Acts

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The Acts of the Apostles -
The risen Christ begins to build His Church.
I. Christ begins to build His church (ch. 1)
A. The Lord's commission and ascension, 1:1-11
B. The disciples waiting, 1:12-25
II. The Church begins in Jerusalem. (ch 1 - 9)
A. Pentecost - the filling with the Holy Spirit, 2:1-13
B. Peter opens the Gospel to the Jews, 2:14-47
C. Problems for the church at Jerusalem, 3:1- 7:60
  1. The First Persecution (3:1 - 4:31)
    1. The Occasion: The first apostolic miracle, 3:1-11
    2. The Offense: Peter's second sermon, 3:12-26
    3. The Outcome: Prayer and Power, 4:1-31
  2. The pretentious sin of Ananias and Sapphira, 5:1-11
  3. The Second Persecution, 5:12-42
    1. The Occasion: Powerful signs of a holy church, 5:12-16
    2. The Outcome: Rejoicing, 5:17-42
  4. A problem of Adminstration- The first deacons, 6:1-7
  5. The Third Persecution, 6:8- 7:60
    1. Occasion: Stephen's ministry, 6:8-15
    2. Opportunity: Stephen's testimony, 7:1-53
    3. Outcome, 7:54-60:
      • Conviction of the Jews
      • Martyrdom of Stephen
      • The fourth persecution (ch. 8)
III. The Church expands to Judea & Samaria, 8:1 - 9:31
A. The Fourth Persecution (led by Saul), 8:1-3
B. The ministry of Philip, 8:4-40
  1. to Samaria, 8:4-25
  2. to the Ethiopian, 8:26-39
  3. to other places, 8:40
C. The conversion & growth of Saul, 9:1-31
IV. The Church expands to the Uttermost Parts (9:32 - ch. 28)
A. Peter opens the Gospel to the Gentiles, 9:32- 11:18
  1. Miracles at Peter's hand, 9:32-43
  2. Preparation of Peter's heart, 10:1-22
  3. Confirmation of Gentile believers by the Spirit, 10:23-48
  4. Recognition of Gentile believers by the Jewish church, 11:1-18
B. Paul & the church in Antioch prepared... 11:19- 13:3
  1. to aid the persecuted church in Jerusalem, 11:19-30
    • the Fifth Persecution, and
          Peter's miraculous deliverance, 12:1-24
    • Status of the work: Acts 12:24
  2. to send missionaries to regions beyond, 12:25- 13:1-3
C. The Gospel reaches to Asia Minor
  1. Paul's First Missionary Journey, 13:4- 14:28
    • Cyprus... Antioch of Pisidia... 13:4-52
    • Iconium... Lystra... return... 14:1-28
  2. A Conflict of Faith - Is Salvation by Grace Alone? 15:1-35
D. The Gospel reaches Greece
    Paul's second missionary journey: Conflicts in the Spirit-
  1. Yielding in brotherly disagreement, 15:36-41
  2. Yielding to others' sensitivities 16:1-5
  3. Yielding to the Holy Spirit's leading, 16:6-12
  4. Yielding fruit in the face of opposition...
    • at Philippi, 16:12-40
    • at Thessalonica, 17:1-9
    • at Berea, 17:10-14
    • at Athens: The Unknown God - in a Synagogue &and at Mars Hill, 17:15-34
    • at Corinth, 18:1-22
E. The Gospel Goes Out from Ephesus (18:23-21:16)
    Paul's Third Missionary Journey
  1. The ministry of Apollos, 18:24-28
  2. The extended teaching of Paul, 19:1-20
F. The Gospel reaches Rome
  1. Paul's purpose, 19:21
  2. Paul's preparation & journey -
    • Through opposition at Ephesus, 19:23-41
    • Through exhortation of surrounding churches, 20:1-16
    • Through warnings to the Ephesian elders, 20:17-38
    • Through Prophetic warnings, 21:1-17
      (Third missionary journey is concluded, here.)
    • Through captivity in Jerusalem, 21:18- 23:22
      • Rescued from a Riot, ch.21
      • Addressing the People, ch.22
      • Addressing the Sanhedrin, ch.23)
    • Through captivity in Caesarea, 23:23- 26:32
      • Addressing Felix, ch.24
      • Addressing Festus, ch.25
      • Addressing Agrippa, ch.26)
    • Through shipwreck, 27:1- 28:15
      • Steadfast Faith in a Storm, ch.27
      • Ministry on Melita, ch.28
  3. Paul's ministry in Rome 28:16-31
    • to the Jews and to the Gentiles.
    • Status of the work: Acts 28:30-31


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