Seven men “of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom” were set before the apostles by the assembly of Jesus’ disciples in Jerusalem. Out of the thousands of followers in the holy city, these seven were set apart to be put over the “duty” of “serving tables,” making sure that no Hellenistic widows… Read More Lessons From The Conversions Of The Samaritans And John’s Disciples — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: May/June, 2019)
People today often think of religion as a list of requirements with things to do and other things to avoid. If we surveyed the typical person on the street, they might say that religion is concerned with a person’s behavior. If we were to travel back two thousand years, the average person would give a… Read More Christianity As A New Way To Live — Dewayne Bryant, Ph.D.
The cities of Athens and Corinth are located on opposite ends of a small isthmus in Southern Greece. Together, they made up two of Greece’s most important commercial centers. Thus, Paul’s missionary activities in these two cities were an important stepping stone in spreading Christianity to Greece and beyond. When Paul arrived at Athens, he… Read More Paul’s Converts At Athens And Corinth — Chase Green
In Acts 16 we read concerning the gospel being preached for the very first time in Europe and it will be accomplished by the Apostle Paul and his co-workers. Luke, the penman of the book of Acts, also informs us in the opening verses of the chapter that Timothy, Paul’s “son in the faith” (1… Read More The Conversions Of Lydia And The Jailer — Keith B. Cozort
During the course of our lives, you and I have become acquainted with individuals of generally good morals. These people may involve themselves in organized religion and good works. Yet we would never consider them Christians. The upstanding morals of these people and devotion to religion do not mean they are in a proper and… Read More The Conversion of Cornelius — Bruce Ligon
During his ministry, Paul wrote that he became all things to all men so that he might save some (1 Cor. 9:22). We use Paul’s ministry as a pattern for our own ministry. Likewise, we must use Paul’s conversion as a pattern for our own conversions. By looking at Paul’s conversion, we will discuss two… Read More The Conversion of Saul — Tony Brewer
Philip, the evangelist, had just finished a great work in Samaria converting many to Christ, including a “sorcerer”. His next mission would be one individual (Acts 8:26). God used an angel to direct Philip to the right location to meet a man who was ready to hear the gospel. Angels are used in many ways,… Read More The Conversion Of The Ethiopian — Cougan Collins
The first two sermons recorded in Acts, though having a variety of differences, share a very instructive core pattern worthy of serious consideration. With the understanding that biblical methodology is instructive, let us analyze these early presentations to see what we might glean. An indispensable component in a public presentation is the public. In our… Read More Reflections On Pentecost And Solomon’s Porch — Edwin S. Jones