Unit 6 - Acts and the Early New Testament Letters

God is the Promise Completing God

JESUS as the 1) PROMISED KING has 2) RESCUED His people through His Perfect Law Keeping Life and Sacrificial, Substitutionary Death on the Cross, whereby 3) DEFEATING the enemy of sin and death, and is 4) RESTORING them to the PLACE OF REST where Heaven and Earth are rejoined and God reigns and abides 5) so that His people shall be with Him forever for their JOY.

Links Lesson Passage/Title Main Passage Main Point
1 From Luke 24 to Acts 2 and Beyond
[review unit 5; lessons 11-14]
Acts 1:1-11 Understanding the connection between the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of King Jesus and the "beginning" of the Mission in Acts 2 and beyond.
Acts - The Promise Expands Through the KING'S Church
2 Acts Introduction
[show overall structure based on the geographical structuring offered by Acts 1:8]
Acts 1:8; Acts 1-12 Peter; Acts 13-28 Paul The Book of Acts picks up the Storyline of Luke 24. Acts details how the Vision of God is being fulfilled through the Mission of the Church.
3a Stephen's Martyrdom: "You Have Now Betrayed and Murdered" Acts 7 The very thing they were accusing him of (Acts 6:8-15), they were doing (Acts 7:51-53). Stephen kept what the Law pointed to. He kept the Law by believing in Jesus, the righteous one. They rejected the Law by rejecting Jesus.
3c Paul's Conversion: "When God Was Pleased" Acts 9: Each paragraph within the chapter are your primary talking points. The conversion of the Apostle takes the Good News of King Jesus to the Gentiles [I.e. all the Nations].
4 Peter's Vision: "God Shows No Partiality" Acts 10: Each paragraph within the chapter are your primary talking points. Peter's vision confirms God's plan to include Gentiles [I.e. all the NATIONS].
5 Paul's 1st Missionary Journey: "Bring Salvation to the Ends of the Earth" Acts 13-14 Although Paul has been ministering for over 14 years, he is formally sent out by the Church of Antioch for the expansion of God's Church/Kingdom.
6 The Jerusalem Council: "But We Believe That We Will Be Saved Through the Grace Of The Lord Jesus, Just As They Will" (v.11) Acts 15 The Council answers the question, "Is Jesus enough or do we need more?" Do Gentiles need to become Jews in order to be right with God?
Letters - The Promise Explained Through the KING'S Church
[The Letters are addressing problems within local churches. Through relational conflict and errant teaching, the Good News of King Jesus is clarified and applied.]
7a Galatians Overview: "Everyone Who Believes Is Freed from Everything" Galatians Overview The Letters to the Galatians and the Jews in the dispersion address gospel matters. Both speak of getting the gospel right.
7b "Justified By Faith in Christ" Galatians 2:15-21 What God begins by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone must be maintained by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
8 James: "FAITH by itself is DEAD" Overview Study; James 2:14-26 The Jesus Seed is always and inevitable producing Gospel Fruit. Faith and works are inseparable and sequential.
9 Paul's 2nd Missionary Journey: "This Jesus, Whom I Proclaim To You, Is the Christ" Overview Study; Acts 17:1-8 As Jesus is preached, some will gladly receive Him while others will reject Him.
10 1 & 2 Thessalonians: "We Were Going to Suffer Affliction" Overview Study; 1 Thess. 3:1-5 Persecution is not a sign of God's displeasure. Jesus has promised that He will come again a 2nd time and when He does He will set all things right.
11 1 & 2 Corinthians: "There is Quarreling Among You" Overview Study Jesus saves us from sin and death and for community. Churches are families and have some problems. The gospel, however, is always the answer.
12a Romans structure and emphasis: "The Gospel is the Power of God for Salvation" Overview Study The gospel is the power of God for salvation. It saves both Jews and Gentiles the exact same way.
12b "But Now; The Great Transition" Romans 3:21-28 King Jesus fulfills all of the Old Testament pictures, prophesies, and promises. He is God's final answer.
12c "There is now no condemnation" Romans 8:1ff: Each paragraph within the chapter are your primary talking points. Because of Jesus there is now and forever more NO CONDEMNATION, Etc.


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Pastor of Waukesha Bible Church
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