Acts And Theophilus

1. Theophilus Lover of God, a Christian, probably a Roman, to whom Luke
dedicated both his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. Nothing beyond this is
known of him. From the fact that Luke applies to him the title "most
excellent", the same title Paul uses in addressing Felix and Festus, it has
been concluded that Theophilus was a person of rank, perhaps a Roman officer (Henneke).

2. John the Baptist John was Jesusí cousin. He was to prepare a way for the
messiah by baptizing people into repentance. He is only mentioned in Acts in
passing. He had been murdered by King Herod years before. 3. Jesus He is the
suffering servant, the messiah. He is God in flesh. He is the main focal point
of the book of Acts. 4. Peter His name meant rock or stone. He was the brother
mof Andrew. He was a fisherman called by Jesus into his early ministry. He is
well known by his 3 time denial. He was one of Jesusí favorite disciples. He
became the leader of the chosen twelve. He was one of the few to witness Jariusí
daughterís resurrection, and the transfiguration. After Pentecost, his
ministry appeared in three stages: 1. Leader of activities in Jerusalem. 2. He
opened the door to gentiles with the conversion of Cornelius. 3. He and his wife
started the Zenana missionary. 4. He became a martyr and was crucified upside
down (Henneke). Peter was a quick, perceptive, and impulsive man, given to
bursts of enthusiasm-and depression. He recognized his own unworthiness of his

Lordís faith in him. Peter was the first one to declare Jesus as Christ. He
raised Dorcus from the dead, and performed many other miracles. The transition
form Judaism to the full acceptance of Christís teaching was not easy of

Peter. He was strong and stubborn before the notion that Samaritans and Gentiles
could be Christians without first becoming Jews and circumcised. A direct vision
was required to make him understand that the Lordís saving work was performed
for all who would believe in him. Once convinced, however, he tried to stand
with Paul on the question of admitting Gentiles to the church (Alexander). 5.

John He was the younger brother of James, and an apostle. He was known as the
disciple whom Jesus loved. He was a native of Galilee. His parents were cousins
of Jesus. He was a fisherman by trade. He was in the inner cabinet of three. He
is mentioned in Acts as at the appearance on Pentecost (Henneke). 6. James James
is best known as the brother of John. He and John were called the Sons of

Thunder. He was a fisherman who left all to follow Christ. He became one of

Christ\'s most beloved apostles. He was present at the transfiguration. His
mother asked that he be given a place of power in Christ\'s kingdom. He went with

Christ to the garden of Gethsemane before the crucifixion. He was present at

Christ\'s death. Jesus allowed only Peter, John, and James to be present at the
healing of Jarius\' daughter. He and John wanted fire from heaven to punish the

Samaritans. James was one of the first to give his life for Christ (Henneke). 7.

Andrew Brother of Simon Peter and an apostle. He was a follower of John the

Baptist. It is suggested that he became the patron-saint of Russia (Lockyer). 8.

Phillip He was an apostle but not much was known of him after that. 9. Thomas

The apostle who was given the name "the doubter" (Alexander). 10.

Bartholomew He is one of the twelve. He was also known as Nathaniel and a
suggested writer of a gospel (Alexander). 11. Matthew A tax collector before he
became a disciple. He was also known as Levi (Smith). 12. James He was the son
of Alphaeus. He was known as the little or the less, probably because of his
small stature, or because he was young. His brother was Joses. He was one of the
twelve (Lockyer). 13. Simon the Zealot One of the twelve. An interesting thing
about him was that even after he became a follower of Christ he did not cease
being known as a zealot (Smith). 14. Judas, son of James One of the twelve, not
to be confused with Judas Iscariot. 15. Judas Son of Simon (John 6:71; 13:2,

26), surnamed Iscariot. His name is uniformly the last in the list of the
apostles, as given in the synoptic Gospels.