Jesus’ Life and Legacy
3. The Book of Acts
Lesson Outline
1. The Facts about Acts
2. The Form of Acts
3. The Features of Acts
The Facts about Acts
Introduction
The Book of Acts
Acts is the second half of
Luke's two-part work.
Luke is the story of
founder of Christianit...
The Facts about Acts
Author
Date
Reader
Portrait
Purpose
Luke the doctor
AD 61
Theophilus
Head of church
Four-fold objecti...
Purposes of Acts
1. Historical As a master historian,
Luke set out to write an
orderly and
authoritative account
of the ea...
Purposes of Acts
1. Historical
2. Apologetic
Luke wants to calm
Roman persecution by
showing Chris-tians as
law-biding cit...
Purposes of Acts
1. Historical
2. Apologetic
3. Theological
Luke uses history to
teach doctrine about
Christ, the church a...
Purposes of Acts
1. Historical
2. Apologetic
3. Theological
4. Missionary
Jesus carries out his
mission to redeem the
worl...
The Form of Acts
The Form of Acts
Peter Paul
1:1 13:1 28:31
Acts can be divided according to its two
main characters.
The Form of Acts
Jerusalem Ends of Earth
Judea &
Samaria
1:1 7:1 10:1 28:31
Acts can be divided on the basis of its three
...
The Form of Acts
The best way to divide Acts is on the basis
of five summaries Luke includes:Sum.6:7
Sum.9:31
Sum.12:24
Su...
The Form of Acts
Sum.6:7
Sum.9:31
Sum.12:24
Sum.16:5
Sum.19:20
The Features of Acts
The Features of Acts
1. The power of the Holy Spirit
The Features of Acts
1. The power of the Holy Spirit
2. The persecution of the church
The Features of Acts
1. The power of the Holy Spirit
2. The persecution of the church
3. The prayers of the saints
The Features of Acts
1. The power of the Holy Spirit
2. The persecution of the church
3. The prayers of the saints
4. The ...
Conclusion
Summary
1. The book of Acts continues from the gospel of Luke.
2. Acts has four purposes: historical, apologetic,
theologi...
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This is part of the Crossroads programme offered by the South African Theological Seminary. It is the third lesson in the CR survey of the New Testament, discussing the Book of Acts.

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Jesus: Life and Legacy 3

  1. 1. Jesus’ Life and Legacy 3. The Book of Acts
  2. 2. Lesson Outline 1. The Facts about Acts 2. The Form of Acts 3. The Features of Acts
  3. 3. The Facts about Acts
  4. 4. Introduction The Book of Acts Acts is the second half of Luke's two-part work. Luke is the story of founder of Christianity, and Acts the story of the founding of Christianity. Acts 1:1 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach …
  5. 5. The Facts about Acts Author Date Reader Portrait Purpose Luke the doctor AD 61 Theophilus Head of church Four-fold objective
  6. 6. Purposes of Acts 1. Historical As a master historian, Luke set out to write an orderly and authoritative account of the early church.
  7. 7. Purposes of Acts 1. Historical 2. Apologetic Luke wants to calm Roman persecution by showing Chris-tians as law-biding citizens.
  8. 8. Purposes of Acts 1. Historical 2. Apologetic 3. Theological Luke uses history to teach doctrine about Christ, the church and the Spirit.
  9. 9. Purposes of Acts 1. Historical 2. Apologetic 3. Theological 4. Missionary Jesus carries out his mission to redeem the world by the Holy Spirit working thru the church.
  10. 10. The Form of Acts
  11. 11. The Form of Acts Peter Paul 1:1 13:1 28:31 Acts can be divided according to its two main characters.
  12. 12. The Form of Acts Jerusalem Ends of Earth Judea & Samaria 1:1 7:1 10:1 28:31 Acts can be divided on the basis of its three mission fields.
  13. 13. The Form of Acts The best way to divide Acts is on the basis of five summaries Luke includes:Sum.6:7 Sum.9:31 Sum.12:24 Sum.16:5 Sum.19:20
  14. 14. The Form of Acts Sum.6:7 Sum.9:31 Sum.12:24 Sum.16:5 Sum.19:20
  15. 15. The Features of Acts
  16. 16. The Features of Acts 1. The power of the Holy Spirit
  17. 17. The Features of Acts 1. The power of the Holy Spirit 2. The persecution of the church
  18. 18. The Features of Acts 1. The power of the Holy Spirit 2. The persecution of the church 3. The prayers of the saints
  19. 19. The Features of Acts 1. The power of the Holy Spirit 2. The persecution of the church 3. The prayers of the saints 4. The preaching of the gospel
  20. 20. Conclusion
  21. 21. Summary 1. The book of Acts continues from the gospel of Luke. 2. Acts has four purposes: historical, apologetic, theological, and missionary. 3. Acts can be organised by its main characters, its mission fields, or its summary statements. 4. Acts emphasises the power of the Spirit, as well as persecution, prayer, and preaching.

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