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Acts of the Apostles: Summary: Chapter by Chapter The Acts of Apostles gives us a unique insight into how the

Church began. To make the picture abundantly clear, God has given us a hand picked record of the activities of the Early Church. There is no single chapter that does not exhibit God's power and wisdom in operation. Below is a very brief summary. It should leave you in no doubt of God's intention for His body. Acts 1 Jesus promises the Holy Spirit (verse 8) to the disciples and ascends to heaven before their eyes. Matthias is chosen as an Apostle to replace Judas. Acts 2 The outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Peter gives an anointed and prophetic sermon. About 3,000 souls are added to the Church. Signs and wonders follow. Acts 3 Peter and John are used by God to heal a lame man at the Beautiful Gate. Peter preaches under the anointing. Acts 4 More people believe the word and are added to the Church (verse 4). Peter and John are arrested. They radiate the boldness of Christ. The Apostles are filled a fresh with the Holy Spirit (verse 31). The Apostles preach with great power. Acts 5 Ananias and Sapphira lie to Peter (and the Holy Spirit) and fall down dead. The Apostles display signs and wonders. The sick and those oppressed by evil spirits are healed (verse16). The Apostles are arrested and released from prison by an angel (verse 18). Acts 6 Stephen, full of faith and power does great wonders and signs among the people (verse 8). Acts 7 Stephen's anointed sermon. He sees Jesus standing on the right hand of the father. He becomes the first martyr. Acts 8 Simon the sorcerer is saved. Philip does miracles and signs. Peter and John go

Paul receives vision to go to Macedonia (9). The church increases in number. Evil spirit of divination cast out by Paul (18). The Holy Spirit forbids Paul to preach in Asia (6) and in Bithynia (7). The Holy Spirit leads Philip to the Eunuch from Ethiopia. Elymas goes blind for a time (11). John leaves Barnabas and Paul. Paul encourages the church. Barnabas is sent out. Paul stoned and left as dead. Here starts their first missionary journey (2). The jailer's household are saved (v33). Acts 12 James is killed and Peter is arrested. The Holy Spirit directs the apostles not to accept this (28). Agabus prophesies about a great famine throughout the entire world. Herod is struck by an angel and eaten by worms. 2 . Paul heals lame man in Lystra crippled from birth. Many people added to the church through Paul and Barnabas' preaching. Acts 15 Certain men preach circumcision as a requirement for salvation. Praise and worship release Paul and Silas from jail (v26). Lydia is saved (14). Paul and Barnabas set out for their second missionary journey (36) Acts 16 Paul meets Timothy. Many people added to the Lord. They flee a violent attack. Acts 10 Cornelius sees a vision (1) Peter sees a vision (9) The Holy Spirit falls on Cornelius household. God's word grows and multiplies (24). The church goes into continuous prayer for preach in Samaria and the Holy Spirit falls on some people. An angel rescues Peter. the disciple gather round him. Acts 11 The disciples first called Christians at Antioch Paul defends himself to the Apostles in Jerusalem. The Eunuch is saved. Acts 13 The Holy Spirit asks for Barnabas and Saul to be set aside for God's ministry. circumcises him and take him along on his missionary trip. returning to Jerusalem. The Holy Spirit carries Philip away to Azotus. pray and he revives (19). Saul now called Paul pronounces judgement on Elymas the sorcerer. Acts 14 Signs and wonders done by Paul and Barnabas (3).

Seven sons of Sceva try to cast out demons.Acts 17 Greeks join Paul and Silas (v4). God's Word grows (18. Acts 21 Paul warned not to go to Jerusalem by the Holy Spirit (4). Acts 24 Felix touched by Paul's anointed speech (25). Acts 18 Paul makes tents (3). Philip the evangelist has four daughter who prophesy (8) Agabus prophesies what will happen to Paul in Jerusalem (11) Paul beaten by a mob and arrested by soldiers. Acts 26 Agrippa perceives that Paul is innocent(30). Acts 20 Eutychus raised from the dead (9) Paul exhorts brethren. 20). Paul does unusual miracles. Many believe the gospel (8). Demetrius causes riot. Acts 25 Paul witnesses to Agrippa (23). Acts 22 Paul tells of his conversion. The Thessalonicans show a commendable desire to search the scriptures personally (v11). Many believe (v12) and several are saved (v34). but is ignored (9) An angel appears to Paul telling him about the trip (v23) Acts 28 Paul survives vipers bite (4-3) 3 . Paul has a vision (9) Apollos is equipped (25). Many saved. Acts 27 Paul warns shipmates of dangerous trip. Acts 23 The Lord appears to Paul at night. Paul sets out on third missionary journey (22) Acts 19 Some disciples receive baptism of the Holy Spirit for the first time.

Now the prosecution can rest and the defense can begin. Paul concludes that a true Jew is one that has experienced circumcision of the heart by the Spirit of God. Paul uses this illustration to prove that Gentiles were part of this promise given to Abraham. He maintains that this righteousness comes by faith to all who believe in Christ Jesus apart from the law. God did not spare his son. Paul stresses that this reconciliation is not something we are waiting for. The reason for writing the book of Romans was to share the gospel and teach that our righteousness comes by faith in Jesus Christ apart from what we can do to earn it. we are righteous. God did by sending Jesus. Romans 1 covers Paul's introduction to the book of Romans as well as building a case against the entire world that we were guilty before God. 4 . Romans 2 is written to admonish the Jews that living by the law and circumcision does not make them righteous in God's eyes. This letter to the believers in Rome has changed the hearts of many as they read and understand the wonderful truths nestled inside. Romans 4 is proof that faith has always been the means for justification. not works. Romans 3 completes the accusation that both the Jews and the Gentiles are guilty before God. Paul switches gears by explaining that the righteousness that the law was powerless to give us. but in every sense of the word. The whole world was blessed through him because he chose to believe God rather than his circumstances and because of this. Paul wrote this letter to these Christians to explain his revelation of grace. This comes as quite a shock. but Paul stresses that living by rules and regulations only brings about judgment and condemnation. holy and pure before God. Romans 5 is powerful and instrumental in understanding that we are completely reconciled with God through Jesus Christ. to illustrate his point. Paul reflects back to the Old Testament patriarchs who were justified by faith. but graciously gave him for us to undo what Adam did in the garden. his faith was credited to him as righteousness. but life came more abundantly in every way through the gift of Jesus.Paul heals someone with fever and dysentery (8) Paul preached another anointed sermon and more believe the gospel (24) Summary of the Book of Romans The book of Roman is a masterfully written exposition on grace. Death came through one man's sin.

This is a passage of hope because we know our future is bright in Christ. He gives us assurance before God so we are convinced that nothing will ever separate us from His love. Faith comes by hearing this gospel message and responding to it. we are free to belong to another. God's plan includes bestowing mercy upon all mankind. Our sin nature was crucified with him when we were baptized into his death. Romans 12 is a call to live a life of peace. Paul encourages us that "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. as born again believers. The Holy Spirit within us testifies that we are children of God.Romans 6 eloquently teaches that. Romans 8 shows how to live by the Spirit. Romans 12 encourages us to be living sacrifices in view of the mercy we have received in Christ Jesus. But Gentiles. If we live by the Spirit then we will bear fruit according to our new nature. Paul maintains that we are freed from sin and made alive to God through Jesus Christ. 5 . faithfully serving the Lord in all things and overcoming the evil of the world by the lives we live through Christ Jesus. in the end Israel will be saved through faith. but rather children of the promise. we have received the gift of God which was eternal life. Romans 10 teaches the word of faith. nothing less. Christ is the end of the law so we can be justified and made righteous by faith in Jesus alone. Nothing more. they have not fallen beyond recovery. The struggle with sin may still be evident. those who pursued it by faith. The Israelites who pursued righteousness by the law did not obtain it. Romans 9 teaches us that it is not natural children that are God's children. However. Their dismissal of Jesus has blessed the world because this salvation message was then opened to the Gentiles. obtained their righteousness through Jesus Christ. Romans 7 shows us the contrast between living bound to the law and living fresh and new by the spirit of God. sin's power over us is broken. letting peace rule in our hearts. We do this through renewing our minds to the truth of God's word. serving and blessing the body of Christ through our gifts and above all by loving and being devoted to one another. By confessing with our mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and by believing this in our hearts we are saved. there is still a remnant chosen by grace. but Paul maintains we have no obligation to it. The promise comes through faith in Christ not by works of the Law. No longer slaves or in bondage. Chapter 9 is a sobering call that Christ alone saves nothing else is sufficient." Romans 11 discusses that although Israel as a whole rejected Jesus as their Messiah. Now through Jesus.

Romans 14 encourages us to consider everything we do as if we are doing it for the Lord. It is a call to do what leads to peace and mutual edification within the body of Christ. We are to take the encouragement from the scriptures and Christ as our example in how we live accepting one another. As you can see this is an amazing book and will bless all who read. but be fully convinced of what is acceptable in our own minds. Romans 16 is Paul's final farewell and instruction to the believers in Rome. He reminds them that Satan will soon be crushed under their feet and that His gospel is able to hold them until the day of Jesus. We are to submit to authorities and to pay respect where it is due.Romans 13 is a charge to clothe ourselves with Christ Jesus and live as his children in this present world. Paul reminds us that we are competent ministers of the gospel taking in and internalizing the amazing grace that was covered in the previous chapters. He is affectionate toward them and gives final coaching to watch out for false doctrine and teachings and those who would cause division among them. understand and enjoy this wonderful message of Jesus. Romans 15 stresses unity within the body of believers. We are to awake from our slumber and serve the Lord out of love showing that we are included in the light of the gospel. We are not to condemn or look down on those who are weaker in faith. Now it is our job to share it with others. for everything that does not come from faith is sin. 6 .