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Series: The Acts of the Apostles: A Verse-by-Verse Study
August 8, 2007
INTRODUCTION: This evening, I would like to begin an in-depth study of the book of Acts; but before we come to our outline, let me give you a little background information.
The date of writing is about A.D. 65. The events recorded in Acts take place between the ascension of Jesus and the imprisonment of the Apostle Paul in Rome.
The author is the Apostle Luke, who is the same Luke who wrote the Gospel named after him.
The purpose of the book is to record the history of the church and the ministry of the Apostles, beginning with the ascension of Christ. The ascension of Christ marked the end of His earthly ministry and it signaled the beginning of worldwide evangelism. In (vs. 8), the Bible says, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
The recipient of this letter is Theophilus. Theophilus is the same person to whom Luke writes in chapter one of the Gospel of Luke. Nothing more is really known of Theophilis, other than his name means, "Friend of God." By the way, if that's all someone knew about you that would be enough--for little else matters.
In (vv. 1, 2), Luke refers to the "former treatise" he had made to Theophilus, that being the Gospel of Luke. In Luke's Gospel, he records the works and the teachings of Jesus. In John 9:4, Jesus said I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. That's true of us, isn't it? We have so little time to carry out the Lord's commission and do that which He has called us to do.
Let me give you our outline...
I. THE RESURRECTED CHRIST (vs. 3)
A. His Passion
1. The word passion means suffering. In Isaiah 53:4-6, the Bible tells us of His ...
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