Summary: Giving a brief background on Acts: It's Title, Author, & Content
Introduction to Acts
- What do you know about your family’s sp. history?
- What is one way your family’s Sp. past has contributed to your Sp. present
+ Billy Graham going to a major crusade / a liberal in area didn’t want him to come / went to cmte. and said, we don’t want him here, he’s too old fashioned…he’ll set evangelism back 50 years in this city! / when Graham heard that, he said, I apologize for misrepresenting my intentions…I don’t want to send it back 50 years, but 2,000!
We need to get back to doing things the way they did in the early NT church…the one that turned the world upside down!
Acts 17:6 (AV)
6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;
Acts of the Apostles
- Not the dreams, theories or speculations
- Pivotal book of the NT
Gospels Last Chapters
Mt. refers tp the Resurrection
Mk. refers to the Ascension
Lk refers to the Promise of the HS
Jn refers to the 2nd coming
All four facts found in Acts 1:1-11
All four gospels gives the great commission
Luke 1:1–4 (AV)
1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
Acts 1:1–3 (AV)
1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
- Lk is writing to Theophilus, a senior Roman official
- Symbolically the entire Gentile Church;
- He travelled with Paul through various countries
Acts 16:10 (AV)
10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.
Acts 20:6 (AV)
6 And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.
Colossians 4:14 (AV)
14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you
- Supposed to have been hanged on an olive tree, by the idolatrous priests of Greece.
- About 33 yr.
- Christ was on earth about 33 yr.
- Average length of a generation is about 33 yr.
- In one generation the gospel given almost to the entire inhabited earth
Acts 1:8 (AV)
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Key Word – Witness – used over 30x
8-12 Judea & Samaria
3-28 Uttermost Parts
1st Sermon - 2
Lame man healed - 3
Influence of shadow - 5
Simon the sorcerer - 8
Laying on of hands - 8
Peter Worshiped – 10
Tabitha raised – 9
Peter imprisoned – 12
1st Sermon – 13
Lame man healed – 14
Influence of Handkerchief – 19
Elymas the sorcerer – 13
Laying on of hands – 19
Paul worshipped -14
Eutychus raised – 20
Paul imprisoned - 28
The Holy Spirit in Acts
Endued the disciples with power – Acts 1. 8
Inspired the Scriptures – Acts 1. 16
Gave ability to the preachers – Acts 2. 4
Witnessed concerning Jesus – Acts 5. 32
Comforted the churches – Acts 9. 31
Gave guidance when needed – Acts 10. 19
Gave direction – Acts 13. 2
Sent forth the missionaries – Acts 13. 4
Guided them in their movements – Acts 16. 6, 7
Appointed overseers in the churches – Acts 20 78
Am I witnessing for Christ?
If not why not?
If I have no witness for Christ have I anything to witness?
Matthew 12:34 (AV)
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.