Acts Intro Slides, 5/26/13

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Acts Intro Slides, 5/26/13

  1. 1. 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)  
  2. 2. 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.  
  3. 3. 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)  
  4. 4. •  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.    
  5. 5. “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  
  6. 6. “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.”  

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