“Acts 1-7: The Earliest days of the church”<br />
Group discussion questions<br />Must speaking in tongues accompany every conversion? (Acts 2)<br />How many times a week s...
What is the Genre of Acts?<br />Prescriptive or descriptive?<br />Prescriptive: Jesus Christ is the only Savior 4:12.<br /...
Volume 2 of Luke<br />Author and purpose:<br />“Former book”…implies that there was a prior volume: Luke.<br />Luke was a ...
Outline of Acts 1-7:<br />The witness to Christ in and around Jerusalem (1:1-7:60)<br />Intro and instructions (1:1-8)<br ...
Initial witness to Christ in and around Jerusalem (1:1-2:47)<br />Acts picks up where Luke left off.<br />Jesus left his o...
Spreading the Message, Gathering Opposition (3:1-7:60)<br />Miracles and Message<br />Crippled beggar is healed (3:8)<br /...
"Acts 8-12"<br />
Outline<br />The Witness to Christ in Judea and Samaria (8:1-12:25)<br />Saul the Persecutor and Philip the Evangelist (8:...
Perspective of Acts 8-12<br />Focus on individual persons: Saul, Philip, and Peter.<br />God is interested in all persons;...
Minor figures in the Plot of Acts.<br />Philip (8:5-13, 26-40)<br />Philip was in charge of the food given to widows in Ac...
Minor figures in the Plot of Acts<br />The Ethiopian Eunuch (8:26-40)<br />Philip is prompted by the Spirit to leave Samar...
Aeneas (9:33-35)<br />Connected to Peter's ministry<br />He had been paralyzed for 8 yrs.<br />Tabitha (9:36-42)<br />Live...
Minor players who disbelieved.<br />Simon the Sorcerer (8:9-25)<br />Has magical powers and notices a power greater than t...
Major Players in the Book<br />John (8:14-25)<br />The apostle the son of Zebedee  the "beloved"<br />	accompanies Peter t...
Peter (8:14-25; 9:32-43; 10:1-11:18; 12:3-18) <br />Peter plays one of the leading roles in this section of Acts.<br />Rec...
Saul (8:1-3; 9:1-31; 11:25-30; 12:25)<br />He presided over Stephen's stoning<br />Persecuted the followers of the way.<br...
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Acts 1 7 And 8 12

  1. 1. “Acts 1-7: The Earliest days of the church”<br />
  2. 2. Group discussion questions<br />Must speaking in tongues accompany every conversion? (Acts 2)<br />How many times a week should Christians meet together (Acts 2:46)?<br />How often should Christians take the Lord’s supper?<br />Is it right to have musical instruments in the church?<br />Should Christians worship each day at the Jewish temple?<br />Do I receive the Holy Spirit after baptism or before?<br />
  3. 3. What is the Genre of Acts?<br />Prescriptive or descriptive?<br />Prescriptive: Jesus Christ is the only Savior 4:12.<br />Huge question? What is doctrine and what is narrative? How do you view the book?<br />
  4. 4. Volume 2 of Luke<br />Author and purpose:<br />“Former book”…implies that there was a prior volume: Luke.<br />Luke was a physician and co-worker of Paul (Col 4:14).<br />Date:<br />Depends on the dating of the third gospel. (no later than 60)<br />“We sections” indicates that Luke was part of the narrative (16:10-17; 20:5-21:28; 27:1-28:16)<br />Title:<br />Only one of the original 12 is dealt with in detail (Peter). <br />The work of Paul was Apostolic also, and continued the work done by the original twelve. <br />Characteristics and Importance:<br />Historically significant (it mentions over 30 countries, more than 50 towns or cities, islands, one hundred persons, geography, local politics, customs, seafaring, and first century Mediterranean world generally.)<br />Theologically significant: Speeches and sermons make up 1/5 of the book.<br />Literary Features and Structure:<br />Wide ranging vocab…<br />It divides into two main sections: (Taken from Acts 1:8);Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria (1-12); The ends of the Earth (13-28)<br />
  5. 5. Outline of Acts 1-7:<br />The witness to Christ in and around Jerusalem (1:1-7:60)<br />Intro and instructions (1:1-8)<br />The Ascension (1:9-11)<br />The Selection of Judas’s Replacement (1:12-26)<br />Pentecost: Emergence of the Church (2:1-47)<br />First Encounter of the Church with the Religious Leaders (3:1-4:35)<br />Ananias and Sapphira: A case of Discipline (4:36-5:16)<br />Second Encounter of the church with the Religious leaders (5:17-42)<br />The Seven Servants: An Example of Problem Solving (6:1-7)<br />Stephen: Fatal Clash with Judaism (6:8-7:60)<br />
  6. 6. Initial witness to Christ in and around Jerusalem (1:1-2:47)<br />Acts picks up where Luke left off.<br />Jesus left his own personal presence (Lk 24:49; Jn 14:16)<br />Jesus left standing orders with the disciples (1:6-8)<br />The Ascension and promise to return 1:11.<br />The first Christian Pentecost (1:12-2:47)<br />Spirit is associated with the announcement of the Gospel. <br />NOTE the reference to Joel 2:28…the last days have come upon us…and how do we know…the Spirit is here.<br />
  7. 7. Spreading the Message, Gathering Opposition (3:1-7:60)<br />Miracles and Message<br />Crippled beggar is healed (3:8)<br />Passing shadow of an apostle heals a man (5:15)<br />Disciples did the works Jesus had done.<br />Jewish priests were coming to Christ (6:7)<br />Preaching is also key (3:19-23)<br />Even on Trial Peter & John repeat the message of Jesus (4:12).<br />They never stopped teaching and proclaiming Jesus (5:42).<br />Christian Community:<br />growth and social cohesion.<br />People actually lived with the needs of others in mind rather than selfishness. <br />Daily distribution of food to widows (6:1)<br />Conflict<br />Jesus promised that persecution would follow them (Jn 15:20)<br />Acts 7 highlights the conflict with the first martyr. <br />Piper, Let the Nations be Glad, 99-102<br />
  8. 8. "Acts 8-12"<br />
  9. 9. Outline<br />The Witness to Christ in Judea and Samaria (8:1-12:25)<br />Saul the Persecutor and Philip the Evangelist (8:1-40)<br />The conversion of Saul (9:1-31)<br />Peter's Ministry in Judea (9:32-11:18)<br />The Antioch Church: Barnabas' Ministry (11:19-30)<br />Peter's Miraculous Deliverance (12:1-25)<br />
  10. 10. Perspective of Acts 8-12<br />Focus on individual persons: Saul, Philip, and Peter.<br />God is interested in all persons; Jews and Greeks alike.<br />
  11. 11. Minor figures in the Plot of Acts.<br />Philip (8:5-13, 26-40)<br />Philip was in charge of the food given to widows in Acts 6:5; and he fled to Samaria following the persecutions in Jerusalem.<br />He was one of the first to take the gospel outside of Jerusalem.<br />Gospel is now preached to the Samaritans. (cf. Jn 4)<br />Persecution was the "seed" that pushed the gospel out of Jerusalem.<br />Philip's converts: Simon the sorcerer, and the Ethiopian official.<br />Known in the church as Philip the evangelist (Act 21:8)<br />
  12. 12. Minor figures in the Plot of Acts<br />The Ethiopian Eunuch (8:26-40)<br />Philip is prompted by the Spirit to leave Samaria and travel toward Gaza.<br />the treasurer for the African Kingdom of Ethiopia.<br />Reading the Isaiah scroll; suffering servant (Isa 53). <br />The Gospel spreads again…possibly for the first time in Africa <br />Ananias (9:10-19)<br />We learn about Ananias because of his encounters with Paul. (9:1-2).<br />Met Saul in Damascus, and restored his sight.<br />Note that the first time Ananias sees Saul he embraces him with the title "brother" (Acts 9:17).<br />
  13. 13. Aeneas (9:33-35)<br />Connected to Peter's ministry<br />He had been paralyzed for 8 yrs.<br />Tabitha (9:36-42)<br />Lived in Joppa<br />She was a saintly woman who died <br />Simon the Tanner (9:43; 10:6, 17, 32)<br />Peter lodged in his house while at Joppa (9:43). <br />Vision happens here<br />Cornelius (10:1-11:18)<br />Roman Centurion <br />Barnabas (11:22-30) Son of encouragement<br />We first met him selling his property and giving to the church (4:37).<br />He is the key figure for the spread of the Gospel in Antioch.<br />associates with Paul after his conversion. (9:27)<br />Agabus (11:28)<br />Predicted the famine in the Reign of Clauduis (A.D. 41-54) <br />Instructs the church to give to the needy. <br />James the Brother of John (12:2)<br />Inner 3 and part of the 12<br />Jesus predicts that he will be killed by execution (Mt 20:23).<br />He is the first of the 12 to die for the faith <br />
  14. 14. Minor players who disbelieved.<br />Simon the Sorcerer (8:9-25)<br />Has magical powers and notices a power greater than that which he wields. <br />Simon offered Peter and John money if they would share their Apostolic powers with him. <br />His name became synonymous with Heresy in the 2nd century.<br />Herod Agrippa I. (12:1-23)<br />Persecutor of James (12:1-4)<br />Brother of Herodias who engineered John the Baptist's death.<br />He executed the guards who watched Peter escape from Jail (12:19).<br />He was called a "god" and reveled in the crowds praise.<br />
  15. 15. Major Players in the Book<br />John (8:14-25)<br />The apostle the son of Zebedee the "beloved"<br /> accompanies Peter to Samaria<br />Note that the Samaritians received the Holy Spirit by the laying on of hands. (Acts 8:17)<br />This is the last time he is mentioned by name in Acts.<br />
  16. 16. Peter (8:14-25; 9:32-43; 10:1-11:18; 12:3-18) <br />Peter plays one of the leading roles in this section of Acts.<br />Receives the vision on the Tanner's roof top.<br />Goes to visit Cornelius at the prompting of the Spirit. "God does not show favoritism"<br />New converts did not need to adopt Jewish social customs.<br />God intervenes for Peter and busts him out of Prison. <br />
  17. 17. Saul (8:1-3; 9:1-31; 11:25-30; 12:25)<br />He presided over Stephen's stoning<br />Persecuted the followers of the way.<br />He is confronted with Jesus on the road to Damascus. (He is an Apostle untimely born.) <br />He preaches the new found faith in Damascus.<br />Escapes a plot to kill him by fleeing to Arabia. <br />3yrs after conversion he visits Jerusalem<br />Withdraws from Jerusalem to Caesarea and on to Tarsus (his home).<br />He is recruited by Barnabas for missionary duties to the church at Antioch.<br />Delivers the collection for the needy Christians in Judea (famine visit)<br />
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