Bible Study 2015
The Apostle Paul spent the last two years of his life in the city of Rome where he was held under house arrest by the imperial government. Although there was a guard stationed at his door, Paul was able to receive visitors freely. He was also allowed to send letters to various churches. During this period of imprisonment Paul sent letters to the churches in Ephesus, Philippi, and Colossae. One other document that survived from this period is a personal letter from Paul to a man named Philemon. In Paul’s letter to the church in Colossae he mentions that Luke, whom he calls the “beloved physician,” is with him in Rome. From the book of Acts we learn that Luke was with Paul throughout most of the last four years of his life. It would appear that Luke served as Paul’s personal physician.
In the year 64 CE Paul was executed by direction of the Emperor Nero. Because he was a Roman citizen, he was beheaded rather than being crucified. Tradition tells us that the Apostle Peter was crucified in the city of Rome at about the same time.
In the years following the death of Paul Luke undertook a major research and writing project that resulted in his two-volume work ─ Luke/Acts. According to one tradition, during this period of his life Luke was living in the city of Ephesus where Mary, the mother of Jesus was also in residence.
The New Testament book known as the Acts of the Apostles contains an extensive passage which appears to have been taken directly from Luke’s personal memoirs. This passage recalls highlights from the last four years of Paul’s life and ministry.
You are invited to join us on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 for an hour of lively discussion and group reflection as we explore this section of the book of Acts. Each week we conclude our time together with the Noon Office found on pages 103-107 in the Book of Common Prayer.
April 22 Luke begins to travel with Paul
Acts 20:1 – 16
April 29 Paul meets with church elders
Acts 20: 17 – 38
May 6 Paul returns to Jerusalem
Acts 21: 1-26
May 13 Paul preaches in Jerusalem
Acts 21: 27 — 22: 21
May 20 Paul addresses the Sanhedrin
Acts 22: 22 — 23:11
May 27 Paul on trial in Caesarea
Acts 23:12 –24:23
June 3 Paul’s defense before Agrippa
Acts 24: 24 – 26:32