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Introduction to Acts

Author: Luke

Date: 60's (ends with Paul in prison in Rome)

Possibly written as Paul's defense

Dedicated to Theophilus

Probably the books' patron (same with book of Luke)

Sequel to Luke ("the first book")

Still a book about what Jesus is doing
Sometimes called "Acts of the Holy Spirit"

Thesis: Acts 1:8--witnesses in:

  1. Jerusalem (chap. 1-7)
  2. Judea and Samaria (chap. 8-12)
  3. the end of the earth (chap. 13-28)

Two primary human characters:

Peter (1-12) and Paul (13-28)

Secondary human characters:

Stephen, Philip, Barnabas, Silas, Timothy

Importance of Acts:

  1. First history of the church
  2. Shows early growth of the church (especially toward Europe)
  3. Illustrates conversion through several accounts
  4. Shows importance of the church and church planting

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