People of the Spirit examines Luke’s understanding of the Church as found in both his Gospel and the book of Acts. Topics such as Luke’s view of salvation, worship of Jesus amongst the first Christians, Pentecost, mission, and the structure of the early church are examined in order to challenge the contemporary church to remain true to the Gospel.
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“In Pentecost the Church is not born but established as the heir of the eschatological kingdom, the hope of Israel.” (Page 28)
“However, while theological discussions are responsible for articulating the voice and activity of God for the Church, a lack of dialogical engagement with our culture assumes that God does not speak to us through it or that he is not interested in it. Importantly, carrying on theological speculation without due regard for our culture and changes in it also potentially diminishes our ability to understand and communicate with those involved in it.” (Page 2)
“A view that does considerable justice to the narrative and emphases of his work is that Luke’s principal aim was to show his readers that the message they had heard concerning Jesus—probably in the Pauline tradition—is reliable.” (Page 9)
“That is, the present coming of the Spirit on the followers of Jesus is the restoration of the kingdom of Israel.59 In the coming of the Spirit the followers of Jesus are shown to be the true Israel.” (Page 24)
“The purpose of the Church, then, arises out of being obedient to what is both expressed and possible in the power of the Spirit—embodying the ministry of Jesus.” (Page 29)