Acts – An Outline

BRIEF OVERVIEW

ACTS 1-4       Prelude, Pentecost, power

ACTS 5-8       Power, Purpose, Persecution, Saul persecutes, Philip

ACTS 9-11    Saul meets Jesus, Saul the disciple, Peter, Acts of Power

ACTS 12-15  Herod persecutes, Apostles’ journeys, Separation

ACTS 16-20  Power, Persecution, Prison, Riots

ACTS 21-28  Paul in Jerusalem, Paul arrested, Paul’s defence, Shipwreck

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CHAPTER SUMMARIES

ACTS 1          Jesus leaves, Matthias arrives

ACTS 2          Spirit Comes, Peter Explains, Awe

ACTS 3          Peter and John minister in power

ACTS 4          Peter and John arrested, Bold apostles, Sharing together

ACTS 5          Ananias and Sapphira, Healings, Persecution

ACTS 6          Chosen to serve, Stephen arrested

ACTS 7          Stephen speaks, Stephen stoned

ACTS 8          Disciples scattered, Philip and Simon, Peter and John, Ethiopian Eunuch

ACTS 9          Saul meets Jesus and in Damascus and Jerusalem, Peter in Lydda

ACTS 10        Peter and Cornelius, Gentiles hear and receive

ACTS 11        Peter in Jerusalem, Church in Antioch

ACTS 12        James killed, Peter imprisoned, death of Herod

ACTS 13        Paul and Barnabas in Cyprus and Antioch of Pisidia

ACTS 14        Paul and Barnabas in Iconium, Lystra, Derbe and further travels

ACTS 15        Council at Jerusalem, Paul and Barnabas separate

ACTS 16        Paul, Silas, Timothy, Lydia, Paul and Silas in prison in Philippi

ACTS 17        Uproar in Thessalonica, Paul and Silas in Beroea, Paul in Athens

ACTS 18        Paul in Corinth and Antioch, Apollos

ACTS 19        Paul in Ephesus, Sons of Sceva, Riot in Ephesus

ACTS 20        Paul from Macedonia to Miletus, Paul meets Ephesian elders

ACTS 21        Paul in Jerusalem, James, Paul arrested and defends himself

ACTS 22        Paul defends himself, Paul before Tribune, Paul before council

ACTS 23        Paul before council, Plot to kill Paul, Paul before Felix

ACTS 24        Paul before Felix, Paul’s defence, Paul detained

ACTS 25        Paul appeals to Emperor, Festus consults Agrippa, Paul before Agrippa

ACTS 26        Paul before Agrippa

ACTS 27        Paul sails for Rome, Storm at sea, Shipwreck

ACTS 28        Paul on Malta, Paul in Rome

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BREAKDOWN OF TOPICS WITHIN CHAPTERS

  • 1:1-11 Ascension of Jesus
  • 1:12-26 Matthias Chosen
  • 2:1-13  Coming of the Spirit
  • 2:14-36  Peter Explains
  • 2:37-47  Converts and Awe
  • 3:1-10   Beggar at the Beautiful Gate
  • 3:11-26  Peter and John Speak in Solomon’s Portico
  • 4:1-22   Peter and John Arrested and Questioned
  • 4:23-31  The Boldness of the Apostles
  • 4:32-37  Sharing Lives and Possessions
  • 5:1-11 Ananias and Sapphira
  • 5:12-42 Many Healings Lead to Persecution
  • 6:1-7 Chosen to Serve
  • 6:8-15 Stephen Arrested
  • 7:1-53  Stephen Speaks
  • 7:54-60 Stoning of Stephen
  • 8:1-3 Disciples Scattered
  • 8:4-13 Philip and Simon
  • 8:14-25 Peter and John Sent to Samaria
  • 8:26-40 Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch
  • 9:1-19 Saul Meets Jesus
  • 9:20-31 Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem
  • 9:32-43 Peter in Lydda and Joppa
  • 10:1-33 Peter and Cornelius
  • 10:34-48 Gentiles Hear and Receive
  • 11:1-18 Peter in Jerusalem
  • 11:19-30 Church in Antioch
  • 12:1-19 James Killed and Peter Imprisoned
  • 12:20-25 Death of Herod
  • 13:1-12 Paul and Barnabas in Cyprus
  • 13:13-52 Paul and Barnabas in Antioch of Pisidia
  • 14:1-7 Paul and Barnabas in Iconium
  • 14:8-20 Paul and Barnabas in Lystra and Derbe
  • 14:21-28 Paul and Barnabas Travels Leading to Antioch Syria
  • 15:1-35 Council at Jerusalem
  • 15:36-41 Paul and Barnabas Separate
  • 16:1-10 Paul, Silas and Timothy
  • 16:11-15 Lydia at Philippi
  • 16:16-41 Paul and Silas in Prison at Philippi
  • 17:1-9 Uproar in Thessalonica
  • 17:10-15 Paul and Silas in Beroea
  • 17:16-34 Paul in Athens
  • 18:1-17 Paul in Corinth
  • 18:18-23 Paul in Antioch
  • 18:24-28 Apollos
  • 19:1-10 Paul in Ephesus
  • 19:11-20 Sons of Sceva
  • 19:12-41 Riot in Ephesus
  • 20:1-16 Paul Journeys From Macedonia to Miletus
  • 20:17-38 Paul Meets the Ephesian Elders
  • 21:1-16 Paul Journeys to Jerusalem
  • 21:17-26 Paul Visits James
  • 21:27-36 Paul Arrested in the Temple
  • 21:37-40 Paul prepares to defend himself
  • 22:1-21  Paul Defends Himself
  • 22:22-30 Paul and the Tribune
  • 23:1-23:11 Paul Before the Council
  • 23:12-22 Plot to Kill Paul
  • 23:23-24:9 Paul Before Felix
  • 24:10-23 Paul’s Defence Before Felix
  • 24:24-27 Paul Detained
  • 25:1-12 Paul Appeals to the Emperor
  • 25:13-22 Festus Consults Agrippa About Paul
  • 25:23-27 Paul Brought Before Agrippa
  • 26:1-32  Paul’s Defence Before Agrippa
  • 27:1-12 Paul Sails for Rome
  • 27:13-44 Storm at Sea and shipwreck
  • 28:1-10 Paul on Malta
  • 28:11-30 Paul in Rome

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MAIN TOPICS THROUGHOUT ACTS

PRESENCE

Holy Spirit at Pentecost

Anointing of the Holy Spirit on the believers as a whole

Preaching of explanation

Jesus as he appeared to Saul on the Damascus Road

POWER

Acts of kindness

Acts of power

Confronting darkness and overcoming darkness

Huge impact in communities

Lifestyles changed

Lifestyles challenged

PERSECUTION         

Collisions between Jews and new Christians

Stephen stoned

Saul persecutes

James killed

Peter imprisoned

Paul and Silas imprisoned

Riots in Thessalonica and Ephesus

Paul arrested and tried