Thematic Analysis Essay: Acts 13â€“28 Assignment Instructions
In Acts 13â€“28, the gospel begins to spread to the ends of the earth. Tracing the advancement of the gospel and analyzing themes in these chapters will help you better understand the importance of prayer and dependence upon the Holy Spirit. Observing the sermons and speeches of early witnesses will demonstrate key teachings throughout redemptive history that are as essential today as they were in the first century.
In an essay of 750-1000 words, analyze the thematic development of this third movement of the book of Acts. While this is not an exclusive list, be sure to address the following elements:
How does this segment develop the theme of the geographical/ethnic advance of the proclamation of the gospel presented in the key verse of the book, Acts 1:8? What is the â€œgeographic targetâ€? Trace the development of this theme through this section of Acts.
Identify what you believe to be the most important themes developed by Luke in this movement of the book (of Dr. Fowlerâ€™s nine themes) and trace those themes through this segment of the book. Fowler states that all of the key themes converge in the final chapter of the book. Describe this convergence.
Luke presents three evangelistic messages by Paul in this movement of the book: his sermon in the synagogue of Pisidian Antioch in chapter 13, his plea to the people of Lystra in chapter 14, and his address to the philosophers of Athens in chapter 17. He also narrates Paulâ€™s defense appearances before Governor Felix, Governor Festus, and King Agrippa 2. The last of these includes a gospel presentation. Read the three evangelistic messages and the defense before Agrippa again. Compare/contrast Paulâ€™s preaching to the Jews with his preaching to pagans.
What pattern/progression do you see in the Jewish response to the witness of Paul in these chapters? (Give attention in your thinking to Paulâ€™s words in 13:46â€“47, 18:6, and 28:25â€“28.)
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