Thinking Thursday: The Message of Acts (part 1)

These notes will help you to get an overview of the book of Acts. More next week.

Establishing the Church of God (ch. 1-8)
Ascension of Jesus
Descent of the Holy Spirit – birth of the church
Church as
* a growing community
* an opposed community
* a powerful community
* a caring community
* a Jewish community

Preparing for a World-wide Church of God (ch. 8-12)
Philip preaching to Samaritans and an Ethiopian eunuch.
Peter’s preparation – witnessed God’s dealing with a Gentile.
Saul’s preparation – conversion, apostle to the Gentiles.
Church at Antioch – Jewish/Gentile mix – controversial. Centre for major impact on the Gentile world.
Conference at Jerusalem on Gentile question.

Establishing a World-wide Church of God (ch. 12-28)
To fulfil his purpose in Acts, God prepared his people for change.
To fulfil his purposes in church today, does God prepare his people for change (or extend us)?
If God needed to change you how would he do it?
How will he tell you to change?
What steps can you take to ensure that he doesn’t need to use a sledgehammer?

[based on a sermon by Andrew Matthews 1987]


About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at
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