The Acts of the Apostles
This is the second of the historical accounts of the first
century written by Luke. The Acts commences where the gospel record concludes, at the time
of the ascension of Jesus.
Whilst the book is historical, it is a great testimony to
the Christians of the first century who withstood tremendous difficulties in their
endeavour to hold fast to their faith and to preach the gospel.
of the highlights is
Jesus' ascension (1:11) "This Jesus, who was taken up
from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven."
The Day of Pentecost. Peter's preaching with the assistance
of the Holy Spirit and the listeners' response is very illuminating. "Brethren what
shall we do? Repent said Peter, "Repent and be baptised every one of you, in the name
of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins" (2:37 - 38).
Stephen's trial for his belief and faith. His stoning and
his forgiveness. "Lord, do not hold this sin against them," (7:60).
The conversion of Saul and his subsequent preaching of Jesus
"He is the Son of God" (9:20).
Peter and Cornelius - the Gentile. God has no favourites,
in every nation anyone who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to
Paul turns to the Gentiles. "I have set you to be a
light for the Gentiles that you may bring salvation to the uttermost parts of the
The difficulties of the Christian Church in accepting the
concept if Gentile salvation (11:1 - 18), and partial fulfilment of the Law of Moses (15:1
Paul's journeys - his stonings, his preaching in all parts
of Asia minor; his defence before Roman authorities; his steadfast faith in the one whom
he for some years persecuted.
Paul's house arrest in Rome and his continued enthusiasm for
the preaching of the gospel (28:30 - 31).
The outstanding testimony of Peter, Stephen, Paul, Silas,
Barnabas and others (including Luke) is encouragement for Christ's followers to stand up
for their belief in him.
1:1 - 14 Jesus' ascension
1:15 - 26 A new apostle
2:1 - 47 The Day of Pentecost
3:1 - 5:42 The preaching of Peter and John
6:1 - 8:3 Stephen's defence
8:4 - 40 The preaching of Philip
9:1 - 31 Saul's conversion
9:32 - 11:21 Peter and Cornelius - a Gentile convert
11:22 - 12:25 Jerusalem and Antioch
13:1 - 21:16 - Paul - the Apostle to the Gentiles
13:1 - 15:39 First missionary journey
15:40 - 18:6 Second missionary journey
18:7 - 21:16 Third missionary journey
21:17 - 26:32 The trial of Paul's faith
27:1 - 28:31 Paul's journey to Rome