We have also produced an audio and video series titled dust to glory. An overview of the book of jeremiah bible commentary. This summary of the book of acts will help with many different forms of bible study. If possible, enroll in a ligonier connect course online that will give you such an overview. This is the first history of the church and the only unfinished book in the bible. Take a look at the basic structure of the book of revelation. 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 is the only biblical book that chronicles the history of the church immediately after jesuss ascension. These have recorded the life, words and acts of our savior from his birth to the cross, the tomb, the resurrection, and the great commission. The book of acts in the bible, written around 6263 a. 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.
Acts introduction devotional reading plan youversion. The book of acts is the only historical record of the birth and early days following christs establishing his church. In acts, jesus sends the holy spirit to empower his disciples as they carry. The end matter includes a selected bibliography that provides plenty of sources pointing readers to further study.
Theology of work bible commentary one volume edition. The story of acts acts covers some of the most important events that occur in the history of the christian tradition. If youre befuddled by the book of revelation in the bible, dont fret. 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. A quick overview of church growth in the book of acts. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. All 1,189 summaries now available in paperback and on. Here is a summary and overview of the book of acts.
Before we get rolling, we should take a quick overview of the book of revelation. 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. 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. The book of acts is also the history of the birth, the founding, and the spread of the church from jerusalem to rome. Jesus ministers for 40 days after his resurrection, twelve to bear witness in jerusalem, judaea, samaria, and uttermost parts of the earth, ascension of jesus, matthias chosen to full.
In thirty years, the good news of jesus christ which had begun in jerusalem had. T he book of acts in the bible, written around 6263 a. 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. The book of acts tells about the beginning of the church.
The book of acts tells how the multiethnic, international. Kjv the book of acts is the historical link between the. In thirty years, the good news of jesus christ which had begun in jerusalem had reached the pinnacle of power in the then known world. The gospel spreads among the jews ac 19 the church spreads to gentiles ac 1012 paul spreads the gospel and plants churches in asia and greece ac. Business, education, law, service industries, medicine, governmentwherever you work, in whatever. The book of acts is the link between the gospels and the epistles. The title now given to the fifth and last of the historical books of the new testament. The book of acts, also called acts of the apostles, does not specifically identify its author. All of the churchs activity can be found in the book of acts. In the book of acts, we discover how gods multiethnic, international church grew through persecution and missionary journeys throughout the world. Book of acts bible study for childrens sunday school. It is titled acts to emphasize that this book records the acts of.
It will help to keep the whole of the book before you as you work your way through each section. Many people looking at revelation have decided that the visions recorded there are all serial, that is sequential. Acts with book summary versebyverse bible commentary. Acts overview barton johnsons peoples new testament. Christs witnesses are empowered by the holy spirit. A quick overview of the book will show that rapid growth occurred largely due to the working of gods holy spirit, the availability of. Jesus rose again, he told his disciples to wait in jerusalem until. Luke gives a brief recap of his gospel, then moves on to discuss the. Acts of the apostles executable outline study resources.
Both were probably written by luke, an early christian who traveled with the apostle paul. The book of acts is the only historical book found in the nt with the exception of the gospels. Book of acts overview insight for living ministries. In writing the book of acts, luke traces the expansion of the christian movement from its earliest beginnings to the time when it reached worldwide proportions. Acts of the apostles 4 imprisonment in rome are 6062 a. The fifth book of the new testament begins where the first four end. 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.
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. Summary the book of acts, which continues the narrative that luke began in his. Others say no it cannot possibly be sequential because there is too much hopscotching around. Acts introduction in thirty years, the good news of. Purpose of the book as indicated previously, the original purpose of both the gospel and acts may have been to assist. Acts date and purpose the book of acts is simply called. Luke wrote the book of acts acts of the apostles to record how believers were empowered by the holy spirit, worked to spread the gospel of christ, and are a model for the future church. As such, it provides us with a valuable account of how. Bradd words in boldboldbold and underlined are the answers to the blanks on the acts study guides acts 1 the book of acts was written by luke to a man named theophilus.
The following outline is intended to be used while studying the book. Our story starts off where the gospel of luke left offjesus is back now that hes resurrected, jesus decides to hang out and chat with his disciples whom luke calls apostles for forty days. The gospel of luke and the book of acts are a twopart work, and an incredibly helpful way to see how early christians told the story of christianitys origins. To guide the church in its continuing mission by describing how the holy spirit empowered the apostles to spread their witness on christs behalf to the gentile world. Acts covers some of the most important events that occur in the history of the christian tradition. Overview of the book of acts reformed answers to bible. The theology of work bible commentary is an indepth bible study tool put together by a group of biblical scholars, pastors, and workplace christians to help you discover what the whole biblefrom genesis to revelationsays about work. In this episode we do a quick overview of the entire book, working through each of the sections, observing how they all fit together. To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by. Like luke, acts is addressed to the unknown reader theophilus, and in the introduction to acts, it is made clear that it is a continuation of luke. Because of these elements many wonders and signs were done by the apostles verse 43.
The commentary includes a subject index, but not a scripture index. 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 of the apostles, the second part of the work that begins with the gospel according to luke, is the story of the early church after jesuss martyrdom. This book is titled the acts of the apostles, or more literally acts of apostles. Author though he does not mention himself by name, the author is undoubtedly luke, physician and frequent traveling companion of the apostle paul. The acts of the apostles, or simply the acts, is the second part to the gospel of luke in the new testament.
Acts chapters 14 notes grace notes lissa eggleston. Acts 1 new international version niv jesus taken up into heaven. What is a general overview of the contents of the book of acts. The road signs were a way to focus on particular aspects of the book of acts that we would be focusing on in this lesson to prepare them for our study through the book of acts. Biblenotes the entire holy bible is summarized with easy. Jesus christs life from the virgin birth to his ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection is the basis for the four gospels the books of matthew, mark, luke, and john. Stay connected amidst social distancing receive weekly bible studies to share with family and friends. Watch our overview video on the book of acts, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought.
Acts of the apostles, the second part of the work that begins with the gospel according to luke, is the story of the. Get a basic overview of the bible ligonier ministries. The former treatise have i made, o theophilus, of all that jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the holy ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen. Although many would suggest other titles, this one has merit because. The book of acts records three of pauls missionary journeys by which the church was established, the people of god, the christians who would change the world. The book of acts is the record of that commission beingcarried out. As i prepared to teach this overview i envisioned our class taking a trip through the book of acts. Synopsis of the book of acts from the bible jack wellman.
The authors primary purpose was to give a detailed account of how men and women were. Without this historical record, little would be known about the expansion of the church. Its subject and intention is nicely summarised by the words of the lord in chapter 1. 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. Luke wrote the book of acts acts of the apostles to record how believers were empowered by the holy spirit, worked to spread the gospel of christ, and are a. It gives the basic structure of the bible from genesis to revelation. Luke, the author of the gospel of luke, was a doctor and gentile. Luke was keenly aware of the way in which christianity was being attacked by enemies of the movement, and he wanted to present the story of its development in a most favorable light. The importance of the book of acts the importance of this second of lukes twovolume work can. The acts of the apostles church leadership resources. A quick overview of the book will show that rapid growth occurred largely due to the working of gods holy spirit, the availability of sincere people, and the simple pattern that was employed. The early christian sermons that luke summarized and recorded form to a.1091 348 899 1209 1572 1209 1597 451 353 198 297 1317 977 952 481 1398 671 681 1194 202 1555 1011 485 1161 105 298 1113 877 589 823 925 1122 212 361 276 147