Bible Study Notes on Acts 12 – 20170209

Acts 12:2  "...he killed James the brother of John with the sword" James, one of the inner three who were closest to Christ.  Apparently he was beheaded. 3  "...it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread" Preceding the Passover.  Has been at least a year since Jesus ascended.  Thought the commentaries would say something about …

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Bible Study Notes on Acts 11 – 20170208

Acts 11:1  "...apostles and brethren...heard that the Gentiles had also received..." Assuming communication had transpired between Peter and the other Apostles during the time Peter was in Caesarea.  Or perhaps between some of his companions and those in Jerusalem. 2  "...those of the circumcision contended with him" Jewish believers.  They are still thinking a person …

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Bible Study Notes on Acts 10 – 20170206

Acts 10:1  "...a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment" Cornelius is a Gentile Roman soldier who is following God as best he can.  The Spirit is about to break down another barrier, that of the idea that Gentiles can be saved. 2  "...with all his household..." The hearts of all in his household …

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Bible Study Notes on Acts 9 – 20170202

Acts 9:1-2  "...Saul...asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus..." Saul made a name for himself by persecuting the churches in Jerusalem, breaking into homes and dragging people to prison.  He's decided to expand his reach by chasing some who have left the city and might be spreading this heresy to other synagogues.  Jesus …

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Bible Study Notes on Acts 8 – 20170201

Acts 8:1  "...Saul was consenting to his death..." I don't think this is a reflection of a cold heart, but of a zealous one.  Saul had been taught by Gamaliel so he believed he was standing for God's truth.  With an intellect such as his, I'm surprised he didn't do more investigating.  Perhaps his zealousness …

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