Outline and Characteristics of Acts

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Published on March 15, 2014

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Outline and Characteristics of the Book of Acts: Outline and Characteristics of the Book of Acts Introducing Acts: An Outline of the Book of Acts Acts divides into two major parts roughly following the lives of Peter and Paul (chapters 1-12 and 13-28). Carson and Moo in An Introduction to the New Testament offer the following further breakdown of the book. Introducing Acts Introducing Acts: Foundations of the church (1:1-2:41) The church in Jerusalem (2:42-6:7) Wider horizons for the church (6:8-9:31, including Stephen, Samaria, and Saul Peter and the first Gentile convert (9:32-12:24) Paul turns to the Gentiles (12:25-16:5) Further penetration into the Gentile world (16:6-19:20) On to Rome (19:21-28:31) Introducing Acts Introducing Acts: Five Characteristics of Acts Acts is a continuation of Luke’s narrative begun in his gospel (Acts 1:1-2, 8; cf. Lk. 1:1-4; 24:44-52). The Holy Spirit is a dominant Person in the book (cf. Acts 1:8, 11, chapters 13, 15, 16, 19, 20-21, 28). He infills the disciples in Acts 2:1-4; 4:8, 31; 6:5; 7:55; 9:18; 11:24, 13:9; etc. Introducing Acts Introducing Acts: Acts may have been used as a defense of Paul before the Roman authorities (cf. Acts 18, 21, 25). It provides a great deal of biographical detail for the life of Peter (Acts 1-12) and of Paul (Acts 13-28). Other people in the narrative are Stephen (Acts 6), Philip (8 ), Barnabas (13-15 ), John Mark (12-15 ), Silas (15-17 ), Timothy (16-17 ), Aquila and Priscilla (18 ), and so on. Introducing Acts Introducing Acts: The book is framed by the Kingdom of God (cf. Acts 1:3 and Acts 28:31) and demonstrates its penetration into the world. Introducing Acts

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