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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)


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Preaching Christ at Thessalonica


1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to aThessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.
2 Then Paul, as his custom was, awent in to them, and for three Sabbaths breasoned with them from the Scriptures,
3 explaining and demonstrating athat the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.”
4 aAnd some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and bSilas.

Assault on Jason’s House

5 But the Jews 1who were not persuaded, 2becoming aenvious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of bJason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
6 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, a“These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.
7 “Jason has 1harbored them, and these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, asaying there is another king—Jesus.”
8 And they troubled the crowd and the rulers of the city when they heard these things.
9 So when they had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.

Ministering at Berea

10 Then athe brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 These were more 1fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and asearched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
12 Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.
13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was preached by Paul at Berea, they came there also and stirred up the crowds.

CHAPTER 17 References

1 aActs 17:11,
13; 20:4; 27:2;
Phil. 4:16;
1 Thess. 1:1;
2 Thess. 1:1;
2 Tim. 4:10
2 aLuke 4:16;
Acts 9:20;
13:5, 14; 14:1;
16:13; 19:8
b1 Thess.
3 aLuke 24:26,
46; Acts 18:5,
28; Gal. 3:1
4 aActs 28:24
bActs 15:22,
27, 32, 40
5 aActs 13:45
bActs 17:6, 7,
9; Rom. 16:21
1NU omits
who were not
persuaded 1M
omits becoming
6 a[Acts 16:20] 7 aLuke 23:2;
John 19:12;
1 Pet. 2:13
10 aActs 9:25;
11 aIs. 34:16;
Luke 16:29;
John 5:39 1Lit.
14 aMatt. 10:23
15 aActs 18:5
16 a2 Pet. 2:8
1full of idols
18 a1 Cor.
15:12 1NU, M
add also 2Lit.
seed picker,
an idler who
makes a living
up scraps
19 1Lit. Hill of
Ares, or Mars’
22 1Lit. Hill of
Ares, or Mars’
24 aIs. 42:5;
Acts 14:15
bDeut. 10:14;
Ps. 115:16;
Matt. 11:25
c1 Kin. 8:27;
Acts 7:48–50
25 aGen. 2:7;
Is. 42:5; Dan.
26 aDeut. 32:8;
Job 12:23;
Dan. 4:35 1NU
omits blood
27 a[Rom.
1:20] bDeut.
4:7; Ps. 139:7,
10; Jer. 23:23,
24; [Acts

14 aThen immediately the brethren sent Paul away, to go to the sea; but both Silas and Timothy remained there.
15 So those who conducted Paul brought him to Athens; and areceiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him with all speed, they departed.

The Philosophers at Athens

16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, ahis spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was 1given over to idols.
17 Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there.
18 1Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, “What does this 2babbler want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods,” because he preached to them aJesus and the resurrection.
19 And they took him and brought him to the 1Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new doctrine is of which you speak?
20 “For you are bringing some strange things to our ears. Therefore we want to know what these things mean.”
21 For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing.

Addressing the Areopagus

22 Then Paul stood in the midst of the 1Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious;
23 “for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:


Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:
24 a“God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is bLord of heaven and earth, cdoes not dwell in temples made with hands.
25 “Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He agives to all life, breath, and all things.
26 “And He has made from one 1blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and athe boundaries of their dwellings,
27 a“so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, bthough He is not far from each one of us;

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28 “for ain Him we live and move and have our being, bas also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’
29 “Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, awe ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising.
30 “Truly, athese times of ignorance God overlooked, but bnow commands all men everywhere to repent,
31 “because He has appointed a day on which aHe will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by braising Him from the dead.”
32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said, “We will hear you again on this matter.”
33 So Paul departed from among them.
34 However, some men joined him and believed, among them Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

Ministering at Corinth


1 After these things Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth.
2 And he found a certain Jew named aAquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them.
3 So, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them aand worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers.
4 aAnd he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks.
5 aWhen Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was bcompelled 1by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ.
6 But awhen they opposed him and blasphemed, bhe shook his garments and said to them, c“Your blood be upon your own heads; dI am clean. eFrom now on I will go to the Gentiles.”
7 And he departed from there and entered the house of a certain man named 1Justus, one who worshiped God, whose house was next door to the synagogue.
8 aThen Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized.
9 Now athe Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent;
10 a“for I am with you, and no one

28 a[Heb. 1:3] bTitus 1:12
29 aIs. 40:18,
30 a[Rom.
3:25] b[Titus
2:11, 12] 31 aActs 10:42
bActs 2:24

CHAPTER 18 References

2 a1 Cor. 16:19
3 aActs 20:34
4 aActs 17:2
5 aActs 17:14,
15 bActs 18:28
1Or in his
spirit or in
the Spirit
6 aActs 13:45
bNeh. 5:13
c2 Sam. 1:16
d[Ezek. 3:18,
19] eActs
7 1NU Titius
8 a1 Cor. 1:14
9 aActs 23:11
10 aJer. 1:18,
12 1Gr. bema
15 aActs 23:29;
17 a1 Cor. 1:1
1NU they all
18 aActs 21:24
bRom. 16:1
1Lit. many
21 aActs 19:21;
20:16 b1 Cor.
4:19 1NU
omits I must
by all means
keep this
coming feast
in Jerusalem
22 aActs 8:40
1To Jerusalem
23 aGal. 1:2
bActs 14:22;
15:32, 41 1successively
24 aTitus 3:13
25 aRom. 12:11
bActs 19:3

ACTS 18:26

will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.”
11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
12 When Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him to the 1judgment seat,
13 saying, “This fellow persuades men to worship God contrary to the law.”
14 And when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of wrongdoing or wicked crimes, O Jews, there would be reason why I should bear with you.
15 “But if it is a aquestion of words and names and your own law, look to it yourselves; for I do not want to be a judge of such matters.”
16 And he drove them from the judgment seat.
17 Then 1all the Greeks took aSosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. But Gallio took no notice of these things.

Paul Returns to Antioch

18 So Paul still remained 1a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. aHe had his hair cut off at bCenchrea, for he had taken a vow.
19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there; but he himself entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.
20 When they asked him to stay a longer time with them, he did not consent,
21 but took leave of them, saying, a“I1 must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, bGod willing.” And he sailed from Ephesus.
22 And when he had landed at aCaesarea, and 1gone up and greeted the church, he went down to Antioch.
23 After he had spent some time there, he departed and went over the region of aGalatia and Phrygia 1in order, bstrengthening all the disciples.

Ministry of Apollos

24 aNow a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus.
25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being afervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, bthough he knew only the baptism of John.
26 So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.

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ACTS 18:27

27 And when he desired to cross to Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him; and when he arrived, ahe greatly helped those who had believed through grace;
28 for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, ashowing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.

27 a1 Cor. 3:6
28 aActs 9:22;
17:3; 18:5

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Laboring and Prospering with the LORD

A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.

1 UNLESS the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless athe LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To aeat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.

PSALM 127 References

1 a[Ps.
121:3–5] 2 a[Gen. 3:17,
19] 3 a[Gen. 33:5;
Josh. 24:3, 4;
Ps. 113:9] bDeut. 7:13;
28:4; Is. 13:18
c[Ps. 113:9] 5 aPs. 128:2, 3
bJob 5:4; Prov.

3 Behold, achildren are a heritage from the LORD, bThe fruit of the womb is a creward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.
5 aHappy is the man who has his quiver full of them; bThey shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.




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