In this middle section of Acts, Luke leads up to the conversion of the first Gentile by telling of an Ethiopian’s faith (8) and the changing of a persecuting Jew named Saul (9). The roadblock to Saul’s attempted destruction of Christianity is the appearance of the Lord Himself. This startling turn of events is completed when a nervous Ananias is sent to Saul with the gospel message. After his conversion, Saul himself begins to preach Christ. After returning to the fearful disciples in Jerusalem, he is accepted first by Barnabas, then the apostles, and finally the church. He returns to Tarsus. Peter then performs two great miracles: the healing of Aeneas at Lydda and raising Dorcas (Tabitha) from the dead at Joppa.
- Saul of Tarsus
Persecuting Christians, then converted to Christ and preaching
Appearing to Saul
Taking the gospel to Saul
Receiving Saul at Jerusalem
Healing Aeneas and raising Dorcas
- On the road from Jerusalem to Damascus
- Damascus, Syria
Where Jesus appeared to Saul
Straight street (v. 11)
Saul to meet the church
25 mi. NW of Jerusalem on the plain of Sharon
On coast of Israel south of Caesarea
There were things for Saul to do after he had seen the Lord but before his sins were washed away (9:6; 22:16).
The church at Jerusalem received Saul even after he had participated in the death of Stephen.
The church spread to all regions of Israel and the apostles continued to preach and do miracles.