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35th Occasion of Believe in Acts - Paul sent to the Gentiles - his attempt to reach Israel thwarted:

Volume 4, Number 46

Our last study concluded with the Apostle Paul accompanying four Jewish men into the Temple at Jerusalem, having taken a Nazarite vow with them (as decreed in the Law - Numbers 6:1 - 21). James and the Jewish Elders had asked Paul to do this to prove to the Jews in Jerusalem who believed Jesus was their Messiah that Paul followed the Law of Moses, Acts 21:18 - 26, as did they while they waited for the Tribulation, as prophesied in the Old Testament as well as by Jesus when He was on earth, Matthew 24:3 - 28. They rightfully... Continue reading →

Believe in Acts (33 & 34) - Elders, Disciples, Brethren, Evangelists and Saints:

Volume 4, Number 45

Elders - The 20th chapter of Acts closes in the City of Miletus (on the Mediterranean coast of modern-day Turkey) with the Apostle Paul saying goodbye to the Elders from Ephesus who had traveled there to meet with him. They were in tears knowing they would never see him again as they prayed and accompanied him to his ship, Acts 20:17 - 38. The Greek word translated Elders is “presbuteros” (Greek # 4145) found 66 times in the New Testament (NT); most often in Acts with 18, Matthew with 13 and 12 in Revelation. Obviously, our English word Presbyterian comes... Continue reading →

Paul's Epistles and the Book of Acts:

Volume 4, Number 44

The following audio clip is a recording of a talk I presented at West Valley Grace Fellowship in Sun City West on Sunday, January 20, 2019. Included is a map of the Mediterranean countries through which Paul traveled, outlining his travels. You can view the map as the study progresses to better understand Paul’s travels and ministry.This study presents a basic timeline of events recorded from about the 17th to the 20th chapters of Acts recording part of the Apostle Paul’s second missionary journey and into his third. The events and places in these chapters are compared to the epistles... Continue reading →

Paul's 3rd & Last Recorded Missionary Journey - Money Collected for the Poor Jewish Saints in the Jerusalem Church:

Volume 4, Number 43

Our last study examined the 19th chapter of Acts, which documents Paul’s visit to Ephesus. The 30th and 31st occasions of the word “believe” in Acts occurs there describing believers in Ephesus who were not aware of the gift of the Holy Spirit prior to Paul’s arrival, Acts 19:2 and Acts 19:3 - 4. The 32nd occasion refers to those in Ephesus who burned their pagan/cultic books worth 50,000 pieces of silver, Acts 19:18 - 19. Chapter 20 does not contain the word believe. This study will document the timeline of events recorded in Acts 19 & 20 by comparing... Continue reading →

30th, 31st & 32nd Occasions of Believe in Acts - Paul in Ephesus:

Volume 4, Number 42

Like Corinth, Ephesus played a key role in the Apostle Paul’s ministry. It was a seaport on the Mediterranean, bustling with commerce and religion but the religion was idolatry. One temple after another to the pagan goddess Artemis (or Diana, as identified in Acts) had been built, destroyed and rebuilt. During Paul’s time that temple was a magnificent marble structure, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient World. Artemis/Diana was the goddess of fertility, its idol was the figure of a woman with multiple breasts and eggs hanging from her body. The temple and city ruins have been partially... Continue reading →

29th Occasion of Believe in Acts & The Apostle Apollos:

Volume 4, Number 41

We’ve studied the context of the 27th and 28th occasions of the word “believed” in Acts where used in regard to Paul’s ministry in Corinth: “And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed (27th occasion) on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, (28th occasion) and were baptized.” Acts 18:8. Today, we’ll cover the 29th occasion, also involving Corinthians who “believed,” but this time used in relation to the Apostle Apollos’ follow-up ministry there: “And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who,... Continue reading →

The Transitional Nature of the Corinthian Church

Volume 4, Number 40

“Believe” in Acts: Part 19 - “The Transitional Nature of the Corinthian Church”:First, let me advise that I misspelled Samson’s name on my website, which was announced in the last Faith Study. I had it spelled Sampson and am surprised that only one reader caught the error. Thanks to that one reader, the error has been corrected on the website.Today’s study was presented at the West Valley Grace Fellowship in Sun City West on October 14, 2018. The video is 55 minutes long and can be viewed from the website below, or downloaded directly using the following link.Video unsupportedhttps://www.faith-studies.com/videos/18-10-14-corinthians-transition.mp4... Continue reading →

Announcing New Faith Studies Website

Volume 4, Number 39

Announcing new Faith Studies Website.But first, I’d like to recognize and thank Mr. David Kinkead, Chairman of the Board at Grace Bible Church, Phoenix, AZ for creating the website I’ve used for many years. He has faithfully maintained it and answered my questions about its intricacies. Thank you very much David, I appreciate your friendship and assistance through the years.The old web site will be operational for a few days but the new website is operational, as follows:https://www.faith-studies.comThe new website is titled “Jim Humphrey Consulting - Author of Faith Studies - Investigator/ Consultant.”Below that title are 3 tabs: on the... Continue reading →

Corinth - Paul’s Ministry to Kings, Jews & Gentiles

Volume 4, Number 38

“Believe” in Acts: Part 18 - Corinth - Paul’s Ministry to Kings, Jews & Gentiles:Upon arrival in Corinth from Athens, Paul met a Jew named Aquila and his wife Priscilla. Aquila was born in Pontus, which is an area along the south coast of what is now the Black Sea, where many Jews took up residency when Israel was driven from their land in the dispersion. (Acts 2:8 indicates there were Jews from Pontus in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost and Peter writes to Jews scattered throughout Pontus and other countries, 1 Peter 1:1.) Aquila and Priscilla had been... Continue reading →

Corinth - The Lord Jesus Christ's Words in Acts

Volume 4, Number 37

“Believe” in Acts: Part 17 - Paul in Corinth and The Lord Jesus Christ’s Words:The last two Faith Studies published (Vol 4, Nos 35 & 36) were narrated slide shows of observations made during my tour of Israel in May. Prior to that, we were examining the Greek word “pisteu’o,” usually translated believe, found 39 times in the book of Acts. Faith Study Vol 4, No 34 (emailed from Israel in May, incorrectly dated April 14th) covered the 26th occasion of “believe” in Acts, dealing with Paul’s ministry in Athens, Acts 17:15 - 34. From Athens, Paul traveled to Corinth... Continue reading →

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