THE BOOK:

ACTS

(Acts 1:1-3)

Here are some suggested memory verses:

Acts 1:11

Acts 2:38

Acts 3:19

Acts 4:12

Acts 17:11

Acts 17:30-31

Acts 20:35

Acts 24:25

Acts 26:29


Try to learn one verse each week for a month.



I. Author - Luke

   A. a physician

      1.Col. 4:14

   B.perhaps a Gentile (if so, only non-Jewish New Test. writer)

      1. Col. 4:11-14

   C. historian

      1. Lk. 1:1-4

      2. accuracy of account

         a. Acts 17:6 (His use of "politarchs" was questioned until discovery of inscription on Galerian Arch)

         b. Acts 19:35 (city clerk or "grammateus")

   D. mentioned in various epistles of Paul

      1. Col. 4:14

      2. 2 Tim. 4:11

      3. Philemon 24

   E. Paul's traveling companion ("we" passages of Acts)

      1. Acts 16:10-17

      2. Acts 20:5-15

      3. Acts 21:1-18

      4. Acts 27:1 - 28:16

   F. stood with Paul to the end

      1. 2 Tim. 4:11


II. Book

   A. written to Theophilus - "lover of God"

      1. Acts 1:1-2 (Lk. 1:1-4)

   B. covers beginning of church

      1. focuses mainly on Peter in chapters 1-12

      2. focuses mainly on Paul in chapters 13-28

   C. covers from the ascension (AD 30) to end of 2nd year of Paul's imprisonment in Rome (AD 61-63)


III. Message

   A. God does not overlook ignorance

      1. Acts 17:30-31

   B. there is no other name by which we can be saved

      1. Acts 4:8-12

   C. Jesus is coming back

      1. Acts 1:11

   D. we must be on the alert

      1. Acts 20:28-32

   E. we do not have as much time as we think

      1. Acts 24:25