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
* 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]