When we want to know about the life of Christ, we can look to four different inspired records: the Gospels. But Luke alone gives us the biblical history of the next thirty years: the book of Acts. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection offer the finished work of Christ. Yet, Jesus was just beginning his ministry of reaching the world. In Acts 1:8, Jesus told his followers, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Author Philip Bence brings his Bible teaching and missionary experience to bear as he unfolds the record of the early church’s missionary expansion. We see God’s progressive action, from the birth and establishment of the Christian church in Jerusalem, to the ongoing life of that church, its preparation for mission to “the ends of the earth,” and finally its movement out into the distant lands of the Roman Empire and specifically Rome, the Empire’s capital.
In the lives of people today, God continually wants to do that which is new. But he rarely works in individual lives or in great movements of people in a way that does not build on their previous history. The initial core of that history is explained clearly here in this volume on Acts. As these pages reveal God’s plan for the early church, let us listen for his plan for today and the future.
- Title: Wesleyan Bible Commentary: Acts
- Author: Philip Bence
- Publisher: Wesleyan Publishing House
- Publication Date: 1998
- Pages: 252
About Philip A. Bence
Philip A. Bence is the site director for McMaster Divinity College's Doctor of Ministry program based in Houghton, New York. He also serves as the pastor of two nearby churches. He is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church and a former missionary teacher at Kingsley College in Melbourne, Australia.