BOOK OF ACTS: INTRODUCTION

The Book of Acts spans three decades, from about 32 AD to 61/62 AD. It starts dramatically with Christ’s Ascension into Heaven and closes just before Paul’s trial in Rome, and before the martyrdom of James. The Book of Acts relates the exciting story of the Apostles’ courageous exploits as they struggled to launch the Early Church in Jerusalem, and later, to spread the Gospel from there to the Gentile lands of Asia Minor (Turkey), Greece, and finally Rome. It is a valuable blueprint for anyone on how to conduct his or her life and service for the Lord, and a great inspiration to our faith to know that, if they could wield the power of God so vigorously in their day, then so can we in ours.

Now we may wonder, what does the Book of Acts (about events that happened long ago) have to do with this website (which is supposed to be about events happening now and in the near future)? Well, if we look at the story of the Early Church’s growth and exploits, we can see that it hasn’t stopped but has continued throughout history and will continue in God’s modern day movement of His people in the End Time. The generation which sees the end of the “Last Days” of history is destined, not only to carry on but also finish the work that began with Jesus’ first coming. The early Apostles’ work 2,000 years ago featured great outpourings of spiritual power, miracles, and dynamic proclamations of the Word of God. Likewise, we can expect the same, and even greater manifestations of God’s power, in these days of preparation prior to Christ’s Second Coming. But there is much regarding this near future that we can learn from the daring exploits of the Early Church, both their triumphs and defeats, made during those former days of intense opposition in the truth-starved world of Roman times.

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Source material:

ESV Study Bible

The MacArthur Study Bible

Matthew Henry’s Commentary

Barnes’ Notes

Jamieson, Faussett, and Brown Commentary

Keil and Delitzsch Commentary

Lectures and writings of David Berg

Publications of The Family International

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Note: The Scripture text (maroon color) is taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.

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