Corinth: Acts Poem 18

Circus, Tent, Flag, Small, Fun, Circus

Aquila exiled from Italy

The result of imperial decree

With Pricilla, his wife to Hellas’ isthmus did flee

To practice their industry

Leather workers and makers of tents by trade

This was their daily labour

And serving Jesus their Saviour

Now Paul the Apostle, a tentmaker too

Came to them to work and stay

And together they answered the Lord’s call

Teaching Jews and Gentiles all


Acts poem 18 for Acts 18.

On War’s Own Hill: Acts Poem 17

Areopagus – Public Address

Zeno’s school and Epicurus’ too

Debating daily – seeking for something new

Upon the god of war’s own hill

Listened intently to Paul’s address

Athens given over to idolatry

And over obsessed with worldly philosophy

Were willing the Gospel to test

And some at Paul did merely mock and scoff

But others a heart change gained

With a mere reference to an “unknown god”

Whose identity Paul made plain


Acts Poem 17 for February 17.

Macedonian Call: Acts Poem 16

The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. But Paul shouted to him, ‘Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!’ The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and asked, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ – Slide 8
Philippian Jailer – Free Bible Images

In Troas a dream of significance

Groundwork for Europe’s salvation laid

A Macedonian in a dream

Beckoned Paul to come and his people aid

So the Word of the Lord

Into Greek lands was carried

But it was not long before the saint

Was by opposition harried

Into gaol he was cast, but even there he prayed

And a earthquake great his bonds broke

And convert of a Philippian jailer made


Acts Poem 16 from Acts 16 for February

Council: Acts Poem 15

James the Just, whose judgment was adopted in the Apostolic Decree of Acts 15:19–29, Public Domain

In Jerusalem a council held

Important decisions to be made

Apostles and elders gathered there

To discuss who should be saved

It was in a sense a task redundant

As it was a call the Spirit had already made

As Paul had baptised Gentiles of faith

And Peter too with Cornelius a foundation laid

And so circumcision of the flesh was not a requirement given

For the circumcision of the heart

Was all that’s needed to enter Heaven



Poem 15 from Acts 15 for February’s Acts Poems

By Superstition Guided: Acts Poem 14

The Sacrifice at Lystra by Raphael, Public Domain

A superstitious and fickle crowd

A healing miracle observed

And they believed that by gods they had been visited

So sacrifices they then proffered

And when Saul corrected the misconception plain

They still could not comprehend

And jealous rivals opinion did sway

And so they against Saul did turn

And stoned him there and then

Left for dead he did survive

And God’s people to him did attend


Poem 14 from Acts 14 – Acts Poems for February

Dear Theophilus: Acts Poem 1

John Singleton Copley in Ascension (1775) Public Domain

A Saviour risen and to Heaven borne

A traitor’s suicide because of self-scorn

A replacement picked from those who stayed the course

The chosen man, by the the Spirit endorsed

And so the church’s history begins –

How the way of light started and overcame sin

With Peter, and Paul, and a deacon or two

Dear Theophilus, I’ll reveal it to you


I hope to write 28 poems in February based on the 28 chapters of Acts. This is the first instalment.