The Message of Acts

The Message of Acts

The Bible Speaks Today Series

by John Stott

The Message of Acts
  • Length: 428 pages
  • Published: February 13, 1994
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-1236-3
  • Item Code: 1236
  • Case Quantity: 24

  • A 1991 Christianity Today Readers' Choice Award

The Spirit moves the church into the world. That is how it has always been since the day of Pentecost when the Spirit brought thousands from many countries into the body of Christ. With the breadth and scholarly care that have marked John Stott's years of ministry, this book opens to us the early days of the church as recorded by Luke in the book of Acts.

The experiences of the early church have much to say about issues that concern Christians today. What can Acts tell us about tongues and other extraordinary manifestations of the Spirit? How should churches structure themselves--with elders, deacons, pastors or all three? What should a normal Christian conversion look like? And, of course, how should the church reach out into the world with the message of salvation?

These and many other topics are handled with a pastoral heart and an unwavering commitment to the authority of God's Word in our lives. As Stott concludes, "The Acts of the Apostles have long ago finished; the acts of the followers of Jesus will continue until the end of the world."


Author's preface

Chief abbreviations


A chronological table

1. Introduction to Luke - Luke 1:1-4
2. Introduction to the Acts - Acts 1:1-5

A. In Jerusalem - 1:6-6:7
1. Waiting for Pentecost - 1:6-26
2. The Day of Pentecost - 2:1-47
3. The outbreak of persecution - 3:1-4:31
4. Satanic counter-attack - 4:32-6:7

B. Foundations for World Mission - 6:8-12:24
5. Stephen the martyr - 6:8-7:60
6. Philip the evangelist - 8:1-40
7. The conversion of Saul - 9:1-31
8. The conversion of Cornelius - 9:32-11:18
9. Expansion and opposition - 11:19-12:24

C. The Apostle to the Gentiles - 12:25-21:17
10. The first missionary journey - 12:25-14:28
11. The Council of Jerusalem - 15:1-16:5
12. Mission in Macedonia - 16:6-17:15
13. Paul in Athens - 17:16-34
14. Corinth and Ephesus - 18:1-19:41
15. More about Ephesus - 20:1-21:17

D. On the Way to Rome - 21:18-28:31
16. Paul's arrest and self-defence - 21:18-23:35
17. Paul on trial - 24:1-26:32
18. Rome at last! - 27:1-28:31

Study guide

John Stott

John R. W. Stott (1921–2011) has been known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist, and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain and the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974).

Stott's many books have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages. His best-known work, Basic Christianity, has sold two million copies and has been translated into more than sixty languages. Other titles include The Cross of Christ, Understanding the Bible, The Contemporary Christian, Evangelical Truth, Issues Facing Christians Today, The Incomparable Christ, Why I Am a Christian, and Through the Bible Through the Year, a daily devotional. He has also written eight volumes in The Bible Speaks Today series of New Testament expositions.

Whether in the West or in the Majority World, a hallmark of Stott's ministry has been expository preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. Stott was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" and was named in the Queen’s New Years Honours list as Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 1969, Stott founded the Langham Trust to fund scholarships for young evangelical leaders from the Majority World. He then founded the Evangelical Literature Trust, which provided books for students, pastors, and theological libraries in the Majority World. These two trusts continued as independent charities until 2001, when they were joined as a single charity: the Langham Partnership. Langham's vision continues today to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ through nurturing national movements for biblical preaching, fostering the creation and distribution of evangelical literature, and enhancing evangelical theological education.

Visit the John Stott Ministries Langham Partnership website.

BY John Stott