The book of Acts was written by Luke (a Gentile physician), focusing on the history of the Christian Church and its expansion in ever-widening circles beyond Jerusalem, Antioch, Ephesus and Rome – the most influential cities in the world at that time.
Acts also shows the mighty miracles and testimonies of the Apostles, Disciples and Leaders of the early church – Peter, Stephen, John, James and Paul. Beginning in Jerusalem with a small group of disciples, the Gospel message travelled across the Roman Empire.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, these courageous individuals preached, taught, healed and demonstrated love in synagogues, schools, homes, markets, courtrooms, on streets, hills, ships and desert roads – wherever God sent them, lives and history were changed.
The inspired evangelism begins with the outpouring of the promised Holy Spirit and the commencement of the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel message first is spoken to the Jews; but they as a nation, continually reject it.
A remnant of Jews gladly received and accepted the good news, but the continual rejection by the vast majority of the Jews resulted in the Gospel been taken from Jerusalem, to Judea, to Samaria and to many countries north of the Mediterranean Sea.
Apostle Paul first takes the Gospel to the Jews and then to the Gentiles. New churches are started, and new believers begin to grow in the Christian life. All the ministry was prompted and held together by the Holy Spirit working in the lives of ordinary people – merchants, travellers, slaves, jailers, prisoners, church leaders, males, females, Gentiles, Jews, rich, poor.
Many unsung heroes of the faith continued the work through the Holy Spirit in succeeding generations, changing the world with a changeless message – that Jesus Christ is Saviour and Lord for all who call upon him. Today believers everywhere can include themselves in the continuing story of the spread of the Gospel. It is that same message that Christians are to take to the nations, so many more people may hear and believe.