Acts

Acts is the sequel to the four Gospels. It sets the stage for Paul’s writings. It reveals the early days of the Christian movement. And it calls us to be zealous for Jesus Christ.

CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

RESOURCES: Summary, Outline, Memorize


SUMMARY

AUTHOR. Luke the Apostle.

DATE. The most widely accepted date is around 60-62 AD.

PURPOSE. The Acts of the Apostles achieves many outcomes. The most obvious is to record the growth of the gospel message from Jerusalem to Judea to Samaria and to the ends of the world.

 


OUTLINE

THEY WITNESS IN JERUSALEM

The Expectation of the Chosen

Acts 1:1-8. Jesus promises the Holy Spirit

Acts 1:9-11. Jesus ascends into the sky

Acts 1:12-14. They pray together in the Upper Room

Acts 1:15-26. They elect Matthias to replace Judas

Acts 2:1-13. The arrival of the Holy Spirit

Acts 2:14-36. Peter boldly preaches faith in Jesus Christ

Acts 2:37-41. Peter tells them to accept Jesus Christ

Acts 2:42-47. The believers form a community

The Expansion of the Church in Jerusalem

Acts 3:1-11. At the temple gate, Peter heals a lame beggar

Acts 3:11-26. Peter boldly preaches Jesus Christ

Acts 4:1-4. Peter and John are arrested

Acts 4:5-12. Peter and John stand before the ruling Council

Acts 4:13-22. The Name is forbidden

Acts 4:23-31. The believers pray for boldness

Acts 4:32-37. The believers share all things in common

Acts 5:1-11. Ananias and Sapphira lie about a donation

Acts 5:12-17. The apostles perform signs and wonders

Acts 5:18-25. The apostles are arrested then set free

Acts 5:26-42. The apostles are tortured for speaking about Jesus Christ

Acts 6:1-7. What is the focus of your life?

THEY WITNESS IN JUDEA AND SAMARIA

The Martyrdom of Stephen

Acts 6:8-15. Deacon Stephen is arrested

Acts 7:1-53. Stephen addresses the Council

Acts 7:54-60. They stone Stephen to death

The Ministry of Philip

Acts 8:1-3. Saul persecutes the believers

Acts 8:4-8. Philip evangelizes in Samaria

Acts 8:9-13. Simon the Magician comes to faith in Jesus Christ

Acts 8:14-17. The believers in Samaria receive the Holy Spirit

Acts 8:18-25. Simon the Magician tries to buy Holy Spirit power

Acts 8:26-40. An Ethiopian official comes to faith in Jesus Christ

The Message of Saul of Tarsus

Acts 9:1-19. Saul comes to faith in Jesus Christ

Acts 9:20-25. Saul immediately proclaims Jesus Christ

Acts 9:26-31. Saul tries to join the disciples in Jerusalem

THEY WITNESS TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH

The Church Expands to Antioch

Acts 9:32-35. In Lydda, Peter heals Aeneas

Acts 9:36-43. In Joppa, Peter raises Tabitha to life

Acts 10:1-8. A Roman centurion named Cornelius sends for Peter

Acts 10:9-33. Peter visits Cornelius

Acts 10:34-43. Peter preaches the Lord Jesus Christ to these Gentiles

Acts 10:44-48. The Holy Spirit falls on these Gentiles

Acts 11:1-18. Peter reports that Gentiles can come to faith in Jesus Christ

Acts 11:19-30. The believers in Antioch of Syria

Acts 12:1-2. King Herod executes James

Acts 12:3-5. King Herod imprisons Peter

Acts 12:6-19. An angel extracts Peter from prison

Acts 12:20-23. Herod dies

The Church Expands to Asia Minor

Acts 12:24-25. The Word of God increases and spreads

Acts 13:1-3. Antioch sends Barnabas and Saul as foreign missionaries

Acts 13:4-12. The missionary team arrives in Cyprus

Acts 13:13-43. The missionary team arrives in Antioch in Pisidia

Acts 13:44-52. Paul and Barnabas decide to evangelize Gentiles instead of Jews

Acts 14:1-6. Evangelizing in Iconium

Acts 14:7-10. Paul performs a miracle in Lystra

Acts 14:11-18. Paul and Barnabas are viewed as gods

Acts 14:19-20. Paul is stoned to death

Acts 14:21-23. Fruitful discipleship ministry in Derbe

Acts 14:24-28. Paul and Barnabas return home to Antioch in Syria

Acts 15:1-5. Legalists try to take over in Antioch

The Church Expands to the Aegean Area

Acts 15:6-22. Apostles and elders gather in Jerusalem for a Council

Acts 15:23-35. The council writes to Gentile believers everywhere

Acts 15:36-41. Paul and Barnabas part ways

Acts 16:1-8. Paul’s second missionary journey

Acts 16:9-10. Go to Macedonia and evangelize

Acts 16:11-15. Lydia of Thyatira converts to faith in Jesus Christ

Acts 16:16-24. Paul and Silas are tortured and thrown into prison

Acts 16:25-34. Their jailer converts to faith in Jesus Christ

Acts 16:35-40. The chief magistrates apologize

Acts 17:1-4. The missionary team preaches in Thessalonica

Acts 17:5-9. There is a riot

Acts 17:10-15. They flee to Berea and preach

Acts 17:16-21. Paul goes to Athens

Acts 17:22-34. Paul preaches in the Areopagus

Acts 18:1-17. Paul meets Aquila and Priscilla in Corinth

Acts 18:18-23. Paul returns to Antioch in Syria

Acts 18:24-28. In Ephesus, Apollos boldly speaks of Jesus Christ

Acts 19:1-7. Paul evangelizes in Ephesus

Acts 19:8-12. Paul trains his disciples in a lecture hall

Acts 19:13-20. Non-Christians try to exorcize a demon in the name of Jesus

The Church Expands to Rome

Acts 19:21-41. All of Ephesus riots

Acts 20:1-6. Paul encourages the believers in Macedonia and Greece

Acts 20:7-12. Paul delivers a very lengthy sermon in Troas

Acts 20:12-38. Paul visits the elders in Ephesus

Acts 21:1-16. Paul goes to Jerusalem

Acts 21:17-25. Paul visits James

Acts 21:26-36. Paul is arrested in the temple

Acts 21:37-40. Paul speaks to the angry mob

Acts 22:1-23. Paul shares his testimony

Acts 22:24-30. Paul reveals that he is a Roman citizen

Acts 23:1-11. Paul testifies before the High Council

Acts 23:12-22. More than 40 men conspire to kill Paul

Acts 23:23-35. Claudius Lysias sends Paul to Governor Felix in Caesarea

Acts 24:1-22. Governor Felix convenes Paul’s trial

Acts 24:23-27. Governor Felix delays his decision

Acts 25:1-12. Paul stands before Porcius Festus

Acts 25:13-27. Paul stands before King Agrippa and Bernice

Acts 26:1-23. Paul tells his testimony to King Agrippa and Bernice

Acts 26:24-32. King Agrippa gets the message

Acts 27:1-12. Paul sails for Rome

Acts 27:13-26. A storm at sea

Acts 27:27-44. Shipwrecked

Acts 28:1-6. Paul swims to the island of Malta

Acts 28:7-10. Paul miraculously heals some people in Malta

Acts 28:11-16. Paul finally arrives in Rome

Acts 28:17-31. While under house arrest, Paul boldly evangelizes Rome

 


MEMORIZE

Acts 1:8. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.

Acts 2:1. Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all with one accord in one place.

Acts 2:21. It will be that whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

Acts 3:6. But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have, that I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!”

Acts 4:12. There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven that is given among men, by which we must be saved!

Acts 4:13. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and had perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled. They recognized that they had been with Jesus.

Acts 4:20. for we can’t help telling the things which we saw and heard.

Acts 5:29. But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”

Acts 5:41. They therefore departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for Jesus’ name.

Acts 6:4. We will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word. (Our translation)

Acts 8:6. The multitudes listened with one accord to the things that were spoken by Philip when they heard and saw the signs which he did.

Acts 10:35. but in every nation he who fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.

Acts 11:21. The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.

Acts 12:24. But the Word of God continued to increase and spread. (NIV 1984)

Acts 13:52. The disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 15:11. But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they are.

Acts 16:9. A vision appeared to Paul in the night. There was a man of Macedonia standing, begging him, and saying, “Come over into Macedonia and help us.”

Acts 16:10. When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go out to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the Good News to them.

Acts 17:11. Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.

Acts 19:6. When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them and they spoke with other languages and prophesied.

Acts 19:15. The evil spirit answered, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you?”

Acts 19:20. So the word of the Lord was growing and becoming mighty.

Acts 20:20. I didn’t shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, teaching you publicly and from house to house,

Acts 20:24. But these things don’t count; nor do I hold my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to fully testify to the Good News of the grace of God.

Acts 20:28. Take heed, therefore, to yourselves, and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the assembly of the Lord and ‡ God which he purchased with his own blood.

Acts 20:32. Now, brothers, I entrust you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build up, and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Acts 21:13. Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

Acts 23:11. The following night, the Lord stood by him and said, “Cheer up, Paul, for as you have testified about me at Jerusalem, so you must testify also at Rome.”

Acts 24:16. So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. (NIV 1984 translation)

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ACTS

CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

RESOURCES: Summary, Outline, Memorize

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Author: Todd Van Natta

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