Outline of the Book of Acts

Acts is another very interesting book in the New Testament that is just after the four gospels. The book starts in a similar way to the gospel of Luke, and therefore on that basis we can conclude that this book was written by Luke, who also wrote his gospel. We get some sections in Acts that have ‘we’ in them, suggesting that Luke was with the apostle Paul or others as they were travelling to preach the gospel to the nations. This is another hint that Luke was accompanying them and was the one who write Acts. Luke wrote to the most excellent Theophilus in the introduction of his gospel (Luke 1:3), yet here in Acts he only refers to him as Theophilus (Acts 1:1). It has been remarked that Theophilus was a gentile person (not Jewish) and had some sort of great position in the world. When he read the gospel of Luke, it has been suggested that Theophilus was converted and became a believer in Christ, and therefore Luke drops the title ‘most excellent’ in Acts and just calls him by his name. It seems that Theophilus had become a close friend of Luke, but more importantly, a brother.

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An Ancient Gospel Message

Has anyone wondered about the meaning of the names in the genealogy of Adam in Genesis chapter 5? Most of us skim quickly through this chapter and miss out on some vital lessons and meanings. It is interesting to note that there are ten people in Adam’s generation commencing from Adam to Noah. When we look at the Hebrew names there is a meaning behind it and we can find a gospel message in this chapter.

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Outline of the Gospel of John

John was the last writer of the gospels, his three epistles and Revelation were all assumed to be written late in the first century A.D. Therefore, the Word of God became complete with the apostle John’s writings. John was a disciple and a Jew, and he was one who knew and appreciated the love of Jesus Christ and in this gospel, John was close to the Lord Jesus. John writes to the whole world about Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God whose blood is sufficient to save everyone from their sins, all they must do is believe and accept it for themselves.

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Outline of the Gospel of Luke

Luke was the only Gentile (non-Jew) writer of the New Testament books, who wrote both this gospel and the Acts. In fact, he also was not one of the twelve disciples of the Lord, or one of the seventy that Jesus Christ had sent for the work of the ministry. Luke was a physician (doctor) as mentioned by the apostle Paul in Colossians 4:14. He was one of Paul’s friends and in fact, both this gospel and the Acts was addressed to a particular person called Theophilus, who was also a Greek.

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The Epistles of Paul

The following thirteen epistles are all  written by the apostle Paul, and possibly the fourteenth, which is Hebrews. The first of these is the Epistle to the Romans. Although Paul  did not establish the church at Rome, he wrote  to the Romans, a group of Gentiles  who accepted Christ as their Saviour. While the four gospels, especially the Gospel of Mark written  to the Romans, all focus on the words and work of Christ, the Epistle to the  Romans  explores the significance of His death for the world. In  the book of Acts, we read about the gospel  being preached by the apostles.

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Miracles of Jesus Christ

This is an attempt to create a list of the miracles (or signs as they are called in the gospel of John) of the Lord Jesus Christ that are recorded in the Bible. The list will contain the name or title of the miracle and the references found in the gospels. This list is adapted from New Testament Illustrations published by American Bible Society, New York 1966.

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Outline of the Gospel of Mark

Mark is the second gospel, written by John Mark. He was not one of the twelve disciples. It is the shortest of the four gospels and he was perhaps the youngest writer of the four gospels and it may well have been the earliest gospel that was written.

If we want to benefit from reading and studying any book, we should ask ourselves these five questions that we all would have learned in school – who, what, where, when and why?

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Outline of the Gospel of Matthew

The New Testament in the Bible commences with the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. All these gospels present the Lord Jesus Christ in various characteristics but all the gospels stress and clearly state that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God and God the Son. Even though Matthew presents Christ mainly as the Messiah or King, he still writes and assures us that Jesus is God Himself – the Jehovah of the Old Testament came to earth in the Person of Jesus Christ in the gospels. There are passages in Isaiah and Revelation that show Jehovah of the Old Testament is Jesus Christ.

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The structure of the Bible

It is very striking and remarkable that the Bible in our hands is structured in such a way that when we look at the first five books of the Bible, known as the Pentateuch, or the books of the law, each of the five books have features and characteristics, in which all the other books follow in an amazing order. In the Hebrew Old Testament, the structure is firstly, the first five books of Moses, then the historical and prophetical books, and then the psalms and the writings. The Lord Jesus Christ spoke to His disciples after His resurrection and expounded to them all things concerning Himself from the law of Moses, the prophets and the psalms (Luke 24:44).

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The Prophetical Books

We now come to the Prophetical books, forming a fourth division of the Bible, and the last division of the Old Testament. These books can be further divided into the Major Prophets (Isaiah to Daniel) and the Minor  Prophets (Hosea to Malachi). These books give prophecies regarding the judgment of Israel and Judah, then the restoration of  Judah, followed by prophecies relating to the destruction of the Gentile nations, and finally  prophecies regarding the coming of Christ.

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