Class Notes on Sacred History
Volume IV: Acts of Apostles
J. W. McGarvey (1893)
Table of Contents
REVIEW BY SUBJECTS.
I. THE CHURCH IN JERUSALEM.
1. THE INTRODUCTION. Part I. § 1.
- What facts are mentioned in the Introduction, and what the connection of each with the body of the work?
- State and explain the apparent discrepancies about Judas. 4th.
2. ORIGIN OF THE CHURCH. § 2.
- Who constituted the nucleus for this church? § 1, 4th.
- What the first great act in founding this church, and what its date. § 2, 1st.
- State in full the effect on the multitude. 2d.
- Give the divisions of Peter's sermon which followed. 3d.
- What the logical bearing of the first division?
- State the subdivisions of the second division.
- How does he show that the resurrection was predicted by David?
- How does he prove that Jesus had been exalted to God's right hand?
- Show that the conclusion of this division is logical.
- What was the substance of Peter's exhortation?
- What does he teach as to remission of sins?
- What the immediate results of this sermon?  4th.
- Why so great?
- State the order of church life which immediately prevailed. 4th.
3. ITS PERSECUTIONS.
- State the facts which led to the first persecution, the steps taken in it, and its effects. § 3.
- Give an outline of Peter's sermon. 2d.
- Quote and explain his remark about the blotting out of sins.
- Why were Sadducees the leaders in this persecution? 3d.
- Were they sincere in their opposition? 5th.
- Quote the prayer of the apostles, and show its appropriateness. 7th.
- State the facts which led to the second persecution, the steps taken in it, and the immediate results. § 4.
- How did the State of the church then compare with the prayer of Jesus? 1st.
- Why did the case of Ananias and Sapphira promote the prosperity of the church? 2d, 3d.
- What the accusation against the apostles? and what their defense? 6th.
- What the points in Gamaliel's advice? and what the merits? 7th.
- State what led to the third persecution, the steps taken in it, and its immediate effects. § 5.
- Why was Stephen selected as a victim? 2d.
- Give the  plan of Stephen's speech. 3d.
- Why was the speech so exasperating? 4th.
- What now appeared to be the fate of the Jerusalem Church?
- How long did its dispersion last? (See Chronology of Acts).
- Describe the fourth persecution. Part II., § 4.
- What interval between this and the third? (See Chronology).
- What Herod was this?
- What is known of the fifth persecution in Jerusalem? (See Later Apostolic History, § 3).
- What the providential design of these persecutions?
- What growth did the church attain? xxi. 20.
- When did its final dispersion occur?
4. ITS ORGANIZATION.
- Under whose direction and control did the church start on its career? Part I. § 2, 4th.
- What other officers were afterward appointed? § 5; Part II., § 5, 4th; Part IV., § 1, 1st.
- What the duties of these two sets of officers?
- In what way were they chosen? and by what ceremonial were they appointed? 
II. THE CHURCHES IN JUDEA AND ADJACENT
- What preaching in Samaria is mentioned, and what its results? Part II. § 1, 1st-4th.
- What the purpose of the spiritual gifts in Samaria?
- Whose labors in Judea are first described? and what were they? § 2, 5th, 6th.
- What subsequent mention of Philip? xxi. 8, 9.
- Whose next? and what were they? § 3.
- Why whose labors had the churches at Lydda and Joppa been founded?
- What three churches in Judea besides Jerusalem are individually mentioned? and why no others?
- State all influences brought to bear on Peter to induce him to go to the Gentiles. § 3, 5th. Why were they needed?
- What notice have we of the existence of churches in Galilee? ix. 31.
- By whom may they have been founded?
- Why is Luke so silent about them?
- By whom were churches founded in Phoenicia? xi. 19.
- What later notices of them do we find? xv. 3; xxi. 3-7; xxvii. 3. 
- Describe the founding of the church in Antioch, Part II., § 4, 1st.
- Are any other churches alluded to in Syria? Part I, § 2; Gal. i. 18-24; Part II., § 3, 1st.
- Give the early history of the Antioch church. Part II., § 4, 2d-4th.
- What important relation did this church sustain to the labors of Paul? xiii. 1-3; xiv. 26-28; xv. 1-3; 35; 40; xviii. 22, 23.
- Why is so much said of this church?
III. PAUL'S EVANGELIZING TOURS.
- Tell what is known of Paul's birthplace, ancestry, education, early religious life, and civil status. xxi. 35; xxii. 3, 28; xxiii. 6; xviii. 3; Phil. iii. 5; Gal. i. 13.
- What were his evangelical labors before he started on his first tour from Antioch? Part II., § 3, 3d-5th; § 4, 3d, 4th; Gal. i. 18-24.
- State how he was sent on his first tour, the places he visited, and the principal incidents at each. Part III., § 1.
- Why was his name changed?
- Who were the chief enemies that he encountered?
- Give the same details of his second tour. §§ 3, 4.
- How long did Silas continue with him?
- What places in this  tour were new territory for the gospel?
- How does it compare in this respect with the first tour?
- How did he care for the young churches as he left them? § 4, 1st, 3d.
- With what feelings did he begin the work in Corinth? and why? § 4, 7th.
- Give the same details of the third tour. § 5.
- What new territory visited on this tour?
- Why did not this, like his previous tours, end in Antioch?
- What discourses by Paul made on these tours are recorded?
IV. PAUL'S FOUR YEARS' IMPRISONMENT.
1. In Jerusalem.
- State the circumstances which led to this imprisonment. Part IV., § 1.
- On what principle did Paul participate with the Nazarites?
- Give the plan of his speech to the mob, and show why it had such effect as it did. 4th, 5th.
- Describe the dealings of Lysias with him, and his removal to Cæsarea.
2. In Cæsarea.
- State the principal incidents during his imprisonment in Cæsarea. § 2.
- What were the charges brought against him? 1st.
- Why did not Felix either release him or condemn him?  3d, 4th.
- What conception did Festus form of Paul's case? 6th, 7th.
- Why did not he release him? 5th.
- State the plan of Paul's speech before King Agrippa. 8th.
- What was the effect of the speech? 9th.
3. On the Sea.
- State the principal incidents of the voyage to Rome. § 3.
- Was Luke in the company?
- Show how Paul became so prominent in the ship's company, and on the island.
- How many shipwrecks had he previously suffered? II. Cor. xi. 25.
- What difference between his mode of confinement in Rome and in Cæsarea? 11th; cf. § 2, 3rd.
4. In Rome.
- What incidents of the Roman imprisonment are mentioned by Luke? § 4.
- What the purpose of calling in the unbelieving Jews?
- Was the effort successful?
- What evidence in the closing paragraph as to the date of Acts? Cf. Chronology of Acts.
- Give an outline of Paul's travels and labors after his first imprisonment. Part V. § 1.
- Give the evidence  that he made these journeys after, and not before his first imprisonment.
V. PAUL'S EPISTLES.
- Give the places and dates of all of Paul's Epistles, with the evidence by which these are fixed.
- In what chronological groups were they written. See Chronology.
- What troubles among the Thessalonians when he wrote to them?
- For what are they commended in the Epistles?
- What faults did Paul find with the church at Corinth, and what did he propose to do with the impenitent?
- Give an account of his collection for the poor saints in Judea, I. Cor. xvi. 1-4; II. Cor. 8; Rom. xv. 25, 26; Acts xx. 3,4; xxiv. 17.
- For what was the church at Rome noted?
- What great disaster befell it? and when? Tacitus, Annals, xv. 44.
- What fault found with the Galatian churches?
- What aid had the Philippian Church sent to Paul?
- What the condition of things in Ephesus when I. Timothy was written?
- What, when the Apocalypse was written?
- Condition of the churches in Crete when the Epistle to Titus was written? 
- What were Paul's circumstances and feelings when he wrote II. Timothy?
VI. THE OTHER APOSTOLIC EPISTLES.
- Give the date and place of each of Peter's Epistles?
- What churches did he address, and what was their condition?
- What reference does he make to Paul's Epistles, and what is implied in it?
- By what James was the Epistle of James written? when? and to what communities?
- What Judas wrote the Epistle of Judas, and for what leading purpose?
- What were the dates of John's writings?
- What troubles in the churches indicated by John's Epistles?
- What led to the writing of the Apocalypse?
- What corruptions were at that time found in the seven churches of Asia?
VII. CASES OF CONVERSION.
- Trace and distinguish the human and the divine in the Conversion of the Three Thousand.
- In that of the Samaritans.
- In that of the Eunuch.
- In that of Paul.
- In that of Cornelius.
- In that of Lydia.
- In that of the Philippian jailer.
- In what way did the divine in these cases depend for the final effect on  the human, and vice versa?
- Show the exact place and design of baptism in each of these cases.
- Trace the same in the cases of the mob in Jerusalem, Felix, Festus, and Agrippa; and show why these men were not converted.
- What influences favorable to conversion are common to all these cases?
- What do you infer from this?
- What per cent. of space in Acts is given to accounts of the conversion of individuals and communities, and of efforts at conversion which were not successful?
- What do you infer from this as to the chief purpose of this book?
VIII. THE CONTROVERSY ABOUT THE GENTILES.
- What was the exact issue in the discussion over the case of Cornelius, and how was it settled?
- Was it finally settled, or did it come up again?
- What was the exact issues made at Antioch, and by certain Pharisees in Jerusalem?
- How was it settled, and what connected questions were settled with it?
- How was Peter's dissimulation at Antioch connected with this question?
- What trouble about it occurred in Galatia?
- What additional instruction did Paul give in regard to meals offered to idols?
- What is the latest notice of this  subject in the N. T.? Rev. ii. 14; 20.
- Did the Judaizing party continue to exist after the close of the N. T.?
IX. ORGANIZATION OF THE GENTILE CHURCHES.
- What officers were appointed in the churches planted by Paul? xiv. 23; xx. 17, 28; Phil. i. 1; I. Thess. v. 12; Heb. xiii. 7, 17; I. Tim. iii. 1, 12; Titus i. 5, 7; I. Pet. v. 1.
- Did this organization differ from that of the church in Jerusalem?
- What are the duties of elders as indicated in the passages above cited in Acts?
- What, as indicated by those in the Epistles?
- What are those of the deacons, as indicated in both?
- In there evidence that women were appointed to either of these offices?
X. CAREERS OF NOTED PERSONS.
- Trace the personal history of Peter after Pentecost.
- What other apostles are mentioned by name after Pentecost?
- Trace the personal history of each of these.
- Why is nothing said of the other apostles?
- Trace the personal history of Mark.
- That of Luke.
- That of James, the Lord's brother.
- That of Barnabas.
- That of Silas.
- That of Timothy.
- That of Priscilla and Aquila.