Acts of the Apostles

The Acts of the Apostles is a study of the Book of Acts which is focused

on the birth and development of the apostolic church




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The Acts of the Apostles is a study of the Book of Acts which is focused

on the birth and development of the apostolic church




          This course seeks to understand the message of Acts by examining the following issues: origin and purpose, history of interpretation, theology, and the preaching and teaching of  Acts.  Special emphasis is given to using the book of Acts in understanding church growth.

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          By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

          1.       Describe the literary/Culture  form of Acts and its significance for understanding the book;

          2.       Demonstrate the literary and theological relationships between Acts and the Gospel of Luke;

          3.       Outline the basic structure of Acts;

          4.       Describe the probable purposes of Acts;

          5.       Trace each of the journeys of Paul as they are presented in Acts, indicating the various stops in each one and

                   what happened in each place and the different cultures he encountered

          6.       Describe the chronological and Culture/historical problems regarding Paul that exist between the book of Acts and

                   the Pauline letters;

          7.       Choose any passage in Acts and do a detailed, systematic treatment of it in light of the overall purposes of Acts;

          8.       Describe the major themes in Acts and show how they are developed in the book;

          9.       Describe specific contemporary issues which the book of Acts addresses and show how it does so;

          10.     Produce at least one sermon/lesson/learning experience from the book of Acts to a contemporary audience;

          11.     Describe at least eight major classical and contemporary works on the book of Acts.

                                  12. Know the timeline


Listen to Lectures

Out Of The Shadows (Acts 1:1-14)

The Birthday Of The Church (Acts 1:15-2:4

What Is This? (Acts 2:5-21)

The Young Church (Acts 2:37-47)

Power To Heal (Acts 3:1-10)

By Faith In His Name (Acts 3:11-26)

The Radical Resurrection (Acts 4:1-14)

When The Establishment Is Wrong (Acts 4:13-31)

Body Life (Acts 4:32-5:11)

Confrontation! (Acts 5:12-42)

Handling Dissension (Acts 6:1-8)

What More Can He Say? (Acts 6:8-8:1)


The Gospel Versus Magic (Acts 8:1-24)

The Divine Wind (Acts 8:25-40)

Beloved Enemy (Acts 9:1-19)

The Yoke Of Christ (Acts 9:19-31)

The Cure For Death (Acts 9:32-10:23)

Life For All (Acts 10:23-11:18)

Expanding Horizons (Acts 11:19-30)

When Prison Doors Open (Acts 12:1-25)


The Strategy Of The Spirit (Acts 13:1-13)

The Radical Word (Acts 13:13-52)

Counterattack (Acts 14:1-28)

What's God Doing? (Acts 15:1-21)

The Ways God Guides (Acts 15:22-16:10)

D-Day At Philippi (Acts 16:11-40)

Rable and Nobles (Acts 17:1-15)

Athens Versus Paul (Acts 17:16-34)

The Cross In Corinth (Acts 18:1-22)

Halfway Christians (Acts 18:23-19:7)

Off Witchcraft! (Acts 19:8-20)

Christianity Is Dangerous (Acts 19:21-20:1)

Last Words (Acts 20:2-38)


Paul's Mistake (Acts 21:1-26)

Trouble At Jerusalem (Acts 21:27-22:29)

Trouble At Jerusalem (Acts 21:27-22:29)

Love That Never Lets Go (Acts 22:30-23:35)

Discipline Of Delay (Acts 24)

Before Governors And Kings (Acts 25-26)

The End Of The Beginning (Acts 28)


Online Text book Acts of the Apostles

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Download the 29 Lessons for Acts of the Apostles

Missionary Journeys of St Andrew


Read how the Apostles were Martyred

Church History Timeline

Church of the Apostles Found on Mt. Zion

St Chrysostom-Homilies on The Book of  Acts and Romans (Read Acts)

Also Required Reading

Click on link to download and Watch Paul the Apostle: The Emissary Movie

Paul the Apostle The Emissary Movie

Visit these Footsteps of Paul Tours

Biblical Art for Acts

The Ascension

Returning to Jerusalem

The Remorseful Judas

Matthias Successing Judas



The Descent of the Spirit


The Pentecostal Sermon

The Preaching of the Apostles

The Community of the Believers

At the Beautiful Gate

Peter and John before the Sanhedrin

Ananias and Sapphira

The Many Healings

A New Arrest, a New Interrogation

Choosing Deacons

Stephen's Arrest and Martyrdom


Arrest and Speech


Stoned by the Jews


Buried by Godly Men

Preaching and Baptizing in Samaria

Beginning Persecutions

Philip and the Eunuch

The Conversion of Saul


On the Way to Damascus


In Damascus

Peter Heals Aeneas

Peter Raises Tabitha

Peter and Cornelius


Cornelius and the Angel


Peter's Vision


The Delegates of Cornelius


Peter Visits Cornelius

Further Persecutions

Peter's Escape

Herod's Death

Mark Joining Barnabas and Saul

Paul's First Missionary Journey


Barnabas and Paul Sent Off to Cyprus


In Pisidian Antioch


In Lystra

Paul's Second Missionary Journey


Paul's Vision of the Macedonian


In Philippi




The Slave Girl


Paul and Silas in Prison


In Thessalonica


In Berea


In Athens


In Corinth


Back to Syria

Paul's Third Missionary Journey


At Ephesus


Eutychus in Troas


Farewell to the Ephesian Elders


On to Jerusalem

Paul in Jerusalem and Caesarea


Paul Is Arrested


Paul's Speech and the Attempted Flogging


Paul before the Sanhedrin


The Plot to Kill Paul


The Trial before Felix


The Trial before Festus


Paul before King Agrippa

Paul's Trip to Rome


The Journey and the Shipwreck


On Malta


Arrival at Rome


Paul in Rome

The Acts of the Apostles: Related Artwork

 Art Collection

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Acts-03         Acts-04               Acts-05        Acts-06       Acts-07       Acts-08       Acts-09         Acts-10          Acts-11       Acts-12       Acts-13        Acts-14         Acts-15         Acts-16        Acts-17         Acts-18         Acts-19        Acts-20             Acts-21         Acts-22       Acts-23         Acts-24        Acts-25         Acts-26       Acts-27        Acts-28


List of Commentaries

St Chrysostom-Homilies on The Book of  Acts and Romans

Holy Bible for the Book of Acts


IV One research paper will be required

 The student has a  number of different options for this paper.  He/she may

 choose some topic related to the background, Culture, structure,  theology, etc. of Acts.  Some suggested topics are

                   included in this syllabus.  If the student is using this course to fulfill his/her New Testament exegesis requirement, then

                   he/she must choose a passage from Acts and do a thorough exegetical study of it using the exegetical procedure          

                   included with this syllabus.  What is required in this exegetical paper will be discussed  throughout the course, and an

                   exegetical check-sheet will be provided. 

                    paper would then be more of a lesson plan than a research or exegetical paper. The major paper for this course

                    should be no more than 15 pages long.  It must be well-written and fully documented.

                    The paper will be graded primarily on content but also on style and form. The student must decide early what he/she

                    will choose as the subject of this paper.



1.       The Understanding of Acts by Hans Conzelmann in  The Theology of Luke

2.       The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts

3.       The Role of James in the Book of Acts

4.       The Importance of the Jerusalem Council in the Book of Acts

5.       The Picture of Paul in Acts Versus the Picture of Paul in His   Letters

6.       Principles of Church Growth in the Book of Acts

7.       The Development of the Gentile Mission in the Book of Acts

8.       The Possible Sources for the Book of Acts

9.       The ?We? Sections of the Book of Acts

10.     The Jerusalem Church in the Book of Acts

11.     The Picture of the Apostles in the Book of Acts

12.     The Book of Acts as an Anti-Gnostic Document



1.                 Choose your text.  The text must be a self-contained unit.  This means  that it needs to have a definite beginning, a definite ending, and some movement or progression between these two points.  The paragraph divisions in recent English translations are usually good indicators of self-contained units.  Your text may be made up of one or more paragraphs.  You need to decide how many paragraphs you will treat, but remember that your text must make sense and you must treat thoroughly each part.


2.                 Translate the text if you work with Greek.  In your translation, parse all verbalism and describe any unusual grammatical features.  Discuss any significant textual variants and establish what you think is the more original reading of the text you study.


RESOURCES:   Greek text; lexicons; commentaries; textual commentary; Greek grammars, online resource material


3.                 If you do not work with the Greek, compare 4 English translations.  Reproduce your passage (pericope) in each of these translations.  Write down any significant differences in meaning among the 4 translations.  You do not have to resolve these differences at this point;  just note them.

RESOURCES:  English translations.


4.                 Write a basic introduction to the book where your text is found.  In your introduction, deal at least with these issues:

a.                 Authorship

b.                 Date

c.                  Audience

d.                 Situation addressed

e.                 Purpose(s)

f.                   Structure (outline the whole book broadly or in detail)

g.                 Special features of the book

h.                Critical problems or questions about the book

RESOURCES:  New Testament introductions;  Bible dictionaries;  New Testament commentaries on your book.


5.       Study the literary form of your passage.  Is it an argument, a diatribe, a parable, a miracle story, a saying, a narrative, a vision, etc.?  How does the literary form of your passage have any significance for the meaning of your passage?



6.       Study the literary structure of your passage.  How is your passage put together?  Identify each sentence as a question, a statement, an explanation, a clarification, etc.  Describe the relationships that the sentences of your passage have to one another.  The best way to show this is to produce a sentence outline of your passage.



7.                 Note how your passage fits into the overall structure of the New Testament book out of which it comes.  What place does it have?  Is it an introduction to the book?  Is it a conclusion?  Is it the heart of the book?  How does the position of the passage in relation to the whole book affect your understanding of it?



8.                 Examine significant words in your passage.  Choose words whose meanings are not obvious.  Use word study books to discover the range of meanings that a word may have but concentrate on what your word means in the context of your passage.



9.                 Summarize the meaning of your passage in your own words.  State in one sentence what this passage meant to the original readers in light of your research above.  State in one sentence what it means in light of the realities of modern life.


10.     Suggest issues that this passage addresses today and specific ways that this passage addresses them.  Suggest ways you can preach and teach this passage.  

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