Big Picture God’s hand is at work in the world, which is an encouragement to the church to continue to do its part regardless of our circumstances, and the word is continuing to expand in its reach across the globe.
Timeline 1. The Great Commission (Acts 1:8) 2. Jerusalem – God brings Jews from all over the world who are then saved; church experiences supernatural unity (Acts 2) 3. God’s work constantly being affirmed through mir-acles, signs, and wonders (Acts 2:22, 2:43, 5:12) 4. The gospel message is solidified (Acts 2:14-36, 3:12-26, 4:8-12, 5:29-32) 5. The church experiences internal and external opposition, and comes through stronger (Acts 5)
Timeline 6. Leadership is established and roles begin to emerge (Acts 2:42, 6:1-7) 7. Stephen is martyred and those who came from all over the world and have been established in the apostles’ doctrine and the function of the church are dispersed back out into the world (Acts 7:54 – 8:2) 8. Paul is introduced as a significant persecutor of the church who later comes to faith (Acts 8:1, 9:1-30) 9. The gospel spreads to Judea and Samaria (Acts 8)
Timeline 10. God reveals to Peter that the gospel is open to Gentiles, and Cornelius is saved (Acts 10) 11. Barnabas goes to Antioch and many are saved; Barnabas then goes to Tarsus and brings Paul back to Antioch with him (Acts 11:19-30)
The Transition Door of the gospel opened to the Gentiles / preliminary fulfillment of the Great Commission; Peter as the predominant character Plan for the worldwide progress of the gospel by establishing new local churches; Paul is the main character
Church Principles 1. The church is a group of people committed to each other and the progress of the gospel. 2. The emphasis in the New Testament is on local autonomous churches, not the universal church.
Review • Timeline • The five contrasts • Luke’s transition from Peter to Paul • Foundational principles about the church • Character introduction and overview