Lesson 5

CHAPTER FIVE

ACTS

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

C Name the author of the book of Acts.

C Identify to whom the book of Acts was written.

C State the purpose for the book of Acts.

C Write the Key Verse of the book of Acts from memory.

C State the Life and Ministry Principle for the book of Acts.

INTRODUCTION

AUTHOR: Luke

TO WHOM: All believers, although the book is specifically addressed to Theophilus.

PURPOSE: The book concerns what Jesus continued to do and teach after His ascension through His spiritual Body, the Church (Acts 1:1-2).

KEY VERSE: Acts 1 :8

LIFE AND MINISTRY PRINCIPLE: The true evidence of the Holy Spirit is directed power: Power to become witnesses for the purpose of extending the Gospel throughout the world.

MAIN CHARACTERS: John, Peter, Paul, Silas, Barnabas, John Mark, Philip, Stephen, Ananias and Sapphira , Dorcas , Cornelius, Felix, Agrippa.

OUTLINE

(Note: This outline follows the command of the Lord given in Acts 1:8 for the extension of the Gospel from Jerusalem to Judaea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the world).

Introduction

Acts 1:1-11

I. Introduction: 1:1-2

A. To: Theophilus: 1 :1

B. Concerning: What Jesus continued to do and teach after His ascension through

His spiritual Body, the Church: 1:1-2

II. The ministry of Jesus after the resurrection: 1:3

A. Its duration : Forty days : 1:3

B. Its purpose: Infallible proof: 1:3

C. Its message: The Kingdom Of God: 1 :3

III. The final meeting of Jesus with His disciples: 1:4-8

A. The command to the disciples: 1:4-5

B. The question of the disciples: 1:6

C. The caution to the disciples: 1:7

D. The commission to the disciples: 1:8

IV. The ascension of Jesus into Heaven: 1:9-11

A. Description of the ascension: 1:9

B. Declaration of His second coming: 1:10-11

Part One:

Forming The Witness In Jerusalem

Acts 1:12-7

I. The forming of the witness: 1 :12-2 :4

A. Christ’s disciples waiting in Jerusalem: 1:12-26

1. The gathering of the disciples: 1:12-15

a. Their meeting place: 1:12-13

b. Their number and names: 1:13-15

c. Their purpose: 1:14

2. The exhortation given to the disciples: 1:15-22

a. The speaker: Peter: 1:15

b. The message 1:16-22

(l ) Background: 1:16-20

(2) Instructions : 1 : 2 1 – 2 2

3. The response of the disciples: 1:23-26

a. The nomination: 1:23

b. The prayer: 1:24-25

c. The election: 1:26

B. The baptism in the Holy Spirit: 2:1-4

1. The occasion: 2 :1

2. The people: 2:1

3. The place : 2:1

4. The event: 2:2-4

a. The wind : 2:2

b. The tongues as of fire: 2 :3

c. Speaking in tongues: 2 :4

Part Two: Functioning Of The Witness In Jerusalem

Acts 2:5-7

I. The first witness: 2:4-40

A. The manner in which the witness was given: 2:4-6

B. The reaction to the witness: 2:7-13

C. The sermon by Peter: 2:14-36

1. Prophecy concerning the time: 2:17

2. Prophecy concerning the spirit: 2: 17-18

3. Prophecy concerning the event: 2:19-20

4. Prophecy concerning salvation: 2:21

5. The work of Jesus: 2:22-36

a. Jesus was approved of God: 2:22

b. Jesus was crucified: 2:23

c. Jesus arose from the dead: 2:24-32

d. Jesus is exalted at God’s right hand: 2:33-35

e. Jesus is now the Lord and Christ: 2:36

D. Response to the message: 2:37-40

1. Conviction: 2: 37

2. Inquiry: 2:37

3. Instruction : 2 : 3 8

4. Promises: 2:38-39

5. Exhortation: 2:40

II . The first local church : 2 : 4 1 – 4 7

A. Membership of the first church: 2:41

1. Their identity: They which received the Word.

2. Their number: 3,000

B. Spiritual practices of the first church : 2 : 4 2

1. The apostles’ doctrine.

2. The fellowship of the saints.

3. Communion.

4. Prayer.

C. The living pattern of the first church: 2:44-46

1. Voluntary communal system: 2:44-45

2. Daily worship and testimony: 2:46

3. Fellowship in the homes: 2:46

4. Unity: 2:46

D. The witness of the local church: 2:46-47

1. Nature of the witness: 2:46-47

2. Results of the witness: 2:47

III. The first miracle: 3:1-26

A. The miracle described: 3:1-11

1. The setting: 3 :1

2. The man and his need: 3:2-3

3. The message: 3:4-6

4. The miracle: 3:7-8

5. The reaction of the multitude: 3:9-11

B. The miracle explained: 3:12-18

1. The man was not healed by the power of the apostles: 3:12

2. The man was healed by God for the purpose of glorifying Jesus: 3:13-15

3. The man was healed by faith in the name of Jesus: 3:16

4. The man was healed to demonstrate the fulfillment of prophecy: 3:17-1 8

C. The message of Peter: 3:19-26

1. The promise made by Peter: 3:19-21

a. What God challenged Israel to do: 3:19

b. What God promised He would do: 3:19-21

2. The prophecy of the prophets: 3:22-26

a. The prophecy by Moses and the prophets: 3:22-24

b. The promise of the covenant: 3:25

c. The plan of the Messiah: 3:26

IV. The first opposition: 4:1-31

A. The arrest: 4:1-4

1. Source of the opposition : 4:1

2. Reason for the opposition: 4:2

3. Form of the opposition: 4:3

B. The trial: 4:5- 14

1. The court: 4:5-6

2. Questions of the court: 4:7

3. Statement by Peter: 4:8-12

a. Source of his answer: 4:8

b. His answer: 4:9-10

c. His testimony concerning Jesus: 4:10-12

d. His declaration concerning salvation: 4:12

4. The evidence considered by the court: 4:13-14

a. The character of the witnesses: 4:13

b. The testimony of the man who was healed: 4:14

5. The decision: 4: 15-22

a. The consultation: 4:15-17

b. The decision: 4:17-18

c. The response of Peter and John: 4:19-20

d. The release: 4:21-22

6. The reaction: 4:21-31

a. The prayer of the church: 4:23-30

b. The activity of the church: 4:31

V. The first discipline of sin : 4 : 3 2-5: 16

A. Organization of the church: 4:32-37

1. Its fellowship : 4 : 3 2

2. Its witness : 4 : 3 3

3. Its economy: 4:32-37

B. The first sin disrupting the fellowship: 5:1-10

1. The sin: 5:1 -2

2. Exposure of the sin: 5:3-4

3. Disciplining of the sin: 5:5-10

C. The results of discipline: Fruitful witness of the fellowship: 5:11-16

1. Reverent attitude of the members: 5:11

2. Unity: 5:12

3. Miraculous signs: 5:12, 15-16

4. Community response: 5:12-14

VI. The first persecution: 5:17-43

A. Source of opposition: 5:17

B. Action of the opposition: 5:18

C. Deliverance by God: 5:19-26

1. His act: 5:19

2. His command: 5:20

3. Response to His command: 5:21

4. The discovery of His act: 5:21-23

5. The results of His act: 5:24-26

D. Trial: 5 : 2 7 -4 0

1. Indictment by the Sanhedrin: 5:27-28

2. Defense made by Peter: 5:29-32

3. Investigation by the Sanhedrin: 5:33-39

4. Injustice of the decision of the Sanhedrin: 5:40

E. Response to persecution: 5:41-42

1. Rejoicing: 5:41

2. Unity: Met daily together: 5:42

3. Witnessing: Teaching and preaching: 5:42

VII. The first organization: 6:1-7

A. The need for the organization: 6:1

B. The organization suggested: 6:2-4

1. Source of the suggestion : 6:2

2. The reason for the suggestion : 6:2

3. The suggestion: 6 :3

4. The advantage of the suggestion: 6 :4

C. The organization set up : 6:5-6

1. The method used: 6:5-6

2. The men chosen: 6:5

3. Their ordination: 6 :6

D. The results of the organization: 6 :7

1. The word increased: 6 :7

2. The disciples multiplied: 6:7

3. Obedience to the faith: 6:7

VIII. The first martyr: 6:8 -8:1

A. The description of Stephen: 6:3-15

1. One of the seven: 6 :3,5

2. Filled with the Holy Ghost: 6 :5

3. A man of good reputation : 6:3

4. A man of faith: 6:5

5. A man of wisdom: 6:3, 10

6. A man with special power: 6:8

7. An effective witness: 6:9-10

B. The persecution of Stephen: 6:11-15

C. The message of Stephen: 7:1-53

1. Abraham: 7:1-8

2. The patriarchs: 7: 9-16

3. Moses: 7:17-43

a. In Egypt: 7:17-28

b. In the wilderness: 7:29-43

4. The tabernacle: 7:44-50

a. Of Moses: 7:44

b. Of Joshua: 7:45

c. Of David: 7:45-46

d. Of Solomon: 7:47-50

e. Of God: 7:48-50

5. The prophets: 7:51-53

D. The witness of Stephen: 7:54 -8:1

1. The attitude of the council: 7:54

2. The announcement by Stephen: 7:55-56

3. The action of the council: 7:57-59

4. The death of Stephen : 7:59-8 :1

Part Three: The Witness In Judaea and Samaria

Acts 8-12

I. Transition: Results of the death of Stephen : 8:1-4

A. The persecution: 8 :1,3

B. The burial of Stephen: 8 :2

C. The extended witness of the church : 8:4

II. The witness of Philip: 8:5-40

A. Ministry in Samaria: 8:5-25

1. The witness of Philip: 8:5-13

a. The work of Philip: 8:5-7, 12

b. The response of the Samaritans: 8:6-12

c. Simon the Sorcerer: 8:9-13

2. The work Peter and John: 8:14-17

a. The coming of Peter and John: 8:14

b. The coming of the Holy Spirit: 8:15-17

c. The response of Simon: 8:18-19

d. The warning of Simon: 8:20-24

B. Ministry to the Ethiopian: 8:26-40

1. Preparation: 8:26-28

2. The witness: 8:29-35

3. The response: 8:36-38

C. Transition to Azotus: 8:39-40

III . The witness of Saul: 9: 1- 31

A. The conversion of Saul: 9:1-9

1. His purpose: 9:1-2

2. His vision: 9:3-9

3. The voice: 9:4-7

4. The blindness: 9:8-9

B. The commissioning of Saul through Ananias: 9:10-19

1. The call: 9:10-16

2. The commission: 9:17-19

C. The mission of Saul: 9:20-31

1. Saul at Damascus: 9:20-25

a. His witness: 9:20-22

b. The response: 9:21-23

c. His escape: 9:23-25

2. Saul at Jerusalem: 9:26-30

a. His reception: 9:26-28

b. His activity: 9: 2 8-29

c. His departure: 9:29-30

D. Transition: Rest in the church: 9:31

IV. The witness of Peter: 9:32-12:35

A. At Lydda: 9:32-35

1. The believers: 9:32

2. The sick man: 9:33

3. Healing of the sick man: 9:34

4. The response: 9:35

B. At Joppa: 9:36-43

1. The death of Dorcus: 9:36-37

2. The call of Peter: 9:38-39

3. The ministry of Peter: 9:40-41

4. Response to the ministry: 9:42-43

C. At Caesarea: 10:1-48

1. Cornelius’ vision: 10:1-8

a. The man Cornelius: 10:1-2

b. The vision of Cornelius: 10:3-6

c. The response of Cornelius: 10:7-8

2. Peter’s vision : 1 0 : 9 -2 2

a. The vision: 10:9-12

b. The voice: 10:13-16

3. The arrival of the messengers: 10:17-22

4. The visit to Cornelius’ house: 10:23-48

a. The journey: 10:23

b. The reception: 10:24-27

c. The explanation: 10:27-28

d. The question: 10:29

e. The answer: 10:30-33

f. The unfinished sermon: 10:34-43

(1) God is no respecter of persons: 10:34-35

(2) Spread of the Gospel: 10:36-37

(3) The Gospel message: 10:38-43

g. The response of Cornelius: 8:44-48

D. At Jerusalem: 11:1-12:25

1. The problem of Gentile conversion: 11:1-18

a. The problem: 11 :1-3

b. The explanation of God’s work among the Gentiles: 11:4-17

(1) The vision: 11:4-10

(2) The visitors: 11:11

(3) The visit: 11:12-16

c. The decision: 4:18

V. The church in Antioch of Syria: 11:19-30

A. Evangelization of Antioch: 11:19-21

B. Visit by Barnabus: 11:22-24

C. Saul chosen as pastor-teacher: 11:25-26

D. Information revealed by Agabus: 11:27-30

VI. Persecution led by Herod: 12:1-25

A. The murder of James: 12:1-2

B. The arrest of Peter: 12:3-4

C. The deliverance of Peter 12:5-19

D. The death of Herod: 12:20-23

VII. The declaration of the Word: 12:24-25

Part Four: Witness To The Uttermost Parts Of The Earth

Acts 13-28

I. The first missionary journey: 13:1-14:28

A. The call to ministry: Acts 13:1-3

B. Ministry in Paphos in Cyprus: 13:4-12

C. Ministry in Antioch in Pisidia: 13:13-50

1. Transition to Pisidia: 13: 13-16

2. The message: 13:17-37

a. The exodus deliverance: 13:17

b. The wilderness wanderings: 13:18

c. The conquest of Canaan: 13:19

d. The rule of Saul and David: 13:20-23

e. The ministry of John the Baptist: 13:24-25

f. Crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus: 13:26-37

g. The invitation: 13:38-41

3. The response: 13:42-50

D. Ministry in Iconium: 13 :51-1 4:5

E. Ministry in Lystra: 14:6-25

F. Ministry in Syria: 14:26-28

II. The Jerusalem council: 15:1-35

A. The problem: 15 :1-3

B. The sessions: 15:4-21

1. First public session: 15 :4-5

2. Private session of the apostles and elders: 15:6

3. Second public session: 15:7-21

a. Peter’s report: 1 5 : 7 -1 1

b. Paul and Barnabas’ report: 15:12

c. James’ report: 15:13-21

C. The decision: 15:19-21

D. The letters: 15:22-35

III. Second missionary journey: 15:36-18:22

A. The argument: 15:36-41

B. Ministry at Lystra: 16:1-5

C. Ministry at Troas: 16:6-10

D. Ministry at Philippi: 16:11-40

E. Ministry at Thessalonica: 1 7:1-9

F. Ministry at Berea: 17:10-14

G. Ministry at Athens: 17:15-34

H. Ministry at Corinth: 18:1-18

I. Ministry at Ephesus: 18:19-21

J. Jerusalem and Antioch: 18:22

IV. Third missionary journey: 18:23-21:14

A. Asia Minor: 18:23

B. Ministry in Ephesus: 18:24-19:41

1. Apollos: 18:24-28

2. Disciples of John: 19:1-7

3. School of Tyranus: 19:8-12

4. The sons of Sceva: 19:13-17

5. Dedication of the converts: 19:18-20

6. The decision: 19:21

7. Defenders of Diana: 19:23-41

C. Ministry in Macedonia and Greece: 20:1-5

D. Ministry in Troas: 20:6-12

E. Ministry in Miletus: 20:13-38

1. The journey: 20:13-16

2. Meeting with the elders from Ephesus: 20:17-35

a. Review of his ministry: 20:17-21

b. Facing the future: 20:22-24

c. Paul’s conscience: 20:25-27

d. The warning 20:28-31

e. Commended to God: 20:32

f. Paul’s example in labor: 20:33-35

3. The farewell: 20:36-38

F. Ministry in Tyre: 21:1-6

G. Ministry in Ptolemias: 21:7

H. Ministry in Caesarea: 21:8-14

V. The final visit to Jerusalem and the trip to Rome: 21:15-28:31

A. Jerusalem: 21:15-23:32

1. Transition to Jerusalem: 21:15-17

2. Rumors against Paul: 21:18-30

a. That he had degraded the law of Moses: 21:18-26

b. That he had desecrated the Temple: 21:27-30

3. The reaction of Paul: 21:23-26

4. The rescue of Paul: 21:30-32

5. Replies by Paul: 21:33-23:10

a. The Jewish crowd: 22:1-23

b. The Roman centurion: 22:24-26

c. Chief captain: 22:26-30

d. The Sanhedrin: 23:1-10

(l) Paul’s confession: 2 3:1

(2) Encounter with the high priest: 23:2-5

(3) A divided court: 23:6-10

6. The revelation to Paul: 23:11

7. Revenge against Paul: 23:12-15

8. Rescue of Paul: 23:16-32

a. The plot revealed: 23:16-22

b. The letter: 23:25-30

c. The escape: 23-32

B. Caesarea: 23:33-26:32

1. Before Felix: 23:33-24:27

a. The accusations of Tertulius: 24:1-9

b. The answer of Paul: 24:10-21

c. The response of Felix: 24:22-27

2. Before Festus: 25:1-12

3. Festus and Agrippa: 25:13-27

4. Before Agrippa: 26:1-32

a. Paul speaks for himself: 26:1-23

b. Invitation to the Savior: 26:24-29

c. The verdict: 26:30-32

C. Enroute to Rome: 27:17-28:31

1. The storm: 27:1-44

2. The serpent: 28:1-6

3. The healing: 28:7-10

4. The journey continues: 28:11-15

D. Rome: 28:16-31

l. Meeting with the Jews: 28:16-29

2. Ministry: 28:30-31