Acts is a history of the early church and of the spread of the gospel note 1. Acts 1 niv bible in my former book, theophilus, i wrote. The book of acts provides a detailed, orderly, eyewitness account of the birth and growth of the early church and the spread of the gospel immediately after the resurrection of jesus christ. It alone presents an extensive picture of early church life and history. The following are the five that i have found to be the most helpful. A list of sermons in the book of acts leadership resources. Acts free bible commentary on the book of acts in easy english. The book of acts is an exciting one, detailing the spread of the gospel after jesus returned to heaven. 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.
Luke acts makes up 28% of the new testamentmore than that written by either paul or john. Each of the characteristics listed below can be found all over the book of acts, and for the sake of brevity i chose to only include one example for each. Ppt only, background information for acts and epistles. Luke was a physician, sometimes companion of paul on his missionary journeys, and a firstrate historian. Commentary on the book of acts bible study lessons. In the latter portion of acts, luke recorded three rejections of the jews to pauls overtures of salvation. Acts 1 jesus taken up into heaven 1 in my former book, theophilus, i wrote about all that jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the holy spirit to the apostles he had chosen. The book of acts, which continues the narrative that luke began in his gospel, is especially important because it was the first written history of the christian church. As such, it provides us with a valuable account of how the church was able to grow and spread out from jerusalem into the rest of the roman empire. The book of acts is the link between the gospels and the epistles. Acts was written in greek, presumably by the evangelist luke, whose gospel concludes where acts begins, namely, with christs ascension into heaven. Timeline of the book of acts dates reference events books written historical events roman emperors c. The book of acts is the record of that commission beingcarried out. This theme is carried forward by several different words and phrases cf.
The book of acts is a record not only of might conversions, but also of fierce opposition to the preaching of the gospel. One in a series of books comparable to cliffs notes. The book of acts is part two of the compelling story of jesus and reveals how the church was established in spite of extreme opposition. One is simply to strengthen believers as witnesses to the work and life of jesus, both in history and in their lives. Each place is located on a map and then we note the people and events associated with that place. Bible study quiz questions set 2 acts facts book of acts. The book of acts is an important book for understanding the actions of the apostles, mostly paul and peter, after jesuss ascension into heaven. Includes lessons about the kingdom of christ, church organization and worship, examples of conversion, the nature and purpose of miracles, and the work of the holy spirit. But stephen reminded the jews that god was bigger than any temple. But we know that our god will triumph, that every knee will someday bow to jesus christ as lord, to the glory of god the father phil.
Introduction, outline and selected bibliography for the book of acts, by david malick at the biblical studies foundation. The book of acts gives a unique glimpse into the life and practice of the early church. The title as we know it comes from the second century and only partially discloses the theme of. Covenant in the synoptics, acts and pauline writings first. It is an important book in understanding how we can be directed by the holy spirit and the role of jesus lessons in our lives. Its narrative supplies a bridge connecting the life and ministry of jesus to the life of the church and the witness of the earliest believers. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house. A better title for this book is the acts of the holy spirit and because of this the book of acts is an unfinished book.
Jul 10, 2014 by the end of the book we see paul living in rome proclaiming the kingdom of god and teaching about the lord jesus christ with all boldness and without hindrance acts 28. May 22, 2018 the book of acts is the second and the twovolume work by luke the evangelist. If he did, the book is a sequel to the gospel of luke. We have gained these insights partly through spiritual numbers related to the order of books in the.
Acts with book summary versebyverse bible commentary. Books in this series are aimed at developing confidence in handling gods word in a variety of contexts. This is the story of christianitys beginnings and how evangelism played. Its subject and intention is nicely summarised by the words of the lord in chapter 1. Book of acts overview insight for living ministries. Top 5 commentaries on the book of acts ligonier ministries. In addition, there are topical studies on issues such as spiritual leadership, gods redemptive plan, and old testament character studies.
The gospels matthew, mark, luke, and john describe the life and ministry of jesus christ when he was in the flesh, while much of the rest of the new testament is made up of letters written by the apostles to the early church after the life, death. 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. T he book of acts in the bible, written around 6263 a. The second is to serve as preparation for urbana96. Bible study lesson sheets these are lessons designed for either a class or personal study. There are a number of good commentaries on the book of acts. Our purpose is to reveal that the book of acts is not only merely a history book, but also foreshadows end time events in detail. The book of acts, youll discover how the old and new testaments together present christianity as a continuation of gods plan for salvation explore the struggles of the apostles and see the holy spirit intervene in. The title as we know it comes from the second century and only partially discloses the theme of the document. Furthermore, three specific principles should govern biblical precedents themselves to help determine whether a narrative in acts functions descriptively or prescriptively.
The gospel draws people in, constitutes them as the church centered on the grace of jesus, and then sends them out in mission to the world. The book of the acts of the apostles typically shortened to simply acts was almost certainly written by luke or at least whoever recorded the book of luke. Besides linking the gospel narratives on the one hand and the apostolic letters on the. Work of the holy spirit stories 220255 part of the series. The acts of the apostles is a unique and therefore crucial book of the new testament. Introduction to the book of acts, new american bible. This is the story of christianitys beginnings and how evangelism played a role in the spread of faith around the world. 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. Acts 2, new international version niv the bible app. Some of the texts that contain biblical commands would be the gospels, epistles, the ten commandments and the prophets. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of god. A bible study lesson series about the beginning of christianity as revealed in the book of the acts of the apostles.
Content includes book studies on luke, ephesians, thessalonians, james, 1 samuel, john, and acts. It traces the first decades in the history of the church after the resurrection of christ, focusing in particular on the work of peter and paul. The book of acts, also called acts of the apostles, does not specifically identify its author. For assurance of our own salvation, we can compare our own conversion experience with those in acts. Book of acts in the setting of hellenistic history. I believed judas was predestined to betray jesus as in acts 1. Biblical theology biblical hermeneutics biblical canon scriptures and revelation narrative themes prolegomena trinitarianism sacraments providence. Acts 1, new international version niv the bible app. As a second volume to lukes gospel, it joins what jesus began to do and to teach 1.
It is the historical link that joins the life of christ with the growth of the christian church. I encourage you to study the book of acts and all of its sermons to see them for yourself. According to church tradition, luke wrote the book of acts. In only three decades, a small group of frightened believers in jerusalem transformed. You will find specific teaching on, and examples of, biblical commands or imperatives in other places in the bible. The holy spirit comes at pentecost when the day of pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Luke wrote his gospel and also the book of acts compare luke 1. Acts definition is a book in the new testament narrating the beginnings of the christian church called also acts of the apostles. The book of acts ends with paul proclaiming the kingdom of god and teaching about the lord jesus christ with all boldness and without hindrance acts 28. Endeavour to follow the flow of the biblical content of the book of acts.
The gospels matthew, mark, luke, and john describe the life and ministry of jesus christ when he was in the flesh, while much of the rest of the new testament is made up of letters written by the apostles to the early church after the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of jesus. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. Acts 1 niv jesus taken up into heaven in my bible gateway. Consider the copernican revolution, when nicolaus copernicus 14731543 showed that the earth was not the center of the universe but actually circled the sun. Acts does not contain clear, direct declarative instruction or commands to the reader. Right here are the very heart of the gospel presentation, as revealed in the gospel of luke and in the book of acts, we see, gods covenant designs woven in to the plan of salvation, as revealed by the new testament prophets and apostles, not just the old testament, but the new testament prophets and apostles. Acts was apparently written in rome, perhaps between ad 70 and 90, though some think a slightly earlier date is also. It may be that the focus of acts is the theme of fulfillment unhindered, cf. Book of acts a prophetic witness bible numbers for life. He was also the author of its companion work, the gospel of luke. It is not a record of all of the acts of all of the apostles, but of just some of the acts of some of the apostles.
Stephen said some words from the book by the prophet isaiah isaiah 66. The book of acts is unlike any other biblical book. The book of acts provides a bridge for the writings of the nt. It opens with a greeting to theophilus, who was also the intended recipient of lukes gospel.
Book of acts a prophetic witness we present to you the notion that the book of acts is a prophetic witness. Acts free bible commentary on the book of acts in easy. If the book of acts were gone, there would be nothing to replace it the last recorded fact about jesus in the gospel of matthew is the resurrection. Acts chapter 20 kjv king james version little children, it is the last time. Book of acts explained the acts of the apostles is a unique and therefore crucial book of the new testament. The tradition from the earliest days of the church has been that luke, a companion of the apostle paul, wrote the books of luke and acts colossians 4. Now scholars differ on the dating of acts, placing it anywhere between the early 60s in the late 70s. The word revolution can refer to a radical change in the way people think, act, and view the world. The life and teachings of jesus christ are established in the four gospel narratives, and the book of acts provides a coordinated account of the beginning and spread of the church as the result of the work of the risen lord and the holy spirit through the apostles. Pauls respect for others often wins a hearing for him and even turns enemies into friends, notwithstanding the boldness of his words. Intro to acts biblica the international bible society. The new testament without the book of acts leaves a great yawning gap.
Unlocking the book of acts for the bible teacher 9781845502553 by david cook. In this passage, luke is restating the great commission challenge jesus gave in luke 24. It is a bridge between the gospels and the epistles. Acts is a fastmoving historical account of the first three decades of the church. Miracles, healings, imprisonment, torture the early christians experienced all the highs and lows. We look at the places mentioned in acts, taking them in alphabetical order. Luke records many examples of conversion in the book of acts e. The book of acts is the second book written by luke, the first one being the book of luke, the third book of the gospel. Acts is the only biblical book that chronicles the history of the church immediately after jesuss ascension. Model for todays church is a session bible study that will connect. Acts concerns the very vital period in christian history between the resurrection of jesus and the death of the apostle paul, the time when christian ideas and beliefs were. Actus apostolorum, often referred to simply as acts, or formally the book of acts, is the fifth book of the new testament.
Kjv bible verses from acts, often referred to as the acts of the apostles, is not to be considered as a history of what was done by all the apostles, who were dispersed into different nations. Characteristics of the apostolic preaching in acts. The purpose of the book of acts is governed by the jews response to peter and paul. The acts of the apostles, abbreviation acts, fifth book of the new testament, a valuable history of the early christian church. 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. It is titled acts to emphasize that this book records the acts of. Acts bible study the book of acts bible study lifeway. A eunuch was on his way home from jerusalem when philip taught and baptized him. Luke, the author of the gospel of luke, was a doctor and gentile. We read of the evangelistic methods and message of the early apostles and preachers 3. Acts has been called a transitional book because it serves as a bridge between the gospels and the epistles.
Kjv the book of acts is the historical link between the. Bible study tips for the book of acts unlocking the bible. Here ends our study of all the places mentioned in the book of acts. Now the rest of the acts of jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of jehu the son of hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of israel. Jesus knew from the begging that he was going to be betray by judas jesus said it was better for him judas not to be born.
Whether you are a preacher, a small group leader or youth worker, these books will give you the necessary tools for teaching. But because of their faithfulness, we now have access to the word of god and the knowledge of jesus. This is the third in a series of three smallgroup bible study discussion guides luke 19, luke 1024 and selected portions of acts which explore the meaning of witness. The temple in this book called acts was the third temple. God took a christianhating murderer and transformed him into historys greatest christian evangelist, the author of almost half the books of the new testament. Just as his gospel opens with a dedication to theophilus, so also does acts. May 02, 2020 the book of acts shows how god essentially took a group of fisherman and commoners and used them to turn the world upside down acts 17. 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.
Acts facts people, places, and verse by verse study. The genre of the book of acts is narrative history with several sermons. Smith, atlantic baptist university, in religious studies 1023. This heliocentric suncentered model radically transformed the way people thought about the cosmos. Luke is uniformly identified as the author acts by the second century a. Authorship of actsluke is the author of the book acts. Includes lessons about the kingdom of christ, church organization and worship, examples of conversion, the nature and purpose of miracles, and the work of.
Acts 1 new international version niv jesus taken up into heaven. Mar 23, 2015 this video explains the transitional book that is the book of acts, and how it starts with jews to jews, and slowly changes to gentiles, as the jewish nation as a whole rejects jesus christ, and. David spoke about judas concerning his betrayal in the book of psalms. Acts tells us how the christian movement came into beginning. As mentioned in the origin of the bible, the book of acts is actually a letter written to theophilus by luke, the doctor who accompanied paul on his latter missionary journeys and used his medical training to carefully record what paul and the other apostles said and did as inspired by god.662 1376 660 1283 679 507 102 1533 1084 293 1141 1182 697 1525 353 672 244 36 580 871 161 451 106 1017 359 644 126 189 181 1208 813 1375 765 1428 433 967 101