Study the book Acts in the Bible find out who wrote it when you use this printable outline to discover historical events .
WHO WROTE THE BOOK OF ACTS IN THE BIBLE?
The authors of the Gospels include two apostles (Matthew and John) and two men who received their accounts from other apostles (probably Peter). Here are the four authors of those books of the same name:
One of these men also went onto write the historical book of Acts in the Bible. Who do you think it was?
If you guessed Luke, you’re right! The book of Acts is as detailed as his first one, but this time he records the events after Jesus’ resurrection. Acts is simply the historical account of the first Christians.
WHO WERE THE MAIN PEOPLE IN ACTS?
Before Jesus ascends into heaven, he gives the apostles “The Great Commission” to have them add to their number by spreading the good news of Jesus.
THE GREAT COMMISSION “Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” - Matthew 28:18
Judas is replaced by a man named Matthais to complete the 12 apostles. Shortly after the Great Commission, the Holy Spirit descends on the apostles and they baptize over 3000 people who also receive the Holy Spirit.
These “believers” (aka early Christians) begin to grow in number and not only are they persecuted by the Roman leaders, but by the Jewish ones as well who refuse to believe Jesus is who he says he is.
Jesus’ brother James doesn’t actually trust or follow Jesus until his resurrection, and ends up becoming one of the new church’s leaders, along with the apostles, Peter and John.
A Roman Pharisee (Jewish leader) named Saul, persecutes the new Christians. One day, he is met on the road by Jesus (this is after his ascension into heaven), where he asks him why he’s persecuting people and strikes him blind. Eventually, Saul is healed and repents. He then decides to live the rest of his life spreading the Gospel.
The apostles reluctantly accept Saul (now renamed Paul) into their group, and he goes on to be another church leader and the greatest missionary in the Bible! Paul is the author of 13 books in the New Testament, which are actually letters to new churches and Christians.
PRINTABLES FOR THE BOOK OF ACTS
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- The Man Who Wrote the Gospel of John
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