Acts: An Unfinished Story

The Book of Acts records the events that made the gospel burst out of its confines in Judaism and the city of Jerusalem to reach out to the limits of the then-known world — all in just one generations time.

Bible Studies in the Book of Acts

Please click the heading above to see the messages in this series.

Where the Action Is

Out of the Shadows
Ac 1:1-14
The Birthday of the Church
Ac 1:15 - 2:4
What is This?
Ac 2:4-21
Jesus the Christ
Ac 2:22-37
The Young Church
Ac 2:37-47
Power to Heal
Ac 3:1-10
By Faith in His Name
Ac 3:11-26
The Radical Resurrection
Ac 4:1-12
When the Establishment is Wrong
Ac 4:13-31
Body Life
Ac 4:32 - 5:11
Ac 5:12-42
Handling Dissension
Ac 6:1-8
What More Can He Say?
Ac 6:8 - 8:1

The Church under Pressure

The Gospel versus Magic
Ac 8:1-24
The Divine Wind
Ac 8:25-40
Beloved Enemy
Ac 9:1-19
The Yoke of Christ
Ac 9:19-31
The Cure for Death
Ac 9:32 - 10:23
Life for All
Ac 10:23 - 11:18
Expanding Horizons
Ac 11:19-30
When Prison Doors Open
Ac 12:1-25

The Pattern Setters

The Strategy of the Spirit
Ac 13:1-13
The Radical Word
Ac 13:13-52
Ac 14:1-28
What's God Doing?
Ac 15:1-21
The Ways God Guides
Ac 15:22 - 16:10
D-Day at Philippi
Ac 16:11-40
Rabble and Nobles
Ac 17:1-15
Athens Versus Paul
Ac 17:16-34
The Cross in Corinth
Ac 18:1-22
Halfway Christians
Ac 18:23 - 19:7
Off Witchcraft!
Ac 19:8-20
Christianity is Dangerous
Ac 19:21 - 20:1
Last Words
Ac 20:2-38

The Prisoner of the Lord

Paul's Mistake
Ac 21:1-26
Trouble at Jerusalem
Ac 21:27 - 22:29
Love that Never Lets Go
Ac 22:30 - 23:35
Discipline of Delay
Ac 24
Before Governors and Kings
Ac 25 - 26
God and Shipwrecks
Ac 27
The End of the Beginning
Ac 28

Overview the Book of Acts

from Adventuring Through the Bible

Acts is the book that reveals the power of the church. Therefore, when a church begins to dwindle, lose its power, and turn dull and drab in its witness, it needs desperately to get back into the spirit, expectation, knowledge and teaching of the book of Acts. In this book, the principles of the exchanged life -- "Not I, but Christ" -- is dramatically unfolded.

If the book of Acts were taken out of our New Testament, we would never understand the rest of it. It would be like a child with his front tooth missing. When you close the record of the gospels, you see nothing but a handful of Jews in the city of Jerusalem, the center of Jewish life, talking together about a kingdom for Israel.

When you open the book of Romans, on the other side of Acts, you discover that a man whose name is never mentioned in the gospels is writing to a group of Christians in Rome -- of all places, the center of Gentile culture -- and he is talking about pushing out to the very ends of the earth. Obviously, something has happened in between. How did this tremendous change take place? What happened to make the gospel burst out of its confines in Judaism and the city of Jerusalem and reach out in one generation's time to all the limits of the then-known world?