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(2Cor 1:3-4) Blessed be God & Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Father of mercies & God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction

(2Cor 1:4-5) so we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

(2Cor 1:9) We felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.

(2Cor 1:21-22) God establishes us in Christ, has anointed us, has put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

(2Cor 2:6-8) A man who experienced church disciplined is now to be forgiven, comforted & loved so he isn’t overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

(2Cor 2:14-16) Thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession & through us spreads fragrant knowledge of him.

(2Cor 2:15-16) We are the aroma of Christ to God among those being saved and those who are perishing. An aroma of life or death.

(2Cor 3:5-6) Our sufficiency is from God who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit.

(2Cor 3:18) We with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord are being transformed into his image from one degree of glory to another.

(2Cor 4:3-4) Gospel is veiled to those perishing, Satan has blinded them from seeing the light of gospel of glory of Christ of image of God.

(2Cor 4:6) God has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

(2Cor 4:7-11) This treasure is in jars of clay. Surpassing power belongs to God and not us. Not crushed, despairing, forsaken or destroyed.

(2Cor 4:16) Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.

(2Cor 4:17) For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.

(2Cor 4:18) We look not to things seen but to things unseen. For things that are seen are transient but things unseen are eternal.

(2Cor 5:1) If our body, our earthly tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

(2Cor 5:16) We regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we do so no longer.

(2Cor 5:17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

(2Cor 5:18-19) God gave us the ministry of reconciliation i.e. that in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself.

(2Cor 5:20) We are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

(2Cor 5:21) For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

(2Cor 6:14-18) Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. c.f. righteousness & lawlessness, light & darkness, Christ & Belial.

(2Cor 6:16-17) I will make my dwelling among them, walk among them, be their God & they my people. Therefore go out & be separate from them.

(2Cor 7:1) Having these promises let us cleanse ourselves from defilement of body & spirit, bringing holiness to completion in fear of God.

(2Cor 7:3) You are so in our hearts that we would choose to live and die together with you.

(2Cor 7:10) For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

(2Cor 8:9) You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, though he was rich, for your sake he became poor that you by might become rich.

(2Cor 9:11) You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion resulting in thanksgiving to God.

(2Cor 9:15) Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

(2Cor 10:5) We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.

(2Cor 11:30) If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.

(2Cor 12:2-3) Paul was caught up to the third heaven, that is, paradise.

(2Cor 12:7) Paul pleaded three times for the Lord to remove his thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, that was given to him.

(2Cor 12:9) But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."

(2Cor 12:9-10) I am content with weaknesses, hardships and calamities for when I am weak then the power of Christ rests upon me.

(2Cor 13:5) Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith.

(2Cor 13:12) Greet one another with a holy kiss.

(2Cor 13:14) The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

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(1Cor 1:22-25) Jews demand signs. Greeks wisdom.Christ crucified is a stumbling block to Jews, foolishness to Gentiles. To us power & wisdom

(1Cor 1:26-29) God sovereignly choose foolish and weak people so that no one could boast that they are saved due to some attribute in them.

(1Cor 1:30) God is the source of our life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption.

(2Cor 2:2-5) Paul spoke of nothing other than Jesus Christ and him crucified. He spoke with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power.

(1Co 2:12) We have received the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.

(1Co 3:6-7) Paul planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. Neither he who plants or waters is anything. Only God who gives growth.

(1Cor 3:12-17) The Day of the LORD will reveal by a test of fire the value of a man’s work in the Church, the temple of the Holy Spirit.

(1Cor 4:1-2) Ministers ought to be regarded as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. They are required to be trustworthy.

(1Cor 4:8-13) Apostolic ministry involves being made an exhibition of suffering as the refuse of the earth. Weak fools for Christ’s sake.

(1Cor 5:5) Deliver an unrepentant man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

(1Cor 5:6 ,13) Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Purge the evil person from among you. e.g. Deu 21:21;22:21;24:7

(1Cor 6:7) To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?

(1Cor 6:11) And such were some of you. But you were washed, sanctified & justified in the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

(1 Cor 6:18-19) Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you . You are not your own. Purchased by God so glorify God with your body.

(1Cor 7:2-5) The husband and wife are not to deprive each other of their bodies.

(1Cor 7:19) Neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God.

(1Cor 7:29-31) Let those who have wives live as though they had none … for the present form of this world is passing away.

(1Cor 8:6) There is one God, the Father, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, from whom all things came, for whom we live and through whom we live.

(1Cor 8:13) Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.

(1Cor 9:20) To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law)

(1Cor 9:22) To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some

(1Cor 9:27) But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

(1Cor 10:1-4) Israel were baptized into Moses under the cloud and through the sea. Ate spiritual food & drink from the rock that was Christ.

(1Cor 10:7-11) Do not be idolaters or engage in sexual immorality or put Christ to the test or grumble lest plague, serpents, the Destroyer

(1Cor 10:13) All temptation is common. God is faithful & not let you be tempted beyond your ability> Provide escape so you may endure it.

(1Cor 11:1-15) Head of woman is man, head of man is Christ, head of Christ is God. Men and women should pray & prophesy as men and women.

(1Cor 11:1-15) Men & women are equal but gender distinctives should be kept. In a woman long hair is both her glory and her covering.

(1Cor 11:26) For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. If in a discerning way.

(1Cor 11:31-32) When we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

(1Cor 12:4-6) Different gifts but one Spirit, different service but one Lord, different activities but one God.

(1Cor 12:7,11) To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. All empowered by Spirit who apportions them as he wills

(1Cor 12:13) In one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–Jews or Greeks, slaves or free–and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

(1Cor 12:18) God has arranged and appointed the members in the body, each one of them, with the placement of his choosing.

(1Cor 13:1-3) Without love in the way I use my gifting I am a noisy gong, clanging cymbal, I am nothing and I gain nothing.

(1Cor 13:4-13) Patient, kind, rejoices in truth, bears all things, believes, hopes, endures. Faith &hope will end one day but love will not.

(1Cor 14:3-5) The one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation so the church may be built up.

(1Cor 15:3-5) Christ died and was buried. He was raised on the third day and appeared to many. In accordance with the Scriptures.

(1Cor 15:14-19) If Christ has not been raised, then preaching & faith is in vain, still in sins, dead have perished, to be most pitied.

(1Cor 15:20) Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

(1Cor 15:21-22) By a man came death, by a man comes resurrection. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

(1Cor 15:36) As a seed dies in the ground and then comes new life and a new body so is it with the resurrection of the dead.

(1Cor 15:48) As was the man of dust so also are those who are of the dust. As is the man of heaven so also are those who are of heaven.

(1Cor 15:51-52) A mystery. Not all sleep but all changed. In twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, shall the dead be raised imperishable

(1Cor 15:57) Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

(1Cor 15:58) Therefore, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

(1Cor 16:7) I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits.

(1Co 16:13-14) Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

(1Cor 16:20) Greet one another with a holy kiss.

(1Cor 16:22-23) If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Maranatha! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.

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(1Thes 1:3) As Paul prays he remembers before God their work of faith, labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

(1Thes 1:4-5) Paul knows they are loved & chosen by God because the gospel came to them not only in word but also in power and Holy Spirit.

(1Thes 1:6) You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit.

(1Thes 1:9-10) You turned from idols to serve the living & true God, to wait for his Son from heaven who delivers us from the wrath to come.

(1Thes 2:7-8) Gospel ministers are to be gentle like a breast feeding mother with her child. Affectionate and giving of selves.

(1Thes 2:11-12) Gospel ministers to be like a father with his children, exhorting, encouraging & charging to walk in a manner worthy of God.

(1Thes 2:13) You received the word of God which you heard from us not as the word of men but as it really is the word of God at work in you.

(1Thes 3:2-4) Timothy is called God’s co-worker in the gospel of Christ. The Thessalonians were destined to experience tribulations.

(1Thes 3:12-13) Lord increase love & make hearts blameless in holiness before our God at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

(1Thes 4:3-5) God wills us to be holy, abstain from sexual immorality, control our vessels (our bodies), not passionate lust like Gentiles.

(1Thes 4:13) We do not want you to be uninformed about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.

(1Thes 4:14) We believe that Jesus died and rose again and through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.

(1Thes 4:16) Lord himself will descend from heaven with cry of command with voice of an archangel and with the sound of the trumpet of God.

(1 Thes 4:16-17) Dead in Christ will rise first. Those who are alive will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.

(1Thes 5:1-4) Concerning times you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night but not for us.

(1Thes 5:8) Since we belong to the day, let us be sober, with faith, love and hope.

(1Thes 5:9-10) For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, whether we are awake or asleep.

(1Thes 5:16-18) Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

(1Thes 5:19-22) Do not quench Spirit. Do not despise prophecies but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil

(1Thes 5:23) May the God of peace sanctify you completely, keeping your spirit, soul and body blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus.

(1Thes 5:26,28) Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

(2Thes 1:4) Paul, Silas & Timothy boast of their steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the tribulations they are enduring.

(2Thes 1:5) Their patient endurance is evidence of God’s righteous judgment that they are worthy of the kingdom of God.

(2Thes 1:6-7) God’s justice involves giving tribulation to the church’s oppressors while grant relief to his people when Jesus appears.

(2Thes 1:9-10) They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.

(2Thes 2:3) The day of the Lord will not come until the falling away and the revealing of the man of lawlessness.

(2Thes 2:4) The son of destruction takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Dan 11:36

(2Thes 2:6-7) He who now restrains the coming of the Antichrist will do so until he is out of the way. Dan 12:1

(2Thes 2:8) The Lord Jesus will kill the lawless one with the breath of his mouth at the appearance of his coming.

(2Thes 2:11-12) God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned.

(2Thes 2:13) But you are loved and God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit & belief in the truth.

(2Thes 3:5) May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

(2Thes 3:14) If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter take note of that person have nothing to do with him that he may be ashamed.

(2Thes 3:18) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

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(Gal 1:8-9) But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you let him be accursed.

(Gal 1:10,15-16) Paul seeks not the approval of man but of God. If he were still trying to please man, he would not be a servant of Christ.

(Gal 1:12-24) Paul was not taught the gospel by men but received it directly from Jesus Christ.

(Gal 2:7-10) James, Peter & John gave Barnabas & Paul the right hand of fellowship recognizing each’s gospel mission to Jews and Gentiles.

(Gal 2:16) A person is not justified by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus.

(Gal 2:19-20) We have died to the law & crucified with Christ. No longer I that live but Christ lives in me. Live by faith.

(Gal 3:1,5) Who has bewitched you? Before your eyes was placarded Christ crucified. Spirit received by hearing with faith.

(Gal 3:7,9,14) Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham and receive the blessing and promises to Abraham.

(Gal 3:8) The gospel that God would justify the Gentiles by faith was preached in advance to Abr. "In your seed all the nations be blessed."

(Gal 3:13) Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. As written, "Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree"

(Gal 3:24-26) So the law was our pedagogue until Christ came, teaching, discipling us and restraining us. But now that faith has come .

(Gal 3:27) For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

(Gal 3:28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

(Gal 3:29) If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

(Gal 4:4-5) When fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of woman, born under law to redeem so we might receive adoption as sons.

(Gal 4:6-7) God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" Now you are sons and so heirs through God.

(Gal 4:21-31) Abraham had two sons, one according to the flesh by a slave woman (the earthly Jerusalem).

(Gal 4:21-31) … and one according to the Spirit by a free woman (the heavenly Jerusalem). Only the son of the promise is the heir.

(Gal 5:6) For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

(Gal 5:11-12) Preachers of circumcision remove the offence of the cross. They should cut off their whole penis not just the foreskin.

(Gal 5:13) You were called to freedom. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

(Gal 5:24-25) If we belong to Christ Jesus the flesh with its passions and desires is crucified. So we must live and walk by the Spirit.

(Gal 5:16-23) Desires of flesh & Spirit opposed. Works of flesh vs. fruit of Spirit. Walk by Spirit so as to not gratify desires of flesh.

(Gal 6:2) Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

(Gal 6:8) One who sows to the flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. One who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

(Gal 6:14) But far be it to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

(Gal 6:15) For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.

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(Acts 1:1-3) Luke’s Gospel is what Jesus began to do so Acts is what he continued to do. Appeared for 40 days evidencing the resurrection.

(Acts 1:8-9) Spirit-empowered witness begins in Jerusalem, then Judea/Samaria then ends of earth. Ascends on clouds of heaven Dan 7:13.

(Acts 1:13-15,26) Upper room in Jerusalem, prayer, apostles, women, Jesus’ brothers, total 120 people. Cast lots for God’s choice, Matthias.

(Acts 2:1-4) Pentecost. A sound from heaven like mighty rushing wind. Divided tongues of fire. Spirit-filled & divinely inspired utterances.

(Acts 2:16-21) This is that spoken by Joel 2 In last days Spirit poured out on all people Num 11:29. Day of LORD, sun, moon,call on his name

(Acts 2:22-24) Jesus attested by signs & wonders, delivered according to foreknowledge, crucified & killed, loosed & raised from death.

(Acts 2:42-47) Apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking bread, prayer, signs and wonders, praising God, enjoying favor, multiplying daily.

(Acts 3:6-9) In name of Jesus, rise up and walk! The lame man walked, leaped and praised God. People filled with wonder and awe.

(Acts 3:14-15) Israel denied the Holy and Righteous One and exchanged the Author of life for a murderer. God glorified his servant Jesus.

(Acts 3:19-21) Repent and then times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord and the coming of the Christ appointed for them, Jesus.

(Acts 3:22-23) Jesus is the predicted prophet like Moses c.f. Deu 18:15-19 and Abraham’s seed through whom all families of earth blessed.

(Acts 4:12,17) No other name under heaven given to men by which they are saved. Sadducees oppose both resurrection & speaking in this name.

(Acts 4:24,29-31) Sovereign Lord who made heaven, earth, sea & all that fills them, grant boldness to speak your word, stretch out your hand

(Acts 4:25-28) Nation rage, peoples plot but they do what God’s hand predestined to happen. Psa 2 fulfilled in Pilate, Herod, Gentiles, Jews

(Acts 4:32) Believers were of one heart and soul.

(Acts 5:3,9) Satan fills the hearts of Ananias & Sapphira to lie and test the Holy Spirit. They fall down and breathe their last. All fear.

(Acts 5:12-16) No one dares join the believers but people are added to them daily. Held in high esteem. Signs, wonders, spirits driven out.

(Acts 5:30-32) You hung him on a tree, God raised & exalted him as Lord and Savior for Israel’s forgiveness. Apostles & Holy Spirit witness.

(Acts 5:34-40) Gamaliel resists death penalty for apostles lest leaders oppose God. Gamaliel’s student Saul will have different attitude.

(Acts 5:41-42) Rejoice that counted worthy to suffer for the name. Apostles teach every day in the temple & from house to house about Christ

(Acts 6:1-6) Apostles not to neglect ministry of the Word for serving tables. Men of faith and the Spirit to care for Grecian widows.

(Acts 6:7) Word of God continued to increase, number of disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, great many priests became obedient.

(Acts 6:9-10) Jews from Cilicia &Asia, like Saul, disputed with Stephen but could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.

(Acts 6:13-14) Stephen charged with speaking against the temple as the place of God’s presence. Chapter 7 is his defense.

(Acts 7) God is not bound to temple. In OT he was in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Midian and the wilderness. Solomon said temple cannot contain God.

(Acts 7) In OT Israel rejected the prophet-ruler-saviors of Joseph and Moses. Now they have rejected the prophet-ruler-savior Jesus.

(Acts 7:54-57) Greek says they were cut to the heart, grind their teeth, stop their ears & cast Stephen out of the city. Contrast Acts 2:37.

(Acts 7:56,59-61) Sees Jesus standing to receive him at God’s right hand. Like Jesus says receive my spirit and forgive them. Fell asleep.

(Acts 8:1) The gospel witness moves from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria as the disciples are scatted by great persecution.

(Acts 8:3) Saul ravages the church house after house. Later he will preach Christ from house to house. Acts 20:20.

(Acts 8:5-8) Philip proclaims Christ, unclean spirit driven out (kingdom advancing), lame are raised (portrays resurrection), much joy.

(Acts 8:14-17) Delay in Samaritans receiving Holy Spirit so that the apostles could witness the first gospel advance to non-Jews. Unique.

(Acts 8:26-40) Ethiopian eunuch converted through Philip’s expounding Isaiah 53 about the suffering servant.

(Acts 9) A vision, light flashing from heaven and a divine voice. Saul made blind in judgment Deu 28:29. Saul responds with fasting & prayer

(Acts 9:15) Saul is chosen instrument to take gospel to Gentiles, kings & Israel through means of suffering. The persecutor will suffer.

(Acts 9:26-31) Barnabas is first to accept Saul. Bold preaching from Saul. Church in Judea, Samaria and Galilee grows in fear & comfort.

(Acts 10) Peter has a vision of unclean animals in a white sail. The clean and unclean distinctions between people are removed in Jesus.

(Acts 10:44-46) The Spirit came on those who heard the word and they spoke in tongues like the Jews at Pentecost. Evidence God accepts them.

(Acts 11:18) The Jerusalem Church glorifies God as they learn that to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.

(Act 11:26) For a whole year Barnabas & Saul taught a great many people. In Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.

(Acts 12:7,23) An angel strikes Peter to raise him to free him from death. An angel strikes Herod to cause his death, eaten by worms.

(Acts 12:20; 11:27-30) Herod denies people food in anger but the Antioch Church sends famine relief to Jerusalem in love.

(Acts 13:2-3) The Holy Spirit speaks saying that Barnabas & Saul need to be set apart for mission. Christians fast, pray & lay hands on them

(Acts 13:6-12) The Lord uses the opposition of a magician who is struck blind to further the gospel.

(Acts 13:15) Synagogue service includes a reading from the Law, a reading from the Prophets and a word of exhortation based on Scripture.

(Act 13:38-39) By Jesus everyone who believes is freed and released from sin from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.

(Act 13:48-49) The Gentiles began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.

(Act 13:49) The word of the Lord spread throughout the whole region of Asia, Turkey.

(Acts 14:21-23) Returned to towns a second time strengthening and encouraging to continue, warning of many tribulations, appointing elders.

(Acts 14:26-27) Declared all God had done opening a door of faith to the Gentiles. The work the Spirit had called them to do now fulfilled.

(Acts 15:1-2) Must Gentiles become Jews and observe the Law of Moses? Christians from Antioch meet with apostles and elders in Jerusalem.

(Acts 15:8-9) Peter says that God bore witness by giving to them the Holy Spirit and cleansing their hearts by faith. Saved by grace.

(Acts 15:12) Barnabas and Saul relate how God did signs and wonders among the Gentiles.

(Acts 15:13-17) James quotes Amos 9:11-12 as fulfilled in God’s visiting Gentiles to take from them a people for his name.

(Acts 15:19-21) Decision is to write to Gentiles to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, eating of blood and sexual immorality.

(Acts 16:4-5) Paul & Silas deliver the decision to the churches in Asia. Churches strengthened in faith and increase daily in numbers.

(Acts 16:6-10) Holy Spirit forbids and prevents speaking the word further in Asia. A vision of man from Macedonia leads to gospel in Greece.

(Acts 16:14-15) The Lord opened Lydia’s heart. She and her household are baptised. Church meets in her home.

(Acts 16:16-18,25) Paul drives out a python spirit from a slave girl. Paul and Silas are put in prison where they pray and sing hymns.

(Acts 16:26,30-31) Great earthquake results in release. What must I do to be saved? Believe in the Lord Jesus, you and your household.

(Acts 16:33-34) Jailer used water to wash their wounds, they use water to baptise him. Joy in believing.

(Acts 17:2-3) Paul, as his custom, on three Sabbath days reasoned from Scriptures, that was necessary for Christ to suffer & rise from dead.

(Acts 17:11) The Bereans were more noble. They received word with all eagerness, examining Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

(Acts 17:30-31) The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.

(Acts 17:31) He has fixed a day on which he will judge the world by a man whom he has appointed evidenced by his raising him from the dead.

(Acts 18:1-4) Paul works with Aquila and Pontus from Pontus as a tentmaker while reasoning each Sabbath in the synagogue to Jews & Gentiles.

(Acts 18:28) Apollos powerfully refuted the Jews in public by showing from the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.

(Acts 19:8-10) Paul reasons for 2 years daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus so that all Jews & Gentiles in Asia hear the word of the Lord.

(Acts 19:11-12) God did extraordinary miracles by hands of Paul. Work clothing that touched his skin healed diseases and spirits to come out

(Acts 19:19-20) Books on the magic arts were burned in public and so the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.

(Act 19:21) Paul resolved in the Spirit to pass through Macedonia and Achaia, go to Jerusalem and then also go to Rome.

(Acts 20:7-12) Paul speaks from sunset to sunrise. At midnight Eutychus falls from third story dead but is raised and church is comforted.

(Acts 20:20-21) Paul taught both in public and from house to house, to Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in Lord Jesus.

(Acts 20:23-24) Afflictions in every city but Paul values not his life but finishing the ministry he received from Jesus to testify.

(Acts 20:27) Paul did not shrink from declaring the whole counsel of God.

(Act 20:28-30) Overseers to shepherd & pay careful attention to themselves and all the flock. Watch for wolves that speak twisted things.

(Acts 21:5) And kneeling down on the beach we prayed.

(Acts 21:8-9) Philip had four unmarried daughters who prophesied. Like in Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17 "Your sons and daughters shall prophesy".

(Acts 21:23-24,26) Christians in Jerusalem, including Paul, sometimes offered sacrifices. This is unique in history belonging to pre-70 A.D.

(Acts 22:16) Ananias had said to Paul at his conversion, "Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name."

(Acts 23:6) At his trial before the Sanhedrin Paul makes the hope of resurrection the central issue at the heart of the Way.

(Acts 24:5) At his trial before Felix, Tertullus calls Christianity ‘a plague’ and ‘the sect of the Nazarines’.

(Acts 24:14-15) Paul calls Christianity ‘the Way’ and again identifies the central issue as the prophetic hope of resurrection.

(Acts 24:25) Paul’s words about righteousness and and the coming judgment cause Felix to fear. Felix chooses to listen when it suits him.

(Acts 25:6-8) On trial before Agrippa Paul again makes the central issue the prophetic hope of resurrection.

(Acts 26:16) At his conversion Paul saw the risen Jesus and was told that he would continue to appear to Paul.

(Acts 26:17-18) Paul was sent to turn the Gentiles from darkness to light, from Satan to God, so as to receive forgiveness and a place.

(Act 26:22-23) Prophets & Moses said the Christ must suffer and by being first to rise from dead he would proclaim light to Jews & Gentiles

(Act 26:28) Agrippa said, "In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?" Paul replied, Short or long, as I am except for chains.

(Acts 27:1-44) Not opposing winds, raging storms, soldiers wanting to kill or drowning will prevent Paul reaching Rome.

(Acts 28:1-10) Neither the sea nor the snake bring divine-judgment on Paul but rather his preservation is a sign of Godìs favor.

(Acts 28:11) The twin gods were supposed to protect sea travelers. They show up too late in the story demonstrating their impotence.

(Acts 28:15-16) And so we came to Rome. When Paul saw the Roman Christians he thanked God and took courage.

(Act 28:23) From morning till evening he expounded & testified to the kingdom of God. Trying to convince from Law of Moses and the Prophets.

(Acts 28:25-27) Paul describes the Jews as judged by God with a hardened heart Isa 6:9-10 Message will be given to Gentiles who will listen.

(Act 28:30-31) For two years Paul welcomed all who came to see him. Boldly without hindrance he preached kingdom of God & taught about Jesus

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(Luke 1:2) Luke’s sources were eyewitnesses and "servants of the word".

(Luke 1:5-7) OT feel – priestly division, righteous and blameless in obeying commands and regulations, bareness. Zec. chosen by lot, by God.

(Luke 1:15) John to be a Nazarite filled with Spirit from birth. Like Samson and Samuel.

(Luke 1:17) John to fulfil Mal 4:5-6 and like Elijah he is to powerfully call Israel to repentance.

(Luke 1:19,26) Gabriel had announced the coming of the messiah in Daniel 9:21.

(Luke 1:32-33) Jesus, Son of the Most High, will be given throne of his father David, reign over Israel forever, kingdom will never end.

(Luke 1:74) Jesus, the horn of salvation, will deliver Israel from hand of enemies so they may serve God. Same as Exo 4:23.

(Luke 2:9,12) God’s Shekinah glory appears in the fields outside Bethlehem. Sign is a baby wrapped in cloths in a manger.

(Luke 2:34-38) Jesus is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel. He will accomplish the redemption of Jerusalem.

(Luke 2:40,52) The child Jesus grew strong, filled with wisdom and the favour of God was upon him.

(Luke 3:21-22) Spirit of God comes upon Jesus (like David) in bodily form like a dove. Voice: ‘You are my son with whom well pleased’.

(Luke 3:23-38) Jesus the son of Zerubbabel the son of David the son of Judah the son of Abraham the son of Adam, the son of God.

(Luke 4:1-2) Jesus was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days. Tempted by the devil. Ate nothing.

(Luke 4) Jesus describes his ministry in terms of servant of the LORD Isa 61:1-2 and in terms of Elijah-Elisha.

(Luke 5:8) Simon Peter fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord."

(Luke 5:12-13) A man full of leprosy fell on his face, "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean." Jesus touched & said, "I will. Be clean."

(Luke 5:37-59) The new wine of Jesus’ teaching about the kingdom cannot be contained within the old wineskins of Pharisees’ teaching.

(Luke 6:43-45) Trees are recognised as good or bad by their fruit. Out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

(Luke 6:47-49) A house with foundations dug deep on rock withstands flood. Man who hears and not obey the ruin of that house was great.

(Luke 7:4-6) The Jews said, ‘This man is worthy to have you do this for him The centurion said, ‘I am not worthy’

(Luke 7:14-16) Jesus touched the bier. Fear seized them all. A great prophet has arisen! God has visited his people!

(Luke 7:22) The blind see, lame walk, lepers cleansed, deaf hear, dead are raised, the poor have good news preached to them.

(Luke 7:32) This generation are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another to dance and weep.

(Luke 7:38) She wet his feet with her tears, wiped with her hair, kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment.

(Luke 8:2-3) Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna and many women provided for Jesus and the twelve out of their means.

(Luke 8:10) To some secrets of kingdom of God are given. To other parables so that they might not see, hear or understand. Isa 6:9

(Luke 8:24-25) Jesus rebuked the wind and the raging waves and they ceased and were calm. He commands them and they obey him.

(Luke 8:26-30) Gentile territory, no clothes, tombs, Legion, unclean pigs – a demonic army defeated by Jesus with a word.

(Luke 9:22) Son of Man must suffer many things, be rejected, killed and on the third day be raised.

(Luke 9:29-35) Jesus’ eternal glory radiates out from within, Moses & Elijah speak of his Exodus, the Shekinah cloud and God’s voice speaks.

(Luke 9:51) When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. Determined, purposefully & resolutely.

(Luke 10:12) This generation worse than Sodom, Tyre and Babylon. Capernaum will not ascend the heights of heaven but the depths of Hades.

(Luke 10:18) Mission of the 72. I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Authority to tread serpents. Be joyful names written in heaven.

(Luke 11:20) By the finger of God Jesus casts out demons and advances the kingdom of God. Exo 8:19, 31:18.

(Luke 11:21-22) Jesus has attacked, overcome and bound the strong man and is taking his possessions i.e. people.

(Luke 11:37-54) woe, woe, woe, woe, woe, woe

(Luke 12:5) Fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell.

(Luke 12:28) If God clothes the grass, alive in the field today, tomorrow thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you!

(Luke 12:35) Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning.

(Luke 13:1-5) Terrorist acts and falling towers warn of future judgment on Jerusalem.

(Luke 13:6-9) The fruitless fig tree is cut down and burned after a period of grace. This will be Jerusalem’s fate.

(Luke 13:18-24) Kingdom like a woman hiding leaven in three measures of flour.

(Luke 13:29) People from all nations – east,west,north,south – will recline at table in kingdom but many of Israel will not.

(Luke 14:21-23) Poor crippled, blind & lame in the towns streets invited to banquet. Also people outside town – the unclean!!

(Luke 15:20,32) His father saw him, felt compassion, ran, embraced him and kissed him. He was lost now found, dead now alive.

(Luke 16:15) God knows hearts. What is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

(Luke 17:4) If he sins against you seven times in the day and turns to you seven times saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.

(Luke 17:21) "The kingdom of God is among you."

(Luke 18:13) The tax collector, standing far off, would not lift up his eyes to heaven, beat his breast, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’

(Luke 18:32-34) Handed over to the Gentiles, mocked, spat upon, flogged, killed and raised on third day. This saying was hidden from them.

(Luke 19:26) Everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.

(Luke 19:29-38) Mount of Olives, riding a donkey, joy for mighty deeds seen, psalms of praise. Psa 118:22-26; Zec 9:9.

(Luke 19:39-44) Dead stones have more insight that dead hearts. Stones that would have cried out in praise in v40 cry out in judgment v44.

(Luke 19:45-48) Jesus takes over the temple for his own use – teaching daily.

(Luke 20:34-36) Marriage belongs to this age – not the age to come. Age to come characterised by eternal life.

(Luke 21:10-12) Wars, famines, pestilence, earthquakes, persecution, signs in heavens before the end. Same as 7 seals in Rev 6.

(Luke 21:16-19) Hated and put to death for Jesus but not a hair of our heads will perish in the resurrection.

(Luke 21:20-24) Jerusalem will experience distress, wrath and abominations in 70 A.D. An event that shadows the end.

(Luke 21:25-28) Stars, moon and stars darken, seas roar, peoples faint in fear but lift heads redemption and Son of Man comes on clouds.

(Luke 21:37-38) Every day Jesus teaches in his temple, at night he slept on Mount of Olives, each morning people come to hear at temple.

(Luke 22:3) Satan entered Judas. The ultimate demonic possession.

(Luke 22:17-20) Cup – will not drink until kingdom comes. Bread – broken body. Cup – blood of new covenant.

(Luke 22:31-32) Satan demanded to have Peter. Jesus prayed his faith will not fail ultimately but he will turn again & strengthen brothers.

(Luke 22:42-44) Remove cup of wrath. Angel strengthens Jesus. Agony, blood and sweat. Not my will but yours be done. Man of Sorrows.

(Luke 22:50-51) Jesus’ last act of power is healing a man whose ear is cut off.

(Luke 22:69) Jesus claims to be the messiah to the Sanhedrin. Son of Man seated at right hand of God with power. Dan 7:13-14

(Luke 23:4,14,15,47) Jesus is an innocent man.

(Luke 23:18,26) Barabbas freed. Simon of Cyrene carries Jesus’ cross.

(Luke 23:28-31) Daughters of Jerusalem weep. Better to be barren. Judgement on Jerusalem. Better to be buried alive Hos 10:8; Rev 6:16

(Luke 23:35,36,39) Rulers scoff, soldiers mocked, evil doers hurled insults. A king’s chief purpose is to save but he cannot save himself.

(Luke 23:40-43) Today you will be in paradise (Eden) with me. Jesus saves a person.

(Luke 23:44-45) Darkness as the sun’s light failed. Temple curtain torn in two. Signs of judgment and of the end.

(Luke 23:46) Father, into your hands I commit my spirit. Psalm 31

(Luke 24:1-8) At deep dawn two heavenly beings appear. Stone rolled away. Women prostrate in fear. He is raised.

(Luke 24:19-21) Emmaus. A prophet mighty in word & deed. Delivered up, condemned and crucified. Hope of redemption.

(Luke 24:25-26) Disciples are foolish and have sluggish hearts to believe the prophets.

(Luke 24:31,16) Eyes kept from recognizing. Then eyes opened to recognize him even as he disappears before their eyes.

(Luke 24:38-43) The disciples see and touch his hands and feet. Jesus eats boiled fish in their presence.

(Luke 24:44-49) Law of Moses, Prophets and Psalms pointed to Jesus’ suffering, being raised and gospel to all nations from Jerusalem.

(Luke 24:50-53) Bethany, blessing, ascension, worship, great joy, meeting in the temple daily.

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The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer is a good summary of apostolic teaching.

The honour of God in the ‘Father’

the testimony of faith in the ‘name’

the offering of obedience in ‘will’

the commemoration of hope in the ‘kingdom’

the petition for life in the ‘bread’

the full acknowledgement of debts in the prayer for their ‘forgiveness’

the anxious dread of temptation in the request for ‘protection’.

Source: Tertullian (220 A.D.)

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