Nave's Topics


Called Saul

Act_8:1; Act_9:1; Act_13:9

Of the tribe of Benjamin

Rom_11:1; Phi_3:5

Personal appearance of

2Co_10:1; 2Co_10:10; 2Co_11:6

Born in Tarsus

Act_9:11; Act_21:39; Act_22:3

Educated at Jerusalem in the school of Gamaliel

Act_22:3; Act_26:4

A zealous Pharisee

Act_22:3; Act_23:6; Act_26:5; 2Co_11:22; Gal_1:14; Phi_3:5

A Roman

Act_16:37; Act_22:25-28

Persecutes the Christians; present at, and gives consent to, the stoning of Stephen

Act_7:58; Act_8:1; Act_8:3; Act_9:1; Act_22:4

Sent to Damascus with letters for the arrest and return to Jerusalem of Christians


His vision and conversion

Acts 9:3-22; Acts 22:4-19; Act_26:9-15; 1Co_9:1; 1Co_15:8; Gal_1:13; 1Ti_1:12-13

Is baptized

Act_9:18; Act_22:16

Called to be an apostle

Act_22:14-21; Act_26:16-18; Rom_1:1; 1Co_1:1; 1Co_9:1-2; 1Co_15:9; Gal_1:1; Gal_1:15-16; Eph_1:1; Col_1:1; 1Ti_1:1; 1Ti_2:7; 2Ti_1:1; 2Ti_1:11; Tit_1:1; Tit_1:3

Preaches in Damascus

Act_9:20; Act_9:22

Is persecuted by the Jews


Escapes by being let down from the wall in a basket; goes to Jerusalem

Act_9:25-26; Gal_1:18-19

Received by the disciples in Jerusalem


Goes to Caesarea

Act_9:30; Act_18:22

Sent unto the Gentiles

Act_13:2-3; Act_13:47-48; Act_22:17-21; Rom_11:13; Rom_15:16; Gal_1:15-24

Has Barnabas as his companion


Teaches at Antioch one year


Conveys the contributions of the Christians in Antioch to the Christians in Jerusalem


Returns with John to Antioch


Visits Seleucia


Visits Cyprus


Preaches at Salamis


Preaches at Paphos


Sergius Paulus, deputy of the country, is a convert of


Contends with Elymas the sorcerer


Visits Perga in Pamphylia


John, a companion of, departs for Jerusalem


Visits Antioch in Pisidia, and preaches in the synagogue

Acts 13:14-41

His message received gladly by the Gentiles

Act_13:42; Act_13:49

Persecuted and expelled


Visits Iconium, and preaches to the Jews and Greeks; is persecuted; escapes to Lystra; goes to Derbe


Heals an impotent man


The people attempt to worship him


Is persecuted by certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, and is stoned

Act_14:19; 2Co_11:25; 2Ti_3:11

Escapes to Derbe, where he preaches the gospel, and returns to Lystra, and to Iconium, and to Antioch, confirms the souls of the disciples, exhorts them to continue in the faith, and ordains elders


Revisits Pisidia, Pamphylia, Perga, Attalia, and Antioch, in Syria, where he abode


Contends with the Judaizing Christians against circumcision


Refers the question as to circumcision to the apostles and elders at Jerusalem

Act_15:2; Act_15:4

He declares to the apostles at Jerusalem the miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them


Returns to Antioch, accompanied by Barnabas, Judas, and Silas, with letters to the Gentiles

Act_15:22; Act_15:25

Makes his second tour of the churches


Chooses Silas as his companion, and passes through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches


Visits Lystra; circumcises Timothy


Goes through Phrygia and Galatia; is forbidden by the Holy Ghost to preach in Asia; visits Mysia; essays to go to Bithynia, but is restrained by the Spirit; goes to Troas, where he has a vision of a man saying, “Come over into Macedonia, and help us;” immediately proceeds to Macedonia


Visits Samothracia and Neopolis; comes to Philippi, the chief city of Macedonia; visits a place of prayer at the river side; preaches the word; the merchant, Lydia, of Thyatira, is converted and baptized


Reproves the soothsayer; causes the evil spirit to come out of the damsel who practices divination


Persecuted, beaten, and cast into prison with Silas; sings songs of praise in the prison; an earthquake shakes the prison; he preaches to the alarmed jailer, who believes, and is baptized with his household

Acts 16:19-34

Is released by the civil authorities on the ground of his being a Roman citizen

Act_16:35-39; 2Co_6:5; 2Co_11:25; 1Th_2:2

Is received at the house of Lydia


Visits Amphipolis, and Apollonia, and Thessalonica, preaches in the synagogue


Is persecuted

Act_17:5-9; 2Th_1:1-4

Escapes to Berea by night; preaches in the synagogue; many honorable women, and men, not a few, believe


Persecuted by the Jews who come from Thessalonica; is conducted by the brethren to Athens


Disputes on Mars' Hill with Grecians

Acts 17:16-34

Visits Corinth; dwells with Aquila and his wife, Priscilla, who were tentmakers; joins in their handicraft; reasons in the synagogue every Sabbath; is rejected of the Jews; turns to the Gentiles; makes his abode with Justus; continues there one year and six months, teaching the word of God


Persecuted by Jews, drawn before the deputy, charged with wicked lewdness; accusation dismissed; takes his leave after many days, and sails unto Syria, accompanied by Aquila and Priscilla


Visits Ephesus, where he leaves Aquila and Priscilla; enters into a synagogue, where he reasons with the Jews; starts on his return journey to Jerusalem; visits Caesarea; goes over the country of Galatia and Phrygia, in order, strengthening the disciples


Returns to Ephesus; baptizes in the name of the Lord Jesus, and lays his hands upon the disciples, who are baptized with the Holy Ghost; preaches in the synagogue; remains in Ephesus for the space of two years; heals the sick


Reproves the exorcists; casts an evil spirit out of a man, and many believe, bringing their books of sorcery to be burned

Act_19:13-20; 1Co_16:8-9

Sends Timothy and Erastus into Macedonia, but remains himself in Asia for a season


The spread of the gospel through his preaching interferes with the makers of idols; he is persecuted, and a great uproar of the city is created; the town clerk appeases the people; dismisses the accusation against Paul, and disperses the people

Acts 19:23-41; 2Co_1:8; 2Ti_4:14

Proceeds to Macedonia after confirming the churches in those parts; comes into Greece and abides three months; returns through Macedonia, accompanied by Sopater, Aristarchus, Secundus, Gaius, Timothy, Tychicus, and Trophimus


Visits Troas; preaches until break of day; restores to life the young man who fell from the window


Visits Assos, Mitylene, Chios, Samos, Trogyllium, and Miletus, hastening to Jerusalem, to be there at Pentecost


Sends for the elders of the church of Ephesus; rehearses to them how he had preached in Asia, and his temptations and afflictions testifying repentance toward God; declares he was going bound in spirit to Jerusalem; exhorts them to take heed to themselves and the flock over whom the Holy Ghost had made them overseers; kneels down and prays and takes his departure

Acts 20:17-38

Visits Coos, Rhodes, Patara; takes ship for Tyre; tarries at Tyre seven days; is brought on his way by the disciples to the outskirts of the city; kneels down and prays; takes ship; comes to Ptolemais; salutes the brethren, and abides one day


Departs for Caesarea; enters the house of Philip, the Evangelist; is admonished by Agabus not to go to Jerusalem; proceeds nevertheless to Jerusalem


Is received by the brethren gladly; talks of the things that had been wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry; enters the temple; the people are stirred against him by Jews from Asia; an uproar is created; he is thrust out of the temple; the chief captain of the garrison interposes and arrests him

Acts 21:17-33

His defense

Act_21:33-40; Acts 22:1-21

Is confined in the castle


Is brought before the council; his defense

Act_22:30; Act_23:1-5

Is returned to the castle


Is cheered by a vision, promising him that he shall bear witness in Rome


Jews conspire against his life


Thwarted by his nephew


Is escorted to Caesarea by a military guard


Is confined in Herod's Judgment Hall in Caesarea


His trial before Felix

Acts 24

Remains in custody for two years


His trial before Festus


Appeals to Caesar


His examination before Agrippa

Act_25:13-27; Acts 26

Is taken to Rome in custody of Julius, a centurion, and guard of soldiers; takes shipping, accompanied by other prisoners, and sails by way of the coasts of Asia; stops at Sidon, and at Myra


Transferred to a ship of Alexandria; sails by way of Cnidus, Crete, Salamis, and the Fair Havens


Predicts misfortune to the ship; his counsel not heeded, and the voyage resumed


The ship encounters a tempest; Paul encourages and comforts the officers and crew; the soldiers advise putting the prisoners to death; the centurion interferes, and all on board, consisting of two hundred and seventy-six souls, are saved

Acts 27:14-44

The ship is wrecked, and all on board take refuge on the island of Melita

Acts 27:14-44

Kind treatment by the inhabitants of the island


Is bitten by a viper and miraculously preserved


Heals the ruler's father and others


Is delayed in Melita three months; proceeds on the voyage; delays at Syracuse; sails by Rhegium and Puteoli; meets brethren who accompany him to Rome from Appii forum; arrives at Rome; is delivered to the captain of the guard; is permitted to dwell by himself in custody of a soldier


Calls the chief Jews together; states his situation; is kindly received; expounds the gospel; testifies to the kingdom of heaven


Dwells two years in his own hired house, preaching and teaching


Supports himself

Act_18:3; Act_20:33-35

Sickness of, in Asia


His resolute determination to go to Jerusalem against the repeated admonition of the Holy Ghost

Act_20:22-23; Act_21:4; Act_21:10-14

Caught up to the third heavens


Has “a thorn in the flesh”

2Co_12:7-9; Gal_4:13-14

His independence of character

1Th_2:9; 2Th_3:8

Persecutions of

1Th_2:2; Heb_10:34

Zeal of

See Zeal, Exemplified by Paul

Persecutions endured by

Act_9:16; Act_9:23-25; Act_9:29; Act_16:19-25; Act_2:24; Act_20:22-24; Act_21:13; Act_21:27-33; Act_22:22-24; Act_23:10; Act_23:12-15; Rom_8:35-37; 1Co_4:9; 1Co_4:11-13; 2Co_1:8-10; 2Co_4:8-12; 2Co_6:4-5; 2Co_6:8-10; 2Co_11:23-27; 2Co_11:32-33; 2Co_12:10; Gal_5:11; Gal_6:17; 1Th_3:4; Phi_1:30; Phi_2:17-18; Col_1:24; 1Th_2:2; 1Th_2:14-15; 2Ti_1:12; 2Ti_2:9-10; 2Ti_3:11-12; 2Ti_4:16-17


Taken from: Nave's Topics were originally produced by Orville J. Nave (1841-1917)