Lessons by Wayne Stewart

By Wayne Stewart
February 28th, 2021
Acts Study - When and Why? Part 6

The lesson on February 28, 2021 was part 6 of the "Acts - When and Why?" study. We reviewed a portion of the last lesson and then proceeded to look at three clues looking at another date in Acts 18:1-23 Gallio (12 deputy of Achaia) – which is a significant date in the life of Paul. When and where did Paul write the “ACTS” epistles? Then, specifically, when did Paul write “Galatians”? Wayne took us through the three recorded missionary journeys of Paul. When Paul journeyed from Jerusalem to Rome (Acts 22:1-28:22) we get recorded events in history with Claudias Lysias Acts 23:29, Festus:...

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February 21st, 2021
Acts Study - When and Why? Part 5

The lesson on February 21, 2021 was part 5 of the "Acts - When and Why?" study.  This week Wayne worked on dating refinements, using the reference of “The sikarion” where Paul was mistakenly identified as “That Egyptian” in Acts 21:38 KJV where Josephus recorded the "sikarion" peaked during the time of Nero.  As we learn how the secular dates of the recorded history allows us to put dates when parts of Acts were written, this will provide the context for when other Acts period epistles were written. The importance of this exercise is to find out what doctrine was written to whom and more...

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February 7th, 2021
Acts Study - When and Why? Part 4

The lesson on February 7, 2021 was part 4 of the "Acts - When and Why?" study.  As usual, Wayne provides a quick review of what we have previously covered in prior lessons and then takes us to today's focus which to look at the Apostle Paul's ministry towards prison.  We are learning to review Acts and tie in historical dates which helps us provide more context of the when and why.  We start with Acts 1:6-8 and learn that Paul’s ministry in Acts is colored by the way Acts begins.  We covered Isaiah 49:5,6 comparing Acts 13:46,47.  Acts 1:8 to Romans 11:7-24, 1Cor 14:21 where Paul is...

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January 31st, 2021
Acts Study - When and Why? Part 3

The lesson on January 31, 2021 was part 3 of the "Acts - When and Why?" study.  This week Wayne jumped right into the dating of Acts including the end with chapter 28.  We were introduced to “Josephus Son of Mathias” who became “Flavius Josephus” in order that we may read some of his writings to establish key dates within the Acts period.  There are three ways to establish Herod's death and Wayne takes us through all three.  King Herod died in A.D. 44 and this synchronizes with Acts 12.  We learned that the great fire that was in Rome was in July of A.D. 64. Wayne briefed us on the list of...

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January 24th, 2021
Acts Study - When and Why? Part 2

The lesson on January 24, 2021 was part 2 of the "Acts - When and Where?" study.  Wayne provided a brief recap from the previous lesson before he taught us of the first date we can pin down from Herod's death in A.D. 44 which ties into Acts 12:1-23.  We learned that Acts was written in order.  It was written according to eye-witnesses and it was inspired from above (God inspired - Greek word ἄνωθεν (Lk. 1:3 TBT)).  Acts is a historically accurate inspired account of what the Lord continued to do after his ascension.  In regards to Herod's death, it was somewhat difficult to navigate all...

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January 17th, 2021
Acts Study - When and Why? Part 1

The lesson on January 17, 2021 was part 1 of the "Acts When and Why?" study and Wayne focused on proving who wrote the book, We learned in the introduction that Luke was the author. In this lesson we follow the scriptures to show the evidence. The parallels between Luke and Acts show that the comments in the first chapter of Acts matches Luke 24:36-53 to Acts 1:1-14. Between these two sections, you learn of many infallible proofs, Christ’s words to His apostles, the commission, the enduement, the ascension and the return of the apostles. Often when you study the parallels, you have little...

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January 10th, 2021
Acts Study - When and Why? Introduction

The lesson on January 10, 2021 was an introduction to the new Acts study, focused on the when and why of books that were written by the Apostle Paul.  This lesson explained the objectives of looking at Paul’s letters and finding out when were they written relative to Acts?  Also, if possible, we will put a secular date on the epistles and events encountered in the Acts.  Is the declaration in Acts 28 in or out of “the Acts of the apostles?  What importance can we associate with the timing of the mystery and the destruction of the temple?  Does the Acts introduce a new ministry or continue...

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January 3rd, 2021
NewYear2021

The message on January 3, 2021 was a New Years 2021 lesson on "Looking Back Then Forward" and was a one-off message prior to starting a new study next week.  Wayne took time to recount the blessings America has in its foundation.  Our Founding Fathers were ordinary men who were sinners but some they were inspired Christians to produce the founding documents that establish the blessing we have in America.  The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are brilliant because in them they establish the ideals Americans hold so dear.  One of which is the ownership of property.  Free...

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December 27th, 2020
Hermeneutics-Part7

The lesson on December 27, 2020 was part 7 of the "Hermeneutics" study and the last lesson in the series. Wayne took us through a quick review of what we previously covered before he transitioned to this lesson which was on rightly dividing the Apostle Paul's ministries.  It is so important for proper interpretation of scripture to identify Paul's ministry during the Acts period with that of PAul after Acts 28 with his prison ministry.  There were seven epistles written during Acts by Paul (Hebrews, Galatians, Romans, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Corinthians) and those books contain...

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December 20th, 2020
Christmas 2020

The message on December 20, 2020 was on "Christmas 2020".  Wayne wanted to remind us of the special hope we have been given by God taking flesh.  In this pandemic year we often hear of the sentiment of negativity and the excitement to put this year behind us.  However if you consider the special hope we have been given in Christ and that we have our citizenship in the heavenlies.  Though our bodies are formed of the dust of the Earth, through the resurrection our bodies will be transformed into a new one specifically composed for our place in the super heavens above all principalities and...

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