Text Outline of Acts 17:24-31

This is part two of a series on how to prepare a sermon or Bible study  lesson. The first part of this series can be found here: https://wbmoore.wordpress.com/2009/02/22/outlining-a-bible-passage-for-dummies-acts-17_24/.

The same steps apply whether you are creating a study of a book of the Bible, a Bible study lesson, or a sermon. The steps for creating a study of a book of a Bible are: pray (each step should be bathed in prayer), read the material (three times if possible), write a summary of the book , write an hermeneutical outline that describes the text (telling what God said through the human authors to the original audience then and there), write a theological outline that presents the timeless theological ideas (which apply to both the original audience then and there, as well as your intended audience here and now ), write an homiletical outline (outlining what you will present in your sermon/lesson/study), write the study/lesson/sermon. In each step, you use the material from the previous steps, praying during each step.

In this series however, we are not writing an entire study of a book of the Bible. We are writing a Bible study lesson or a sermon. As such, we can skip the summary, because we are only working with a few verses. How we do the text outline is also different from before. Instead of doing a hermeneutical outline, describing what the message was to the original audience then and there, we will outline the text itself in such a way as to let it tell us the message in outline format. While the previous method works well, it can be difficult for some people. As such, I am presenting an easier way to outline the text.

My previous post showed the details for a method of outlining a biblical passage that I call “outlining for dummies” (Outlining a Bible passage for dummies, Acts 17:24). Its very easy. Please go look at it for the description of how to do this sort of outline. It makes it very easy to see at a glance the grouping of text to get the outline of the message. Realize that if you outline the same passage after a period of years, your outline might look slightly different – the reason is that you are in ai different place and God is dealing with you differently, and you might have been something or understood something slightly differently. This is even more true if different people outline the same passage.

What follows is an outline of the entire text for Acts 17:24-31.

Acts 17:24-31 Textual Outline


The God


made the world and

all things in it,

since He

is Lord

of      heaven and


does not dwell

in temples

made with hands;


nor is He

served by human hands,

as though He

needed anything,

since He



to all people

life and

breath and

all things; and




from one man

every nation

of mankind

to live

on all the face of the earth,

having determined

their appointed times and

the boundaries of their habitation,


that they

would seek God,

if perhaps they might grope for Him and

find Him,

though He is not far from each one of us;


for in Him we     live and

move and


as even some of your own poets have said,

“For we also are His children.’ “



then the children

of God,

we ought not

to think

that the Divine Nature

is like gold or

silver or


an image

formed by the art and

thought of man.



having overlooked

the times of ignorance,

God is now declaring

to men

that all people


should repent,


because He

has fixed

a day

in which He

will  judge

the world

in righteousness

through a Man

whom He

has appointed,

having furnished proof

to all men

by raising Him

from the dead.”

Now we have  the textual outline of the passage. This makes it much easier to determine the main points that were addressed by God. Next time, we will present an outline that summarizes the text, with main points, subordinate ideas, and descriptions of the text. It focuses on timeless theological ideas that apply to the original audience then and there, as well as your intended audience here and now. It is called a Theological Outline of Acts 17:24-31. We will use the textual outline.


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