Luke described to theophilus in his first letter about jesus life up to the resurrection. Data are included and excluded with the specific purpose. Maybe you cant write anything but your name now, but one day youll be able to write much. Luke was a physician, sometimes companion of paul on his missionary journeys, and a firstrate historian. It is mainly about two of the apostles peter and paul. In the gospels we see the corn of wheat falling into the ground and dying. Acts intro to acts biblica the international bible society. Staggs commentary focuses on lukes purposes in writing acts. Both books are addressed to theophilus, and the latter acts refers. Introduction to the book of acts bumc brooklyn united. Introduction to the book of acts study resources blue letter bible. Introduction to the book of acts acts study guide medium. Luke is uniformly identified as the author acts by the second century a.
It begins with the ascension of jesus and concludes with paul in rome during his first imprisonment. Authorship of actsluke is the author of the book acts. In many ways acts is the most exciting book in the new testament because it is full of movement and interest. It is a history of the beginning of the christian congregation and its rapid growth despite opposition. Acts of the apostles is the one historical book of the new testament, and much of what we know about the early years of christianity comes from this book. The early christian message is summarized in a number of sermons, and the events recorded in acts show the power of this.
Article on divorce and remarriage craig blomberg, trinity journal, 1990. Introduction to the book of acts she reads truth she. Actus apostolorum, often referred to simply as acts, or formally the book of acts, is the fifth book of the new testament. To record the establishment and early growth of the church 6 based on content. As a second volume to lukes gospel, it joins what jesus began to do and to teach 1. Acts of the risen jesus might also be an appropriate name for this book. The acts of the apostles often referred to simply as acts, or formally the book of acts, is the fifth.
The book of acts is a small look into what was done in carrying out that command. An important feature of acts is the activity of the holy spirit, who comes with power upon the believers in jerusalem on the day of pentecost and continues to guide and strengthen the church and its leaders throughout the events reported in the book. The book of acts is the first volume of the congregations of god. It provides an inspired snapshot of the postascension believers and the progress of the gospel from jerusalem to the ends of the earth. The gospel of luke and the book of acts are written as companion volumes. The writer of the book of acts is the apostle luke, who gives us insight. Luke acts makes up 28% of the new testamentmore than that written by either paul or john. Author two lines of argument lead to the conclusion that luke, the friend, fellow missionary, and physician of paul wrote this book, under the. Introduction for bible study on acts of the apostles. It records the story of the messianic community from its. Acts ends with paul under house arrest, awaiting trial before caesar, c. The author of the acts of the apostles is the same author of the gospel of luke.
It is a history, though not in the twentiethcentury sense of the word. It makes reference to about 100 geographical places including regions, provinces, cities, and islands around or near the mediterranean sea. The events described in acts occurred over a period of about 30 years about a. T he book of acts in the bible, written around 6263 a. We will after the first of the year actually begin a verse by verse study of the book of acts. Her insightful additions and deletions make our commentaries easier to read and understand. Commentary on the book of acts bible study lessons. In anticipation of the acts of the apostles reading planthe she reads truth summer study beginning on june 6well spend this week in countdown to acts, a 5day introduction establishing the historical and geographical context of the book. Introduction to the book of acts when you want to remember something thats very important, or when you want to tell someone something thats very important, the best thing to do is to write it down. He was also the author of its companion work, the gospel of luke. Both were written by luke, a physician who traveled with the apostle paul.
Now scholars differ on the dating of acts, placing it anywhere between the early 60s in. The books of acts is often called the book of the holy spirit or the book of the apostles. The obstacle we are crossing over is the ravine a gulf really that has historically separated the. To linda, faithful editor, friend, encourager, and prayer warrior. Acts continues from there on starting with christs resurrection. An introduction to the book of acts jack wellman patheos. Its narrative supplies a bridge connecting the life and ministry of jesus to the life of the church and the witness of the earliest believers. Acts explains how christianity began and also spread about.
Luke tells us that his first book the gospel of luke was about all that jesus began to. Without the book of acts, our knowledge of the early history of the church would be limited to the small amount provided by the new testament epistles. Peter was with jesus throughout his entire ministry and was a witness to the baptism, transfiguration, arrest, trial and crucifixion of jesus. The book of acts mentions about 100 individuals by name. There are different ways to divide the book of acts. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the. The book of acts records the spread of the gospel from jerusalem to rome. Besides linking the gospel narratives on the one hand and the apostolic letters on. New testament survey, acts to revelation lecture 1. Intro to acts biblica the international bible society. Introduction to the book of acts by chuck swindoll who wrote the book.
The tradition from the earliest days of the church has been that luke, a companion of the apostle paul, wrote the books of luke and acts colossians 4. The book of acts appears to be written for the benefit of christians rather than as an apologetic. The book of acts introduction the book of acts is a unique book in the new testament. Study 1 going through the book of acts words of life. The book of acts, also called acts of the apostles, does not specifically identify its author. A chapterbychapter bible study of the book of acts 4 acts a short introduction heres what well be reading as we study through the book of acts. The book does not contain all of the acts of all of the apostles. The book of acts provides a detailed, orderly, eyewitness account of the birth and growth of the early church and the spread of the gospel immediately after the resurrection of jesus christ. As it is expected, the book of acts has a similar literary style as the gospel of luke because it is the second volume of lukes account. Acts of the apostles are the acts of the risen christ through the holy spirit working in the church.
Clearly, the author ofthe book of luke is also the one who penned the book of acts. The book of acts recounts the rise and spread of christianity, beginning in the provincial jewish capital of jerusalem and ending in rome, the great capital of the empire. Chapterbychapter bible studies acts the beautiful, amazing, powerful, weak, dysfunctional church bible studies. The book of acts is the book of the acts of the holy spirit and what he does in the church and the birth and history of the church. They are part one and part two of the work of jesus. It explains how jesus used some of the apostles to teach through the holy spirit after ascending into heaven. While there are some areas of great detail of the acts of the apostles, many times you must use cross references to the gospels of matthew, mark, luke and john as well as some other epistles in the new testament to get the full picture of. The book of acts, the early struggle for an unhindered gospel, asserts the purpose is primarily the movement of the message about jesus the gospel from a strictly nationalistic judaism to a universal message for all humans.
Acts introduction commentary commentary critical and. In acts, jesus sends the holy spirit to empower his disciples as they carry. The book of acts is the fifth book of the new testament. It serves as a transition between the gospels and the epistles.
These studies will be expository, devotional, practical and varied, and this is an introduction to the whole book. An introduction to the book of acts an introduction to. Two lines of argument lead to the conclusion that luke, the friend, fellow missionary, and physician of. In anticipation of the acts of the apostles reading planthe he reads truth summer study beginning on june 6well spend this week in countdown to acts, a 5day introduction establishing the historical and geographical context of the book. Acts introduction, good news bible gnb the bible app. The book of acts is the second and the twovolume work by luke the evangelist. Introduction to the book of acts from a jewish perspective. This book is to the gospels what the fruit is to the tree that bears it. Lukeacts makes up 28% of the new testamentmore than that written by either paul or john.
A structure carrying a road or a path across an obstacle such as a river or a ravine. Its accounts do not document the life of the early church to a uniform degree. Authorship of acts luke is the author of the book acts. The apostolic preaching of the cross by leon morris. Besides linking the gospel narratives on the one hand and the apostolic letters on the. The book of acts records the spread of the gospel from jerusalem to rome, thus.
The recipient of the book, theophilus, is the same person addressed in the first volume, the gospel of luke see introduction to luke. Introduction to acts this is the 1st lecture in the online series of lectures on new testament survey by dr thomas schreiner. The title of the book of acts comes from the greek word praxis, a word often used in early christian literature to describe the great deeds of the apostles or other significant. The title of the book was added later after its writing it is not inspired.
The book of acts is a book about the beginning of the first christians and the growth of the church. Archaeological findings support the accuracy of lukes account. Im not sure exactly which sunday marching into january, but we will do that. Hopefully, youve had a chance to complete the suggested assignments in our bible study of acts orientation in these next few lessons, were are going to be diving into some background material for acts. The book of acts provides a bridge for the writings of the nt. The book acts was written by luke and contains 28 chapters. Acts 1, new international version niv the bible app. Watch our overview video on the book of acts, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought.1410 96 1594 1424 1230 1443 1452 729 1112 1410 345 872 331 1329 191 1306 809 690 1583 335 313 642 1386 1463 630 412 883 797 1486 1072 693 1097 362 1185 33