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Summary Of Acts Of The Apostles

By H. A. "Buster" Dobbs

I. Introduction.
   A. The writing gives a brief history of the first century church.
      1. Though called Acts of the Apostles, the only original apostles
         mentioned after the first chapter are Peter, James, and John.
      2. The emphasis is upon the preaching of the gospel throughout the world
         and the subsequent existence and fortunes of the church of Christ.
   B. Luke was the author of the book (he also wrote the gospel of Luke).
      1. He was a physician (Col. 4:14).
      2. He was of the uncircumcision (Col. 4:10-14).
      3. He was an educated man.
      4. He was an occasional companion of Paul.
   C. The book concludes with Paul in prison at Rome and must therefore have
      been written early in 63 A.D.
II. Jerusalem church.
    A. Introduction to the contents of the book
       1. Appearances of the resurrected Jesus (1:2-8).
       2. Ascension of Jesus (1:9-11)
       3. Waiting for the promised power from on high (1:12-14)
       4. Matthias selected to take the place of Judas (1:15-26)
    B. Establishment of the church
       1. Words "church" and "kingdom" used interchangeably (Matt.16:18,19);
          Kingdom to come with power (Mark 9:1); The power came when the Holy
          Spirit came (Acts 1:8)
       2. The Holy Spirit came upon the apostles bringing the church into
          existence (2:1-4)
       3. The Holy Spirit came with the sound of the rushing of a mighty wind,
          tongues like fire upon the apostles, speaking in foreign languages
       4. Thousands brought together by the noise of the great wind (2:5,6)
       5. Astonishment of the multitude (2:7-13)
       6. Peter's sermon (2:14-36)
       7. Many in the crowd asked what they were to do to be saved (2:37)
       8. Told what to do to receive remission of sins (2:38)
       9. Three Thousand obeyed and continued in worship and godly living
    C. Expansion of the church (3:1 thru 8:3)
       1. Lame man healed by Peter and John (3:1-10)
       2. Peter's second sermon (3:11-26)
       3. Peter and John arrested (4:1-4)
       4. Preaching to the Jewish High Council (4:5-12)
       5. Peter and John told not to preach in the name of Jesus (4:13-22)
       6. Prayer for courage and strength (4:23-31)
       7. Unity and love of early church (4:32-37)
       8. Ananias and Sapphira lie and are punished (5:1-11)
       9. Teaching confirmed by miracles and growth of the church (5:12-16)
       10. Apostles arrested and persecuted (5:17-33)
       11. Saved by Gamaliel's advice to the Sanhedrin (5:34-39)
       12. Apostles, beaten and released, joyfully continue to preach (5:40-42)
       13. Men appointed to serve tables (6:1-7)
       14. Stephen defends preaching about Jesus and is killed (6:8 thru 7:60)
       15. Saul from Tarsus leads in persecuting the church (8:1-3) 
III. Preaching in all Judea and in Samaria (8:4 thru 12:25)
     A. Preaching in Samaria (8:4-40)
        1. Philip preaching in the city of Samaria (8:4-13)
        2. Apostles Peter and John sent to Samaria to confirm the new converts
           and bestow spiritual gifts my the laying on of hands (8:14-17)
        3. Simon the sorcerer sins and is rebuked (8:18-25)
        4. Philip sent by an angel to preach to the Treasurer of Ethiopia
        5. Philip baptizes the Ethiopian (8:36-40)
     B. Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (9:1-31)
        1. Saul secures letters of authority to persecute Jewish converts to
           Jesus living in Damascus (9:1,2)
        2. Jesus appears to Saul on the road near Damascus (9:3-7)
        3. Saul was blinded and his friends took him into Damascus (9:8,9)
        4. Ananias of Damascus sent to tell Saul what to do to be saved
        5. Saul recovers sight and is baptized to wash away his sins (9:18-19,
           See also Acts 22:16)
        6. Saul immediately preaches in the synagogues the way he had come to
           Damascus to persecute and is himself persecuted (9:20-25) Note: Saul,
           now called Paul, preached three years in Damascus and Arabia before
           going to Jerusalem (See Gal. 1:15-18)
        7. Saul preaches in Jerusalem before being threatened and retiring to
           Tarsus, his hometown (9:26-30)
     C. The acts of Peter (9:32 thru 11:18)
        1. The church in Judea, Samaria, and Galilee had peace and prospered
        2. Peter heals Aeneas at Lydda (9:32-35)
        3. Peter raises Dorcus from the dead at Joppa (9:36-43)
        4. Peter called to Caesarea where he preaches to Cornelius, his family,
           and friends (10:1-46)
        5. Peter commands Cornelius and those with him to be baptized (10:44-48)
        6. Peter defends his acts to the brethren at Jerusalem (11:1-18)
     D. Further teaching, growth, and experiences of the church (11:19 thru
        1. Church expands into Phonicia, Cyprus, and Antioch of Syria (11:19)
        2. Church prospers in Antioch of Syria (11:20,21)
        3. Barnabas sent to help the new converts in Antioch (11 :22-24)
        4. Barnabas calls for Paul to come from Tarsus to help (11:25-30)
        5. Herod the king executed James the apostle (12:1-2)
        6. Herod persecutes the church (12:3)
        7. Peter imprisoned and released (12:4-11)
        8. Peter received at the house of Mary, John Mark's mother (12:5-19)
        9. Herod's arrogance and death (12:20-23)
        10. Church continued to grow and prosper (12:24-25)
IV.	Preaching throughout the world (12:25 thru 28:31)
    A. Paul's first missionary journey (12:25 thru 14:28)
       1. Paul, Barnabas, and John Mark sent from Antioch of Syria (13:1-3)
       2. Preaching on the island of Cyprus (13:4-12)
       3. Crossing over to the mainland; departure of John Mark; preaching in
          Antioch of Pisida (13:13-42)
       4. Success and persecution in Antioch of Pisida (13:43-50)
       5. Paul and Barnabas travel to Iconium (13:51,52)
       6. Preaching and persecution in Iconium (14:1-5)
       7. Paul and Barnabas go to Lycaonia, Lystra, and Derbe, and environs
       8. Preaching in the region, and healing of a lame man (14:7-10)
       9. The miracle caused the people to attempt to worship Paul and Barnabas
          and were restrained (14:11-18)
       10. Paul is stoned and left for dead (14:19-20)
       11. Paul and Barnabas revisit Lystra, Iconium, Antioch of Pisidia
           confirming the saints and appointing elders in every church
       12. Paul and Barnabas return to Antioch of Syria by way of Pamphylia and
           Attalia (14:24-28)
    B. Jerusalem visit and discussion (15:1-35)
       1. Debate over whether circumcision is a condition of salvation (15:1-5)
       2. Visit to Jerusalem to discuss the matter (15:6-21)
       3. Letter of instruction sent to the believers at Antioch of Syria
       4. Report given to the church in Antioch of Syria (15:30-35)
    C. Paul's second missionary journey (15:36 thru 18:22)
       1. Paul and Barnabas disagree over John Mark and part company (15:36-41)
       2. Paul and Silas journey to Lystra, where Timothy is circumcised and
          joins the missionary group (16:1-5)
       3. The Macedonian call (16:6-10)
       4. Preaching in Philippi; Lydia and her household taught and baptized;
          evil spirit cast out of a maiden; Paul and Silas accused, beaten and
          imprisoned (16:11-24)
       5. A midnight earthquake got the attention of Paul's jailer and he and
          his family were taught and baptized the same hour of the night, and
          rejoiced greatly (16:25-34)
       6. Paul, Silas and Timothy depart from Philippi (16:35-40)
       7. Preaching and persecution in Thessalonica (17:1-9)
       8. Paul and Silas go to Borea (17:10,11)
       9. Leaving Silas and Timothy in the region of Thessalonica and Berea,
          Paul journeys to Athens, where he preaches (Acts 17:12-34)
       10. Paul travels to Corinth, where he teaches and preaches and meets
           Priscilla and Acquila, and where a great church is established
       11. Paul, Acquila and Priscilla go to Ephesus (18:18-20)
       12. Paul leaves Ephesus, intending to return at a later time, and goes to
           Antioch of Syria to report and preach (18:21-22)
    D. Paul's third missionary journey (18:23 thru 21:14)
       1. Paul goes to Phrygia and Galatia strengthening the disciples (18:23)
       2. Apollos comes to Ephesus and is further taught by Acquila and
          Priscilla and sent to Corinth (18:24-28)
       3. Paul returns to Ephesus where he teaches and baptizes twelve men
       4. Paul spends three years preaching in Ephesus, and where a riot drives
          him from the city (19:8-41)
       5. Paul returns to Macedonia (20:1-4)
       6. Paul and his companions travel to Troas, where they wait seven days
          until the first day of the week when the disciples gathered to break
          bread (eat the Lord's Supper), and where Paul preached, and raised a
          young man from the dead (20:5-12)
       7. At Miletus Paul bids farewell to the Ephesian elders (20:13-38)
       8. In Tyre Paul is warned not to go to Jerusalem (21:1-14)
       9. Paul goes to Jerusalem, in the face of grave dangers; Paul is
          discovered worshipping in the Jewish Temple, and a riot occurs, but
          Paul is rescued by Roman soldiers (21:15-40)
       10. Paul defends himself and his actions to his fellow countrymen
       11. Paul is imprisoned in the Roman Fort at Jerusalem (22:23-30)
       12. Paul's life is threatened and he is sent to Caesarea (23:1-30)
       13. Paul defends himself before Felix (24:1-27)
       14. Paul defends himself before Festus, and appeals to Rome (25:1-12)
       15. Paul defends himself before Herod Agrippa, Bernice, and Festus
           (25:13 thru 26:32)
V. Paul's Trip to Rome
   A. They sail for Rome, and touched at Sidon, sailed under the lee of Cyprus,
      they came to Myra, where Paul was transferred to another ship (27:1-6)
   B. The ship is wrecked off the coast of the island of Melita (27:7-44)
   C. After preaching with good success at Melita, and confirming his message
      with miracles, Paul was put on another ship bound for Rome (28:1-11)
   D. Paul arrives at Rome, is received by the brethren, and explains his
      situation to the Jews (28:12-28).
   E. The apostle is two years a prisoner in his own hired house, where he
      preaches the kingdom and the things concerning Jesus with all boldness,
      none forbidding him (28:29-31)

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