|Create Date||May 28, 2018|
|Last Updated||May 28, 2018|
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OVERVIEW OF ACTS
Book of Acts moves very quickly, lots of events over a 30 year period.
Author Dr Luke: Writes in both first person and third person.
Very detailed account of early Church history
Contrast with the gospels
GOSPELS Jesus offers his life
ACTS Jesus offers his power
GOSPELS I will build my Church
ACTS Church is built
GOSPELS Jesus is crucified died and risen
ACTS Ascended, seated and exalted over the Church
GOSPELS Jesus models the truth
ACTS Christians model the truth
GOSPELS Emphasis on Jesus
ACTS Emphasis on the Holy Spirit
Structure See Chart
Cast Peter is dominant for the first 13 chapters, then is eclipsed by Paul
The Church is born
Holy Spirit comes
People exercise the gifts of the Spirit
Paul starts missionary Journeys
Message of grace is preached
Persecution has always been the filter and fertilizer for the Church. When persecution strikes the church grows
Persecution does not mean that God has abandoned us and the first Christians had a resilient courage. Sometimes without persecution we can get spiritually flabby and soft. We need to display the same courage as the early church and not pack our bags and run away when problems strike. Church has always moved forward through the momentum of those stood up for what is right.
Barnabas is an influential character in the book and his impact quietly changes the course of history
Barnabas is an encourager and encouragers are very important because they can spot potential in people. He gave people a chance. We need to do the same.