Some notes from reading through Acts recently…
Ch. 2 – Apparently, even new wine could intoxicate and make one drunk (verses 13-15). It kind of destroys the argument that “new wine” in the Bible was merely grape juice. There was some alcohol content to it. End of discussion.
Ch. 3 – After Christ’s ascension, and by the preaching of the Gospel to all people, there is a restoration coming that was spoke about by the prophets in the Old Testament, even since the world began (verses 19-21). Who are these ancient prophets? Are they unknown prophets who proclaimed the glory of God before and as the world was created? Are they prophets known to us in the Old Testament? What is the restoration that’s going to happen?
Ch. 5 – Boldness and obedience will lead to the enforcers of worldly ways to be afraid and less violent (v. 26). This is also seen in Acts 24:24-25.
Ch. 7 – One’s heart is where he is: It’s a matter of the heart. Are you for Christ or against Him? Is your heart set on heaven or do you want to go to hell? In verses 40-43, Stephen, in his last sermon, identified matters of the heart that unbelievers (and rejecters of the Gospel) turn to: idol worship, selfishness, scheming, rebellion, and partying. Mostly, it appears to be idol worship, which begs the question, “What is your god? Or, who is your god?” (See Acts 17:29, too.)
Ch. 9 – From verse 39, why did the churches in all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria have peace? Note that Paul was no longer a threat – apparently, he was THE threat, although the Jews and Hellenists were still mean enough that they wanted to kill him.
Ch. 10 – Satan oppresses (v. 38). That’s what he does. He oppresses.
Ch. 14 – Nations (Gentiles), in bygone generations, walked in their own ways only because God allowed them to, not because He led them to or forced them to do so (verses 15-16).
Ch. 15 – The James mentioned in verses 13-22 was the brother of Jesus.
Ch. 16 – From verses 25-34, we note that it was midnight when Paul and Silas were freed from the Philippian jail, the depths of which were dark and unlit. The Philippian jailer had to bring a light so he could see what was going on. If Paul had a vision problem, it apparently didn’t affect his ability to see in the dark since he was able to stop the jailer from committing suicide. And how did Paul and Silas know that no prisoner had escaped through the the miraculously opened doors? There was no light there… except Jesus.
Ch. 17 – When was the times of ignorance that God overlooked v. 30)?
Ch. 18 – The church is full of people who need to hear the Gospel and believe (v. 4). And some of them can be mean and violent (v. 17).
18 months. Can you defend the Gospel for 18 months and be especially outspoken for Jesus that entire length of time… or 18 years, or a lifetime? We need an 18 month spiritual warrior training camp that prepares men and boys in every aspect of life: physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, politically, economically, sexually, honorably, gentlemanly, financially, responsibly, and most of all totally Biblically. This would be a real MAN CAMP!
Ch. 20 – There are dangers within – even within the flock of God, even within the church. Men, learn to identify these dangers and what to do when discovered (verses 25-32).
Ch. 24 – People will listen to and engage in talk about faith in Christ mostly because many people think they are Christian since they believe in God, or were raised in church, or do good work, or are good or good enough (in their judgment). But ultimately, they will not want anything to do with righteousness, self-control, and judgment. Why? Because they are afraid of these things (verses 24-25).
Ch. 27 – In verses 42-44, the sea was strong enough to wreck a ship and tear it into pieces, yet some men were able to swim to shore in that turbulence. Clearly, these were a different breed of men compared to “modern” men!