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Acts

The book of Acts is the continuation of the ministry of Jesus. For 3 1/2 years, Jesus literally walked the earth, taught the multitudes, healed the sick, and announced the message of salvation. Acts opens with Jesus ascending into heaven. His ministry was not over, but now he was going to continue his ministry through his church. Acts is the true story of the desperately dependent, fervently loving, sacrificially devoted, radically repentant, boldly proclaiming, globally impacting, joy-filled Church unleashed with the Gospel. Acts not only provides the story of the Church in the past but also gives us a vision for the church today.
 

Memory Verses:  

Acts 1:6-8 (three weeks: Mar. 6 - Mar. 26)
Acts 2:22-24 (three weeks: Mar. 27 - Apr. 16)
Acts 2:41-47 (four weeks: Apr. 17 - May 21)
Acts 4:11-13 (three weeks: May 22 - June 11)
Acts 4:18-20 (three weeks: June 12 - July 2)
Acts 4:31-33 (three weeks: July 3 - July 23)
Acts 10:43 (one week: July 24 - July 30)
Review and Catch-up: July 31 - Aug. 13
Acts 13:1-3 (three weeks: Aug. 14 - Sept. 3)
Acts 17:24-31 (five weeks: Sept. 4 - Oct. 8)
Acts 20:18-24 (four weeks: Oct. 9 - Nov. 5)
 
 

 


Messages From Acts

 

 

Acts calls the church to be:

Desperately Dependent
The church was persecuted, poor, and unpopular. There was no illusion of self-sufficiency. They sought provision, boldness, and Gospel advancement through prayer. (1:14; 2:42; 4:24; & 13:3)
Fervently Loving
The church, compelled by the love of God, strived to love one another and others as God loved them. This gave them a selfless, outward and eternal focus. (2:44-45; 5:16)
Sacrificially Devoted
The church hungered and thirsted for God. They pursued him in prayer, study, meditation, fasting, worship, and conversation. Their devotion was daily life. (2:42-46)
Radically Repentant
The church strived to live a life of repentance. They constantly turned away from past ideas, traditions, and comforts to become more like Jesus. (9:20; 10:34-35; 15:1)
Boldly Proclaiming
The church proclaimed Jesus using bold actions and speech that shatter false ideas, traditions, and self-righteousness. Their boldness, empowered by the Holy Spirit brought persecution, but also repentance and global multiplication. (4:19-20; 7:51-58; 10)
Globally Impacting
The church spread the gospel out of Jerusalem, beyond Jewish customs and lineage to Gentiles throughout the world. They introduced local-church missions and turned the world upside down. (13:2-4; 17:6)
Joy-Filled
The church purposed to find their joy in Jesus not their circumstances, which were often hostile and lacking. (8:8; 13:52; 15:3)
Unleashed with the Gospel
The church in Acts is exemplary in many ways, but they are not the hero. Jesus is the hero. When the church, empowered by the Holy Spirit makes Jesus their hero, they change the world. (2:38-41)