A. THE JEWISH PERIOD. CHAPTERS I-VII
FROM THE ASCENSION
OF CHRIST UNTIL STEPHEN’S MARTYRDOM.
A. D. 30 to A. D. 33
CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTION AND PREPARATION.
Paragraph 1. Luke’s Preface. Verses 1-5.
Paragraph 2. Account of the Ascension. Verses 6-11.
Paragraph 3. Stopping Place and Personnel of the Apostolic Group. Verses 12-14.
Paragraph 4. The Election of a Successor to the Traitor. Verses 15-26.
CHAPTER II. THE ADVENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Paragraph 1. The Time and External Features. Verses 1-4.
Paragraph 2. The Impression on the City. Verses 5-13.
Paragraph 3. Peter’s Interpretation and Appeal. Verses 14-36.
Paragraph 4. The Immediate Response and Its Results. Verses
CHAPTER III. A DAY IN THE COURTS OF THE TEMPLE.
Paragraph 1. The Healing of the Lame Beggar. Verses
Paragraph 2. Peter’s Explanation of the Miracle. Verses
Paragraph 3. His Eloquent Appeal to the Throng. Verses 17-20.
CHAPTER IV. FIRST COLLISION WITH THE JEWISH
Paragraph 1. Arrest and Arraignment of Peter and John. Verses
Paragraph 2. Peter Addresses the Sanhedrin. Verses 8-15.
Paragraph 3. Official Warning and Release of the Apostles. Verses 16-22.
Paragraph 4. Divine Sanction Asked and Granted. Verses 23-31.
Paragraph 5. The Community of Goods. Verses 32-37.
CHAPTER V. FURTHER REVERSES AND TRIUMPHS.
Paragraph 1. The Fall of Ananias and Sapphira. Verses
Paragraph 2. The Church in the Temple Courts. Verses 12-16.
Paragraph 3. Second Arrest of Peter and His Companions. Verses 17-26.
Paragraph 4. Second Arraignment and Reply of Peter. Verses
Paragraph 5. Gamaliel’s Advice and Its Acceptance. Verses 33-42.
CHAPTER VI. DIVISION OF DUTIES AND SHARING OF LEADERSHIP.
Paragraph 1. The Rise of the Diaconate. Verses 1-7.
Paragraph 2. The Arrest and Arraignment of Stephen. Verses 8-15.
CHAPTER VII. STEPHEN’S DEFENSE AND MARTYRDOM.
Paragraph 1. An Interpretation of Hebrew History. Verses 1-53.
a. In the Time of Abraham and the Patriarchs. Verses 1-8.
In the Time of Joseph and His Brethren. Verses 9-19.
c. In the Time of Moses and the Exodus. Verses 20-38.
d. In the Time of Aaron and the Murmurings. Verses 39-44.
e. In the Time of Joshua and the Kings. Verses 45-50.
f. In the Time of Messiah Himself. Verses 51-53.
Paragraph 2. Stephen’s Martyrdom. Verses 54-60.
B. THE PERIOD OF TRANSITION. CHAPTERS VIII-XII
FROM THE PERSECUTION BY THE SANHEDRIN TO THAT BY HEROD AGRIPPA I,
A. D. 33 to A. D. 44
CHAPTER VIII. GENERAL PERSECUTION AND DISPERSION OF THE CHURCH.
Paragraph 1. Stephen’s Burial. Verses 1-3.
Paragraph 2. Philip’s Evangelistic Ministry. Verses 4-40.
a. To the Samaritans. Verses 4-25.
b. To the Ethiopian Pasha. Verses 26-38.
c. To the Coast Cities. Verses 39, 40.
CHAPTER IX. SAUL’S CONVERSION AND ITS EFFECTS.
Paragraph 1. Saul’s Role as Persecutor. Verses 1-4.
Paragraph 2. Saul’s Role as Suppliant. Verses 5-9.
Paragraph 3. Saul’s Role as Catechumen. Verses 10-18,
Paragraph 4. Saul’s Role as Defender of the Faith. Verses 19-30.
Paragraph 5. Period of Prosperity throughout Palestine. Verses 31-43.
a. Peter at Lydda Heals
Æneas. Verses 31-35.
b. Peter at Joppa Raises Dorcas. Verses 36-43.
CHAPTER X. THE CONVERSION OF CORNELIUS AND ITS EFFECTS.
Paragraph 1. Cornelius’s Vision at
Cæsarea. Verses 1-8.
Paragraph 2. Peter’s Vision at Joppa. Verses 9-16.
Paragraph 3. The Invitation Sent by Cornelius. Verses 17-23.
Paragraph 4. The Invitation Accepted by Peter. Verses 24-33.
Paragraph 5. Peter’s Sermon at
Cæsarea. Verses 34-43.
Paragraph 6. The Immediate Effects. Verses 44-48.
CHAPTER XI. APOSTOLIC SANCTION OF PETER’S COURSE.
Paragraph 1. The Case Reported at Jerusalem. Verses 1-4.
Paragraph 2. Peter’s Masterly Defense. Verses 5-17.
Paragraph 3. Full Indorsement by the Church. Verse 18.
Paragraph 4. The Rise at Antioch of the Gentile Church. Verses 19-21.
Paragraph 5. Relations Established between Antioch and Jerusalem. Verses 22-30.
CHAPTER XII. FIERCE PERSECUTION OF THE TWELVE AT JERUSALEM.
Paragraph 1. Martyrdom of James and Attempt on Peter. Verses
Paragraph 2. Peter’s Rescue from Prison. Verses 6-17.
Paragraph 3. The Death of the Royal Guard and Persecutor. Verses 18-23.
Paragraph 4. Barnabas, Saul, and Mark Go to Antioch. Verses
C. THE GENTILE PERIOD. CHAPTERS XIII-XXVIII
ADVANCE FROM THE CAPITAL OF THE PROVINCE TO THAT OF THE EMPIRE.
A. D. 45 To A. D. 62
CHAPTER XIII. ANTIOCH THE NEW CENTER OF EVANGELISM.
Paragraph 1. A Strong Group of Leaders. Verses 1-4.
Paragraph 2. The First Missionary Tour—Barnabas and Saul in Cyprus. Verses 5-12.
Paragraph 3. The First Missionary Tour—Paul and Barnabas in Antioch of Pisidia. Verses 13-41.
a. Introduction to Paul’s First Gospel Sermon. Verses 13-16.
b. Historical Background. Verses 17-25.
c. The Present Period a Fulfillment of All the Past. Verses 26-37.
d. The Peroration and Appeal. Verses 38-41.
Paragraph 4. Twofold Effect of Paul’s Address. Verses 42-52.
CHAPTER XIV. THE FIRST MISSIONARY TOUR CONTINUED.
Paragraph 1. Paul and Barnabas at Iconium. Verses 1-7.
Paragraph 2. Paul and Barnabas at Lystra. Verses 8-20.
Paragraph 3. Paul and Barnabas at Derbe, and Return to Antioch. Verses 21-28.
CHAPTER XV. THE FIRST GREAT DOCTRINAL CONTROVERSY.
Paragraph 1. Its Rise in Antioch. Verses 1-5.
Paragraph 2. Its Transfer to Jerusalem. Verses 6-12.
Paragraph 3. James Renders the Decision of the Council. Verses 13-21.
Paragraph 4. The Official Deputation and Message to Antioch. Verses 22-20.
Paragraph 5. Return and Report of the Delegates. Verses 30-35.
Paragraph 6. Second Missionary Tour Proposed—Division of Forces and Fields. Verses 36-41.
CHAPTER XVI. THE SECOND MISSIONARY TOUR.
Paragraph 1. Former Fields Revisited. Verses 1-5.
Paragraph 2. Further Journey Across Asia Minor. Verses 6-10.
Paragraph 3. The Beginning of the Work in Europe. Verses
Paragraph 4. Conflict with Demons and Magistrates. Verses 16-24.
Paragraph 5. The Conversion of the Philippian Jailer. Verses 25-34
Paragraph 6. Release and Departure of Paul and Silas. Verses 35-40.
CHAPTER XVII. THE SECOND MISSIONARY TOUR CONTINUED.
Paragraph 1. Partial Success at Thessalonica. Verses 1-9.
Paragraph 2. Preaching Continued at Beroea. Verses 10-15.
Paragraph 3. Paul’s Experience at Athens. Verses 16-22.
Paragraph 4. Paul’s Address to the Areopagus. Verses 23-34.
CHAPTER XVIII. THE SECOND MISSIONARY TOUR CONTINUED.
Paragraph 1. Work Among the Jews at Corinth. Verses 1-6.
Paragraph 2. Turning to the Corinthian Greeks. Verses 7-11.
Paragraph 3. The Trial Before Gallio, the Proconsul. Verses 12-17.
Paragraph 4. The Return and Report to Jerusalem and Antioch. Verses 18-23.
Paragraph 5. The Ministry of Apollos in Ephesus and Corinth. Verses 24-28.
CHAPTER XIX. PAUL’S THIRD MISSIONARY TOUR.
Paragraph 1. Pentecost Repeated at Ephesus. Verses 1-7.
Paragraph 2. General Statement of Paul’s Success. Verses 8-12.
Paragraph 3. The Episode of Sceva’s Seven Sons. Verses 13-20.
Paragraph 4. The Labor Riot of the Silversmiths. Verses 21-28.
Paragraph 5. The Addresses in the Theater of Alexander and the Recorder. Verses 29-41.
CHAPTER XX. THE THIRD MISSIONARY TOUR CONTINUED.
Paragraph 1. Paul’s Second Visit to Greece. Verses 1-6.
Paragraph 2. The Week in Troas. Verses 7-12.
Paragraph 3. The Voyage to Miletus. Verses 13-16.
Paragraph 4. The Farewell Address to the Elders from Ephesus. Verses 17-38.
CHAPTER XXI. THE RETURN AND REPORT TO THE CHURCH AT JERUSALEM.
Paragraph 1. The Voyage from Miletus to Ptolemais. Verses 1-7.
Paragraph 2. The Visit to the Church in
Cæsarea. Verses 8-16.
Paragraph 3. The Arrival and Reception at Jerusalem. Verses 17-26,
Paragraph 4. The Attempt by the Mob to Lynch Paul. Verses 27-30.
Paragraph 5. Paul Protected by the Commander of the Castle. Verses 37-40.
CHAPTER XXII. PAUL’S ADDRESS FROM THE CASTLE STAIRS.
Paragraph 1. The Sketch of His Life Before Conversion. Verses 1-5.
Paragraph 2. The Story of His Complete Change. Verses 6-16.
Paragraph 3. The Account of His Heavenly Commission. Verses 17-21.
Paragraph 4. The Fanatical Outbreak of the Mob. Verses 22-24.
Paragraph 5. Paul’s Stand on His Roman Citizenship. Verses 25-30.
CHAPTER XXIII. PAUL’S ADDRESS TO THE SANHEDRIN AND ITS SEQUEL.
Paragraph 1. His Emphasis of the Resurrection Divides the Assembly. Verses
Paragraph 2, A Renewed Attempt to Lynch Paul. Verses 11-15.
Paragraph 3. Counter Plot of Paul’s Nephew and the Commander. Verses 16-24.
Paragraph 4. A Copy of the Document Changing Venue. Verses 25-30.
Paragraph 5. The Night Journey and Transfer to
Cæsarea. Verses 31-35.
CHAPTER XXIV. THE ARRAIGNMENT BEFORE FELIX, THE PROCURATOR.
Paragraph 1. The Accusation by Ananias and Tertullus. Verses 1-9.
Paragraph 2. Paul’s Address Before Felix. Verses 10-21.
Paragraph 3. Judgment Stayed and Further Hearing. Verses 22-27.
CHAPTER XXV. PAUL’S ADDRESS BEFORE FESTUS.
Paragraph 1. The Plot to Get the Case Remanded to Jerusalem. Verses 1-6,
Paragraph 2. Paul’s Appeal to the Emperor. Verses 7-12.
Paragraph 3. The Interest of Herod Agrippa II in the Case. Verses 13-22.
Paragraph 4. Festus Reopens the Case with a Formal Address. Verses 23-27.
CHAPTER XXVI. PAUL’S ADDRESS BEFORE AGRIPPA.
Paragraph 1. The Preliminary Statement of Paul. Verses 1-5.
Paragraph 2. The Preaching of the Resurrection the Chief Offense. Verses 6-11.
Paragraph 3. A Sketch of His Own Conversion. Verses 12-18.
Paragraph 4. An Impassioned Appeal Direct to Agrippa. Verses 19-27.
Paragraph 5. Agrippa’s Reply and Judgment of Paul’s Innocence. Verses 28-32.
CHAPTER XXVII. PAUL’S VOYAGE AND SHIPWRECK ON MALTA.
Paragraph 1. From
Cæsarea to Myra in Asia Minor. Verses 1-5.
Paragraph 2. From Myra to Fair Havens in Crete. Verses 6-12.
Paragraph 3. Account of the Fourteen-Day Hurricane. Verses 13-20.
Paragraph 4. Paul’s Address to the Ship’s Company. Verses 21-26.
Paragraph 5. Desperate Measures as They Approach Land. Verses 27-32.
Paragraph 6. Paul Takes Command and Saves All on Board. Verses 33-44.
CHAPTER XXVIII. FURTHER JOURNEY FROM MALTA TO ROME.
1. Winter on the Island of Malta. Verses
Paragraph 2. The Spring Voyage to Puteoli. Verses 11-14.
Paragraph 3. The Journey Overland and Reception at Rome. Verses 15, 16.
Paragraph 4. Final Conference with the Jews. Verses 17-29.
Paragraph 5. Two Years an Ambassador in Chains. Verses