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:
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.
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:
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
This is the first major division in Acts.