The Great Commission in Acts

Acts 1:8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem A, and in all Judea and Samaria D, and even to the remotest part E of the earth.”

On the day Jesus ascended into heaven He gave the church a more specific Great Commission than in Matthew 28:18-20. Ten days later the church was formed in Jerusalem when the Holy Spirit entered the believer’s lives, Peter preached and 3,000 people were saved. 30AD A

The church grew rapidly and then persecution began. [31AD] B  The persecution intensified and Stephen was martyred after preaching a great sermon. C  Saul, later known as Paul, consented to Stephen death and then went on a rampage against the disciples that resulted in many disciples being spread abroad as missionaries. D E

Then Saul on the way to Damascus to persecute disciples met Jesus and was saved and became a great preacher of the gospel of Jesus. [34AD] F  Peter took the gospel to a Roman centurion, a Gentile [37AD] G and had to vindicate his going to the Gentiles when he came back to Jerusalem. H

Some of the disciples spread by Saul’s persecution went to Antioch [Turkish Antakya, populous city of ancient Syria and now a major town of south-central Turkey.] preaching to the Jews only. The Jerusalem church sent Barnabas there and then he went to Tarsus for Saul. [42AD]The fifth round of persecution by Herod against the church resulted in Peter’s imprisonment, miraculously release and Herod’s death. J  The people praying for Peter’s release refused to believe his release. K

The church at Antioch sent Barnabas, Saul and John Mark on the first church planting missionary journey. At the first stop Saul became known as Paul and takes the leadership role in their team. L  Barnabas may have been the greatest disciple-maker M in history beginning with Paul and Mark who wrote 14 of the 27 books in the New Testament. [51-67AD]  Paul went on 4 missionary journeys. [48-62AD]

Notes: A- Acts 2; B- Acts 4; for source of dates click here; C- Acts 6:9-15, 7:1-60; D- Acts 8:1-25; E- To Ethiopia Acts 8:26-40; F- Acts 9; G- Acts 10; H- Acts 11; I- Acts 11:19-30, 12:24-25; J- Acts 12:1-10, 18-24; K- Acts 12:11-17; L- Acts 13:1-13; M- click on Barnabas the Disciple-Maker,

Henry Luke 12/6/2017

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