For each section of the Bible, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries summarize the passage of Scripture, including the intentions of the authors, the historical and cultural environment, and the questions and issues raised by a particular passage. But most importantly, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries brings you into the heart of the Bible, by explaining Scripture in an accessible way that makes sense for daily Christian living.
Acts is an exciting story of church growth despite inner problems and outward conflict. The Book of Acts describes the spread of the gospel throughout the known world of the first century and the establishment of Christian churches in many different places. As the gospel entered new places, its preachers often faced opposition from followers of other religions, and sometimes this opposition extended to include political persecution. Nevertheless, within a generation, the gospel had spread from Jerusalem to Rome and beyond. While Luke, the writer of Acts was a historian, Acts is not merely historical, but also provides principles and lessons for contemporary churches to imitate as they continue to spread the apostolic gospel today.
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“Call upon me in the day of trouble and I will answer you’ (Ps. 50:15).” (Page 341)
“what are the implications of Paul’s having agreed to participate in this act of purification?” (Page 416)
“Thus the gift of the Holy Spirit is both corporate and personal. The Spirit comes upon the community to energize its life and mission, but is received individually. He is not so much a general spiritual power or force, as a personal, indwelling companion. Further, His gifting is inclusive of all the disciple company, and hence as truly to women (like ‘Mary’), as to men (like ‘Jesus’ brothers,’ 1:14); as truly to leaders (like Peter, 15) as to ‘led’ (like the many nameless ones in the one hundred and twenty, 15); as truly to the specially chosen (like Matthias, 26), as to the not so chosen (like Barsabbas, 23).” (Page 57)
“The larger, underlying challenge, however, is real, and ever pertinent. How do we view material possessions? Where does acquiring riches and their beneﬁts come in our scale of life’s priorities? What Luke depicts here is a company where the material had become suddenly of secondary signiﬁcance in the light of the blessing of God the Holy Spirit; a community where spiritual realities had come to override the desire for a comfortable, secure material environment.” (Page 87)
“Luke’s authorial intention carries significant implications for interpreting Acts. For example, it means that viewing the Gospel as ‘about Jesus,’ and the Acts as ‘about the church’ is a major misunderstanding. Both parts are about the ministry of Jesus; His ministry on earth, personally and publicly exercised (the Gospel), and his subsequent ministry from heaven, exercised on earth through the Holy Spirit (Acts).” (Page 20)