The Books of the New Testament
The Book of Acts
Brief Summary. Jesus rose again, he told his
disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they are endued with power from on high,
power to be his witnesses unto the ends of the earth. When the feast of
Pentecost had fully come, the church was born and God poured out his Holy Spirit
in Jerusalem. This began a fire which was spread throughout the whole world,
Jesus Christ has risen from the dead and all who believe can be saved. This was
the message of the gospel in the Book of Acts, and God confirmed his word with
signs following. The church in Jerusalem had taken their time in fulfilling the
commands of the Lord to go into all the world beginning in Jerusalem and Samaria
and even to the uttermost parts of the earth. God called a man named Saul who
was a persecutor of the church to be the hero in the Book of Acts. God would
change his name to Paul the Apostle, and it was through Paul that the message of
Christ would spread to the farthest parts of the known world. The Book of Acts
records three of Paul's missionary journeys by which the church was established,
the people of God, the Christians who would change the world.
Apostolon, Acts or Deeds of Apostles
Author: Luke the
Possibly a Roman official (Theophilus) or certain Greeks.
Classification: Theological History
General Theme: Acts
of the Holy Spirit through the church
Formation of the Church. Historical account from Jesusí ascension to travels of
Paul in his missionary Church planting journeys.
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Acts. "Two things more are to be observed concerning this book:-- (1.)
The penman of it. It was written by Luke, who wrote the third of the four
gospels, which bears his name; and who (as the learned Dr. Whitby shows) was,
very probably, one of the seventy disciples, whose commission (Luke 10:1, &c.)
was little inferior to that of the twelve apostles. This Luke was very much a
companion of Paul in his services and sufferings. Only Luke is with me, 2
Timothy 4:11. We may know by his style in the latter part of this book when and
where he was with him, for then he writes, We did so and so, as Acts 16:10,20:6;
and thenceforward to the end of the book. He was with Paul in his dangerous
voyage to Rome, when he was carried thither a prisoner, was with him when from
his prison there he wrote his epistles to the Colossians and Philemon, in both
which he is named. And it should seem that St. Luke wrote this history when he
was with St. Paul at Rome, during his imprisonment there, and was assistant to
him; for the history concludes with St. Paul's preaching there in his own hired
house. (2.) The title of it: The Acts of the Apostles; of the holy Apostles, so
the Greek copies generally read it, and so they are called, Revelation 18:20,
Rejoice over her you holy apostles. One copy inscribes it, The Acts of the
Apostles by Luke the Evangelist. [1.] It is the history of the apostles; yet
there is in it the history of Stephen, Barnabas, and some other apostolical men,
who, though not of the twelve, were endued with the same Spirit, and employed in
the same work; and, of those that were apostles, it is the history of Peter and
Paul only that is here recorded (and Paul was now of the twelve), Peter the
apostle of the circumcision, and Paul the apostles of the Gentiles, Galatians
2:7. But this suffices as a specimen of what the rest did in other places,
pursuant to their commission, for there were none of them idle; and as we are to
think what is related in the gospels concerning Christ sufficient, because
Infinite Wisdom thought so, the same we are to think here concerning what is
related of the apostles and their labours; for what more is told us from
tradition of the labours and sufferings of the apostles, and the churches they
planted, is altogether doubtful and uncertain, and what I think we cannot build
upon with any satisfaction at all. This is gold, silver, and precious stones,
built upon the foundation: that is wood, hay, and stubble. [2.] It is called
their acts, or doings; Gesta apostolorum; so some. Praxeis--their practices of
the lessons their Master had taught them. The apostles where active men; and
though the wonders they did were by the word, yet they are fitly called their
acts; they spoke, or rather the Spirit by them spoke, and it was done. The
history is filled with their sermons and their sufferings; yet so much did they
labour in their preaching, and so voluntarily did they expose themselves to
sufferings, and such were their achievements by both, that they may very well be
called their acts." - Matthew Henry (Read
Outline of the Book of Acts (Scriptures and Topics Covered)
The Gospel is Preached From Jerusalem to All Judea - Chapters 1-7
The Gospel is Preached in Samaria - Chapter 8
The Gospel is Preached to the Gentiles - Chapters 9-12
The Gospel is Preached to the Ends of the Earth - Chapters 13-28
Questions for further study.
Who was the author of the book of Acts?
What is a good argument for the credibility of the book of Acts?
When was the book of Acts written?
Where was the book of Acts written?
What language was the book of Acts written in?
With what theme was the book of Acts written?
What was the purpose of planting churches?
What happened in each of Paul's missionary journeys?
How far did Christianity spread in the world?
Map of New Testament Israel
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Map of Paul's First Missionary Journey
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of Asia in Roman Times