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1. The Introduction of the Book and the Last Promise of Christ (Acts 1:1-8)
1The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,2until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen.


Many people have written several books, which if lined up would become a big, high mountain which burns in the flame of God’s anger, for all the words of men are worthless, boastful, and empty.
But the two books which Luke, the physician wrote, will shine in the Day of Judgment more brilliantly than the sun itself. They will never pass away, but will rise high before the throne of God, for Luke, the evangelist described in his first book the deeds and the words of Christ. He mentioned his deeds before his words, for Christ came not only a teacher, but also a Savior to the whole world. The evangelist wanted to glorify him, and he showed us how the sinners repented near Jesus confessing their sins, and becoming justified by their faith in the Lord’s grace, as the thief who was crucified with Jesus had experienced when he entered with Jesus into the blissful expanses of Paradise. Luke’s gospel is the book of the great joy, which the angel brought upon the birth of the child in the manger, for the Lord himself became incarnate to seek and save that which was lost. Today, we testify, thanking God, that many people have been saved through Luke’s gospel, and that the power of eternal life streams from its black letters into the minds and the hearts of the believers.
Theophilus, the high Roman official had experienced this wonderful salvation of Christ. So he entrusted Luke, the physician, his Greek friend, to gather all the details about the life of Jesus of Nazareth, and to record exactly the history of the gospel of salvation in the Roman Empire, for the Roman governor was not satisfied with the sentimental feeling, but wished for historical foundations for his living faith. The educated Luke wrote those two books and addressed them to his governor to establish him in his spiritual life, and to equip him, as a believer, for his office, as an important servant in the Roman Empire. He testified to him that there is no hope for our worried world except in the living Christ Jesus.
All the countries of our world will pass away, and all philosophers are unprofitable, even if they produced to us intellectual edifices of their genius minds. Christ did not build his kingdom on bright thinkers’ intelligence, nor did he rely on the power of mighty armies, but chose ordinary people, illiterate fishermen, and called them apostles. This choosing of the harmless means rejection of all the great, the strong, and the clever in the world, for God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
This is exactly in harmony with the designs of the Holy Spirit, who strengthens those that are not mighty, and gives life to those who pine away. Christ did not perform all his works separately, but at all times in the unity with the Holy Spirit, standing fast in the will of his Father, for God the Father, the Holy Spirit, and Christ Jesus are a complete unity, which surpasses our understanding and knowledge. The Holy Trinity was determined from eternity to build his church in the midst of the lost world, and to spread heaven among the dead of the earth. The history of God’s salvation began with the call of the apostles whom Christ called, trained, and commissioned to preach men. Luke, the evangelist was the only one who described the movement of those runners, having recognized that the power of the love of God that dwelt in the harmless fishermen was the new miracle in the world, and the true hope for a better future.
In order to pave the way for this miracle, the resurrected Christ did not remain among his disciples in the world to manage, as a King, the spread of his kingdom in an organized, strategic way, but ascended to heaven. The Lord was not afraid of any mistake that might be committed by his disciples, for he knew that the Holy Spirit would dwell in them to complete his work. He ascended to heaven free from worry and fear, got up to his Father, and sat down at the right hand of God, as one with him, reigning with him, building his holy church in the evil world, overcoming all the powers against God, and saving millions of people. Luke was astonished at the miracle of the growth of the hidden kingdom of God on earth, and he described this movement in his second book from its start point in Jerusalem to its end: Rome.

Prayer
O living Lord, Jesus Christ, we worship to you, and bless your love, and your hidden glory, which is working in your church even today. Thank you for your kindness has reached us too. Teach us to recognize your Acts.in the honorable apostles’ Acts. and to glorify you greatly in carrying out their thoughts in our practical life.
Question
What was the content of Luke’s first book? What did he include in the second one?
PART I – THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE EARLY CHURCH IN JERUSALEM
(ACTS 1-7)
1. The Introduction of the Book and the Last Promise of Christ (Acts 1:1-8)
2. Christ’ Ascension to Heaven (Acts 1:9-12)
3. The Select Group That Waited For the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:13-14)
4. Matthias Chosen in Place of the Sinful Judas (Acts 1:15-26)
5. The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-13)
6. Peter’s Sermon at Pentecost (Acts 2:14-36)
7. Edification by the Ministry of the Apostles (Acts 2:37-41)
8. Spiritual Life in the Believers’ Church (Acts 2:42-47)
9. The Healing of a Cripple (Acts 3:1-10)
10. Peter’s Sermon in the Temple (Acts 3:11- 26)
11. Peter and John Imprisoned and Taken to Court for the First Time (Acts 4:1-22)
12. The Common Prayer of the Church (Acts 4:23-31)
13. Church Members having all Things in Common (Acts 4:32-37)
14. The Death of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11)
15. Revival and many Healings (Acts 5:12-16)
16. The Apostle´s Imprisonment, and their Release by an Angel (Acts 5:17-25)
17. The Apostles before the High Council (Acts 5:26-33)
18. Gamaliel’s Advice and the Whipping of the Apostles (Acts 5:34-42)
19. The Organization of the Church and the Choosing of the Seven Deacons (Acts 6:1-7)
20. Stephen’s Effective Testimony (Acts 6:8-15)
21. Stephen’s Defense (Acts 7:1-53)

a) A Description of the Days of the Patriarchs (Acts 7:1-19)
b) The Days of Moses (Acts 7:20-43)
c) The Tabernacle of Meeting, and the Establishment of the Temple (Acts 7:44-50)
d) The Complaint against the Stubborn People (Acts 7:51-53)
e) Stephen’s Gazing into the Opened Heaven and his Stoning; his becoming the First Martyr (Acts 7:54- 8:1)
PART II – THE EXTENSION OF THE GOSPEL OF SALVATION TO SAMARIA AND SYRIA AND THE BEGINNING OF GENTILE CONVERSIONS
(ACTS 8- 12)
1. The First Persecution of the Christian Church at Jerusalem and the Believers’ Scattering throughout Samaria (Acts 8:1- 8)
2. Simon the Sorcerer and the Work of Peter and John in Samaria (Acts 8:9-25)
3. Conversion, and Baptism of the Ethiopian Treasurer (Acts 8:26-40)
4. Christ’s Appearance to Saul near Damascus (Acts 9:1-5)
5. Saul Baptized at the Hand of Ananias (Acts 9:6-19)
6. Saul’s Preaching in Damascus and his Persecution by the Jews (Acts 9:19-25)
7. The First Meeting Between Paul and the Apostles in Jerusalem (Acts 9:26-30)
8. The Wonderful Works of Christ at the Hand of Peter (Acts 9:31-43)
9. The Beginning of Preaching to the Gentiles through the Conversion of Cornelius the Centurion (Acts 10:1-11:18)
10. The Establishment of a Gentile Church at Antioch (Acts 11:19-30)
11. King Agrippa´s Persecution of the Churches in Jerusalem (Acts 12:1-6)
12. Peter’s Deliverance at the Hand of an Angel (Acts 12:7-17)
13. Herod’s Rage and Death (Acts 12:18-25)
PART III – REPORTS ABOUT PREACHING AMONG THE GENTILES AND THE FOUNDATION OF CHURCHES FROM ANTIOCH TO ROME
(ACTS 13-28)
A – The First Missionary Journey (Acts 13:1-14:28)

1. The Separation of Barnabas and Saul for the Work (Acts 13:1-3)
2. Preaching in Cyprus (Acts 13:4-12)
3. Preaching in Antioch of Anatolia (Acts 13:13-52)
4. The Founding of the Church at Iconium (Acts 14:1-7)
5. The Founding of the Church at Lystra (Acts 14:8-20)
6. The Ministry in Derbe and the Return to Strengthen the Infant Churches (Acts 14:21-23)
7. The Return to Antioch in Syria and Presenting an Account of the Ministry to the Brothers there (Acts 14:24-28)
B – THE APOSTOLIC COUNCIL AT JERUSALEM (ACTS 15:1-35)
C – THE SECOND MISSIONARY JOURNEY (ACTS 15:36-18: 22)

1. Paul’s Separation From Barnabas (Acts 15:36-41)
2. The Strengthening of the Churches of Syria and Anatolia: Choosing Timothy for Service (Acts 16:1- 5)
3. The Holy Spirit Prevents the Apostles from Entering Bithynia, in the Province of Asia (Acts 16:6-10)
4. The Founding of the Church at Philippi (Acts 16:11-34)
5. The Founding of the Church in Thessalonica (Acts 17:1-9)
6. The Founding of the Church in Berea (Acts 17:10-15)
7. Paul at Athens (Acts 17:16-34)
8. The Founding of the Church in Corinth (Acts 18:1-17)
9. Paul’s Return to Jerusalem and Antioch (Acts 18:18-22)
D – THE THIRD MISSIONARY JOURNEY (ACTS 18:23-21:14)

1. Paul in Anatolia – Apollos in Ephesus and Corinth (Acts 18: 23-28)
2. Spiritual Revival in Ephesus (Acts 19:1-20)
3. The Apostle plans to Return to Jerusalem, and then go on to Rome (Acts 19:21-22)
4. The Riot of the Silversmiths in Ephesus (Acts 19:23-41)
5. Paul´s Last Journey to Macedonia and Greece (Acts 20:1-3)
6. The plot to kill Paul in Corinth – the names of traveling companions accompanying him towards Jerusalem (Acts 20:3-5)
7. The Night Sermon, and the Lord’s Supper at Troas (Acts 20:6-12)
8. From Troas to Miletus (Acts 20:13-16)
9. Paul’s Parting Sermon to the Bishops and Elders (Acts 20:17-38)
10. The Sailing From Anatolia to Lebanon (Acts 21:1-6)
11. From Tyre to Caesarea (Acts 21:7-14)
E – PAUL’S IMPRISONMENT IN JERUSALEM AND IN CAESAREA (ACTS 21:15-26:32)

1. Paul arrives in Jerusalem and tells the brothers about his ministry (Acts 21:15-20)
2. Paul’s Acceptance of Circumcision According to the Law (Acts 21:20-26)
3. The Jews attack Paul, the Roman soldiers rescue him (Acts 21:27-40)
4. Paul’s defense before his countrymen (Acts 22:1-29)
5. Paul before the High Council of the Jews (Acts 22:30-23:10)
6. Christ’s Appearance to Paul at Night (Acts 23:11)
7. The zealots’ plot against Paul (Acts 23:12-22)
8. Paul Transferred From Jerusalem to Caesarea (Acts 23:23-35)
9. The First Hearing of the Trial in Caesarea (Acts 24:1-23)
10. Paul Alone With the Governor and His Wife (Acts 24:24-27)
11. The Second Hearing of Paul’s Trial Before the New Governor (Acts 25:1-12)
12. Paul Before Agrippa II and His Royal Retinue (Acts 25:13-26:32)
F – THE SAILING FROM CAESAREA TO ROME (ACTS 27:1-28:31)

1. Moving to Sidon and Then to Crete (Acts 27:1-13)
2. The storm at sea, and the shipwreck on Malta (Acts 27:14-44)
3. Wintering at Malta (Acts 28:1-10)
4. Continuing the Journey to Rome in Spring (Acts 28:11-14)
5. The Beginning of Paul’s Ministries at Rome (Acts 28:15-31)