By Chalmer E. Faw
Chalmer E. Faw brings Acts to existence for our day. He blends thorough biblical scholarship with knowledge from large and sundry adventure in missionary paintings and Bible instructing. His cautious exposition of the ebook of Acts is supplemented with literary and theological dialogue. the main be aware in Acts is witness for Jesus Christ, from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. God's Spirit anoints the church at Pentecost, leads believers in dealing with conflicts among converts new and previous, and empowers Christians to beat fake ideals and magic. In Acts, Luke tells this dramatic tale with refined humor.
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In Acts the careful reader will find a number of such delightful touches, like the seven sons of Sceva who are beaten up by the man they are trying to help and have to run off naked (19:13-16). Another example is the city clerk who publicly chides the multitude for shouting so hard and long about something that everyone already knows (19:35-40)! Particular Interests In Luke's stories special attention is given to persons. They come from every major class and condition of humankind. All are important.
True Christianity is distinguished from false (cf. 4:36-37 with 5:1-11, and 8:14-17 with 8:18-23). Partially instructed Christians are to be nurtured further in faith (18:24-28; 19:1-7). Models of initiative in the founding of churches abound in the exploits of Barnabas and Saul and then of Paul and his various co-workers (chaps. 13-19). The purpose of the whole Christian movement, and therefore of Luke-Acts which presents it, is a revolutionary one. It confronts individuals, groups, and systems with Jesus, who brought a gospel of love and forgiveness and challenged the very foundations of Roman society.
It confronts individuals, groups, and systems with Jesus, who brought a gospel of love and forgiveness and challenged the very foundations of Roman society. Furthermore, this Jesus died, was raised from the dead, and was enthroned on high as a king above all Caesars. He then baptized his followers in the Holy Spirit and sent them forth as witnesses to proclaim the same revolutionary gospel but to do so without breaking the law or resorting to violence. For those who believe Acts to have been written after Luke's time, toward the end of the first century or in the early second, other purposes have been suggested.
Acts (Believers Church Bible Commentary) by Chalmer E. Faw