Bible Summary of Acts of Apostle
By Ugwuanyi Doris et al
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The book begins in Jerusalem and ends at Rome. It describes the establishment and growth of the early church through the work of the Apostles under the direction of the Holy Spirit. The Act of the apostles is seen, as the continuation of the gospel according to Luke because the Opening message that was been address to Theophilus in the book of Luke was also indicated in the act of apostles. The book comprises 28 chapters. It reviews the incident in Luke chapter 24 vs. 49 where Jesus charges his Apostle to stay in the city of Jerusalem until they are clothed with power from on high.
When the apostles together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem. There arise a need to replace Judas who was among the twelve before he betrayed Jesus; So, Peter stood up among the brethren and makes a speech concerning the replacement of Judas apostleship. They put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas and Matthias and they prayed to the Lord who knows the heart of Men to choose for them by casting a lot for them and the lot fall on Matthias, he was enrolled with the eleven apostles.
The fulfillment of the Holy Spirit
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place and a sound from heaven like mighty wind filled the house where they were sitting and tongues of fire were distributed among them and they were filled with Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues. The witnesses in Jerusalem saw them and were amazed and perplexed but others mocking them said, they were fill with new wine. Peter explained to them that they were not drunk but to fulfill what prophet Joel had spoken. He went further telling them about the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. When they heard Peter speech, they asked of what to do and peter said to them “repent and be baptize and you shall receive the Holy Spirit, and those who received his word were baptized and they added three thousand souls that day.
Healing of the Lame Man at Beautiful gate
After the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, Peter and John healed a man lamed from birth as they were going to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. Peter said to him, “I have no silver nor gold to give to you but what I have I give, so stand up and walk in Jesus name”. The people that saw the lame man walking and praising God recognized him as the one who sat for alms at the beautiful gate of the temple; and they were fill with wonder and amazement at what had happen to him. All the people ran to peter and John and when and when peter saw it, he addressed the people, “men of Israel, why do you stare at us, as though by our own power and the God piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham , Isaac and Jacob the God has glorified his servant Jesus whom God raised from death, to this we are witness and big faith in his name, the same man, this man had made strong and though Jesus he has given him perfect health in the presence of you all.
The arrest of peter and john Act 4:1-31
As they were speaking with the people, the priest and Sadducees came upon them because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus resurrection from the dead. They were arrest and put in custody. Many who heard the word believed them; and the numbers of men increase to five thousand. They inquired, by what name do you do all this? Then Peter filled with Holy Spirit said to them that the man has been healed by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth whom they crucified, whom God raised from dead. They were released but warned not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus.
The believers sell and share their belongings
The company of those who believed the apostles were of one heart and soul, and they decided to sell their possessions and brought the proceeds of what was sold to the apostle’s feet; Barnabas also sold a field which belonged to him, and brought the money and laid it to the apostles’ feet. However, Ananias with his wife Sapphira sold a piece of property and kept backs some of the proceeds, and brought only a part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But peter said, “Ananias why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the proceed of the land? Peter went further and told him that he did not lie to men but to God. Therefore, he cursed Ananias and his wife Sapphira and both died and were Buried on the same day at the same place. their death create more fear of God upon the whole church and on the people who heard these things and Apostles were held in high honour and more than more believer were added to the lord.
The Arrest and Trial of the Apostles(Act 5:17-42)
The Apostles were later imprisoned by the Sadducees but an angel of the Lord opened the prison door for them at night and said, “Go and stand In the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.” when the high priests come together, they sent the officers to bring them out of the prison for charges because they were teaching in the name of the lord which they had been warned not to. The officers could not find them in the prison but someone later report that the men were standing in the temple teaching the people. They brought them and were question; but the apostles answered “we must obey God rather than men”. this response prompt the council to kill them but a Pharisee named Gamaliel warned the council to keep away from the apostles and let them alone for if the plan is of men, it will fail but if it is of God, you won’t be able to overthrown then. but might even been found opposing God! The council took the advice , beat and charged the apostles not to speak in the name of Jesus and let them go.
The inauguration of the Deacons, the trial and death of Stephen
Now in these days, when the disciples were increasing in number, there arise internal problem among the Hellenists and the Hebrew because their widows were neglect in the daily contribution. In addition, this led the apostles to come together and appoint seven men of Good repute, wisdom and full of the spirit to this duty. Their names are; Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolaus. Stephen, full of grace and power did a great wonders and signs among the people and some of those who belonged to synagogue of freedmen, Cyrenians, Alexandrians, Cilicia, and Asia arose and disputed with Stephen. They could not withstand his wisdom. They planned and said that Stephen spoke blasphemous word against Moses and God. Stephen was brought before the councils and with the false witness. They saw the face of an angel as Stephen was giving his speech but he, full of the spirit gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing right hand of God. And he said, “behold I see the heavens opened, and the son of Man standing at the right of God”(.Act 7: 56) and they were enraged, then cast him out of the city and stoned him. As they were stoning Stephen, he prayed to God to receive his spirit and he knelt down and said, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
The Church in Judea and Samaria
After the death of Stephen, the apostles were scattered through Judea and Samaria preaching the word. At Samaria, Philip encounters Simon who had previously practiced magic in the city. He amazed the nation of Samaria saying he himself was someone great. The people there gave heed to Simon but when Philip preached, they believed the good news about the kingdom of God and were baptize. Philip also baptized Simon who later believe and continue with Philip. The church had no peace during Saul persecution until when Saul was been converted by Ananias through the Holy Spirit. At lydda, peter healed Aeneas who had bedridden and was been paralyzed; he also raised Tabitha (Dorcas) from death at Joppa. Both lydda and Joppa were at Judea.
The Conversion of Cornelius (Act 10:1-48)
At Caesarea, there was a man named Cornelius a centurion who feared God and was uprigh. An angel of the Lord told Cornelius in a vision about ninth hour of the day to send men to Joppa and bring Peter who was lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, whose house is by seaside. Therefore, Cornelius called two of his men and a devout soldier to Joppa. Peter was been told in a trance to kill and eat some creatures but he refused because it was unclean. However, he was told not to call what God has cleansed unclean. This happened three times and the thing was taken up at once to heaven. While Peter was perplexed as to what the vision mean, behold the men that were sent by Cornelius arrived, and inquired about peter at Simon house where he was staying in Joppa. Cornelius called his kinsmen and his closed friend as he was expecting peter .when Peter entered, Cornelius met him, fell down and worship him but Peter lifted him up saying “stand up; I too am a man.” As he go in, he found many people gathered and he tell them that it was unlawful for a Jew to Associate with anyone from another nation but God has shown him that he should not call any man uncommon or Unclean. He asks for the purpose of the invitation and Cornelius narrates his vision to him. Peter preached the gospel and the Holy Spirit fell on those who heard the word and the circumcised believers who came with peter were amazed because the Holy Spirit has been pour out even on the Gentiles. Peter commanded them to be Baptize in the name of Jesus; and he Baptized Cornelius and his Household.
Peter defends his action (Act 11:1-18)
Now the apostles and the brethren who were at Judea hear that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. The circumcision party criticize him saying, “why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them but Peter defends himself by narrating them how he saw the vision in a trance; when they heard his word, they were silenced and glorified God, saying “then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance unto life”.(Act 11:5-18)
Peter imprisoned in Jerusalem
Peter was imprison in Jerusalem after john brother James had been killed with a sword by Herod the king during the days of unleavened bread but the lord sent his angel to rescue him (peter) from the hand of Herod and that of the Jewish people. When Herod could not find him, he examined the sentries and ordered that they should be put to death.
Paul first missionary journey
Paul and Barnabas took the gospel message to Cyprus where they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogue of the Jews. there he came upon a magician called Ely-Mas (bar-Jesus), as he wanted to stop Sergius Paulus from listening and converting to Christianity, Paul filled with the holy spirit looked at him and cursed bar-Jesus and he became blind. Immediately people were amazed at what Paul did.
Paul and Barnabas at Iconium and Lystra
Paul continues spreading the gospel to various places such as Antioch of Pisidia where the people chased them away because many have received Jesus. Therefore, Paul and Barnabas shook off the dust from their feet against them, and went down to Iconium, from there to Lystra and Derbe where he healed a man who was crippled from birth and the people wanted to sacrifice to them as gods.. They called Barnabas ‘Zeus’ and Paul they called ‘Hermes’. Paul convinced them that they were not gods. They went back to Antioch in Syria where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work, which they had fulfilled.
Argument about the Circumcision of the Gentiles
The council of Jerusalem comes together with the purpose of resolving a disagreement in Antioch concerning gentiles’ inclusion into the church. Some believers of the Pharisees said it is necessary to circumcise the gentiles and to charge them to keep the law Moses. However, Paul states that Jews and gentiles are one in Christ and he made no distinction between them by giving them the Holy Spirit. James judgment was not to trouble the gentiles who turn to God but to write to them to abstain from pollutions of idols and from unchastity and from what is strangled and from blood. They sent Judas called Barsabas and Silas leading men among brethren with the later to Antioch, where they gathered the congregation together and delivered the letter.
The second missionary Journey of Paul
After the message was delivered to Antioch, Paul said to Barnabas, “Come let us return and visit the brethren in every city where we proclaimed the word of the lord and see how they are”. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the grace of the Lord. Paul and Silas travelled to Troas, Philip, Thessalonica, Berea, and Athens, Corinth e.t.c. preaching the gospel, baptizing the new convert that heard the word and believed.
The third missionary journey
After spending some time in Antioch in Syria, working with the church, Paul set off on the third journey. He went through the region of Galatia and Phrygia strengthening all the disciples. At Ephesus Paul baptized some disciples whom have been Baptize into John baptism. When Paul laid his hand upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke with tongues and prophesized. God did extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, (Act 19:11; 19). Paul left the disciples and set off to Macedonia after giving them much encouragement he came to Greece. There he spent three months, and when a plot was made against him by the Jews, as he was about to set sail for Syria, he determined to return through Macedonia. From there he went to Troas, Miletus, Tyre Caesarea, then went back to Jerusalem (Act 21:15-17).
Paul in Jerusalem and Rome
When Paul had come to Jerusalem, the brethren received him gladly and they related one by one thing that had happened especially on the inclusion of the gentiles into Christianity. Paul took the men with him, and they purified themselves as to give notice when the day of purification will be fulfilled. When the days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia accused him of speaking and teaching against the law. So they seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple trying to kill him before the tribune came and rescue him by arresting him. Paul defends himself before the Sanhedrin. Paul passed through many trials in the hand of Felix, Festus (Felix successor), and Agrippa and finally he was taken down to Rome where he preached the gospel to Roman leaders using Moses law to convince them to Christ. However, some roman leaders believed him while others did not and this brought controversies among the roman leaders. However, Paul preached to them reminding them the prophecy of Joel. Paul was giving a house of his own at Rome where he preached to the people. Throughout Paul stay at Rome, the Romans visited him and some of them were converted for Christ.