THE BOOK:

ACTS (second study)

(Acts 1:6-11)

Here are some suggested memory verses:

Acts 1:11
Acts 2:36
Acts 2:38
Acts 3:6
Acts 4:19,20
Acts 5:29
Acts 17:22-31 (30,31)
Acts 20:35
Acts 22:16
Acts 26:20
Acts 26:28,29

Try to learn one verse each week for a month.


I. Author - Luke

   A. Paul's traveling companion

      1. "we" passages

         a. Acts 16:10

         b. Acts 20:5,6

         c. Acts 27:1 to Acts 28:16

      2. met Paul at Troas about AD 51

         a. Acts 16:8,10

      3. stayed at Philippi

         a. Acts 16:10-16

         b. Acts 20:6

   B. physician

      1. Col. 4:14

   C. well-educated, high literary ability, acclaimed historian

II. Book

   A. written early AD 60s

   B. second half of account to Theophilus -lover of God or loved by God - (1:3)  and then to larger audience

   C. historically accurate (Evidence pp. 71ff)

      1. placement of Lystra, Derbe in Lycaonia and Iconium not - 14:6

      2. praetors in Philippi - 16:20

      3. politarchs in Thessalonica - 17:6

      4. Gallio as proconsul - 18:12

      5. assembly in Ephesus - 19:23

   D. records spread of church - Acts 1:6-8

      1. Jerusalem - Acts 2:1-7:60

      2. Judea and Samaria - Acts 8:1-11:18

      3. throughout the world - Acts 11:19-30; 13:1ff

III. Message - the church will grow when there is

   A. teaching, sharing, living, obeying

      1. 2:42-47

   B. respect

      1. 5:12-14

   C. prayer

      1. 6:4-7

   D. fear of God and comfort of the Holy Spirit

      1. 9:31

   E. oppression

      1. 12:24

      2. 13:49

   F. strong faith

      1. 16:5

   G. hearing the Word of God

      1. 19:10,20

concl. Acts 1:11