- 1:1–6:7 This section is about the Word of God at Jerusalem and the preaching of Peter. “And the word of God increased; and the number the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.”
- 6:8–9:31 This section is about the Jerusalem church dispersed throughout Palestine and the martyrdom of Stephen, followed by the preaching in Samaria, and including the conversion of Paul. “So the Church throughout all Judea and Samaria had peace and was built up; and walking in the fear of the Lord and in comfort of the Holy Spirit it was multiplied.”
- 9:32 - 12:24 This section includes the reception of the gentile, Cornelius, by Peter, and the extension of the Word of God to Antioch. “But the word of God grew and multiplied.”
- 12:25 - 16:5 This one is about the extension of the Gospel through Asia Minor, and the preaching tour of Galatia. “So the Churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.”
- 16:6 - 19:20 The final section is about the extension of the Word of the Lord to Europe, and the work of Paul in great gentile cities like Corinth and Ephesus. “So the word of the Lord grew and prevailed mightily.”
- 19:21 - 28:31 The arrival of Paul in Rome and his imprisonment there, ending with him – “preaching the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus quite openly and unhindered. “
Three general themes that were prominent in our reading of Luke were:
Are these key themes of “the word of God” being received in the hearts of men, and spreading to more hearts, as we travel along in Acts? It would seem so. And it is this progress of the “the word of God” that is both the message and the method of extending the kingdom of God. Not ordinary progress for a kingdom, but this is no ordinary kingdom.