Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Historical: The narrative books of the Old Testament that recount Israel’s rise and fall in the land of Canaan, leading to their exile in Babylon.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Narrative: A story sequence in which characters are placed in a setting and involved in a developing plotline.
Epic Narrative: A narrative that is intentionally placed in an ambiguous historical setting in order to make larger claims about the nature of reality and human purpose.
Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to empower his disciples as they carry the good news of his kingdom to the nations of the world.
Read Scripture Part I
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Acts, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the first of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the book of Acts, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
Before Jesus was taken into heaven where He was enthroned to share God's rule over the world, He instructed His followers to be a witness for Him. The book of Acts details their witness.
Jesus' followers received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost and became filled and equipped to spread the good news that would restore God's kingdom over the world. Through persecution, the believers were scattered. They continued to preach, and the church at Antioch was born.
It grew into the first multiethnic, international church from which missionaries were sent throughout the world to preach about Jesus, the messianic Messiah and risen king of all nations. Paul even continued to preach despite imprisonment and wrote important letters to the churches.
The Spirit came upon Jesus' new covenant family with wind and flames, symbols of God's presence living in the temple, and filled and empowered them to speak in all languages.
Scattering of Believers
Jewish leaders persecuted believers and murdered Stephen. As a result, Jesus' followers fled from Jerusalem, scattered to other cities and continued preaching despite ongoing persecution.
After persecution scattered Jesus' followers throughout the modern world, the first multiethnic, international church is formed at Antioch, and Jesus' followers become known as Christians.
Church on Mission
The Spirit prompts the Antioch church to send missionaries to other lands and invites everyone to follow Jesus as the multiethnic family of God grows.
Paul Preaches in Prison
Paul is placed on house arrest in Rome where he teaches and writes letters to the Churches, summarizing the purpose of the book of Acts.
Read Scripture Part II
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Acts, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the second of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the book of Acts, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.