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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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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 Third  Missionary Journey (see map)

  • The third missionary journey of Paul  (Acts 18:23-21:16)
    1. The ministry in Galatia and Phrygia  (Acts 18:23)
    2. The ministry in Ephesus  (Acts 18:24-19:41)
      1. Instruction of Apollos  (Acts 18:24-28)
      2. Instruction of some of John's followers  (Acts 19:1-7)
      3. Instruction of the Ephesians  (Acts 19:8-20)
      4. Instructions concerning his plans  (Acts 19:21-22)
      5. The riots in Ephesus  (Acts 19:23-41)
    3. The ministry in Macedonia and Achaia  (Acts 20:1-5)
    4. The ministry in Troas  (Acts 20:6-12)
    5. The ministry in Miletus  (Acts 20:13-38)
      1. His journey to Miletus  (Acts 20:13-16)
      2. His message to the Ephesian elders  (Acts 20:17-35)
        1. Concerning his ministry  (Acts 20:17-27)
        2. Concerning the church  (Acts 20:28-35)
      3. His farewell to the Ephesians  (Acts 20:36-38)
    6. The  ministry at Tyre  (Acts 21:1-6)
      1. His journey to Tyre  (Acts 21:1-3)
      2. His ministry in Tyre  (Acts 21:4-6)
    7. The ministry in Caesarea  (Acts 21:7-16)
      1. Agabus' prediction  (Acts 21:7-12)
      2. Paul's reply  (Acts 21:13-14)
      3. The journey toward Jerusalem  (Acts 21:15-16)
  • The journey of Paul to Rome  (Acts 21:17-28:31)
    1. His witness in Jerusalem  (Acts 21:17-23:35)
      1. Paul's report to the elders  (Acts 21:17-26)
      2. Paul's arrest  (Acts 21:27-36)
      3. Paul's defense  (Acts 21:37-23:10)
        1. His first defense  (Acts 21:37-22:23)
          1. The background  (Acts 21:37-40)
          2. The content  (Acts 22:1-21)
          3. The result  (Acts 22:22-23)
        2. His second defense  (Acts 22:24-23:10)
          1. The background  (Acts 22:24-29)
          2. The council  (Acts 22:30)
          3. The content  (Acts 23:1-9)
          4. The conflict  (Acts 23:10)
      4. Paul's deliverance  (Acts 23:11-35)
        1. The encouragement  (Acts 23:11)
        2. The plot  (Acts 23:12-16)
        3. The counterplot  (Acts 23:17-24)
        4. The letter to Felix  (Acts 23:25-30)
        5. The deliverance to Felix  (Acts 23:31-35)
    2. His witness in Caesarea  (Acts 24:1-26:32)
      1. Paul's defense before Felix  (Acts 24:1-27)
        1. The setting  (Acts 24:1)
        2. The accusations of Tertullus  (Acts 24:2-9)
        3. The reply of Paul  (Acts 24:10-21)
        4. The consequences  (Acts 24:22-27)
      2. Paul's defense before Festus  (Acts 25:1-12)
        1. The setting  (Acts 25:1-5)
        2. The trial  (Acts 25:6-11)
        3. The result  (Acts 25:12)
      3. Paul's defense before Agrippa  (Acts 25:13-26:32)
        1. The arrival of Agrippa  (Acts 25:13)
        2. Festus' presentation of Paul's case  (Acts 25:14-22)
        3. Festus' presentation of Paul  (Acts 25:23-27)
        4. Paul's defense before Agrippa  (Acts 26:1-23)
        5. Paul's answer to Festus  (Acts 26:24-26)
        6. Paul's interaction with Agrippa  (Acts 26:27-29)
        7. The conclusion  (Acts 26:30-32)
    3. His witness on the way to Rome  (Acts 27:1-28:15)
      1. His witness aboard ship  (Acts 27:1-44)
      2. His witness on Malta  (Acts 28:1-15)
        1. Paul's miraculous preservation  (Acts 28:1-6)
        2. Paul's healing of Publius' father  (Acts 28:7-10)
        3. Paul's continued journey toward Rome  (Acts 28:11-15)
    4. His witness in Rome  (Acts 28:16-31)
      1. The occasion for his witness  (Acts 28:16-22)
      2. The content of his witness  (Acts 28:23-28)
      3. The result of his witness  (Acts 28:29)
      4. The summary of Paul's witness in Rome  (Acts 28:30-31)
  • Hannah's Bible Outlines - Recommended Resource

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

PAUL APPLE

JACK ARNOLD

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

JOSEPH BENSON

BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR

JIM BOMKAMP

BRIDGEWAY

JOHN CALVIN

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

CAMBRIDGE GREEK TESTAMENT

CAMBRIDGE BIBLE COMMENTARY

RICH CATHERS

JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

ADAM CLARKE

STEVEN COLE

TOM CONSTABLE

W A CRISWELL

JOHN DARBY

BOB DEFFINBAUGH

JOHN DUMMELOW

DAN DUNCAN For corresponding Mp3's click here.

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:' 

ESV GLOBAL STUDY BIBLE

EXPLORE THE BIBLE - studies

EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE

EXPOSITOR'S GREEK TESTAMENT

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).

MICHAEL FRONCZAK

DON FORTNER

WILLIAM FURNEAUX

A C GAEBELEIN

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

  • Acts 22:23-23:11; Video God's Strength: No matter what kind of persecution we encounter, we are to draw on Christ's strength in order to be courageous.
  • Acts 23:12-22; Video Being Courageous: No matter what the circumstances, we are to be available for God to use us to carry out His plans in this world.

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

GRACE NOTES - Expositional Study by Warren Doud

L M GRANT

DAVE GUZIK

HORATIO B HACKETT

RICHARD HAWKER Poor Man's Commentary

MATTHEW HENRY

F B HOLE

HOLMAN PUBLISHING

BARRY HORNER

H A IRONSIDE

IVP COMMENTARY- William Larkin - Excellent Commentary

Preceptaustin - This is a very helpful 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

JOHN MACARTHUR

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

MAPS - related to Acts

P G MATTHEW - sermons

J VERNON MCGEE

F B MEYER

MONERGISM

G CAMPBELL MORGAN

HENRY MORRIS

NET BIBLE NOTES

PHIL NEWTON

JAMES NISBET - Church Pulpit Commentary

HEINRICH A. W. MEYER - Critical and Exegetical Handbook (1883)

OUR DAILY BREAD - Devotional

T E PAGE

ARTHUR PEAKE

F N PELOUBET

PETER PETT

E A PLUMPTRE - Bible Commentary for English Readers

JOSEPH PARKER

MATTHEW POOLE - English Annotations on the Holy Bible

PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY

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

SPEAKER'S COMMENTARY

CHARLES SIMEON

CHUCK SMITH

JAMES SMITH - Handfuls on Purpose - expanded sermon outlines

RAY STEDMAN

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

ZEISLER

SERMONS BY VERSE

A Good Conscience R. Tuck Acts 23:1
Good Conscience Before God? W. Clarkson Acts 23:1
The Witness of Our Own Spirit John Wesley Acts 23:1
A Threefold Example of True Greatness P.C. Barker Acts 23:1-5
Paul Before the Sanhedrim R.A. Redford Acts 23:1-10
A Good Conscience Towards God Starke. Acts 23:1-11
Conscience in Review of the Past R. Stier, D. D. Acts 23:1-11
Conscience not the Whole of Christian Character H. W. Beecher. Acts 23:1-11
Incidental Characteristics J. Parker, D. D. Acts 23:1-11
Judicial Incongruity Scientific Illustrations Acts 23:1-11
Paul Before the Council W. Arnot, D. D. Acts 23:1-11
Paul Before the Council H. A. Edson, D. D. Acts 23:1-11
Paul Before the Council E. S. Attwood, D. D. Acts 23:1-11
Paul Before the Council S. S. Times Acts 23:1-11
Paul Before the Council A. P. Foster. Acts 23:1-11
Paul's Ignorance of the High Priest Archdeacon Farrar. Acts 23:1-11
Paul's Ignorance of the High Priest H. C. Trumbull, D. D. Acts 23:1-11
Reviling Dignitaries S. S. Times Acts 23:1-11
The Comfort of a Good Conscience K. Gerok. Acts 23:1-11
The Outrage of Justice by a Judge D. Thomas, D. D. Acts 23:1-11
Threatenings Merciful Bp. Wordsworth. Acts 23:1-11
Whited Walls S. S. Times Acts 23:1-11
Whited Walls G. V. Lechler, D. D. Acts 23:1-11
Passion Under Insult R. Tuck Acts 23:3
The Human Judge in the Presence of the Divine R.A. Redford Acts 23:3
Things Dubious and Things Certain W. Clarkson Acts 23:3-10
The Hope of the Living and the Resurrection of the Dead P.C. Barker Acts 23:6
The Resurrection a Dividing Doctrine R. Tuck Acts 23:6
A Diversion   Acts 23:6-10
Partisanship H. C. Trumbull, D. D. Acts 23:6-10
Paul and the Sanhedrin S. S. Times Acts 23:6-10
Paul Before the Sanhedrin A. Barnes, D. D. Acts 23:6-10
Paul's Policy Vindicated J. Fawcett, M. A. Acts 23:6-10
Paul's Rescue by the Dissensions of His Enemies Christian Age Acts 23:6-10
Paul's Strategy: its Vindication H. R. Haweis, M. A. Acts 23:6-10
Proofs of the Resurrection E. Sharpe. Acts 23:6-10
Religious Dissensions H. C. Trumbull, D. D. Acts 23:6-10
The Effect of the Apostle's Policy D. Thomas, D. D. Acts 23:6-10
The Hope and the Resurrection J. W. Burn. Acts 23:6-10
The Strife Between the Pharisees and the Sadducees S. S. Times Acts 23:6-10
Christ's Witnesses Alexander Maclaren Acts 23:11
Divine Cheer in Anxious Hours R. Tuck Acts 23:11
Light in the Darkness R.A. Redford Acts 23:11
The Sympathizing and Mindful Master P.C. Barker Acts 23:11
The Powers that Act on Us from Without W. Clarkson Acts 23:11-24
Confederacy in Evil H. C. Trumbull, D. D. Acts 23:11-35
Divine Assistance K. Gerok. Acts 23:11-35
Divine Protection Lisco. Acts 23:11-35
Evil-Doing by Proxy H. C. Trumbull, D. D. Acts 23:11-35
Good Cheer from Past and Future Service C. H. Spurgeon. Acts 23:11-35
Paul in the Castle At Jerusalem A. Barnes, D. D. Acts 23:11-35
Paul's Final Departure from Jerusalem D. Thomas, D. D. Acts 23:11-35
Paul's Vision S. S. Times Acts 23:11-35
The Assassins J. A. Broadus, D. D. Acts 23:11-35
The Call from Heaven K. Gerok. Acts 23:11-35
The Conspiracy Against Paul W. G. Sperry. Acts 23:11-35
The Plot of the Jews K. Gerok. Acts 23:11-35
The Vision in the Castle of Antonia F. G. Marchant. Acts 23:11-35
A Plot Detected Alexander Maclaren Acts 23:12
Conspiracy Defeated R.A. Redford Acts 23:12-35
Paul At Caesarea E. Johnson Acts 23:12-35
Providential Protections R. Tuck Acts 23:16
How to Treat Young Men J. W. Burn. Acts 23:16-22
Paul's Sister's Son J. Thain Davidson, D. D. Acts 23:16-22
Paul's Sister's Son S. S. Times Acts 23:16-22
Paul's Sister's Son J. W. Burn. Acts 23:16-22
Varied Duties J. W. Burn. Acts 23:22-35
Strangers' Testimonies to God's Servants R. Tuck Acts 23:29
An Historical Parallel K. Gerok. Acts 23:31
Paul's Last Departure from Jerusalem K. Gerok. Acts 23:31
The Protection and Honour of Christ's People G. V. Lechler, D. D. Acts 23:31

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