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  1. Back to Basics

  2. The Acts of the Apostles Acts Chapter 2 “Hub of the Bible”

  3. A Link Between the Life of Christ & the Epistles • Writer Connects to Gospels • Luke 1:1-4 “most excellent Theophilus” • Acts 1:1-3 “O Theophilus” • Luke Ends Gospel account with Jesus preparing to go back to Heaven- Luke 24:49 • Begins Acts with Jesus ascending into Heaven – Acts 1:9

  4. A Link Between the Life of Christ & the Epistles • Writer Connects to Gospels • Luke’s Gospel ends with the Promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit – Luke 24:49 “send the Promise of My Father” “endued with power from on high.” • Acts shows the coming of the Holy Spirit – Acts 2:1-4 “all filled with the Holy Spirit”

  5. The End of Acts Links with the Epistles • Charts Early Growth of the church

  6. The End of Acts Links with the Epistles • Paul facing trial in Rome

  7. Acts Essential to Understanding the Rest of the New Testament • Gives Beginning of the church • History of the church as it began to reach out to Roman world. • Tells us what we need to do to be saved.

  8. A Book of Beginnings • Beginning of the church – Chapter 2 • Acts 2:47 “Lord added to the church” • Beginning of Gentiles being brought in • Acts 10:28,34,35; 11:17,18

  9. A Book of Beginnings • Beginning of Disciples wearing name Christian • Isaiah 62:2; Acts 11:26; Hebrews 12:25 • First Martyr for Christ – Stephen stoned to death • Acts 7:54-60

  10. It is a Handbook on How Mankind is Saved from their Sins Four Examples: • Pentecost • Acts 2:36-38 • Samaritans • Acts 8:12 • Ethiopian Eunuch • Acts 8:35-39 • Saul of Tarsus • Acts 9:6; 22:16

  11. It is a Handbook on How Mankind is Saved from their Sins Acts 18:8 NKJV 8 Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized.”