This class covers the missionary journeys of paul from the book of acts. The following outline is intended to be used while studying the book. The purpose of the book of acts is governed by the jews response to peter and paul. Sir william ramsay says that luke is the greatest of all historians, ancient or modern the church in the roman empire before a. Church gospel holy spirit chapters 28 next 20 years major emphasis. The book of acts books of acts christian inconnect. An overview of the book of acts the life of the early church is recorded and preserved for us in the book of acts and the epistles. May 02, 2020 pauls dramatic conversion on the damascus road acts 9. This is, in effect, an outline of the book of acts see plan and outline below. Acts can still cause intense discussion among scholars, the essential themes of the book are basically clear and simple. As a second volume to lukes gospel, it joins what jesus began to do and to teach 1. The temple in this book called acts was the third temple.
In the first book, o theophilus, i have dealt with all that jesus began to do and teach until the day when he was taken up from us. G o o d c at c h g e n e r a l s t o r e 1556 queen st. The message of acts is the church of jesus christ is divinely established and spiritually empowered to proclaim the gospel and plant believing communities locally, regionally, and globally. Authorship it is generally held that luke, the physician and traveling companion of paul wrote both the gospel of luke and the book of acts. Tertullian found it heretical because it encouraged women to preach and baptize. Purpose of the book as indicated previously, the original purpose of both the gospel and acts may have been to assist. Luke recorded three rejections by the jews to peter and the apostles associated with him to the message of repentance and proclamation of the kingdom. One may divide the book as acts 112 peter and acts 28 paul. We know that paul and his associates arrived in rome in a. Pauls activities and teachings recorded in the book of acts. Some have suggested, however, that not the acts of the apostles who have no major importance in the book but the acts of the. Luke described to theophilus in his first letter about jesus life up to the resurrection.
Expository outlines in the book of acts hal f thompson on. Some have entertained the possibility that theophilus was a roman official in charge of administering pauls case before caesar, and that the gospel and acts. Trace the major sections of the book, consider the purpose and historical context of the book and study the major events in acts of the apostles, early church and the holy spirit. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Acts 1 niv jesus taken up into heaven in my bible gateway. The holy spirit in the book of acts preaching source. The book is called acts or the acts of the apostles because it contains an account of some of the apostles. The acts of the apostles often referred to simply as acts, or formally the book of acts, is the fifth. Book of acts acts of the apostles may 7, 2017 may 5, 2017 by holyone the book of acts also know as acts of the apostles, frequently alluded to just as acts, is the fifth book of the new testament. Acts 1 new international version niv jesus taken up into heaven. If the book was just before or after pauls release, then it was likely written around 63 a.
Acts of the apostles activities for kids after all of the events of the gospels we are left wondering what happened to the 12 disciples, and the bible tells us in the book of acts. The book of acts is clearly not about the acts of the apostles, for if it were, it has the wrong ending. The book of acts clearly shows that paul always taught from the law of moses. Paul preaches in cyprus and governor sergius paulus is converted. The book ends abruptly with paul under house arrest awaiting trial in rome act 28. Kjv the book of acts is the historical link between the. Missionary journeys of paul from the book of acts wall decorations by nicole. The book of acts is a key part of gods plan to reach the whole world. Acts is a fastmoving historical account of the first three decades of the church. By carefully noting the use of we and they in the book of acts, we glean that luke joined paul at troas 16. Paul and some friends travel all around the roman empire talking about jesus nonstop. In my former book, theophilus, i wrote about all that jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the holy spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
If the book of acts were gone, there would be nothing to replace it howson. Missionary journeys of paul from the book of acts wall. My conclusion about pauls message and example as the book of acts portrays them. Provide language edition bibles so students can read the focal passage in their native languages.
Therapon university is an institute of online learning for the body of christ, its primary vision being to equip born again believers for ministry. God has declared his sovereign purpose, and we will see it unfold in the chapters ahead. An overview of the book of acts the life of the early church is recorded. The importance of the book of acts the importance of this second of lukes twovolume work can. Acts chapters 14 notes grace notes lissa eggleston. The apostle paul outline floral heights church of christ. The dates for paul s first imprisonment in rome are 6062 a. Book of acts overview insight for living ministries. With caroline vander stichele, he cowrote contextualizing gender in early christian discourse. The acts of the apostles and the letters of paul contain both congruent and inconsistent accounts of pauls mission and message, which leads scholars of christian origins to inquire about the difference between story and history, or between fact and fiction. In the latter portion of acts, luke recorded three rejections of the jews to pauls overtures of salvation. Study 1 going through the book of acts words of life.
Had israel received christ, they would have received the kingdom. These verses describe events after peters escape from prison. The most probable explanation for leaving the reader in suspense is that the outcome of paul s appeal had not yet been decided when the book was being written. The book of acts, sometimes called the fifth gospel, is a continuation of the gospel of luke. An approximate date given to the acts of paul is 160 ce.
This film depicts the birth of the early church through the eyes of luke, the author of the gospel of luke. Brethren in corinth spread rumors that paul was not really an apostle because he did. May 05, 2014 paul was a consenting witness to stephens stoning by the high priest and the council. This title accurately reflects the contents of the book, which is a series of vignettes chronicling the lives of key apostles especially peter and paul in. Bible blender november 10, 2010 detailed outline of the book of acts of the apostles 20171014t10. Luke accompanied paul on part of his missionary journeys. A history of the early church gene taylor2an outline of the book i. While in the city of philippi, paul and his companion, silas, were thrown into prison.
Biblical literature the content of acts britannica. The author of lukeacts noted that there were many accounts in circulation at the time of his writing, saying that these were eyewitness testimonies. Commentary on the book of acts bible study lessons. Lukeacts is a twopart historical account traditionally ascribed to luke, who was believed to be a follower of paul. As i upload each of the acts sunday school lessons ill add the link back here, this is a work in progress. Stephen and the hellenists in lukan apologetic historiography bloomsbury, 2004. In fact, the work is given in detail of only two of the apostles, peter and paul. Many think luke wrote both his gospel and acts during this time. Acts of the apostles executable outline study resources. The outline of acts can be roughly divided into two parts. The acts of paul is one of the major works and earliest pseudepigraphal series from the new testament apocrypha also known as apocryphal acts. To continue the story begun in the gospel of luke ac 1. Sir william ramsay, after making a critical study of lukes writings, declared that luke was the greatest historian, ancient or modern. The books of acts is often called the book of the holy spirit or the book of the apostles.
Historical reliability of the acts of the apostles wikipedia. But stephen reminded the jews that god was bigger than any temple. The governing verse for this and all of the events before paul reaches rome is verse 11, where the lord promises paul that he must witness at rome also. Pauls first missionary journey begins, and he strikes elymas the sorcerer blind. Some have concluded that theophilus was the magistrate who heard paul s case in rome and that acts and luke was a legal brief in paul s defense isbe, theophilus 3. People from many nations were beside themselves with wonder at hearing gods amazing acts in their own languages. Paul s determination to preach even in prison acts 28. Acts free bible commentary on the book of acts in easy english. Luke was from antioch but traveled with paul all over southern europe and the middle east. The first 12 chapters of the book of acts deal with peter, and the remainder of the book, the last 16 chapters is devoted to the apostle paul.
Peter is not mentioned in acts after the account of the council. Paul s first missionary journey begins, and he strikes elymas the sorcerer blind. Some have concluded that theophilus was the magistrate who heard pauls case in rome and that acts and luke was a legal brief in pauls defense isbe, theophilus 3. While there are some areas of great detail of the acts of the apostles, many times you must use cross references to the gospels of matthew, mark, luke and john as well as some other epistles in the new testament to get the full picture of what was. This is followed by an individual and cumulative count next to each speech. It will help to keep the whole of the book before you as you work your way through each section. The book of acts provides a bridge for the writings of the nt. And, when the book of acts begins, he carefully outlines what he has written in the book of luke, as i read already. But being sure that christ was dead, they were missing out on the fulfillment. A list of sermons in the book of acts leadership resources. These studies will be expository, devotional, practical and varied, and this is an introduction to the whole book. The remainder of the book of acts describes pauls visit to macedonia.
This course encounters the major changes in gods relationship with the world and his people in this key transitional book of the bible. Stephen said some words from the book by the prophet isaiah isaiah 66. When the holy spirit overpowered the upper room with the sound like a roaring windstorm, history changed forever. After his conversion he went to the opposite extreme of loving god and preaching his word with power and fervency in the spirit of the true and living god. Acts continues from there on starting with christs resurrection. It also may be divided around the expansion of the gospel in acts 1. Found as the 5th book in the new testament, the book of acts can best be split into two parts. A chapterbychapter bible study of the book of acts 4 acts a short introduction heres what well be reading as we study through the book of acts. Even though half of the book focuses on paul and his acts, the book never presents any direct quotes from pauline epistles nor refers to the collection of letters written by paul. Acts facts people, places, and verse by verse study.
The book of acts gives a unique glimpse into the life and practice of the early church. Pauls defense before the mob at jerusalem, chapter 22. The author of the book of acts is luke, the beloved physician col. The book of acts in 3 minutes thechurchatbrookhills org youtube. In many ways acts is the most exciting book in the new testament because it is full of movement and interest. If you want to know what the book of acts is about, it is acts 1. The earliest title for the book seems to have been simply the acts. Paul and barnabas returned to antioch, reported all that god had done even for the gentiles on the missionary journey, and remained with the church for a long time 14. It ends without revealing how paul s trial before caesars tribunal turned out, a certain necessity if the theme of the book were about the apostles, their ministries, and what happened to them. This versebyverse bible study and commentary of the acts of the apostles the book of acts or simply acts is indepth but uses plain language that everyone can understand, as well as a format that will engage you. If the book was just before or after paul s release, then it was likely written around 63 a. The book ends with luke accompanying paul to his imprisonment in rome 28. The beginning verses of acts make it clear that acts is a sequel of the story started in luke and written to the same man named theophilus, generally a title ascribed to highranking roman officials. Paul and barnabas passed through pisidia and came to pamphylia, spoke the word in perga, and went down to attalia 14.
Todd penner is the author of numerous essays on the acts of the apostles, including the book in praise of christian origins. At these points the author includes himself as a companion of paul in his travels. Acts intro to acts biblica the international bible society. T he book of acts in the bible, written around 6263 a. Actus apostolorum, often referred to simply as acts, or formally the book of acts, is the fifth book of the new testament. As i said, the book revolves around the apostles, peter and paul.
He changes his name to paul and takes up the discipleship torch. The major areas of history with which the author has dealt are. He accompanied paul to rome and remained with him during paul. It is the goal of therapon university to provide bible courses that will enable and enrich ministry efforts, and to assist qualified persons in earning formal educational recognition equal to their combined academic and life experience achievements.
This is the first mention of paul in the book of acts. Free bible study outlines the book of acts chap 21. Additionally, luke uses the first person pronoun we in acts 16 which is further proof of his authorship. Acts of the apostles 4 imprisonment in rome are 6062 a.
After an earthquake shook the prison, they were released and at pauls insistence were given a police guard until they were safely out of the city. If you read the book through a fairly easy task as its definitely some of the best story telling in the whole bible. Amazing grace leads to amazing growth suggestions for teaching general suggestions 1. Three angels broadcasting network 3abn 3,690,604 views. Dates in the book of acts established dates in the book of acts these established dates. The book begins with the ascension of jesus and goes on through pauls jail time in rome, which opens his ministry to the church at rome. Paul and barnabas are set apart by the church at antioch. It is worth noting that in this history of the early christian church, luke mentioned neither pauls death ad 6468 nor the persecution of christians that broke out. The title of the book of acts comes from the greek word praxis, a word often used in early christian literature to describe the great deeds of the apostles or other significant believers. It describes the coming of the holy spirit at pentecost in acts 2, the spread of the gospel outside of jerusalem in acts 8 and to the gentiles in acts 10, how the church made decisions in regards to doctrine acts 15, and more. Confrontation over the disruption of trade in ephesus acts 19. The book of acts ends abruptly with paul s imprisonment in rome. Apr 19, 2011 revelations mark of the beast exposed 22 revelations ancient discoveries duration. An example can be seen by comparing actss accounts of pauls conversion acts 9.
The book of acts is the record of that commission beingcarried out. Luke is the writer, as he states in his introduction v. Suffice it to say, the title is only partially accurate, for only peter and paul figure predominantly in this book for reasons which should become. Acts 1 niv bible in my former book, theophilus, i wrote. Hugh schonfield pointed out that the book reflects the efforts of the church to convince the romans of its harmlessness and its distinction from the jews whose hostility is stressed h. Jesus had shown himself alive by many proofs for 40 days. The new testament without acts leaves a great, yawning gap. Along with the style of writing itself, the main use of the book of acts has also been a matter of much intellectual debate. Clicking on a chapter will show you the text of that chapter of acts in the bible king james version.
Beginning students may require three sessions to complete one lesson. Even that title, of course, was not original because acts was the second part of the gospel of luke. Acts syllabus and course overview ministry development. Acts bible book with full chapters king james version. Hes stoned, worshiped as a god, starts riots, and talks so long that people fall asleep. The lord jesus christ at work by the holy spirit through the apostles in jerusalem, chapters 17 a. This may indicate that the book was written before paul s trial and eventual release.1131 957 77 156 483 58 442 1030 1026 394 1393 876 401 719 1046 80 1344 1229 235 830 918 761 1526 1263 994 782 1193 24 546 1268 296 30 83 344 958 143 847 346 1149 1417 406