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Larry Thompson
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THE JERUSALEM COUNCIL - ACTS 15
Acts 15 The Jerusalem Council The success of the first missionary journey resulted in many Gentiles believing and coming into the church. In addition, God had brought many Gentiles into the church in Antioch. Word of this made its way to Jerusalem. The firs...
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ACTS 14-THE 1ST MISSIONARY JOURNEY, PART 2
14:1-7 Iconium Paul and Barnabas left Pisidian Antioch and went to Iconium. Iconic was about 90 miles southeast of Pisidian Antioch. It had been a Roman city since about 25 B.C. Paul and Barnabas continued the pattern of their ministry at Iconium, in southe...
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ACTS 13 - THE FIRST MISSIONARY JOURNEY
13:1-5 At Antioch The story of the first missionary journey begins in the church at Antioch (Northern Syria). That is appropriate since it was a church founded by missionaries. Chapter 11 told us that Jewish Christians in Jerusalem fled persecution. Some ca...
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Happiness
All men seek happiness. This is  without exception. . . . This is the motive of every action of every men. . . . the infinite abyss can only be filled with by an infinite and immutable object, that is to say, only God Himself. Blaise Pascal, Pascal’s Pensee...
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THE LORD RESCUES PETER - ACTS 12:6-25
The Lord Rescued Peter 12:6-11 Luke cast the imprisonment and escape of Peter as a spiritual battle. When Peter was arrested, the church offered earnest prayers for him. (5) They understood that the soldiers were human, but the ultimate enemy was Satan. Eph...
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If Christ provides only a part of our salvation, leaving us to provide the rest, then we are still hopeless under the load of sin. For no matter how small the gap which must be bridged before salvation can be attained, the awakened conscience sees clearly t...
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JERUSALEM & ANTIOCH - ACTS 11:1-125
Peter Reports to the Church 11:1-18 This passage is the conclusion to the story of Cornelius and Peter. Word spread among the believers in Judea that Gentiles had received the gospel and were saved. That is what Luke meant by “received the word of God”. (1)...
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CHAPTER 10 - THE GOSPEL GOES TO THE GENTILES
When the Lord decided it was time to send the gospel to the Gentiles, he prepared the way. First, he prepared the Gentile, a Roman centurion in Caesarea who was a God fearer, a man who believed in God and observed Jewish rituals, but had not been circumcise...
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PETER THE PASTOR - ACTS 9:32-43
We last saw Peter in Jerusalem, having returned from Samaria where he and John went to follow up on the ministry of Philip. (8:25) Returning to his story in verse 32, we see him traveling around Judea visiting the churches. These churches were likely starte...
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The Good News
The message of the New Testament is first and foremost a declaration.  It is good news about God.  It is the story of what God has done in and through his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  He has established his kingdom.  True, the full manifestation ...
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