The Acts of the Apostles
Jesus, now the resurrected Lord is with his disciples in Jerusalem and gives them one final command: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:18). Acts then tells the story of just how that happened.
A short while later, the church was meeting at the time of Pentecost when God poured out his Holy Spirit on all the disciples and apostles who where at the meeting; about 120 were in that early church. Due to this and the explanatory speech given by Peter, a further 3,000 Jews converted to Christianity and were baptised.
The church grew in Jerusalem despite much opposition from the Jews. When one disciple named Stephen was martyred for his faithful witness many other disciples left Jerusalem to take the word into Samaria and Judæa.
One of the Jews, a zealous Pharisee named Saul, followed the disciples around. He had them arrested and put in prison, even giving his approval that some should be put to death. One day he was travelling to Damascus when he encountered the Risen Lord Jesus, an experience that changed his life for ever. He went from being the powerful Pharisee, well respected and with a great deal of authority in Jerusalem, to a passionate disciple of Christ, becoming better known as the apostle Paul. He would face hardship, beatings, imprisonment and finally death for holding on to what he now knew to be the truth!
It was men that took the Word of God, the Gospel of truth around the region, even to the heart of empire, thus fulfilling Jesus’ command to them. Today, it is literally taught to the ends of the earth. This part of the story, told by a Gentile medical doctor and historian Luke writing again to Theophilus, is an amazing adventure but also full of good teaching and theology to help established believers, newcomers or those wishing to understand just how the church became established when faced with such aggressive opposition.
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The studies in this book are based primarily on the NIV translation published in 1984.