Does God have a “strategic plan”? If so, what is it? Does it involve YOU? If so, how should you get involved? What is the real purpose of the Church? What about “speaking in tongues”? Is it a “sign” that one is saved? What about baptismal regeneration? What is that? Why do people believe it? What about the Old Testament dietary laws? Should we abide by them? How should we respond to Christian persecution? Should we utilize the laws of the land or simply trust God? How should the church deal with controversies? How should believers respond when they don’t agree with one another?
ALL of these incredibly important issues and more are in the book of ACTS! I’m not sure how long I will write about Acts but I’m expecting that it will be a lengthy journey! Because I don’t want my writings to be TOO long, I may deal with one issue over a number of days. That presents some real challenges. If you engage in a conversation when you have missed the first half, you will probably not get the full picture. That is simply a risk I’ll have to take. My goal is to share with you some of the practical and theological issues in the Bible and then always make them applicable.
Some disclaimers at the outset: I believe the Bible is our final authority. I also believe there is only one correct interpretation of a passage – there can be many different applications, but only one interpretation! I also believe that the best interpreter of the Bible is the Bible. I also follow the “rules” of interpretation. One vitally important rule is that we must understand the nature, purpose, and genre of a book before we can begin.
So, the book of Acts is a recorded history of the transitional period of the church. The author is Luke (who wrote the Gospel entitled “Luke”) Luke wrote this book to give an accurate account of the work of Christ that continued through the Church. The two primary characters in Acts are Peter and Paul. Most of the book is about Paul’s ministry.
It is important to remember the transitional nature of the book of Acts. We must be careful to remember that the church is forming and there are things that happened during this transitional period that are very unique. For example, Pentecost is unique. It only happened one time! We don’t expect the Holy Spirit to fill believers only annually 50 days after Passover! If that were the case, churches would be full every Pentecost so that they would experience the presence of the Holy Spirit.
I have already gone too long 😐 While I welcome comments, I will be careful to remove comments that are inflammatory and create confusion. I certainly don’t mind people disagreeing with my positions (as I look back, I don’t agree with all my positions, ha) However, we must learn HOW to disagree with respect. I find that one of the great challenges of our “social” media format is that isn’t too “social” friendly.
I am honored that you are beginning this journey with me. Please begin by reading Acts.