Theological Outline of Acts 17:24-31

This is part three of a five part series on how to prepare a sermon or Bible study lesson.

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.

In part one of this series, I wrote how to easily create such an outline (Outlining a Bible passage for dummies, Acts 17:24). In part two of the series, I presented a Text Outline of Acts 17:24-31. This time I will take the textual outline and present a theological outline. This outline talks about the timeless theological principles presented in the text in question that apply to both the original audience then and there as well as to the intended audience here and now.








Theological Outline

1)    God is unique (v24)

a.     There is one god

b.     God is a person

2)    God is the creator and all powerful (v24)

a.     He created everything

3)    God is the ruler (v24)

a.     Lord of heaven and earth

4)    God is transcendent – outside His creation (v24)

a.     God does not dwell in man made things

5)    God is self-sufficient (v25)

a.     God does not need man to serve him

b.     God does not need things

6)    God is the provider (v25)

a.     God gives life and breath to all people

7)    God is the sustainer (v25)

a.     God gives all things to all people

8)    God is all powerful (v25-26)

a.     God created everyone

b.     God created all people from one man

i.     To live on the earth

c.     God decided when they would live

d.     God decided where they would live

9)    God is loving (v27-28)

a.     He did it so if they might seek God out, they would find Him

b.     We are all God’s children

10) God is spirit (v29)

a.     God’s nature is not one of man made things

11) God is patient and forgiving (v30)

a.     God overlooked the times of ignorance

12) God is holy (v30)

a.     God is calling all people to change

13) God is righteous and just (v31)

a.     Because He has determined the day men will be judged

i.     In righteousness

ii.     Through a man

1.     God appointed – more proof God is loving

2.     God provided proof this was the man

a.     By raising him from the dead.








Next time, we will take the textual and theological outlines and present an outline we can teach or preach from, though it is not the actual sermon. It is the homiletical  or Sermon Outline for Acts 17:24-31. It may or may not look like the theological outline.


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