By Chalmer E. Faw
Chalmer E. Faw brings Acts to existence for our day. He blends thorough biblical scholarship with knowledge from broad and sundry adventure in missionary paintings and Bible educating. His cautious exposition of the booklet of Acts is supplemented with literary and theological dialogue. the major observe in Acts is witness for Jesus Christ, from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. God's Spirit anoints the church at Pentecost, leads believers in dealing with conflicts among converts new and previous, and empowers Christians to beat fake ideals and magic. In Acts, Luke tells this dramatic tale with sophisticated humor.
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12). The next step after nomination is renewed prayer. In Acts, this is the first of many prayers whose content is summarized. The group asks the Lord, who knows everyone's heart, to show which of these persons has been divinely chosen to take the ministry and apostleship left vacant by Judas. The Lord, who ordained the apostleship in the first place, is the one to complete the number. The method used is the casting of lots. It is the way persons are chosen to perform certain duties in the temple, as seen in Luke 1:9, where Zechariah is picked by lot to burn the incense.
For Stephen, it comes through his vision of Jesus at the right hand of God (7:55, 59); for Ananias, through his conversation with the Lord (9:10-15); and for Saul-Paul, through encounters on several occasions (9:1-6; 18:9; 23:11). In other NT writings as well, Christ is portrayed as being with God as an intercessor for his people (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25; 9:24; 1 John 2:1). The Return of the Lord Assured in Spite of Delay Luke envisions the return of Jesus on the clouds of glory (Luke 21:27; Acts 1:11).
The discussion of "The Text in Biblical Context" (TBC) will give you perspective, and the portion on "The Text in the Life of the Church" (TLC) will aid you in present-day application. Make use of other commentaries as well, and continue your study of each passage until you are ready to go on. At the back of this book are "Essays," which discuss in greater depth or in more detail certain important issues in Acts. They are of two general kinds: (1) those having to do with the thought world of the book, and (2) some technical matters for those interested in them.