Introduction to Acts

Penned by Luke, the author of the third gospel, which recounts the beginning of the ministry of our Lord Jesus, the book of Acts is the sequel, narrating the continuation of His ministry through His chosen apostles.  It describes the birth of the church and the fulfillment of the OT promise of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the effects thereof.  Though not all that we see in Acts in normative (or standard) Christian experience, it does provide a great framework of early Christian faith and practice as a sort of plumb line for measuring the soundness or unsoundness of contemporary Christian faith and practice.  We should read it with care.

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  1. Dear Jim,

    Just listened to your lesson on Friday 1/18/13 and must say, I admire you even more than I did for coming to the conclusion that an emotionally motivated, arm twisting invitation to people who have just sat under a sermon is not a scriptural methodology.

    I, like you, have become more and more convinced that Jesus’ words, “My sheep hear my voice” and “all those my Father gives me will come to me” are very true. One can preach on a street corner all day long and accomplish nothing but reinforce the idea that Christians are a bunch of nuts. When the Bible says, “To whom much is given, much is required” it applies to people living in a free country and having access to the Word of God and speaks of a requirement for them to search it for truth, themselves.

    I also am heartened by your unwillingness to set aside baptism or belittle its necessity, going so far as to say “it was ordained by Christ”. Not only was it ordained, but it was commanded, brother. And while there may be much contention about what it is for and how it is to be done, I believe any honest, believing person will hearken to Peter’s answer when he was asked, “What shall WE do?” and they will both repent AND be baptized. Period. End of prescription for being “born again”.

    Thank you for being faithful to what God says and not what the traditions of imperfect men are, no matter how accepted they may be in this failed example of a evangelized nation.

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