Acts – Part 2

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Lesson

Stephen challenged the Jewish leaders to acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah. Paul's conversion was a key event in the history of the early church.

Outline

Acts

Part 2

VIII. Review: An Outline of Acts

A. Introduction: Founding the Church (1:1-2:41)

B. Part One: Christian Mission to the Jews (2:42-12:25)

1. The Church in Jerusalem (2:42-6:7)

2. The Church in Judea, Galilee and Samaria (6:8-9:31)

3. Advances in Palestine and Syria (9:32-12:25)

C. Part Two: Christian Mission to the Gentiles (13:1-28:31)

1. Paul's first journey and the Apostolic Council (13:1-16:5)

2. Paul's second and third journeys (16:6-19:20)

3. Paul's final travels to Jerusalem and Rome (19:21-28:31)

 

IX. Stephen's Breakthrough (Acts 6-7)

A. Changes: rejecting God's teaching on land

1. Defense: none remains without change – not needed by patriarchs

2. Implications: are all fulfilled in Christ – Christians inherit the whole earth

B. Changes: rejecting God's teaching on law

1. Defense: none remains without change – points to Christ

2. Implications: are all fulfilled in Christ – ethics based on New Testament

C. Changes: rejecting God's teaching on temple

1. Defense: none remains without change – not even God's ideal

2. Implications: are all fulfilled in Christ – worship in spirit and truth

 

X. Acts 2:38, 8:4-25, and 10:44-48

A. Acts 2:38 – belief, baptism, Holy Spirit

B. Acts 8:4-25 – belief, baptism [gap] Holy Spirit

C. Acts 10:44-48 – Holy Spirit [gap] belief, baptism

 

XI. The "Delayed" Arrival of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8)

A. Baptism – Confirmation

B. Salvation – Jew-Samaritan unity

C. Salvation – Baptism in the Spirit

D. Superficial response – Salvation

 

XII. Paul's Life Before His Letters

A. A.D. 5-10: birth in Tarsus

B. Age 5-12: elementary education

C. Age 12-14?: tentmaking apprenticeship

D. Age 15-18?: study with Gamaliel in Jerusalem

E. A.D. 32-35 (age twenty-something): conversion/call/commission

F. Until A.D. 47-48: "hidden years" but eventually in ministry in Syrian Antioch

 

XIII. Paul in Jerusalem in Acts

A. Conversion (9:1-25)

B. 1st trip (9:26-30)

C. 2nd trip (11:27-30)

D. Problems in Antioch (15:1-2)

E. Apostolic Council (15:4-29)

 

XIV. Paul in Galatians

A. Conversion (1:15-17)

B. 1st trip (1:18-24)

C. 2nd trip (2:1-10)

D. Problems in Antioch (2:11-14)

E. Paul writes this letter

 

XV. Exegetical Notes on Acts 11-12

A. 11:19-30 – Antioch: first source of the term "Christian" and key new step for mission

B. Chapter 12

1. Persecution: no rescue followed by rescue

2. Herod: no punishment followed by punishment

C. God is sovereign and the Church grows either way

Assessment

Name Description
1 Introduction to the New Testament: The Gospels and Acts - Quiz 32

Introduction to the New Testament: The Gospels and Acts - Quiz 32

Duration

30 min

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