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The GospelsActs of the ApostlesPauls LettersOther LettersRevelation

A Walkthru of the New TestamentLesson 6: Acts - Extreme Opposition Extreme Impact

IntoductionExtreme ImpactExtreme PowerExtreme UnityExtreme DisciplineExtreme BoldnessExtreme FocusExtreme OppositionExtreme Risk Discussion

Presentation OverviewActs of the Apostles: Extreme Opposition, Extreme Impact


Written by Dr. Luke, a Gentile. The book covers key events such asBirth of the Church, PentecostPeter rising as key leaderHis vision to spread gospel to GentilesConversion of Saul (Paul)Gospel extending beyond Jerusalem, Pauls first and second missionary Journeys.Gospel reaches farther West to European regions. Third missionary journey.Pauls travel to Jerusalem, his arrest, difficult travel to Rome for trial. [1]


Luke, the author was a doctor and Gentile. He wrote this book circa 60-62 A.D. Luke wrote the book of Acts to record how believers were empowered by the Holy Spirit, spread the Gospel of Christ, and are a model for the future church. The gospel of Luke and Acts make up a two-volume work which scholars callLuke-Acts.[3]Together they beyonaccount for 27.5% of theNew Testament, the largest contribution attributed to a single author,Acts is also the history of the birth, the founding, and spread of the Church from Jerusalem to Rome. .. transition from almost exclusively Jewish institution into a Gentile international institution. from a Jewish religion into an international faith. Chapters 1-6:7, contains events that surround Jerusalem and the infancy of the church. It describes the events of Pentecost and the result of Peters sermon in the feast of weeks - 3000 new believers surrendering to Jesus Christ. In chapters 6:8-9:31, Evangelism shifts focus to other areas. While the ministry continued in Jerusalem, witnessing included Samaritans and Proselytes). In 8:5, Philip traveled to Samaria,and began proclaiming Christ to them.Stephen is falsely accused and stoned to death while he preaches to the religious leaders. As Stephen was dying, he prayed to Jesus Christ,Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!(7:59). Sauls life changing experience with Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus - chapter 9:3.Chapters 9:32-12:24, evangelism among gentiles begins. Peter received a revelation. Cornelius, a Roman Commander and some of his men become followers of Christ. Saul (the persecutor) has become a passionate follower of Christ. We also find that the termChristiansis first used in Antioch. In 12:25-16:5 the gospel is shared in a different region farther outside Jerusalem. Saul changes his Hebrew name to Paul, a Greek name, to reach the Gentiles. Paul and Barnabas begin their first and second missionary journeys to the Gentile world with both success and opposition. In chapter 15, the Jerusalem Council takes place to authorize spreading the gospel message to Gentile nations. From 16:6-19:20, after being forbidden to enter Asia, Paul receives a vision. He and Silas head farther West to Macedonia to preach in the European regions. Lydia and her household who sold purple fabric, became the first convert. Paul preached to Greek philosophers on Mars Hill and sets out on his third missionary journey.The word of the Lord was growing mightily and prevailing(19:20). The final chapters from 19:21-28, describe Pauls travel to Jerusalem, his arrest and difficult travel to Rome to be put on trial. Imprisoned in house arrest, Acts abruptly ends.


The book of Acts shows the transition of: Fearful disciples to bold apostlesFocus on Jews to GentilesGods temple at Jerusalem to international churchAccess to God through priests, to unlimited accessJews as people of God to Christians across nations, languages, cultures.


And you shall receive power ..And you shall be my witnessAnd reach the worldActs 1:8

Extreme Impact

Extreme ImpactThe apostles teaching spread throughout the world like wild fire. What caused this high impact?

The early church had extreme:Power through Gods presenceUnityDisciplineBoldnessFocusOppositionRiskWhich resulted in extreme impact Story of ActsExtreme Impact

Extreme Power

With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God's grace was so powerfully at work in them all Acts 4:33

Pauls handkerchief, Peters shadow, etc. were sought after for healing


And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them. Acts 4:32 NASBExtreme Unity

These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer. Acts 1:14 NASBDay by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart Acts 2:46 NASB

Extreme Unity

20I do notask for these only, but also for thosewho will believe in me through their word,21that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, thatthey also may be inus, so that the worldmay believe that you have sent me.22The glory that you have given meI have given to them,that they may be one even as we are one,23I in them and you in me,that they may become perfectly one,so that the world may know that you sent me andloved them even asyou loved me John 17

Extreme UnityJesus Prayer

What was the importance of unity among believers from the passage in John?Was Christs prayer for unity among believers answered?In a divided global church, how can we work together for unity?Extreme Unity

Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man butto God.5When Ananias heard these words, hefell down and breathed his last, Acts 5

Extreme Discipline

9But Peter said to her, How is it that you have agreed togetherto testthe Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.10Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. Acts 5

Extreme Discipline

29And now, Lord,look upon their threats and grant to your servantsto continue to speak your word with allboldness. Acts 4 Extreme Boldness

31And when they had prayed,the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, andthey were all filled with the Holy Spirit andcontinued to speak the word of God with boldness. Acts 4 Extreme Boldness

19But Peter and John answered them, Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge,20for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard. Acts 4Extreme Boldness

Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 5:422So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables Acts 6:3Andthey devoted themselves to the apostles'teaching and thefellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42Extreme Focus

What was the focus of the apostles? Why?Extreme FocusDiscussion

Teaching and preaching the word of God.20

A Story of transportation of codfish in US. Extreme Opposition

In the northeastern United States, codfish are a big commercial business. There is a market for eastern cod all over, especially in the sections farthest removed from the northeastern coastline. But the public demand poses a problem for the shippers


Freezing didnt workTransporting them alive in tanks had worse resultsExtreme Opposition

At first, they froze the cod, then shipped them elsewhere, but freezing them takes away much of the flavor. So they experimented with shipping them alive in tanks of seawater. Bt that proved evuen worse. Not only did the cod still lose their flavor, but they became soft and mushy. The texture was seriously affected.


Finally catfish, codfishs greatest enemy were introduced in the tanksExtreme Opposition

Finally, some creative person solved the problem in a most innovative manner. The codfish were placed in the tank of water along with their natural enemy the catfish


Catfish chased and kept them better than beforeExtreme Opposition

From the time the cod left the East coast until it arrived at its western-most destination, those ornery catfish chased the cod all over the tank. And, you guessed it, when the cod arrived at the market, they were as fresh as when they were first caught. There was no loss of flavor nor was the texture affected. If anything, they were better than before.


3-4And Saul just went wild, devastating the church, entering house after house after house, dragging men and women off to jail. Forced to leave home base, the followers of Jesus all became missionaries. Acts 8 The MessageExtreme Opposition

Opposition enhanced mission


You are doing just as your fathers did. Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become (Acts 7:51-52) - Stephen

Extreme OppositionInternal - From Jews

5But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul began devoting himself completely to the word, solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.6But when they resisted and blasphemed, he shook out his garments and said to them, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles. Acts 18:5,6

Extreme O