Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narra5ve of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some 5me past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught. Luke 1:1-‐4 (ESV)
In the ﬁrst book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, un5l the day when he was taken up, aBer he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them aBer his suﬀering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John bap5zed with water, but you will be bap5zed with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Acts 1:1-‐5 (ESV)
• Luke’s Gospel: “…all that Jesus began to do and teach.” • Luke’s 2nd book: all that Jesus CONTINUED to do and teach through the church.
“Contemporary Chris5ans who read Acts with an open mind will ﬁnd themselves challenged with pointed applica5ons by what happened in the early church.” -‐-‐Ajith Fernando
“The Book of Acts is in a real sense a book for renewal. It calls the church back to its roots… It sets a paTern for faithful discipleship, for a witness that walks in the footsteps of the Master, a wholehearted commitment with a willingness to sacriﬁce and even to suﬀer. It speaks to us when discouraged, reminding us that all 5me is in God’s hands, reassuring us of the reality of his Spirit in our lives and witness.”