Primarily, the book of Acts is based on a narrative of the early church. Apostle Luke, the author of the book, accounts for different narratives from the time of ascension of Jesus to the arrival of Paul as a prisoner in Rome. Through the work, Luke describes transition of the final ministry of Jesus. Besides, the author presents a theology of the Holy Spirit as the one that transforms the church to evangelize to the entire world. Although the Holy Spirit worked in different ways, He had much influence over the functioning of the church. The book of Acts is divided into different chapters based on the narratives of Jesus, apostles, and the early Christian Church.
Preparation of the Disciples to Witness to All Nations and Going Out
The first chapter is based on the story of ascension of Jesus to heaven as witnessed by the apostles. Following the ascension, the eleven apostles set forth to Jerusalem to deliberate on the need to replace Judas the proposed change of name of Joseph to Barsabbas. Eventually, he would be a replacement of Judas. “He presented himself alive to them after suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1: 3).
The Disciples going into the world to preach God’s message after being filled with the Holy Spirit.
second chapter relates to the coming of the Holy Spirit, who appeared in form
of tongues or fire. As a result, the apostles began to speak in native tongues.
In the same chapter, Paul gave a sermon on the need to repent and the people
who followed his teachings had a chance to get baptized and join the church.
Just as new Christians would devote themselves to the teachings of the
apostles, the Lord would guarantee them salvation. “Being filled with the Holy
Spirit to go out into the World preaching God’s message.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. “(Acts 2:4)
Peter Continuation of Jesus’s Work
The third chapter relates to the story of Peter and John as the apostles of Jesus. On their way to the temple, the two met a crippled beggar who was asking for alms. The apostles assured the sick man that although they lacked silver to offer to him, they would give him the capability to walk again. The crowd was amazed and viewed the miracle in ignorance. In the same chapter, Peter preached about the doings of the Lord and asked the people to repent and get saved. “But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” (Acts 3: 6)
Peter and John Following Gods Command despite facing adversity.
In the fourth chapter, the commanders of
the temple guard and Sadducees arrested Peter and John for informing the crowd
about the resurrection of Jesus Christ immediately after healing the crippled
beggar. The leaders of the court put Peter and John under custody and later
presented them to the leaders of Jerusalem. Peter and John argued that their work
was based upon Jesus Christ when the court leaders enquired about the source of
their power to preach. “Peter and John doing as Jesus commanded even when faced
And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.” (Acts 4:3)
Peter and John decision to follow the teachings of Jesus and disobey man.
Peter and the Apostles decides to disobey man but to act in accordance to the teachings of Jesus Christ. The apostles together with Peter answers, “We must obey God rather than man.” (Acts 5: 29).
Appointment of Stephen to work together with the disciples inside the church.
(Acts 6: 5) And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Phillip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and parmenas, and Nicolaus, a Proselyte of Antioch.
Stephen stands on the Sanhedrin Court before the Mob murders him for his belief.
(Acts 7: 2) Stephen said “Brothers and fathers hear me the God of Glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia before he lived in Haran”.
The Apostles spreads the word of God to the nations
(Acts 8: 4) “Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word”.
Saul becomes a believer of Christ
“And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized”. (Acts 9:18)
Peter endures to spread the word of God to other people
(Acts 10: 34) “So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality”.
The apostles preaches the word of God to the non-Jews
Acts 11: 20 “But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus”.
Herod succumbs to death after imprisoning Peter and failed to give the glory that God deserved.
(Acts 12: 23) “Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last”.
Barnabas and Saul goes out to teach God’s word on their own.
(Acts 13: 2) “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
Barnabas and Paul continues to spread the gospel despite the opponents in Lystra stoning them.
In acts 14: 19 “Bet Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.”
The Jerusalem Council introduced a law that required all the believers, Gentiles and Jews, to be circumcised.
Acts 15: 1 “But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”
Silas and Paul preaches God’s word in prison
(Acts 16: 30) “Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
Some of the Gentiles and Jews receives God’s word although the Jews did not
“And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd.” (Acts 17: 4-5)
Paul goes to preach to the Jews and not only the Gentiles
“And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” (Acts 18: 6)
Paul spreads God’s word to Asia
“Acts 19: 10) “This continued for two years so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.”
Paul travels to Jerusalem in anticipation that he would arrive on the day of Pentecost
(Acts 20: 16) “For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia, for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.”
Several people urges Paul not to go to Jerusalem
“When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem.” (Acts 21: 12)
Paul narrates his conversion story
“As I was on my way and drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone around me.” (Acts 22: 6)
Jews make a plot to kill James
“When it was day, the Jews made a plot and bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.” (Acts 23: 12)
Paul’s trial in presence of the governor
“And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and a spokesman, one Tertullus. They laid before the governor their case against Paul.” (Acts 24: 1)
Paul appeals to Caesar
“Then Festus, when he had conferred with his council, answered, “To Caesar, you have appealed; to Caesar, you shall go.” (Acts 25:12)
Paul plans to visit King Agrippa
“I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa, I am going to make my defense today against all the accusations of the Jews.” (Acts 26: 2)
Paul’s trip to Rome
“We sailed slowly for a number of days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, and as the wind did not allow us to go farther, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmone.” (Acts 27: 7)
Paul arrives to Rome
“And when we came into Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who guarded him.” Acts 28: 16”.