16:28-34)
        6. The departure from the city  (Acts 16:35-40)
      4. The ministry in Thessalonica  (Acts 17:1-9)
        1. The message  (Acts 17:1-3)
        2. The response of belief  (Acts 17:4)
        3. The response of unbelief  (Acts 17:5-9)
      5. The ministry in Berea  (Acts 17:10-15)
        1. The ministry  (Acts 17:11-12)
        2. The departure  (Acts 17:13-15)
    3. The ministry in Achaia  (Acts 17:16-18:17)
      1. The ministry in Athens  (Acts 17:16-34)
        1. His message in Athens  (Acts 17:16-30)
        2. The response in Athens  (Acts 17:31-34)
      2. The ministry in Corinth  (Acts 18:1-17)
        1. Arrival in Corinth  (Acts 18:1-4)
        2. His ministry to the Corinthians  (Acts 18:5-11)
        3. The trial before Gallio  (Acts 18:12-17)
    4. The ministry on the return to Antioch  (Acts 18:18-22)
      1. In Cenchrea  (Acts 18:18)
      2. In Ephesus  (Acts 18:19-21)
      3. In Antioch  (Acts 18:22)

Hannah's Bible Outlines - Recommended Resource


  1. Stage 1: Tent Making (Acts 18:1-4)
    1. Paul’s coworkers (Acts 18:1-3)
    2. Paul’s work ethic (Acts 18:3-4)
  2. Stage 2: Full-Time Ministry (Acts 18:5-8)
    1. Support (Acts 18:5)
    2. Opposition (Acts 18:6)
    3. Fruitfulness (Acts 18:7-8)
  3. Stage 3: Weakness and Fear (Acts 18:9-10)
    1. The Lord’s Gentle Rebuke (Acts 18:9a)
    2. The Lord’s Strong Mandate (Acts 18:9b)
    3. The Lord’s Sovereign Promises (Acts 18:10)
  4. Stage 4: Long-Term Discipleship (Acts 18:11-17)
  5. Paul Returns to Antioch (Acts 18:18-22) (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary – Exalting Jesus in Acts)

JOSEPH ALEXANDER

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.

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)

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."

HENRY ALFORD

FRANK ALLEN

GREG ALLEN

MIKE ANDRUS - sermon

PAUL APPLE

JACK ARNOLD - well done sermons verse by verse

WILLIAM ARNOT

Cyril Barber - First published in 1883. These sermons reveal Arnot's thorough awareness of the original text and the milieu of the early church. His material is provocative as well as edifying. Both laypeople and pastors should read this book eagerly in order to better determine the course of the church, its commitments, and the criteria of its fellowship. Recommended.

WAYNE BARBER

WILLIAM BARCLAY

ALBERT BARNES

BRIAN BELL

JOHANN BENGEL

BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR

JIM BOMKAMP

JOHN CALVIN

Cyril Barber - This is a work that deserves a place in every pastor’s library.

CAMBRIDGE GREEK TESTAMENT

CAMBRIDGE BIBLE

RICH CATHERS

ADAM CLARKE

STEVEN COLE - recommended

TOM CONSTABLE

W A CRISWELL

JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

BOB DEFFINBAUGH

DAN DUNCAN

JOHN EADIE

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

EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE

EXPOSITOR'S GREEK TESTAMENT - R J Knowling

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).

DON FORTNER

MICHAEL FRONCZAK

WILLIAM FURNEAUX

A C GAEBELEIN

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

  • Acts 18:1-28; Video Serving Together: Spiritual leaders should encourage husband and wife teams to look for unique ministry opportunities.

GEORGE H GILBERT

JOHN GILL

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)

GOSPEL COALITION

GOTQUESTIONS - questions related to the book of Acts

GRACE NOTES - Expositional Study by Warren Doud

L M GRANT

DAVE GUZIK

HORATIO B HACKETT

Cyril Barber - Insightful, reliable, and always worth consulting.

JAMES HASTINGS

MATTHEW HENRY

F B HOLE

HOLMAN PUBLISHING

DAVID HOLWICK

BARRY HORNER

H A IRONSIDE

IVP COMMENTARY - William Larkin - Excellent Commentary

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

JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN

S LEWIS JOHNSON

WILLIAM KELLY

STEVE KRELOFF

PAUL KRETZMANN

LANGE COMMENTARY

DAVID LEGGE

JOHN MACARTHUR

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

P G MATTHEW - sermons

F B MEYER

MAPS - related to Acts

J VERNON MCGEE

MONERGISM

G CAMPBELL MORGAN

HENRY MORRIS - Excellent, conservative, literal study Bible notes from a leading Creationist. 

NET BIBLE NOTES

PHIL NEWTON

OUR DAILY BREAD - Devotional

T E PAGE

PASTOR LIFE

Facing Fear Acts  18:9-10 Fear, Overcoming; Faith; Trust; Peace Mark Adams
Acts for a New Year - Peace in Fearful Times Acts  18:9-10 New Year; Fear; Peace Mark Adams

ARTHUR PEAKE

F N PELOUBET

PETER PETT

E A PLUMPTRE

JOSEPH PARKER

PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL

PULPIT COMMENTARY

RICHARD RACKHAM

Cyril Barber - one of the great commentaries on the book of Acts.

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

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

ROBERT RAYBURN

REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE

EARNEST REISINGER

AREND REMMERS

RON RITCHIE

A T ROBERTSON

ROB SALVATO

JOHNNY SANDERS

PHILLIP SCHAFF

JOHN SCHULTZ

CHARLES SIMEON

  • Acts 18 Sermons
  • Acts 18:17 The Character of Gallio
  • Acts 18:24-28 Character and Ministry of Apollos

CHUCK SMITH

JAMES SMITH - Handfuls on Purpose - expanded sermon outlines

SPEAKER'S COMMENTARY

R C SPROUL - Devotionals

C H SPURGEON

RAY STEDMAN

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

JOHN STEVENSON

RICHARD STRAUSS

JOSEPH SUTCLIFFE

THIRD MILLENNIUM STUDY NOTES

DEREK THOMAS - et al

DAVID THOMPSON Book of Acts Expositions 

TODAY IN WORD

JOHN TRAPP

BOB UTLEY

MARVIN VINCENT

DANIEL WHEDON

STEVE ZEISLER

SERMONS BY VERSE

Corinth as a Model Sphere of Missionary Labor R. Tuck Acts 18:1
Paul At Corinth Alexander Maclaren Acts 18:1
A Glimpse into Apostolic Life R.A. Radford Acts 18:1-4
Truth Before the Citadel W. Clarkson Acts 18:1-11
An Apostolic Pastorate Monday Club Sermons Acts 18:1-17
Do the Next Thing J. W. Burn. Acts 18:1-17
Paul At Corinth H. R. Haweis, M. A. Acts 18:1-17
Paul At Corinth F. W. Robertson, M. A. Acts 18:1-17
Paul At Corinth M. C. Hazard. Acts 18:1-17
Paul At Corinth T. D. Witherspoon, D. D. Acts 18:1-17
Paul At Corinth A. Barnes, D. D. Acts 18:1-17
Paul At Corinth D. Thomas, D. D. Acts 18:1-17
Paul At Corinth J. Parker, D. D. Acts 18:1-17
Paul At Corinth C. A. Dickinson. Acts 18:1-17
Paul At Corinth R. Rhees. Acts 18:1-17
Paul At Corinth D. J. Burrell, D. D. Acts 18:1-17
Paul At Corinth F. Goodall, B. A. Acts 18:1-17
Paul At Corinth E. Johnson Acts 18:1-17
The Value of Unsuccessful Missionaries   Acts 18:1-17
Aquila and Priscilla Dean Howson. Acts 18:2-4
Christian Journeymen on Their Travels K. Gerok. Acts 18:2-4
Paul in the Workshop K. Gerok. Acts 18:2-4
Paul's Independence H. R. Haweis, M. A. Acts 18:2-4
Paul's Trade Archdeacon Farrar. Acts 18:2-4
Tent Making in Corinth C. S. Robinson, D. D. Acts 18:2-4
The Necessity of an Occupation Dean Goulburn. Acts 18:2-4
The Value of a Fixed Calling J. Stoughton. Acts 18:2-4
Weekly Labour and Sabbath Sanctification K. Gerok. Acts 18:2-4
Tent-Making a Sermon P.C. Barker Acts 18:3, 4
Constrained by the Word' Alexander Maclaren Acts 18:5
Encouragements -- Divine and Human J. Parker, D. D. Acts 18:5-8
Enthusiasm Justified R. S. Storrs, D. D. Acts 18:5-8
Faithful Ministry R.A. Radford Acts 18:5-11
Personal Religious Responsibility R. Tuck Acts 18:6
God's Grace in Times of Depression R. Tuck Acts 18:9, 10
Encouragement James Mackie, M. A. Acts 18:9-11
God's Presence a Defence T. De Witt Talmage. Acts 18:9-11
Paul's Vision J. McNeill. Acts 18:9-11
Paul's Vision E. Norris. Acts 18:9-11
Paul's Vision At Corinth C. H. Spurgeon. Acts 18:9-11
The Complement to Human Uncertainty Found in Divine Fidelity P.C. Barker Acts 18:9-11
The Fourth Vision of Paul Caleb Morris. Acts 18:9-11
The Light of God's Presence John Robertson. Acts 18:9-11
The People for Christ J. W. Burn. Acts 18:9-11
The Possibilities of Humanity   Acts 18:9-11
A Novel Instance of Retribution P.C. Barker Acts 18:12-17
Contrasts in the Attitude of Men Towards the Gospel R.A. Radford Acts 18:12-17
Fanaticism, Pride, Calmness, Short-Sightedness W. Clarkson Acts 18:12-17
Gallio D. Thomas, D. D. Acts 18:12-17
Gallio Lisco. Acts 18:12-17
Gallio and Paul Archdeacon Farrar. Acts 18:12-17
Gallio's Indifference R. Tuck Acts 18:12-17
Reports of Christian Service J. Parker, D. D. Acts 18:12-17
The Nature and Extent of the Office of the Civil Magistrate B. Ibbot, D. D. Acts 18:12-17
Gallio Alexander Maclaren Acts 18:14
Indifference Dean Vaughan. Acts 18:17
Religious Indifference Biblical Museum Acts 18:17
The Indifferentism of Gallio J. W. Burn. Acts 18:17
The Social Indifferentist Bp. H. C. Potter, D. D. Acts 18:17
St. Paul's Personal Relations with Judaism R. Tuck Acts 18:18
Return Of-Paul to Antioch E. Johnson Acts 18:18-22
Apostolic Earnestness D. Thomas, D. D. Acts 18:18-23
Apostolic Principles J. W. Burn. Acts 18:18-23
Ministerial Labour K. Gerok. Acts 18:18-23
Paul's Vow Dean Plumptre. Acts 18:18-23
Preparing for Labour J. Parker, D. D. Acts 18:18-23
Retrospect R.A. Radford Acts 18:18-23
The Strength Which is of Man W. Clarkson Acts 18:18-23
Zeal Without Knowledge R.A. Radford Acts 18:20
Recognition of the Divine Will in Human Affairs W. H. Davison. Acts 18:21
The Duty of Observing the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper J. Johnston. Acts 18:21
Strengthening Disciples R. Tuck Acts 18:23
Apollos R.A. Radford Acts 18:24-28
The Eloquent Apollos E. Johnson Acts 18:24-28
The Opportunities Vouchsafed to Fitness P.C. Barker Acts 18:24-28
Variety in Christian Service W. Clarkson Acts 18:24-28
Mighty Preaching J. W. Burn. Acts 18:27-28
Spiritual Succorer Derived from Appointed Means W. Jay. Acts 18:27-28
The Churches and Removing Members J. W. Burn. Acts 18:27-28
The Duty of the Church At Home to the Work and the Workers Abroad S. S. Times Acts 18:27-28

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