The Book of Acts
We are happy to announce that we are beginning a study of the book of Acts, which should extend through June, 1999. Sunday, January 3, 1999, will be our first study, which will present material about the background of Acts, links with the Gospel of Luke, themes of Acts, and an Outline (actually, two outlines) of the book. We will be posting materials here probably each week, so keep checking back for the latest additions.
Introduction of the Book of Acts
The Book of Acts is much more than a history of the Church or the first century apostles. It is a history of the power of the Gospel changing lives of individuals, towns, cities, regions, and an empire. At times the focus is on individuals miraculously transformed into champions of Christ; at times it is on the conflict between powerful, corrupt enemies of the gospel and those who are empowered by the Spirit to face them. At times the setting is a lonely desert road; at times it is a Roman prison; and, at times in a palace. Groups of people move out and speak for Christ; individuals take the gospel to remote areas; churches send chosen messengers throughout the known world. The Gospel, in the hands of Spirit-empowered believers, faces kings, ambassadors, magicians, demons, poverty-stricken seekers, and tender-hearted gentiles, and in every case claims victory for Christ. These are the Acts of the Holy Spirit, the effects of which the resurrection of Jesus is the cause, a description of how "God is in us, reconciling the world unto Himself."
As a believer, youre already a part of the story. Join us as we re-live the exciting and sometimes frightening first days of this new creation in Christ called the Church.
Outline(s) of Acts
I. The Power of the Gospel Revealed (1:1-2:47)
II. The Work of the Gospel Examined (3:1-6:7)
III. Resistance to the Gospel Described (6:8-12:24)
IV. The Proclamation of the Gospel Extended (12:25-28:31)
I. The Birth of the Church (1,2)
II. Early Growth of the Church (3,4)
III. Identity of the Church (4,5)
IV. The Work of the Church (6-28)