Evangelism in Acts

Evangelism in Acts

 

Intro

Kingdom, authority, power, the Spirit of God and His witnesses on earth - 1.6-8

We admire the growth of the kingdom -- so often "added" (2.41&47 / 4.4 / 5.14)

And the power of the message: Luke writes, "The word increased." (6.7 / 12.24)

 

The Preachers

Those who had been with Jesus (1.21 / 4.13) or seen Him (ch9)

Apostles -- Peter (2.37), John (3.1 / 4.1), Paul (9.22) [special witnesses -- 10.41]

Other Disciples (6.5, 8ff / 8.1,4 / v5ff)

 

The Message

Jesus, slain on the cross, is now Risen! (2.23&24, 32 / 13.30, 34&37)

Jesus is Lord! (2.36 / 9.5,17,27 / 22.8 / 26.15) So "Call on His name" (2.21, 38)

Jesus Saves! (16.31) and "save yourselves" (2.40)!

 

The Audience

Devout Jews & Gentiles (2.5 / 10.2 / 13.43 / 17.4,17) - receptive

Stubborn Leadership (4.1-3 / 5.17, 18, 29-33) - antagonistic

Skeptical Rulers (Herod: 12.2 / Festus: 26.24 / Agrippa: 26.28) - unpredictable

 

The Power

The Spirit at work -- 58x (1.5,8 / 2.4,17,18,33,38 / 5.32 / 9.31)

Unified Prayer (1.14,24 / 4.24,31 / 12.5) and Boldness (4.13,29)

Divine Intervention and Protection (5.19 / 12.7f / 16.26 / 18.9,10)

 

Overcoming Satan

Persecution (ch4) >> fellowship, united prayer, continued speaking, boldness.

Immorality (ch5) >> awareness, reproof, judgment, fear, sharing, growth.

Distraction (ch6) >> respect, wisdom, organization, specialization, increase.

 

The Method

start with the religious -- in Jewish Synagogues -- using Scripture (13.14ff / 17.1 / 18.4, 19)

progress to the public -- Greeks in market places -- with logic (13.44-49 / 17.17 / 19.8-10)

always speaking plainly, boldly, with reason and conviction (17.2&3, 22&23)

 

Phases of Growth

Centripetal: center in Jerusalem, strong core, attract listeners (Isa2.2 > Ax2)

Centrifugal: spread out into world, along trade routes, to capitals (Ax8.1 / 13.2,3)

Great merger & outgrowth: AD70 ends Jewish center / Spiritual Israel spreads...

 

Personal Religion

Wholesome, beneficial lives and harmonious associations (2.44&46 / 4.36&37 / 9.39)

Sharing their material good with those who have need (2.45 / 4.34 / 11.29)

Religion flowed thru their daily lives >> daily results (2.47 / 16.5)

 

The Goal

Reach out to the world with the saving gospel of Christ (4.12 / 11.14 / 16.30&31)

Gather believers into churches in every city, town, & area (11.26/ 15.41)

See each church organized and growing on its own (13.1 / 14.23 / 16.5 / 20.28)

 

notes by David Teel Friday, June 06, 2014




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