Acts: The Pattern Church


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Acts: The Pattern Church



Donald L. Norbie



5 1/2″ x 7 3/4″

It is exciting to study the book of acts. Although we have four biographies of the life of Jesus, we have only one account giving the history of the early church. The Spirit of God wisely inspired and preserved this record.

Acts covers the first thirty-two years of church history, concluding with Paul’s Roman imprisonment. Without this record little would be known of the progress of the gospel under the leadership of the apostles. Acts then is priceless as a record of this period of history. Without it we would know little of Peter’s and Paul’s missionary labors.

But it is more than an interesting document recording as section of ancient history. It is inspirational in character, motivating the current church to do exploits for God. If God could work then in power saving souls can He not do the same today? Is not eh church indwelt by the same, might Holy Spirit?

It is the author’s prayer that this study will help illuminate the text for the reader. Understanding must precede action. May it also inspire the one reading to greater love and devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ. And may churches be gripped by the simplicity of structure and the power of the early church.

It is still possible today to emulate that pattern. “Mimic me” is the plea of Paul (1Cor. 11:1). The power and structure of the apostolic church are available to God’s people today.


Donald L. Norbie is a Bible teacher and author now living in Colorado. While attending high school in Tucson,Arizona, he was led to Christ by T.B. Gilbert in 1938 and began to fellowship with the Bible Chapel there.

After spending several years in the Navy during World War II he returned to college. Since 1949, when he received a Master of Arts degree from Wheaton College, he and his wife Marie have been active in Bible teaching and evangelism.

A special interest of his has been the New Testament church. Other books are 1 Timothy: Timeless Truths, 2 Timothy and Titus, New Testament Church Organization, The Early Church, Divorce and the Bible, Baptism, The Lord’s Supper, He Loved to Plant: A Biography of T. B. Gilbert, and Danny, A Life Cut Short.



Chapter 1  Introduction

Chapter 2  Prologue

Chapter 3  Prayer in the Upper Room

Chapter 4  Pentecost

Chapter 5  Healing at the Temple

Chapter 6  Threatening and Prayer

Chapter 7  Discipline and Deliverance

Chapter 8  Deacons (Servants) Chosen; Stephen’s Arrest

Chapter 9  Stephen’s Defense and Stoning

Chapter 10  Philip-Samaria and Gaza

Chapter 11  Saul’s Conversion and Peter’s Miracles

Chapter 12  Cornelius’s Conversion

Chapter 13  Peter’s Defense of Cornelius; The Antioch Church

Chapter 14  Peter Released fro Prison; Herod Dies

Chapter 15  Paul’s First Missionary Journey

Chapter 16  Paul’s First Missionary Journey (cont)

Chapter 17  The Jerusalem Council

Chapter 18  Paul’s Second Journey

Chapter 19  Thessalonica, Berea and Athens

Chapter 20  Corinth

Chapter 21  Paul’s Third Journey

Chapter 22  Toward Jerusalem

Chapter 23  Jerusalem Arrest

Chapter 24  Jerusalem Arrest (cont)

Chapter 25  Caesarean Imprisonment

Chapter 26  Trial Before Agrippa

Chapter 27  Voyage to Rome

Chapter 28 Malta and Rome

Chapter 29  Model or Relic?

Weight 336 g
Dimensions 20 × 14 × 1.8 cm