Let us examine an overview of the birth of the Christian church which is depicted authentically in Book of Acts. This New Testament portion of the Word of God (written by Luke) encompasses church beginnings, the Holy Spirit, witnessing, and those who were in direct opposition.
The Book of Acts was written by Luke between A.D. 63 and 70 to give an accurate account of the birth and growth of the Christian church. It was originally written to Theophilus (“love of God”) and people everywhere. The Book of Acts is the link between Christ’s life and the life of the church.
The key people found in the Book of Acts are Peter, John, James, Stephen, Philip, Paul, Barnabas, Cornelius, James (Jesus’ brother), Timothy, Lydia, Silas, Titus, Apollos, Agabus, Ananias, Felix, Festus, Agrippa, and Luke.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses…” Acts 1:8
Key Places: Jerusalem, Samaria, Lydda, Joppa, Antioch in Syria, Cyprus, Antioch in Pisidia, Iconium, Lystra, Derbe, Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, Athens, Corinth, Ephesus, Caesarea, Malta, and Rome.
The community of believer’s were unified by faith in the risen Christ. Through faith in Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit, the church can be a vibrant agent for change in the world.
The disciples were empowered by the Holy Spirit, the Counselor sent by Jesus. By faith, any believer can experience the Holy Spirit’s power to serve God.
Peter, John, Philip, Paul, Barnabas, and thousands more boldly told others about their faith in Christ. Their lives encourage us to pass on the truth of Christ to the entire world.
“I will always try to maintain a clear conscience before God and all people.” Acts 24:16
Although the first-century Christians experienced persecution, this opposition was a catalyst for the spread of Christianity. God can work through any obstacle to accomplish His purposes.
May God bless you abundantly,
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