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Final Notes - Acts I II Background a Luke/Acts(Luke 1:1-4...

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Acts I. Background a. Luke/Acts (Luke 1:1-4, 24:44-49; Acts 1:-5) b. Author/Date c. Language/Style (Greek/LXX) d. Literary Genre—historical narrative i. Story of God’s salvation history ii. Stories with religious themes iii. Speeches with Apologetic interest e. Structure i. 1:8—Jerusalem to Rome—“and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 1. Jerusalem—Ch.1-7 2. Judea/Samaria—Ch. 8-12 3. “ends of the earth”—Ch. 13-28 f. Based on 2 major characters i. Peter = Ch.1-12 ii. Paul = Ch.13-28 II. Cornelius a. Conversion signals the opening of the mission to the Gentiles b. God’s initiative and God’s direction c. God-fearers—Acts 13:16,26; 16:14; 18:7; see Luke 7-1-9 d. The sermon (verses 34-43) succinctly summarizes the gospel in Acts. Acts 10 Peter & Cornelius In Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of the Italian Cohort, as it was called. He was a devout man who feared God with all his household he gave alms generously to the people and prayed constantly to God. One afternoon at about three o’clock he had a vision in which he clearly saw an angel of God coming in and saying to him “Cornelius.” He stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” he answered, “your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before god. Now send men to Joppa for a certain Simon called Peter. Conversion of Cornelius When Peter arrived at the house…he said, “You yourselves know that it is unlawful for a Jew to associate with or to visit a Gentile; but God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean.” Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. …While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. Missionary Speech—Peter, Day of Pentecost “You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know—this man, handed over to you
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according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him
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