Author: Luke (see introduction to Luke)
Period: 30-60 A.D.
Summary: Acts records the foundation and activities of the first century church. It illustrates the struggles and problems that they faced as well as their solutions to overcoming the problems. It describes the power that was given to a select number of men by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to promote the Gospel. The book also traces the missionary journeys of Paul as he helped establish Christian congregations throughout Asia Minor and Rome.
THE WITNESS TO CHRIST
Key Verse: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Preparation for preaching: Chapter 1:1 – 2:4
In Jerusalem: Chapter 2:5 – 7:60
In Judea and Samaria: Chapter 8:1-25
The uttermost parts of the earth: Chapter 8:26 – 28:3
- Towards Africa: 8:26-40
- Towards Asia: 9:1 – 16:5
- Towards Europe: 16:6 – 18:17
- In Asia: 18:18 – 26:32
- In Europe: 27:1- 28:31