Audio for Acts - When and Why?

Acts - An 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...

Acts - 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...

Acts - 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...

Acts - 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...

Acts - 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...

Acts - 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...

Acts - 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:...

Acts - When and Why? - Part 7

The lesson on March 7, 2021 was part 7 of the "Acts - When and Why?" study.  Wayne took the time to answer the question "why does this matter?" in showing us several examples from Paul's epistles that were written during the Acts period where we would be in trouble because of the context of Acts puts Israel first. In 1 John 2:20 KJV it says "But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.".  I don't know about you, but Wayne pointed out that we don't know all things from an unction but rather we have to study to show ourselves approved unto God in order that we won't be...

Acts - When and Why? - Part 8

The lesson on March 14, 2021 was part 8 of the "Acts - When and Why?" study.  Wayne opened the lesson and took on a thorough review of how Galatians is a Pauline epistle but it was written during the Acts period and cannot divorce its context from the book of Acts. Showing us examples from Acts 19:6 KJV "... when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied."  In Acts the Apostles had power and signs of the world that was to come.  These were real not what smooth pastors try to imitate today. In Galatians 4:26 KJV it says "But...

Acts - When and Why? - Part 9

The lesson on March 21, 2021 was part 9 of the "Acts - When and Why? study.  Today we started in Romans 15 to look at when it was written during the Acts.  In verse 19 Paul talks of mighty signs and wonders.  Either the signs and wonders we read about in Acts exist today or they don't.  There were some resurrections performed during the Acts!  When was the last time you witnessed a resurrection?  They do not exist today.  The only way for one to happen is for God to say "come forth".  God's Spirit worked wonders during that time.  Paul's mission to the Gentiles during the Acts was after...

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