Jesus is the Answer
When the reader moves from the Gospels to Acts, there is a shift from verbs to nouns! That is, the Gospels tell about Jesus doing different types of ministries. He teaches, he heals, he prays, he dies, he lives! Action, Action, Action! However, when we move into the book of Acts, there is a shift to Jesus as the subject of speeches.
Jesus moves from the historical man active in history to the subject of the primary speeches of Acts
Speeches in Acts
One of the prominent literary features of Acts
Make up nearly ⅓ of the storyline
“In antiquity it was common for historians to have historical figures deliver speeches in their narratives.”
“The speeches in Acts show how the Jesus movement was rooted in the ancient Hebrew Scriptures.”
Scholz, Daniel. Jesus in the Gospels and Acts. Winona, MN: Saint Mary Press, 2009. Print.
The Gospel as Message
to view a color brochure presentation of the Gospel
to download a color brochure presentation of the Gospel (Microsoft Word format) *
* Please download this presentation and use it free of charge. This is an excellent teaching tool to train your members to be Ambassadors for Christ. Print them with your church information and they can carry one with them so that they are ready at all times to share the good confession of their faith -- the Gospel of King Jesus.
These have a place on the last page where you can personalize them for use with your church's outreach. These are set up on 8 1/2 X 11 horizontal pages. Each page takes up half of the page. They should be stapled in the center. This requires a long reach stapler that can be purchased an most office stores. I got mine at Staples. I use a color laser printer and get a better quality than with an ink jet. Your printer will require the ability to print duplex (both sides) for the best effect. Also, you will need to use a heavier paper than standard copy paper. I use a 28lb, bright white (98). It works very well for me.
Additional Training Resources
to download a PowerPoint on Luke's Christology in Acts
to download a study on the presentation of the Gospel in the Book of Acts