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The Book Of Acts Week 2 Study

The Book Of Acts Week 2
Outline and Major Divisions


The Book Of Acts Week 2 Study. In this study, our aim is to get a bird’s eye view of the Book of Acts. There are tremendous advantages to this step, which will only become more apparent as you make your way through the book:

  1. You will have a much better sense of how individual passages fit into a much bigger narrative
  2. You will be able to spot patterns and major themes more easily
  3. You will have a much better sense for how the author develops his story

Some Words of Caution

This particular lesson is high on information and low in participation. In other words, there is not much in the way of textual or personal reflection questions.

This is purposefully so. I wanted you to have as clean an orientation to the Book of Acts as possible with a minimum amount of distractions. This will allow you to absorb the content without having to think of too much else.

This content is crucially important as you go forward in your study of the Book of Acts as it will make each subsequent lesson so much easier and richer for you.

In lieu of questions in this lesson, you should do your best to cement the information that follows into your mind.

Once you are finished, briefly study the Outline of Acts to really take your overview of this book to a new level.

Four Main Divisions

The Book of Acts can be divided into four principal parts with Acts 1:8 serving as a key text:

“And you shall receive power from on high when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria even to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

The four main divisions are:

  1. Peter and the church in Jerusalem (Chapters 1-7)
  2. The church in Judea and Samaria (Chapters 8-12)
  3. Paul and the church in Gentile territories (Chapters 13-20)
  4. Paul’s trials and voyage to Rome (Chapters 21-28)

About That Key Verse – Acts 1:8

Take a look at those divisions above again. Notice how the first three track geographically with our key verse: The church in Jerusalem (1-7), in Judea and Samaria (8-12) and to the ends of the earth (13-20).

We could even incorporate the fourth section of Acts (Paul’s trials and voyage to Rome (21-28)) since the gospel eventually triumphs in Rome, as much the ends of the earth as anywhere else where Paul ministered.

What is also wonderful about our key verse is that it incorporates the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, (perhaps the key event in all of the book).

In addition, it telescopes how the church went from its Jewish roots in Jerusalem to eventually incorporating the Gentiles of the Meditarranean world into the people of God. This is perhaps the second most important theme in Acts

Part 1 – Peter and the Church in Jerusalem (Chap 1-7)

This is the first major division in Acts.