Introduction key words three principal characters old testament quotations doctrines in the book preparation for pentecost the prayer meeting which followed his ascension pentecost the baptism of the holy spirit before pentecost. The recipient of the book, theophilus, is the same person addressed in the first volume, the. Over the centuries it has been called simply acts, or the acts eusebius. Without this historical record, little would be known about the expansion of the church. The authors primary purpose was to give a detailed account of how men and women were. But he did not start off as a hero to the church of god, but rather a villain. 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. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. It might also be called the acts of the holy spirit, as that person of the godhead is very much an active participant throughout the book. Outline of the book of acts floral heights church of christ. But ye will receive power, the holy spirit having come upon you, and ye shall be my witnesses both in jerusalem and in all judaea and samaria and to the end of the earth. If you want to know what the book of acts is about, it is acts 1. Intro to acts biblica the international bible society.
Acts with book summary versebyverse bible commentary. The book of acts then concludes with paul meeting his final destination, rome 28. The study of acts is a challenge partly because of its length. Study 1 going through the book of acts words of life ministries. Outline of acts 8 outline of acts 9 outline of acts 10. Since luke was written prior to that time, a date of about a. The god of the bible study of the father, son, and holy spirit. Workbook on the book of acts church of christ in zion. Besides linking the gospel narratives on the one hand and the apostolic letters on. They are addressed to the same individual, theophilus, and the second volume refers to the. Importance the book of acts provides a bridge for the writings of the nt. This summary of the book of 2 corinthians provides information about the title, author s, date of writing, chronology, theme, theology, outline, a brief overview, and the chapters of the book of 2 corinthians.
The life of the early church is recorded and preserved for us in the book of acts and the epistles. In acts, the gospel expands not through human strength, but through weakness, opposition, and persecution. Study 1 going through the book of acts words of life. As a second volume to lukes gospel, it joins what jesus began to do and to teach 1. In many ways acts is the most exciting book in the new testament because it is full of movement and interest. The preparation of the leaders of the jerusalem church for the gentile mission 11. The acts of peter and philip the evangelist are recorded here as well. Acts agrees with pauls letters on the major outline of pauls career. Its subject and intention is nicely summarised by the words of the lord in chapter 1. The book of acts was written within the lifetime of most of the eyewitnesses of the life, death and resurrection of jesus christ. The power of the holy spirit to perform signs and wonders to confirm the preaching of the word c.
This gospel is a companion volume to the book of acts, and the language and structure of these two books indicate that both were written by the same person. Acts intro to acts biblica the international bible society. Rapid evangelism resulting in the establishment of local churches. View notemate 1 acts 15 from bib 108 at freedhardeman university. The book of acts contains important information for all today. To continue the story begun in the gospel of luke ac 1.
We read of the evangelistic methods and message of the early apostles and preachers 3. It will help to keep the whole of the book before you as you work your way through each section. The book is called acts or the acts of the apostles because it contains an account of some of the apostles. Learn and imitate the teaching of the early christian preachers, by evaluating the background and needs of the audience, and studying the structure and content of the inspired preachers. The initial question regards the identity of theophilus, the one for whom the book is written. The importance of the book of acts the importance of this second of lukes two.
Several questions can be answered from the first 2. In volume ii acts he told the story of the words and works of christ that were done through his apostles. Acts 9 tells the story of the dramatic conversion of the man formerly known as saul, the persecutor. This is the shortest book in the bible a mere sentences. The book of acts provides a bridge for the writings of the nt. Luke is the writer, as he states in his introduction v. Jul 10, 2014 designed for individuals and small groups alike, this 12week study through the book of acts explores the history of the early church after christs ascension. Thank you for your interest, and god bless your study of his word. Several questions can be answered from the first 2 verses. Recipient both the gospel and acts were written to one man. Aug 31, 2015 two dates are possible for the writing of the book of acts.
Acts of the apostles a study of new testament history overview introduction. He wrote this gospel and its sequel, the book of acts. There is a conjunction between three elements as the gospel goes forth. Please study all lessons in all courses in order as listed in the menus on our web site. We hope this outline of 2 john will help you as you investigate the pages of gods holy word his personal letter to you. The book is most commonly called the acts of the apostles, although it is quite probable that, in its original form, it had no title at all. Acts of the apostles executable outline study resources. Once there, although in chains, he first proclaims christ to the jews 28. A third purpose in the writing of acts was to provide stability to the new faith. If the book was just before or after pauls release, then it was likely written around 63 a. The book of acts, sometimes called the fifth gospel, is a continuation of the gospel of luke. Today begins a study of the book of acts in this daily bible study series.
In this passage, luke is restating the great commission challenge jesus gave in luke 24. It is stamped with his style and contains more autobiographical material than. Luke records many examples of conversion in the book of acts e. Two scenes from the life of christ set the stage for the book of acts. The title the inscription the acts of the apostles probably. 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. Acts of the apostles bible study notes, commentary, and comments. Purpose of the book as indicated previously, the original purpose of both the gospel and acts may have been to assist. Commentary on the book of acts bible study lessons. The main issues revolve around whether he is a man perhaps a greek official for whom luke acts is an apologetic for the gospel or a kind of generic. The importance of the book of acts the importance of this second of lukes twovolume work can hardly be overestimated, for without it we would have no record of the beginnings and development of the early church.
The book of acts is the only historical record of the birth and early days following christs establishing his church. 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. The recipient of the book, theophilus, is the same person addressed in the first volume, the gospel of luke see introduction to luke. Book of acts versebyverse bible study and indepth commentary of the acts of the apostles in plain english for everyone to understand. The main message of luke is that jesus of nazareth is the king of the jews. The book of acts is the link between the gospels and the epistles. Outline studes, 19 lessons for private or group study. The acts of the apostles, fifth book of the new testament, a valuable history of the. The following outline is intended to be used while studying the book. A major figure in the book of acts and the new testament is the apostle paul. Author though he does not mention himself by name, the author is undoubtedly luke, physician and frequent traveling companion of the apostle paul. Workbook on the book of acts the church of christ in. Without acts, the actions of the early church would be unknown to us except for a few facts we could glean from the writings of paul.
The book of acts is a vital link between the gospels and the epistles. Acts records the beginnings of the church and reveals the steps one must obey to become a christian. The outline is based on the theme verse of the book of acts. Acts of the apostles 4 imprisonment in rome are 6062 a. Author though he does not mention himself by name, the author is undoubtedly luke, physician and. The acts of the apostles often referred to simply as acts, or formally the book of acts, is the fifth. There has been much debate as to the purpose of acts. The life and travels of the apostle paul are followed. It opens with a greeting to theophilus, who was also the intended recipient of lukes gospel. By carefully noting the use of we and they in the book of acts, we glean that luke joined paul at troas act 16. The authors name does not appear in the book, but much unmistakable evidence points to luke.
Introduction key words three principal characters old testament quotations doctrines in the book preparation for pentecost the prayer meeting which followed his ascension pentecost the baptism of the holy spirit before pentecost negative. The beautiful, amazing, powerful, weak, dysfunctional church a chapterbychapter bible study of the book of acts 6 acts 1 50 days 1. The book of acts is unique because it is the only book of church history in the new testament. A second purpose in writing acts was to give a written defense of christianity. Smith, dean school of biblical studies freedhardeman university introduction. Outline studies in the book of the acts of the apostles. The authorship of acts is ascribed to luke for these reasons. This seminarylevel study also retains its depth and uses an engaging interactive format. And, when the book of acts begins, he carefully outlines what he has written in the book of luke, as i read already.
In fact, the work is given in detail of only two of the apostles, peter and paul. Sir william ramsay, after making a critical study of lukes writings, declared that luke was the greatest historian, ancient or modern. The earliest possible date of lukeacts is immediately after the events that luke recorded in acts 28, which would have been c. These studies will be expository, devotional, practical and varied, and this is an introduction to the whole book. Lumina online study tool download net bible purchase net bible. There is no mention of titus by name in the book of acts, but we can glean much about him from the epistles of paul. Davidistre abstract% thistrainingcoursestudiesthebook ofacts toprovideinsightintotheway theearlychurchworkedand. The main issues revolve around whether he is a man perhaps a greek official for whom lukeacts is an apologetic for the gospel or a kind of generic. Well try to put the book of acts in context to prepare us to take on the text.1509 49 117 1277 497 1488 180 325 764 1310 1361 1072 964 9 605 1325 927 1193 287 1239 160 375 115 1049 2 594 1468 459 1380 234 342