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The Gospel Message as Found in the Acts of the Apostles

Mar. 28, 2012By: Ben StaffordAuthor Bio

Here are a smattering of times in Acts of the Gospel presentation.  It doesn’t take a Ph.D. to see the points of emphasis and commonalities. 

1.     Pentecost; Acts 2             

a.      Pentecostal event explained by Prophesy (Acts 2:17-21)

b.     Jesus was both man and God (Acts 2:22)

c.      He performed Mighty Miracles to confirm his deity (Acts 2: 22)

d.     Crucified according to divine sovereignty (Acts 2: 23)

e.      Resurrection and in accordance to prophesy (Acts 2:24-28)

f.       Ascension and in accordance to prophesy (Acts 2:33-35)

g.      Jesus is Lord which demands our allegiance (Acts 2:36)

h.     Jesus is the Christ which means God’s anointed one (Acts 2:36)

i.       Call to Repent & be baptized (Acts 2:38-41)

2.     Peter & John before the Sanhedrin Council 1st Time (Acts 4)          

a.      Resurrection (Acts 4:2,10)

b.     Salvation in Christ alone (no other name) (Acts 2:14) 

3.     The Apostles before the Sanhedrin Council 2nd Time (Acts 5)

a.      Resurrection & Exaltation of Christ (Acts 5:30, 31)

b.     Repentance & Forgiveness (Acts 5:31)

c.      Preached Jesus as the Christ (Acts 5:43)

4.     Philip in Samaria (Acts 8:4-25)   

a.      Preaching the good news of Christ and the kingdom (Acts 8:12)

b.     Preaching the Word of the Lord & the Gospel (Acts 8:25) 

5.     Peter in the House of Cornelius (Acts 10)                

a.      Christ is Lord of all (Acts 10:36)

b.     Death & Resurrection (Acts 10:39, 40)

c.      Christ as Judge of the Living & Dead (Acts 10:42)

d.     Faith in Christ alone brings forgiveness (Acts 10:43)

e.      Baptism follows (Acts 10:44-48) 

6.     Paul at Antioch of Pisidea (Acts 13)           

a.      History of Israel (Acts 13:18-25)

b.     Christ’s death & resurrection (Acts 13:26-37)

c.      Forgiveness proclaimed in Christ alone (Acts 13:38-41) 

7.     Paul in Athens in the Market Place (Acts 17:17-26)            

a.      He declared the one and true God (Acts 17:22-29)

b.     Call to repentance (Acts 17:30)

c.      Proclaims the resurrection & ultimate judgment by Jesus Christ (Acts 17:31)

8.     Paul’s witness before Felix (Acts 24)        

a.      He preached faith in Christ (Acts 24:24)

b.     He reasoned in righteous, self-control and judgment (Acts 24:25) 

9.     Paul in Rome under House Arrest (Acts 28)          

a.      Testifying of the Kingdom (Acts 28:23)

b.     Convincing them that Jesus was spoken by the Law and Prophets (Acts 28:23)

c.      Proclaiming the kingdom & teaching the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 28:30)

 

Ben Stafford is the Director of Short-Term Ministries, overseeing the logistics and vision of all the short-term trips as well as representing TLI to students, teachers, and other organizations. Before joining TLI, Ben was the Director of Programs at the Foundation for Economic Education where he oversaw the educational events geared towards high school and college students. His work primarily involved strategic planning, managing, and measuring the department’s resources and results, bringing the programs department to a new level. Previously, he worked as a research intern for two summers at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He still teaches students of all ages about business and economics on the side.

Ben graduated in 2008 from Hillsdale College with a degree with Economics. He enjoys real food, barefoot runs, playing classical guitar, climbing mountains, and international travel. More than all these, he echoes the sentiment of Jonathan Edwards in that God’s purpose for his life is that he have a passion for God’s glory and that he has a passion for his joy in that glory, and that these two are one passion.

He currently resides in Atlanta, GA where he is actively involved with the saints at Perimeter Church.

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