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THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
Theme. The book of Acts gives the history of the establishment and growth of the Christian church, and of the proclaiming of the Gospel to the then known world according to Christ's command and by the power of His Spirit. It is a record of Christ's ministry as it was continued through His servants.
Key words. Mr. Leon Tucker suggests the following excellent key words: Ascension, descension, extension. The ascension of Christ is followed by the descension of the Spirit; and the descension of the Spirit is followed by the extension of the Gospel.
Key verse. Acts 1:8.
Author. Luke. As we consider the dedication of the book to Theophilus (Acts 1:1; compare Luke 1:3), the reference to a former treatise (Acts 1:1), its style, the fact that the author was a companion of Paul as shown by the fact that portions of the book are written in the first person (16:10), and that this companion accompanied Paul to Rome (27:1; compare Col. 4:14; Philemon 24; 2 Tim. 4:11), we conclude that the Acts was written by Luke. Ancient writers bear out this fact.
To whom written. It was written in particular to Theophilus, a Christian gentleman, but in general for the whole church.
When written. Probably 80 A.D.
I. The church of Jerusalem. 1:1 to 8:4
II. The transition period. The church of Palestine and Syria. 8:5 to 12:23.
III. The church of the Gentiles. 12:24; 21:17.
IV. Closing scenes in Paul's life. 21:18 to 28:31.
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