It alone presents an extensive picture of early church life and history. What conclusion do you reach about who wrote the book of acts. Doughty southside christian church january 2014 introduction. Here are a few of the reasons why actsand thus our study of this bookis so important. Acts free bible commentary on the book of acts in easy english.
The book of acts is a perfect gift for those who want to explore the true story behind the riveting nbc television series a. The acts of the apostles is a unique and therefore crucial book of the new testament. The ending of acts plays an important role in route of determining the book s date. Interpreters have no right to isolate one aspect of truth by excluding others. David jeremiah will be your guide to the book of acts, which tells the true story of how the first band of followers of jesus quickly grew into an international movement after his death. Most can be obtained from a good religious bookstore. In this passage, luke is restating the great commission challenge jesus gave in luke 24. Aune also draws attention to the acts of pilate 25 as representing the view the two witnesses are enoch and elijah. What originally appeared as one work was separated in our bible by the church fathers in order to. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. Ad fs is an identity access solution that provides client computers internal or external to your network with seamless sso access to protected internetfacing applications or services, even when the user accounts and applications are located in completely different networks or organizations. For assurance of our own salvation, we can compare our own conversion experience with those in acts. The importance of the book of acts liberty university. It provides an inspired snapshot of the postascension believers and the progress of the gospel from jerusalem to the ends of the earth.
Workbook on the book of acts church of christ in zion. I am enoch, who pleased god and was removed here by him. Study the bible online using commentary on acts and more. Purpose of the book as indicated previously, the original purpose of both the gospel and acts may have been to assist. Peter is not mentioned in acts after the account of the council.
T he book of acts in the bible, written around 6263 a. Color map map of the new testament world this map reveals the nations within the ancient world during the first century a. Clearly, the author ofthe book of luke is also the one who penned the book of acts. The book of acts sermon outlines this material is from, a web site containing sermon outlines and bible studies by mark a. The purpose of this section is to show the content of the book, not its meaning. In acts, jesus sends the holy spirit to empower his disciples as they carry. Peter wagner, phd, holds graduate degrees in theology, missiology, and religion from fuller theological seminary, princeton theological seminary. Acts 2 new international version niv the holy spirit comes at pentecost. 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. The book of acts ends with paul in house arrest waiting to. We read of the evangelistic methods and message of the early apostles and preachers 3. The gospel of luke records what jesus began both to do and teach in his human body, and the book of acts tells us what jesus continued to do and teach through his spiritual body, the church. The book of acts was likely written between ad 61 and 64.
A good study bible we recommend the following features. The ending of acts plays an important role in route of determining the books date. Luke records many examples of conversion in the book of acts e. In order to ascertain the purpose of the book of acts, we must start with the realization that acts is the second part of a two part work. 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. Before we can learn and understand its meaning, we first need to know what the book contains. This commentary is based upon my personal devotional notes and reflections on the book of acts.
The temple in this book called acts was the third temple. Oct 04, 2016 watch our overview video on the book of acts, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Written by luke, the book of acts has a prominent missionary theme because it details the rapid growth of the early church and the first missionary efforts. The signs and preaching at samaria which resulted in the conversion of the samaritans and simon. Books of the bible explained scripture by scripture. Luke had written to him before and had told him about the things that jesus did and taught. Read acts commentary using commentary critical and explanatory on the whole bible. Acts of the apostles 4 imprisonment in rome are 6062 a. The book of acts ends with paul in house arrest waiting to present his case before caesar. One reason the book of acts is a precious resource is that it informs us about all the main devices satan uses to oppose the work of god. The incredible story of the first followers of jesus, according to the bible jeremiah, david on. He thought elijah and enoch will be killed together at the end of the world by the antichrist ep. The book of acts introduction the book of acts is a unique book in the new testament.
The title as we know it comes from the second century and only partially discloses the theme of the document. Jesus said unto them, verily, verily, i say unto you, before abraham was, i am. We know the first part of this work as the gospel of luke. When a chapter or section is finished, you will see at the bottom of the page. Go to the bottom of that page to see the index chapters, which are hot links. Begin reading gods word adfree with instant access to your new online study library. But stephen reminded the jews that god was bigger than any temple. Jesus had shown himself alive by many proofs for 40 days. It opens with a greeting to theophilus, who was also the intended recipient of lukes gospel. Acts was written in greek, presumably by the evangelist luke, whose gospel concludes where acts begins, namely, with christs ascension into heaven. It is a record of amazing accuracy, without any proven flaw. Since luke is the author of acts, any date between ad 60 and 100 is reasonable as conzelmann points out. Stephen said some words from the book by the prophet isaiah isaiah 66.
The book of acts was written to provide a history of the early church. 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. Therefore, we must strive to understand the purpose of the whole biblical book before we interpret the individual literary units. Click on a book listed below which will take you to its introduction page. The book of acts is also the account of the work of the holy spirit in and through the church. Understanding the biblical doctrine of the trinity godhead. The outlines were developed in the course of my ministry as a preacher of the gospel. 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. A history of the early church gene taylor2an outline of the book i. If the book was just before or after pauls release, then it was likely written around 63 a. The new testament without the book of acts leaves a great yawning gap. The book acts has been described like a drama with two main characters, peter and paul.
Acts bible study detailed questions, answers and guide for an indepth, versebyverse bible study of acts chapter in plain english that everyone can understand. 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. The first volume, the gospel of luke, shows as luke says, all that jesus began to do and teach. As you do make a list of major themes that are frequently mentioned in the book. We do not recommend loose translations or oneman translations. Workbook on the book of acts the church of christ in. Watch our overview video on the book of acts, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. The result was that they were respected in the community for their good deeds and people were being. Begin reading gods word ad free with instant access to your new online study library. The acts of the apostles, abbreviation acts, fifth book of the new testament, a valuable history of the early christian church.
According to the book of acts, after his shipwreck on the island of malta acts 28 he came to italy and was put on house arrest for two years acts 28. A commentary on the acts of the apostles by pastor galen l. The nineteenthcentury archaeologist william ramsay started his career as a thoroughgoing skeptic, but after many years of examining the relevant evidence, much of which he himself had unearthed. Visit the web site to browse or download additional material for church or personal use. The second principle is to identify the literary units. Actus apostolorum, often referred to simply as acts, or formally the book of acts, is the fifth book of the new testament. 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. Acts was apparently written in rome, perhaps between ad 70 and 90, though some think a slightly earlier date is also. 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. But it is more likely that theophilus was a real person. In 30 ad, all of israel was gathered in jerusalem to celebrate this feast of. In fact, we find all these in the first fifteen chapters.
It is intended to help you better understand some of the background and issues in lukes second volume. Acts free bible commentary on the book of acts in easy. Commentary on the book of acts bible study lessons. Reading acts some thoughts on the book of acts and. Acts is the second book in the history that luke wrote. The emphasis of the book is the fulfillment of the great commission. Observing the lords supper in the context of communal meals d. The holy spirit is such a prominent figure in the acts, that the book is sometimes called the acts of the page 2 spirit. The theme deals with the spread of the gospel from jerusalem the city. Perhaps luke was using it to mean any christian reader. It serves as a transition between the gospels and the epistles.
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. Makes up over onefourth of the entire new testament. The readers study of acts in the book of acts will bring new intimacy with the spirit and new joy in doing his will. Acts records the apostles being christs witnesses in jerusalem, judea, samaria, and the surrounding world. A chapterbychapter bible study of the book of acts 10 acts 2 the day of pentecost in the old testament, our day of pentecost was called the feast of weeks, or the feast of harvest, or the day of first fruits.
His favorite device is persecution, because it is a direct attack upon god himself. The book of acts is full of historical details that have been verified by modern research. Now the second volume, acts, will detail jesus continuing work through his apostles that he had chosen and the work of the holy spirit who would be. Acts 2 niv the holy spirit comes at pentecost bible. It is a bridge between the gospels and the epistles.802 511 1439 143 125 1456 1056 1348 171 1413 1187 1013 160 864 687 1225 338 661 664 724 606 312 406 363 1056 573 1340 1417 1381 1411 916 99 190 632 1072 1153 1463 405 1259 917 302 705 36 1297 1295 862