Acts overview

acts.jpgGreetings!  This begins our study of the Book of Acts.

The Book of Acts is fast-paced and full of action.  It chronicles the early church, from Jesus’ ascension into Heaven through Paul’s imprisonment shortly before his death in Rome roughly 30 years later. 

I used to not like this book, but I think that was because I read it too quickly and got mixed up with all the people and places (My study Bible listed 20 “key” cities in this book alone).  Now it is one of my favorites. 

The author is Luke, who also wrote the Gospel of Luke.  If you’ve read the Gospel of Luke you’ll notice the similarity in style.  Luke was a very detailed historian.  He was a Gentile (non-Jew) who was a close companion of the Apostle Paul.  He gets every detail just right and his writings have been repeatedly validated by archeology.

It was probably written in the early 60’s AD (not the 1960’s) since it ends without documentation of the Apostle Paul’s death in Rome in roughly 65 AD.

Also see Love in the Book of Acts.  It starts with a trivia question: Roughly how many times is the word love mentioned in the book of Acts?  Then it addresses the theme of evangelism in Acts. 

There are many powerful and exciting stories and lessons in the Book of Acts.  We’ll cover the ascension of Jesus, the coming of the promised Holy Spirit, Peter’s ministry, Paul’s conversion and ministry, the first martyr (Stephen) and much more.

I hope you will join the study! 

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One Response

  1. I don’t know exactly how this works, but when I saw the topic I thought I’d submit the following:

    Some time ago I listened to an interview on a radio show, I believe on a Christian station, about a book that I believe was called, “The Case for Paul” which was written by a lawyer or lawyers who work for a firm or organization that deals with religious issues. Anyway, being lawyers, they spoke of this Book in their lawyerly Bible study and came to the conclusion that both the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts are companion pieces and together form a legal brief for the defense of Paul while in prison. The deal was that Roman law forbade the creation of new religions, but they allowed Judaism because it was already being practiced at the time the Romans took over. The two books are meant to show the natural evolution of the Jewish faith into what became the Christian faith so that it was not a “new” religion at all. Have you heard of this point of view and what do you think?

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