Scripture Truth Banner
Bible Study

Acts

OVERVIEW

Book 5 of 27 in the New Testament

Acts

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’

Author & Date

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.

Outline

Witnesses unto Jesus

A. In Jerusalem Ch.1-7

  1. Preparation Ch.1
  2. Pentecost Ch.2
  3. Power Ch.3
  4. Prison Ch. 4
  5. Perception Ch.5
  6. Problems Ch.6
  7. Price of true faith Ch.7

B. In Judea & Samaria Ch.8:1-25

  1. The Gospel going North Ch.8:1-25

C. To the uttermost parts of the earth Ch.8:26-24:31

  1. The Gospel going South (Ethiopia) Ch.8:26-40
  2. The Gospel going East (Damascus)Ch. 9
  3. The Gospel going West (Cornelius) Ch. 10-12
  4. Paul’s journeyings Ch. 13-28
    • 1st JourneyCh.13-14
    • 2nd. Journey Ch. 15-18:22
    • 3rd. Journey Ch. 18:23-21:17
    • Arrest and to Rome Ch.21:18 – 28

Notes

a. 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