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The rest of Acts has to do with Paul’s arrest and imprisonment in Caesarea and the trials that lead to his journey to Rome and ministry there.
You may recognize a number of the cities Paul visits on his journeys. In particular, Philippi (ch 16), Thessalonica, Corinth, and Ephesus stand out because letters he wrote to those communities are preserved in our Bibles as Paul’s Epistles (Letters) to the Philippians, Thessalonians, Corinthians, and Ephesians. Later on, you may want to return to one or more of these and read them in light of what you know from Acts.
As the Church begins to welcome Gentiles into its membership, a serious dispute arises over whether Gentile converts must be circumcised (in essence, whether they must first become Jews).
The persecution that begins with Stephen’s death leads to a wave of witness beyond Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria (these are the areas of South and North Palestine). The key people to watch going forward are Paul and Peter.
You also might notice that just as Christ lived out the life of Israel during his time on earth (only doing right what they failed to do), now he acts through his body the Church.
In the period of Messianic Fulfillment, we reached the pinnacle of our journey, the climax toward which the entire story has pointed. It would seem that the story is over. Yet something very important remains.