We cared so much for you that we
were pleased to share with you not
only the gospel of God but also our
own lives, because you had become
dear to us. 1 Thessalonians 2:8
The Book of Acts
The Acts of the Apostles
Some of the Acts of Some of the Apostles
The Acts of the Holy Spirit
The Acts of Jesus Christ
The Continued Acts of Jesus Christ by the Holy
Spirit through the Apostles
• Inspired inerrant historical narrative of the
first 33 years after Christ’s ascension
• No inspired inerrant historical narrative after
33 AD
• The 4 Gospels: Jesus Christ’s work from earth
– no church, Gentiles, other cities, & no Paul
• The Letters: Teaching to various churches
• The Revelation to John: the future
• Greek MD: Colossians 4:10-14
• Traveling companion of the Apostle Paul:
Acts 16:10; 20:6; 27:1
• Eyewitness to many of the events
• Historian
• Theologian
• Gifted writer
• Missionary & Pastor (Philippi for 6 years)
• Luke/Acts: 30% of the New Testament
Christ’s Ascension: 30 AD
Paul in prison: 63 AD; Acts ends
Nero’s persecution: 64 AD
Paul, Peter, James martyred: 64-68 AD
Fall of Jerusalem: 70 AD
Luke’s death: 85 AD
• But you will receive power when the Holy
Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my
witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
• Jerusalem: 1:1-7:60
• Judea and Samaria: 8:1-12:25
• To the remotest part of the earth: 13:1-28:31
• Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a
narrative of the things that have been accomplished
among us, just as those who from the beginning were
eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered
them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed
all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly
account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you
may have certainty concerning the things you have been
taught. Luke 1:1-4
• In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that
Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was
taken up, after he had given commands through the
Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He
presented himself alive to them after his suffering by
many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and
speaking about the kingdom of God. Acts 1:1-3
History of the early church
World mission – evangelism
The Providence of God
The Power of the Holy Spirit
The establishment of the church
Jews and Gentiles in the same church
Faithful witness: 19 speeches
Opposition to and triumph of the Gospel
Signs & Wonders – miracles
Speaking in tongues
Holy Spirit
• Knew Jesus Christ personally
• Committed their lives to Him: Galatians 2:20
• Their purpose was exalt Jesus Christ by telling
all people the truth about Him.
“Salvation is given to be shared”
• They were totally dependent on the Holy
• Do you know Jesus Christ personally?
• Do you know the Bible – the truth about Jesus
• How committed are you to Jesus Christ?
• Who are you teaching what you know about
Jesus Christ?
• How dependent are you on the Holy Spirit?