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THE ACTS
OF THE APOSTLES

OUTLINE

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  1. Introduction -- 1:1-2
  2. The preparation -- 1:3-26
    1. Christ's preparation -- vv.3-8
      1. Speaking to the disciples the things concerning the kingdom of God -- v.3
      2. Charging them to wait for the baptism in the Holy Spirit -- vv.4-8
    2. Christ's ascension -- vv.9-11
    3. The disciples' preparation -- vv.12-26
      1. Persevering in prayer -- vv.12-14
      2. Choosing Matthias -- vv.15-26
  3. The propagation -- 2:1--28:31
    1. In the Jewish land through the ministry of Peter's company -- 2:1--12:24
      1. The Jewish believers' baptism in the Holy Spirit -- 2:1-13
        1. The economical filling of the Holy Spirit -- vv.1-4
        2. The peoples' amazement -- vv.5-13
      2. Peter's first message to the Jews -- 2:14-41
        1. Explaining the economical filling of the Holy Spirit -- vv.14-21
        2. Witnessing of Jesus in His work, death, resurrection, and ascension -- vv.22-36
        3. Entreating the Spirit-moved ones to repent, be baptized, and be saved -- vv.37-41
      3. The beginning of the church life -- 2:42-47
      4. Peter's second message to the Jews -- 3:1-26
        1. The healing of a lame man -- vv.1-10
        2. The message -- vv.11-26
          1. Testifying of Jesus in His death and resurrection -- vv.11-18
          2. Exhorting people to repent and turn that they may partake of the ascended and coming Christ -- vv.19-26
      5. The beginning of the persecution by the Jewish religionists -- 4:1-31
        1. The arrest and inquiry by the Sanhedrin -- vv.1-7
        2. Peter's testimony -- vv.8-12
        3. The Sanhedrin's prohibition -- vv.13-18
        4. Peter and John's reply -- vv.19-20
        5. The Sanhedrin's release -- vv.21-22
        6. The church's praise and prayer -- vv.23-31
      6. The continuation of the church life -- 4:32--5:11
        1. The positive scene -- 4:32-37
        2. The negative scene -- 5:1-11
      7. The signs and wonders done through the apostles -- 5:12-16
      8. The continuation of the persecution by the Jewish religionists -- 5:17-42
        1. The Sanhedrin's arrest of the apostles and the Lord's rescue -- vv.17-28
        2. The apostles' testimony -- vv.29-32
        3. The Sanhedrin's prohibition and release -- vv.33-40
        4. The apostles' rejoicing and faithfulness -- vv.41-42
      9. The appointment of seven deacons -- 6:1-6
      10. The growth of the word and the multiplication of the disciples -- 6:7
      11. The increase of the persecution by the Jewish religionists -- 6:8--8:3
        1. The martyrdom of Stephen -- 6:8--7:60
          1. Opposed and arrested -- 6:8--7:1
          2. Testifying -- 7:2-53
          3. Killed -- 7:54-60
        2. The devastation of the church in Jerusalem -- 8:1-3
      12. The preaching by Philip -- 8:4-40
        1. In Samaria -- vv.4-25
          1. Proclaiming Christ and the kingdom of God -- vv.4-13
          2. Confirmed by the apostles -- vv.14-25
        2. To an Ethiopian -- vv.26-39
        3. Unto Caesarea -- v.40
      13. The conversion of Saul -- 9:1-30
        1. Appeared to by the Lord -- vv.1-9
        2. Confirmed through Ananias -- vv.10-19
        3. Beginning to preach -- vv.20-30
      14. The building up and multiplication of the church -- 9:31
      15. The spreading of Peter's ministry -- 9:32-43
        1. To Lydda -- vv.32-35
        2. To Joppa -- vv.36-43
      16. The spreading to the Gentiles -- 10:1--11:18
        1. Cornelius's vision -- 10:1-8
        2. Peter's vision -- 10:9-16
        3. Peter's visit -- 10:17-33
        4. Peter's message -- 10:34-43
        5. The Gentile believers' baptism in the Holy Spirit -- 10:44-46
        6. The Gentile believers' water baptism -- 10:47-48
        7. The recognition by the apostles and the brothers in Judea -- 11:1-18
      17. The spreading to Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch -- 11:19-26
      18. The communication between the church in Antioch and the saints in Judea -- 11:27-30
      19. The persecution by the Roman politician -- 12:1-23
        1. The mistreatment of some believers and the martyrdom of James -- vv.1-2
        2. The arrest of Peter -- vv.3-19a
          1. Guarded in prison -- vv.3-5a
          2. Rescued by the Lord -- vv.5b-19a
        3. The fate of the persecutors -- vv.19b-23
      20. The growth and multiplication of the word -- 12:24
    2. In the Gentile lands through the ministry of Paul's company -- 12:25--28:31
      1. The initiation -- 12:25
      2. Set apart and sent by the Holy Spirit -- 13:1-4a
      3. The first journey -- 13:4b--14:28
        1. To Paphos of Cyprus -- 13:4b-12
        2. To Pisidian Antioch -- 13:13-52
          1. Preaching the crucified and resurrected Christ as the Savior -- vv.13-43
          2. Rejected by the Jews -- vv.44-52
        3. To Iconium -- 14:1-5
        4. To Lystra and Derbe of Lycaonia -- 14:6-21a
        5. Establishing the disciples and appointing elders on the way back -- 14:21b-25a
        6. Back to Antioch, ending the first journey -- 14:25b-28
      4. The trouble concerning circumcision -- 15:1-34
        1. A conference of the apostles and elders held in Jerusalem -- vv.1-21
        2. The solution -- vv.22-34
      5. The problem of Barnabas -- 15:35-39
      6. The second journey -- 15:40--18:22
        1. To Syria and Cilicia -- 15:40-41
        2. To Derbe and Lystra -- 16:1-5
        3. To Philippi of Macedonia -- 16:6-40
          1. The vision of a Macedonian -- vv.6-10
          2. The preaching and its fruits -- vv.11-18
          3. The imprisonment and the release -- vv.19-40
        4. To Thessalonica -- 17:1-9
        5. To Berea -- 17:10-13
        6. To Athens -- 17:14-34
          1. Sent by the brothers -- vv.14-15
          2. Reasoning with the Jews and confronting the Gentile philosophers -- vv.16-18
          3. Preaching on the Areopagus -- vv.19-34
        7. To Corinth -- 18:1-17
          1. Meeting Aquila and Priscilla -- vv.1-4
          2. Preaching to the Jews and encountering their opposition -- vv.5-17
        8. To Ephesus -- 18:18-21a
        9. Back to Antioch, ending the second journey -- 18:21b-22
      7. The third journey -- 18:23--21:17
        1. To the country of Galatia and Phrygia -- 18:23
        2. To Ephesus again -- 18:24--19:41
          1. The ministry of Apollos -- 18:24-28
          2. Filling up the deficiency in the ministry of Apollos -- 19:1-7
          3. The ministry and its fruits -- the Lord's word growing and prevailing -- 19:8-20
          4. Purposing to go to Jerusalem and to Rome -- 19:21-22
          5. The disturbance -- 19:23-41
            1. The cause -- vv.23-34
            2. The quieting -- vv.35-41
        3. Through Macedonia and Greece to Troas -- 20:1-12
        4. To Miletus, meeting with the elders of the church in Ephesus -- 20:13-38
        5. To Tyre -- 21:1-6
        6. To Ptolemais -- 21:7
        7. To Caesarea -- 21:8-14
        8. To Jerusalem, ending the third journey -- 21:15-17
      8. The negative influence of Judaism -- 21:18-26
      9. The ultimate persecution of the Jews -- 21:27--26:32
        1. An uproar against Paul -- 21:27--23:15
          1. Seized by the Jews -- 21:27-30
          2. The intervention of the Roman commander -- 21:31-39
          3. Defending himself before the rioting Jews -- 21:40--22:21
          4. Bound by the Romans -- 22:22-29
          5. Defending himself before the Sanhedrin -- 22:30--23:10
          6. Encouraged by the Lord -- 23:11
          7. The plot of the Jews -- 23:12-15
        2. Transferred by the commander to the Roman governor Felix -- 23:16--24:27
          1. The secrecy of the transfer -- 23:16-35
          2. Accused by the Jews' advocate -- 24:1-9
          3. Defending himself before Felix -- 24:10-21
          4. Kept in the custody of the unjust and corrupt Roman politician -- 24:22-27
        3. Left to Festus, the successor of Felix -- 25:1--26:32
          1. The request of the leaders of the Jews rejected -- 25:1-5
          2. Defending himself before Festus -- 25:6-8
          3. Appealing to Caesar -- 25:9-12
          4. Referred by Festus to King Agrippa -- 25:13-27
          5. Defending himself before King Agrippa -- 26:1-29
          6. King Agrippa's judgment -- 26:30-32
      10. The fourth journey -- 27:1--28:31
        1. To Fair Havens -- 27:1-12
        2. The storm and Paul's prediction of safety -- 27:13-26
        3. The ascendancy and wisdom of Paul in contrast to the baseness and folly of the sailors and soldiers -- 27:27-44
        4. To the island of Malta -- 28:1-10
        5. To Rome, ending the fourth journey -- 28:11-31
          1. Through Syracuse to Rome -- vv.11-16
          2. Contacting the Jewish leaders -- vv.17-22
          3. Ministering in Rome -- vv.23-31

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