The Story of Acts in half an hour

—The Storyline and Theme of the Book of Acts

  • Andrew Fountain – Sept 27, 2015

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Acts in Seven Sections

Section 1: They’ve just Begun Acts 1
Section 2: They start to Do Acts 3
Section 3: They’re forced to flee Acts 6:8
Section 4: God Opens Doors Acts 9:32
Section 5: A Missions drive Acts 13
Section 6: Extended Trips Acts 16:6
Section 7: To Rome, then heaven Acts 19:21

Each of the Seven Sections

  • Starts with everyone comfortable
  • Then the Spirit does something
  • They are launched into a new area of ministry
  • There is a period of growth and consolidation

Acts 1 - Section 1:
They’ve just Begun

  • Place: Jerusalem (no persecution)
  • Spirit: “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” 2:4
  • Concludes: “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” 2:46–47

Acts 3 - Section 2:
They start to Do

  • Place: Jerusalem and the towns around
  • Spirit: “Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.3:6
  • Concludes: “Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.” 6:7

Acts 6:8 - Section 3:
They’re forced to flee

  • Place: Judea including Samaritans
  • Spirit: “And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.” 6:10
  • Concludes: “Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.” 9:31

Acts 9:32 - Section 4:
God Opens Doors

  • Place: Gentiles in Judea
  • Spirit: “While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are seeking you.
    …While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.” 10:19,44
  • Concludes: “But the word of God grew and multiplied.” 12:24

Acts 13 - Section 5:
A Missions drive

  • Place: Galatia
  • Spirit: “As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 13:2
  • Concludes: “So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.” 16:5

Acts 16:6 - Section 6:
Extended Trips

  • Place: Macedonia & Greece
  • Spirit: “Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. 7After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them… 9And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’” 16:6–9
  • Concludes: “So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.” 19:20

Acts 19:21 - Section 7:
To Rome, then heaven

  • Place: Journey to Rome
  • Spirit: “When these things were accomplished, Paul purposed in the Spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, ‘After I have been there, I must also see Rome.’” 19:21
  • Concludes: “Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him.” 28:30–31

What we can learn

  1. We are in the same age as then
    • The book does not have a “proper” ending, but continues
    • There is a section 8, 9, 10 etc
  2. The Spirit is in Charge
    • He will move us forward—rely on him and look to him
  3. There are times of calm growth and times of crazy change
  4. Be excited about what God is doing!