Acts


An Outline


Bible books contents

1. Date and Author.


The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 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:

Acts 1:1-2




From the opening  verses we see that Acts  was written by the same person who wrote  the third gospel. This is accepted as being Luke the beloved physician ( Lk.1-4; Col.4:14; II Tim.4:11) Luke finishes his account when Paul was at Rome and had spent two years there.  Luke  never mentions Paul's first  appearance before Nero (II Tim.4:16), as Paul did in his letter to Timothy, let alone his martyrdom. So we can conclude that Acts was written  c. AD 62.

The title given to this book is usually 'The Acts of the Apostles', however from the opening verses we should call it 'The continuing Acts of Jesus From Heaven'

2.Message

The book is more than just a  history of the early church; it shows the New Testament pattern of things. If we want to be New Testament Christians we need to follow  the new Testament pattern.


3. Key verse


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.
Acts 1:8


4. Outline

Main Section
Subsection
Ref.
Starting in Jerusalem
Preparation
Ch.1

Pentecost
Ch.2

Power
Ch.3

Prison
Ch. 4

Perception
Ch.5

Problems
Ch.6

Price of  true faith
Ch.7
Judea & Samaria
 The Gospel going North
Ch.8:1-25
Uttermost parts of the Earth
The Gospel going  South (Ethiopia)
Ch.8:26-40

The Gospel  going East  (Damascus)
Ch. 9

The Gospel going  West ( Cornelius)
Ch. 10-12

Paul's journeyings
Ch. 13-28

1st Journey  
Ch.13-14*
2nd. Journey
Ch. 15-18:22
3rd. Journey
Ch. 18:23-21:17
Arrest and to Rome
Ch.21:18 - 28
* note that the first church conference took place between the first two journeys, to consider the question of circumcision.