An Outline of the Book of Acts

Outline taken From the ESV Study Bible

  1. Preparation for Witness (1:1–2:13)
    1. Jesus prepares the disciples (1:1–5)
    2. Jesus ascends (1:6–11)
    3. Matthias replaces Judas (1:12–26)
    4. The Spirit descends at Pentecost (2:1–13)
  2. The Witness in Jerusalem (2:14–5:42)
    1. Peter preaches at Pentecost (2:14–41)
    2. The Christian community shares a life in common (2:42–47)
    3. Peter heals a lame man (3:1–10)
    4. Peter preaches in the temple square (3:11–26)
    5. Peter and John witness before the Jewish council (4:1–22)
    6. The Christian community prays for boldness in witness (4:23–31)
    7. The community shares together (4:32–5:16)
    8. The apostles appear before the council (5:17–42)
  3. The Witness beyond Jerusalem (6:1–12:25)
    1. Seven chosen to serve the Hellenist widows (6:1–7)
    2. Stephen bears the ultimate witness (6:8–8:3)
      1. The arrest of Stephen (6:8–15)
      2. Stephen’s address before the Sanhedrin (7:1–53)
      3. The martyrdom of Stephen (7:54–8:3)
    3. Philip witnesses beyond Jerusalem (8:4–40)
      1. Witness to the Samaritans (8:4–25)
      2. Witness to an Ethiopian eunuch (8:26–40)
    4. The conversion of Saul (9:1–31)
      1. Saul’s encounter with Christ (9:1–9)
      2. Saul’s encounter with Ananias (9:10–19a)
      3. Saul’s witness in Damascus and Jerusalem (9:19b–31)
    5. Peter preaches in the coastal towns (9:32–11:18)
      1. Healing of Aeneas and Dorcas (9:32–43)
      2. Conversion of Cornelius (10:1–48)
      3. Peter’s testimony in Jerusalem (11:1–18)
    6. The Antioch church witnesses to Gentiles (11:19–26)
    7. The offering for Jerusalem (11:27–30)
    8. The Jerusalem church is persecuted (12:1–25)
      1. The death of James (12:1–5)
      2. Peter’s deliverance from prison (12:6–19)
      3. The death of Herod Agrippa I (12:20–25)
  4. The Witness in Cyprus and Southern Galatia (13:1–14:28)
    1. The Antioch church commissions Paul and Barnabas (13:1–3)
    2. Paul and Barnabas witness on Cyprus (13:4–12)
    3. Paul preaches in the synagogue of Pisidian Antioch (13:13–41)
    4. Paul turns to the Gentiles (13:42–52)
    5. Paul and Barnabas are rejected at Iconium (14:1–7)
    6. The two missionaries witness in Lystra (14:8–23)
    7. Paul and Barnabas return to Antioch (14:24–28)
  5. The Jerusalem Council (15:1–35)
    1. The circumcision party criticizes the Gentile mission (15:1–5)
    2. Peter defends Paul (15:6–11)
    3. James proposes a solution (15:12–21)
    4. A letter is sent to Antioch (15:22–35)
  6. The Witness in Greece (15:36–18:22)
    1. Paul and Barnabas differ over Mark (15:36–41)
    2. Timothy joins Paul and is circumcised (16:1–5)
    3. Paul is called to Macedonia (16:6–10)
    4. Paul witnesses in Philippi (16:11–40)
      1. Conversion of Lydia (16:11–15)
      2. Imprisonment of Paul and Silas (16:16–24)
      3. Conversion of the jailer (16:25–34)
      4. Release of Paul and Silas (16:35–40)
    5. Paul witnesses in Thessalonica (17:1–9)
    6. Paul witnesses in Berea (17:10–15)
    7. Paul witnesses in Athens (17:16–34)
      1. Witness in the marketplace (17:16–21)
      2. Witness before the Areopagus (17:22–34)
    8. Paul witnesses in Corinth (18:1–22)
  7. The Witness in Ephesus (18:23–21:16)
    1. Priscilla and Aquila instruct Apollos (18:23–28)
    2. Paul encounters disciples of John (19:1–10)
    3. Paul encounters false religion at Ephesus (19:11–22)
    4. Paul experiences violent opposition at Ephesus (19:23–41)
    5. Paul completes his ministry in Greece (20:1–6)
    6. Paul travels to Miletus (20:7–16)
    7. Paul addresses the Ephesian elders at Miletus (20:17–35)
    8. Paul journeys to Jerusalem (20:36–21:16)
  8. The Arrest in Jerusalem (21:17–23:35)
    1. Paul participates in a Nazirite ceremony (21:17–26)
    2. An angry mob attacks Paul (21:27–39)
    3. Paul addresses the Jewish crowd (21:40–22:21)
    4. Paul reveals his Roman citizenship (22:22–29)
    5. Paul appears before the Sanhedrin (22:30–23:11)
    6. Zealous Jews plot against Paul (23:12–22)
    7. Paul is delivered to the governor Felix (23:23–35)
  9. The Witness in Caesarea (24:1–26:32)
    1. Paul appears before Felix (24:1–27)
    2. Paul appeals to Caesar (25:1–12)
    3. Festus presents the case to King Agrippa II (25:13–22)
    4. Paul witnesses to Agrippa II (25:23–26:32)
  10. The Witness in Rome (27:1–28:31)
    1. Paul journeys to Rome by sea (27:1–44)
    2. Paul witnesses on Malta (28:1–10)
    3. Paul arrives in Rome (28:11–16)
    4. Paul witnesses to the Jews in Rome (28:17–31)

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