The Acts of the Apostles and Beyond:

The Empowered Believers on Mission.

 

 

Who wrote the book of Acts?

Luke. He was a Gentile Christian and a physician who was a traveling companion to Paul. He began to follow Paul possibly in Macedonia (Acts 16:6-10 notice the change from “they” to “we”.)

 

Who was it written to?

Theophilus. He is the same recipient for the book of Luke. He is a Gentile non-Christian, a high ranking Roman official representative of an intellectual roman upper middle class.

 

When was it written?

The book of Acts was probably written around AD 62-63 and probably written from Rome. We believe this for four reasons:
a. Acts 27-28 read vividly, pointing to a recent experience when the book was written.
b. Acts 28:30 – Paul’s trial outcome not talked about, but it would have certainly been.
Book must have been written before it was known.
c. Acts seems ignorant to Paul’s letters; we must assume it was written before their
broad dissemination.
d. Acts doesn’t mention mid to late 60’s events that would have been talked about had
they happened. Namely, these are Nero’s persecution (64), the Jewish revolt (66), and
the fall of Jerusalem (70)

 

What is the purpose of Acts?

Evangelistic: confirms the truth of the gospel and gives an orderly, reliable historical account of the advance of the church to proclaim Christ to all the nations. Apologetic and Encouragement: showing Christianity’s innocence before the state, the gospel of grace and faith, and the appropriateness of the Romans embracing the gospel (see Cornelius and the Philippian jailer).

 

Why this reading plan?

Reading through the book of Acts is important, but as you can see from the timeline below, we can correlate specific chapters in Acts with the writing of the Epistles. Reading through the book of Acts and the New Testament like this gives us an opportunity to 1. See the history of the church mobilization. 2. Experience the trials they faced. 3. The proclamation of the Gospel in the face of persecution, and 4. How the New Testament was formed. As you read through this with your family, use Acts as a guide along with this timeline to help you get a better idea on the context of the writings.

 

Early Church Timeline:

30 AD – Jesus death and resurrection, Pentecost (Acts 1:1-2:40)
30-32 – Stephen becomes the first martyr, church begins, grows, is persecuted (2:41-8:3)
32 – Paul converted (9:1-30)
30’s – Peter and Philip leading the ministry in Palestine; “Christian” in Antioch (8:4-12:25)
40’s – Book of James written by James (½ brother of Jesus)
44 – Paul and Barnabus help the famine in Jerusalem (11:27-11:30)
46-48 – Paul’s First Missionary Journey: Paul and Barnabus (13-14)
1. Syrian Antioch Cyprus Sergius: Paulus is saved
2. Perga Pisidian Antioch teachings in the synagogue
3. Iconium Lystra: healing of the cripple Derbe
4. Return home Perga Syrian Antioch
49 – Counsel of Jerusalem – Galatians written by Paul (15:1-35)
50-52 – Paul’s Second Missionary Journey: Paul and Silas (15:36-18:22)
1. Syrian Antioch Derbe Lystria: Timothy joins Iconium Phyrgia
2. Troas: Macedonia Vision
3. Philippi: Lydia, demonic girl, jailer Thessalonica Berea
4. Athens: Mars Hill sermon
5. Corinth: stayed 1 ½ years – 1 and 2 Thessalonians written by Paul
6. Cenchreae Ephesus Caesarea Jerusalem Syrian Antioch
53-57 – Paul’s Third Missionary Journey: Paul, Luke, Timothy, Silas (18:22-20:3)
1. Syrian Antioch Galatia/Phrygia Ephesus: confrontation with magician
2. Macedonia 1 Corinthians written by Paul
3. Greece 2 Corinthians written by Paul
4. Macedonia Romans written by Paul
5. Philippi Troas Miletos: encouraging of the Ephesian Elders
6. Tyre Caesarea Jerusalem: Sanhedrin Trial, ambush plot
58-59 – Paul tried before Felix, Festus, Agrippa – appeals to Caesar (20:4-26:32)
60-62 – Journey to Rome: Caesarea —- Crete —- Malta: Shipwrecked —- Rome (27-28:16)
61-63 – house arrest in Rome (28:16-31)
61-62 – Philemon, Ephesians, Colossians written by Paul
62-63 – Philippians, the book of Acts written by Paul and Luke (Acts)
63-65 – Paul freed and travels around, 1 Timothy, Titus written by Paul
63-64 – 1 Peter written by Peter
65-66 – 2 Peter written by Peter
66-67 – Paul imprisoned again, 2 Timothy written, Peter and Paul killed
67 – Jude written by Jude (brother of James and ½ brother of Jesus)
66-70 – Revolt of Jerusalem
60’s – Hebrews written
70 – Jerusalem falls
80-96 – Militia reign: Persecution increasing in intensity throughout
95 – 1, 2, 3 John and Revelation written by John

 
Reading Plan Through Acts – Revelation

April 13 – Acts 1

April 14 – Acts 2
April 15 – Acts 3
April 16 – Acts 4
April 17 – Acts 5
April 18 – Acts 6
April 19 – Acts 7
April 20 – Acts 8
April 21 – Acts 9
April 22 – Acts 10
April 23 – Acts 11
April 24 – Acts 12
April 25 – James 1
April 26 – James 2-3
April 27 – James 4-5
April 28 – Acts 13
April 29 – Acts 14
April 30 – Acts 15
May 1 – Galatians 1-2
May 2 – Galatians 3
May 3 – Galatians 4
May 4 – Galatians 5
May 5 – Galatians 6
May 6 – Acts 16
May 7 – Acts 17
May 8 – Acts 18:1-17, 1 Thess. 1-10
May 9 – 1 Thess. 2-3
May 10 – 1 Thess. 4-5
May 11 – 2 Thess. 1-3
May 12 – Acts 18:18-19:41
May 13 – Acts 20:1-3, 1 Cor 1
May 14 – 1 Cor. 2
May 15 – 1 Cor. 3
May 16 – 1 Cor. 4
May 18 – 1 Cor. 5
May 19 – 1 Cor. 6
May 20 – 1 Cor. 7
May 21 – 1 Cor. 8
May 22 – 1 Cor. 9
May 23 – 1 Cor. 10
May 24 – 1 Cor. 11
May 25 – 1 Cor. 12
May 26 – 1 Cor. 13
May 27 – 1 Cor. 14
May 28 – 1 Cor. 15
May 29 – 1 Cor. 16
May 30 – 2 Cor. 1
May 31 – 2 Cor. 2
June 1 – 2 Cor. 3
June 2 – 2 Cor. 4
June 3 – 2 Cor. 5
June 4 – 2 Cor. 6
June 5 – 2 Cor. 7
June 6 – 2 Cor. 8
June 7 – 2 Cor. 9
June 8 – 2 Cor. 10
June 9 – 2 Cor. 11
June 10 – 2 Cor. 12
June 11 – 2 Cor. 13
June 12 – Romans 1
June 13 – Romans 2
June 14 – Romans 3
June 15 – Romans 4
June 16 – Romans 5
June 17 – Romans 6
June 18 – Romans 7
June 19 – Romans 8
June 20 – Romans 9
June 21 – Romans 10
June 22 – Romans 11
June 23 – Romans 12
June 24 – Romans 13
June 25 – Romans 14
June 26 – Romans 15
June 27 – Romans 16
June 28 – Acts 20
June 29 – Acts 21
June 30 – Acts 22
July 1 – Acts 23
July 2 – Acts 24
July 3 – Acts 25
July 4 – Acts 26
July 5 – Acts 27
July 6 – Acts 28
July 7 – Colossians 1
July 8 – Colossians 2
July 9 – Colossians 3
July 10 – Colossians 4-5
July 11 – Philemon 1-25
July 12 – Ephesians 1
July 13 – Ephesians 2
July 14 – Ephesians 3
July 15 – Ephesians 4
July 16 – Ephesians 5
July 17 – Ephesians 6
July 18 – Philippians 1
July 19 – Philippians 2
July 20 – Philippians 3
July 21 – Philippians 4
July 22 – 1 Timothy 1
July 23 – 1 Timothy 2-3
July 24 – 1 Timothy 4
July 25 – 1 Timothy 5
July 26 – 1 Timothy 6
July 27 – Titus 1-3
July 28 – 1 Peter 1
July 29 – 1 Peter 2
July 30 – 1 Peter 3
July 31 – 1 Peter 4
August 1 – 1 Peter 5
August 2 – 2 Peter 1
August 3 – 2 Peter 2
August 4 – 2 Peter 3
August 5 – 2 Timothy 1
August 6 – 2 Timothy 2
August 7 – 2 Timothy 3
August 8 – 2 Timothy 4
August 9 – Jude 1-25
August 10 – Hebrews 1
August 11 – Hebrews 2
August 12 – Hebrews 3
August 13 – Hebrews 4
August 14 – Hebrews 5
August 15 – Hebrews 6
August 16 – Hebrews 7
August 17 – Hebrews 8
August 18 – Hebrews 9
August 19 – Hebrews 10
August 20 – Hebrews 11
August 21 – Hebrews 12
August 22 – Hebrews 13

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