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INTRODUCTION TO – The Book of Acts

When was the Book of Acts written?
A. The Book of Acts was most likely written between 63 and 65 A.D. Who wrote the book of Acts?
A. The real author is the Holy Spirit (II Pet. 1:21; II Tim. 3:14-17).
B. The human author was “Luke the physician also the author of The Book of Luke.” A. The Book of Acts is a bridge that connects the Gospels and the Epistles.
1. It is the outcome of the Gospels.
a. In the Gospels, Jesus is seen as a grain of wheat who falls to the ground and
dies
(John 12:24). Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground
and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
b. The book of Acts gives us the result of Jesus’ willingness to lay down His
life. It is the “much fruit” that is brought forth.

2. It is a sequel to the Gospels.
B. The Book of Acts is the only book in the New Testament that focuses on
practical theology.

1. It establishes for us the foundational truths and principles of the Church “in word
and deed.”

2. It demonstrates for us in living form all of the teaching of Christ in the Gospels. 3. It illustrates the life application of all the doctrines mentioned in the Epistles.

It provides a textbook on such things like the application of:
a. Evangelism
b. Ministry in the spirit
c. Missions & Church planting
e. Church government
f. Team ministry
g. Prayer life of the church
h. Character of a biblical Christian
i. The training and releasing of leaders

C. The Book of Acts is a book of inspiration in these days of the restoration of the
Church.
1. It provides a record of the early rain outpouring of the Spirit of God.
2. It gives us a description of what God is restoring.
3. It provides us a glimpse of what God wants to do in the Church today.

D. The Book of Acts is the only unfinished book in the Bible.
1. It is the only book that has no “amen” at the end.
2. It closes with the continued preaching of the Kingdom of God (Acts 28:30-31).
3. Why is that important to mention? I believe that our lives are to help complete this book throughout the ages of helping to build and establish the Kingdom of God until He comes again.

What is the significance of this book?
1. It is the story of how God uses weak human vessels to implement His eternal purposes.

2. It shows us what can be accomplished through us if we stand “in Christ too?”

So why are we doing a series on the title of the book of ACTS?

Because I believe the very culture of the early church and its disciplines are the examples or the standard for the church today.. Many want the benefits of this true church model…but are they prepared to submit their lives to same degree the followers of Jesus to get those benefits?? That’s the question!!

Many Christians today know the teachings of Jesus, but don’t live the application of those teachings and therefore never have the fruit to show for it!!

The Book of ACT’s is the APPLICATION or the ACTIONS of the early church followers led by The Holy Spirit. I strongly believe, that the APPLICATION of the members of The Church body is what’s missing, its not another preach that we need, How many preaching messages have you had in your lifetime?? It is you and me being prepared to move forward and ACT on what God has already said for us to do!!

Part 1 – The Keys of the Kingdom in the Book of Acts
I. What is the purpose of a key?
a. A key is an instrument used to lock or unlock something.
b. A key is anything that is used to disclose, open, unlock or solve something.
c. Symbolically, keys speak of authority, power and right.

II. What is Jesus’ relationship to keys?
a. Jesus has all power and authority (Mt. 28:18).
b. Jesus has control over many keys.

1. He holds the keys of the kingdom of heaven (Mt. 16:19).
And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind
on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be
loosed in heaven.

2. Jesus has the keys of hell and death (Rev. 1:18).
I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen.
And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

3. He also has the key of David (Is. 22:22; Rev. 3:7).
The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; so he shall open, and
no one shall shut; and he shall shut, and no one shall open. Isaiah 22:22

4. He has the key to the bottomless pit (Rev. 9:1; 20:1).
c. Jesus said that He would give His followers the keys of the kingdom of heaven
(Mt. 16:18-19).
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church,
and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of
the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

III. So what are the keys of the kingdom that functioned in the Book of Acts?
What are the keys that unlock the Book of Acts? What are the keys to the success of the disciples in the Book of Acts? What were the keys that opened the doors to the Gospel in the Book of Acts? What were the tools in the hands of the disciples that made it possible for them to carry out the Great Commission and launch the Church?

A. Key Number One: The Holy Spirit
1. The Church cannot function or even attempt to fulfill the Great Commission
without a relationship to and a reliance on the Holy Spirit.

2. The apostles in the Book of Acts lived in the conscious awareness of being
motivated by, empowered by, and under the authority of the Holy Spirit.

3. The work and ministry of the Holy Spirit is central to the Book of Acts, being
mentioned some 50 times. a. The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts had a nine-fold role.

The Holy Spirit was:

 The Commander-in-Chief (1:2)
 The Inspirer of Prophecy (1:16; 11:28; 13:2, 4)
 The Fulfillment of Prophecy (2:17-18)
 The Promise of the Father (2:33)
 The Gift of God (2:28, 15:8)
 The Comforter of the Churches (9:31)
 The Confirmer of the Word (10:38, 44-47)
 The Rain from Heaven (2:11-18; 10:38, 44-47)
 The Bringer of Joy (13:52)

b. The disciples in the Book of Acts had a ten-fold relationship to the Holy Spirit. They were:

 Empowered by the Spirit (1:8)
 Baptized in the Spirit (1:5)
 Recipients of the Spirit (8:15; 19:2-6)
 Filled with the Spirit (Acts 2:4; 4:8; 6:3, 5)
 Co-witnesses with the Spirit (5:32)
 Prompted by the Spirit (18:5)
 Appointed by the Spirit (20:23, 28)
 Separated and sent by the Spirit (13:2, 4)
 Transported by the Spirit (8:39)
 Led, guided and directed by the Spirit (8:29)

What would have happened in these instances if the Disciples had not been open and responsive to the voice of the Holy Spirit in their lives?

4. All through the Book of Acts we find that the Holy Spirit is the dynamic in the ministry of the apostles, and to be filled with the Spirit is absolutely essential for effective and acceptable service. QUOTE – Wilbur Smith

5. “In the Book of Acts there is a strong and vivid realization of His presence, a manifest and victorious sense of His working, which is sadly lacking in the experience of the Church today.”

 

Attribute some study materials int this teaching to Bill Scheidler from www.churchleadershipresources.com

Introducing The Book of Acts