Forty days after the Lord Jesus Christ died and risen again He returned bodily to heaven. He told His wondering disciples to wait in Jerusalem for ‘the promise of the Father’. Ten days later the Holy Spirit descended in power to earth. The Church was born and the world has never been the same since.
The book of Acts is the history of the Christian Church – today this Church and many others worldwide are part of that history.
Luke – the gospel writer. For His gospel Luke consulted eyewitnesses. For parts of the book of Acts, Luke himself was an eyewitness.
Theophilus – a Christian reader (also mentioned in Luke’s gospel)
The book closes in Rome around 60-64 AD
“To give the history of the planting and extension of the Church among the Jews and the Gentiles…., beginning at Jerusalem and ending at Rome”.
HOW IS IT SET OUT?
Starts with the Ascension to heaven of the Lord Jesus Christ followed by the descent from heaven of the Holy Spirit then the outworking of that descent in the life of the new Church. Two great divisions: Acts 1-12 Peter is the central figure and the scene is Jerusalem. Acts 13 -28 Paul is the central figure and the Gentile Churches are the field of his operations.
WHY IS IT CALLED ACTS?
Nothing to do with acting, but the full title: Acts of the Apostles tells us something. But even the title Acts of the Apostles is not completely appropriate: it is really about the Acts of the Risen Lord by His Holy Spirit through the apostles.
WHY STUDY IT?
Acts shows us what the early church was like and how the early disciples lived and thought and acted. There is a challenge to every believer and every Church to live as they lived, love as they loved, give as they gave and witness as they witnessed.
IT'S ALL ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
His life, death and resurrection and ascension. Do you know Him as your Saviour, your Lord and your king? If not, you need to trust Him today
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
He came at Pentecost and will lead the Church until Jesus Himself returns. Do you know the presence, the power and the personality of the Holy Spirit in your life?
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CHURCH
The only place on earth where the living God is manifest, speaks and saves. Not a building made of bricks and mortar but worldwide community of the those who know and love the Lord Jesus Christ. Are you a member of that community by faith in the Lord, commitment to a local expression of that worldwide community?