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Preaching on Acts

An overview of the historical background and theology of Acts to help you develop your sermon series and apply it to your hearers.

Preaching on Acts
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Historical Background

The Book of Acts is Luke’s second part to his continual narrative of what God had been doing in Israel and throughout the rest of the known world. In his first installment to Theophilus, Luke thoroughly investigated the accounts surrounding Jesus by interviewing eyewitnesses of all that had transpired (Luke 1:1-4). In the Book of Acts, Luke moves from an investigator to an activist, as he records how the Holy Spirit fulfills God’s Mission of bringing the good news to everyone everywhere.

The structure of the book follows Jesus’ last words to his apostles before ascending to heaven. Jesus tells them, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth,” (1:8). Therefore, Luke’s narrative unfolds just as Jesus prophesized. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the apostles go forth fulfilling the Great Commandment (Matt. ...

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