Study Guide: Acts of the Apostles

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Study Guide: Acts of the Apostles

Introduction

Of the five volumes in the Conflict of the Ages set of books written by Ellen G. White, perhaps the most important for the remnant church is The Acts of the Apostles. This volume should be required reading for every minister, church leader, and member at this point in the history of God’s people--the time when the church looks forward to the second Pentecost and the falling of the latter rain. In The Acts of the Apostles and the biblical book of Acts, the remnant people of God find their spiritual roots. To understand what God expects of His church today, believers should study these two books. Here can be found the spiritual model for the modern church. Under the power of God’s Spirit, the church of God today is called to service for the purpose of completing the work begun by the apostles twenty centuries ago. SG-AA 2.1

The study guide for The Acts of the Apostles is designed for use in several ways, depending upon the interests of the user. Certain lessons provide a deeper understanding of the working of the Holy Spirit or of the growth of the Christian church. Others focus on the lives and ministries of Paul, Peter, or John, or the books that came from the pens of these apostles. For those who wish to get an overview of the entire book of Acts, the study guide can be followed in a systematic way in lessons 1 to 29. The following subjects and chapters are suggested for shorter studies: SG-AA 2.2

Experience of the early Christian church: Lessons 1, 4, 5, 6, 10, 16, 20, 29.
- Ministry (paid, self-supporting, and lay): Lessons 17, 18.
- Holy Spirit: Lessons 1, 2, 3, 4.
- Paul: Lessons 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.
- Peter: Lessons 4, 8, 10, 25, 26.
- John: Lessons 4, 27, 28, 29.
- New Testament Letters: Lessons 13, 15, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.
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Several lessons include sentences with blank spaces for which words must be supplied. These sentences were carefully chosen because of the spiritual truths they contain. Completing these sentences should not be considered busywork; the sentences were designed to help fix important truths in the mind. It would benefit the student if these sentences were to become “memory verses.” SG-AA 2.4

Finally, a number code is given after each question to help the student find the answer to the question. For example, (153:4) indicates that the answer can be found in paragraph 4 on page 153. We believe that through a study of The Acts of the Apostles, the student will obtain a sense of mission and the vision of a completed work. SG-AA 2.5

Ellen G. White Estate

March, 1991 SG-AA 2.6