ACTS OF THE APOSTLES: STUDY QUESTIONS
Please read Acts 1-12 for Tuesday and Acts 13-28 for
Thursday. Look especially for information that helps explain the
rapid growth of the early church. Please also be ready to discuss
the following questions:
1. What is Luke's purpose in writing the book of Acts?
Should this book be viewed as completely separate from the Gospel of
Luke, or is it simply a continuation of that work?
2. Note how the apostles are portrayed in the Gospel of Luke and
how they are portrayed in Acts. In what ways is the portrayal of
these men the same? In what ways is it different? How do
you account for these differences?
3. How does Acts explain the spread of the Gospel among so many
of the Jewish people? How does it explain the failure of many
Jews to accept Christianity?
4. What seem to you the main strengths of the church as it is
described in Acts?
5. What does the book of Acts teach about the proper relationship
between the Christians and secular authority? What does it teach
about ecclesiastical authority?
6. Note Peter's sermons in Acts 2 and Acts 3 and Stephen's sermon
in Acts 7. What do these sermons have in common? What are
the main points stressed by these men in presenting the gospel message
to their fellow Jews?
7. Note the portrayal of the Apostle Paul. How does Luke
explain the transformation of this man from a hater of Christians to a
zealous convert? Does this seem a probable explanation?
8. What kind of man is Barnabas? How would such a man have
helped the spread of Christianity?
9. In what ways are Peter and Paul alike? In what ways are
they different? Why was Paul so effective in spreading the
gospel? Why was he so effective in establishing churches that
10. According to the book of Acts, what were the major obstacles
to the spread of Christianity?
11. How did the Roman authorities respond to the gospel and those
who preached it? Is there any hint of why Roman officials would
later persecute Christians so bitterly?
12. Why does Acts end where it does? Is this a real
"conclusion" to the book? With what message does it leave the