Acts of the Apostles

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One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. Acts 16:14

The Acts of the Apostles, often referred to simply as Acts, is the fifth book of the New Testament. It tells of the founding of the Christian church and the spread of its message. It is commonly believed to have been written by Luke the Evangelist, and to be the sequel to Gospel of Luke.


  • All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
  • So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. ...”
  • One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.
  • So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. ...”
  • Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. ... he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.
    • 18:24-25, 28 ESV
This is the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night. King Agrippa, it is because of this hope that these Jews are accusing me. Acts 26:7 (NIV)
  • “ ... according to the strictest party of our religion I have lived as a Pharisee. And now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our fathers, to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly worship night and day. And for this hope I am accused by Jews, O king! ...”

Quotes about Acts[edit]

  • Following the four gospels [...] comes a book which is for the most part a straightforward history and is particularly valuable for that reason. It deals with the slow growth of Christianity during the generation that followed the crucifixion of Jesus – from its beginnings in Jerusalem until its slowly widening influence finally reached Rome itself. In so doing, it indicates the steady shift of Christianity away from its national Jewish foundation to the status of a universal Gentile religion, and the hero of that shift is the apostle Paul.
    • Isaac Asimov, Asimov's Guide to the Bible, Chapter 9. Acts, p. 995, Wings Books, 1981
  • Here he [i.e. the reader] will find an historical record of a new power at work in the world. It not only revolutionized religion but transformed man. ... For its sake frail men and women faced loss, persecution and death with serene and happy courage. Such are the facts of history which our reader will learn from this book.
    • Anthony C. Deane, How to enjoy the Bible, Chapter III, p. 53, Hodder & Stoughton, 1934
  • The traditional name for this book is “Acts of the Apostles,” but a more accurate name might be “A Few Acts of a Few of the Apostles.” [...] The book describes some developments in detail, but sometimes skips several years at a time. [...] The historian must select the facts that are most important and the events that played critical roles in the development of later situations.
  • The first part of this book is about Peter, and the second part is about Paul. This two-fold division is one of the simplest ways to divide the book of Acts, ...
  • Luke’s thesis is this: Jesus remains active, though the manner of his working has changed. Now, no longer in the flesh, he continues ‘to do and to teach’ through his ‘body’ the church…. This is the story of Acts.
    • David J. Williams, New International Bible Commentary, Acts, p. 19, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1990

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