For the purpose of our manual, we have divided the Book of Acts into six sections, each revealing the amazing work of the Spirit and the expansion of the church. Below are the sections of Acts and what God was doing, starting in Jerusalem. Keep in mind the words of Jesus in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8).
Lesson 1 – Expanding Churches: Jerusalem – Acts 1:1 – 6:7
Lesson 2 – Expanding Churches: Judea and Samaria – Acts 6:8 – 9:31
Lesson 3 – Expanding Churches: Antioch – Acts 9:32 – 12:24
Lesson 4 – Expanding Churches: Asia Minor – Acts 12:25 – 6:5
Lesson 5 – Expanding Churches: Aegean Area – Acts 6:6 – 19:20
Lesson 6 – Expanding Churches: Roman Empire – Acts 19:21 – 28:31
The map below will help give a visual idea of this rapid expansion by area and approximate dates. Tomorrow we will look at the key principles of Lesson 1 and start comparing and applying them to the church today. I trust you will read Acts 1:1 to 6:7 ahead of tomorrow and jot down key principles that you observe where the driving force of the Early Church.
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