The Book of Acts

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Brief Overview of The Book of Acts

Luke wrote the Acts of the Apostles as a follow-up to his Gospel account of the life of Christ. The Acts should be seen as a description of the ongoing work of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit through His apostles and followers. Luke’s aim is to give an historical record of the early church from its birth in Jerusalem to how it reached around the world with the Gospel. Through this work Luke reveals that everything that was said previously about Jesus Christ was absolute truth. The book of Acts can be split into two main parts: 1. The birth of the Church 2. The missionary journeys of the apostles The book begins with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the waiting disciple (120) in the
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When they prayed God moved in a mighty way; saving the lost, healing the sick, raising the dead, anointing with the Spirit, and even in an earthquake. God granted their requests not because of their words but because they prayed from the heart. They believed that their God was able. The key verse on prayer is “They continued steadfast … in prayers” (Acts 2:42).

2) Courage
Boldness or courage does not come as a matter of course but come as we rely upon the Lord who strengthens us to stand firm “And now, Lord, behold their threatening: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak Thy word” (4:29). God will give us the power to say exactly the right thing in threatening situations “We ought to obey God rather than men” (5:29), and then to go on doing what He has called us to (5:40-42). Stephen is the prominent example in Acts of courage in the face of adversity (6:127:60). Through his witness we understand that God can put a holy boldness in our lives regardless of personal weakness or timidity. God is able to make us bold regardless of what may come against us. In the book of Acts we see several occasions when believers had courage from the Lord in difficult circumstances; (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) Peter before the Jewish Council (4:5, 5:29) Stephen before the Jewish Council (6:12-7:60), Paul before Felix, Festus, Agrippa, and the Jews Paul and
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