The last historical work of the New Testament and Literature/TheBible, Acts tells the story of the early church spreading out of Judea and the challenges it encounters.

While it was getting pretty good reception in the south and east, a convert named Paul goes on a mission to take the Good News west through Asia Minor, Greece and eventually, Rome.
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!!Tropes
* AGodAmI: Herod refuses to deny this when people deify him for his oratory. [[{{God}} The real one]] doesn't take very kindly to that.
* AGodIAmNot: When Paul and Barnabas perform a miracle in one Greek city, it backfires when the locals conclude they are incarnations of [[ClassicalMythology Zeus and Hermes]] and prepare to offer sacrifices to them. [[UnwantedFalseFaith The apostles protest]], but it's a near thing.
** Also, Cornelius meets Peter and bows down at his feet to worship him, but Peter immediately responds, "Stand up; I'm just a man!"
* AscendingToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: The book opens with Jesus giving a few parting instructions, then ascending to heaven.
* AncientGrome
* AmbiguouslyJewish - The issue of how Jewish a new convert to The Way needs to be is something that the early Church struggled with.
* AppropriatedAppellation - The followers of The Way start getting called "Christians" by outsiders, but they like it so much they start using it among themselves eventually.
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive - Why, hello, there, Saul, on your way to persecute the followers of Jesus, are you? Not any more!
* CallToAdventure - Peter has a vision before being asked to preach at a Gentile's home; Paul has a dream of a man from Macedonia asking him to preach the gospel there.
* {{Cliffhanger}} - Ends with Paul under house arrest in Rome, his fate uncertain.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy - On trial before a Jewish tribunal, Paul recognizes that the group is split between two rival sects, one that believes in the resurrection and one that doesn't. He yells out that he's on trial because he believes in the resurrection, which causes a fight to break out and turns the tribunal against itself.
* DecoyProtagonist - Acts initially focuses on Peter and the early church in general before becoming an almost exclusive biopic of Paul.
* DeusExMachina - God shows up for some pretty spectacular miracles, starting with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.
* EasyEvangelism - Several cases:
** Peter's sermon on Pentecost results in several thousand conversions at once. Justified, as [[DeusExMachina the Holy Spirit had a big hand in it]].
** Philip meets an Ethiopian eunuch who just so happens to have been studying Literature/TheBible at the moment and wondering who this "Messiah" might be. Philip explains about Jesus, and within a few minutes the Ethiopian says, "Look! There's some water! What prevents me from being baptized?"
** Averted several times with Paul, who has more mixed results preaching to the Gentiles. For instance, his preaching to various intellectuals in Athens is described as pretty much an abject failure. And of course, good luck getting any of the Pharisees to look kindly on the message of Jesus.
** Deliberately invoked when a dispute arises of whether non-Jewish Christian converts should then follow the Torah, including circumcision and the Kosher dietary laws. In a meeting of the Apostles, it was agreed that Gentile converts should exempted from the Torah in order to ease conversions.
* EunuchsAreEvil - Inverted by the Ethiopian eunuch.
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator - In several places, Luke offhandedly remarks, "So then we went to this place...", indicating that he was actually present for at least some of the events.
* HappilyEverBefore - Church tradition states that ''eleven of the twelve disciples'' (plus Paul) were eventually martyred, but the book ends with Paul just in house arrest.
* HaveAGayOldTime - Stephen gets stoned. That's actually a pretty cruel way to die, but may have evoked snickers from more recent generations of Sunday School kids.
* HeelFaceTurn - Saul becomes known as [[MeaningfulRename Paul]] after encountering Jesus on the way to Damascus. Before then, he was persecuting Christians, and may have been at the stoning of Saint Stephen, one of the first martyrs.
* HeelFaithTurn - As above, Saul sees the light, quite literally.
* HeroicSacrifice - Stephen, the first martyr.
* HonorBeforeReason - Several Jews made an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul, who was under Roman arrest at this point. They organized an ambush to take place while Paul was being transferred to another city, but the Romans got word of it and sent about 400 soldiers to guard Paul on the journey. It is unknown whether the conspirators broke their vow or starved to death.
* HopeSpot - The ending, again. Paul may be in house arrest, but the gospel message is still going forward with no signs of stopping.
* InvisibleWall - Paul wanted to keep preaching eastward, but the Holy Spirit wouldn't allow him to go past Asia Minor.
* JesusSaves - The theme of the bulk of the apostles' teachings and sermons. "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved!"
* JesusWasWayCool - So cool, in fact, that even after [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence He goes back to heaven,]] the apostles are able to convert thousands of people to His message just by telling them what He said.
* LaserGuidedKarma - For claiming AGodAmI, Herod was struck down during his birthday party with a seizure, then eaten by intestinal worms.
* LivingLieDetector - A guy named Ananias attempts to commit fraud, but Peter sees right through the con. Ananias dies on the spot. A few hours later, Ananias's wife, Sapphira, tries to do the same and suffers the same fate.
* {{Sequel}} - To the Gospel of Luke directly and the Gospels as a whole.
* MisfitMobilizationMoment - The coming of the Holy Spirit on the Pentecost for the original disciples; it happens again twice in the book of Acts to specifically mark the inclusion of the Samaritans and the Gentiles as part of God's family.
* MistakenForJunkie - The gift of tongues on the Pentecost is dismissed by some of those who witness it as nothing but [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy drunken rambling]], but Peter preaches a sermon that proves otherwise.
* MultinationalTeam - Beginning with Pentecost, the book of Acts describes the Christian message spreading "to the uttermost ends of the earth."
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The reaction of many Jews to realizing that they had murdered the Messiah. Unlike Judas, however, they beg for mercy and join the fledgling Church.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown - When seven sons of a Jewish priest attempted to exorcise a demon in Jesus' name, but had not been give the authority to do so, the demon-possessed man jumped on them and "gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding".
* ThePhilosopher - Paul gets to preach to a whole stadium full of them in Athens.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits - The Apostles still have elements of this, though they've matured a lot since the Gospels.
* ShamingTheMob - In Ephesus, a silversmith named Demetrius (worried about the loss of his business if Artemis-worshipers convert to Christianity) instigates a riot, which is defused when the city clerk shows up and says, in essence, "Seriously, guys? You're going to riot about this instead of just taking it to court?"
* TheSixthRanger - Matthias is voted to replace Judas Iscariot after the latter's death; however, he doesn't figure much in the book after that.
* SpellBook - In Ephesus, some former occultists burn their spell books after converting to Christianity. The books' value is estimated at about 50,000 pieces of silver, or over four million dollars today.
* SpiritualPredecessor - To the Epistles, since Acts is the only historical book of the New Testament where Paul (who wrote the majority of the epistles) is introduced.
* SuspiciouslySpecificSermon - Many times.
* TagalongKid - Mark, first to Paul, and then to Barnabas.
* UnwantedFalseFaith - Paul and Barnabas get mistaken as gods when they work miracles; when they dissuade the locals from sacrificing to them, their enemies come in to sow seeds of discord and they're kicked out as a result.
* WhamEpisode - While James wasn't the first to be martyred in the Book of Acts (Stephen has that honor), he's the first of the Twelve to be killed for his faith.
* [[WhatTheHellHero What the Hell, Israel?]]: On Pentecost, Peter berates his fellow Israelites for killing the Messiah. 3,000 were converted that day as a result, and many more in the following days.