This commentary on Acts maintains that Luke wrote both the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. In his gospel, Luke focuses on Jesus' ministry on earth. In Acts, Luke continues on by looking at the ministry of the exalted Jesus through His apostles. This chapter is an exegesis of Acts 1. The author also discusses the introductory questions of the book of Acts (author, purpose, date of Acts etc.).
According to the book of Acts, the apostle Paul was imprisoned for in excess of four years. How did he cope? This article draws attention to the helpers the apostle received. It indicates different kinds of helpers, like friends, slaves, jailers, disciples, and churches, and how they gained access to him. The article notes further the kind of help and support the apostle received.
In the book of Acts, twenty-three speeches can be identified. The reliability, function, and intention of these speeches are reflected upon.
This article gives thought to why Acts should be studied.
What is the main focus of the book of Acts? In this article, Walton argues that the focus of Acts is God and his redemptive purposes being carried out. As evidence, Walton analyzes the subjects of clauses, sentences, and terms assuming divine action. He further considers the focus of the speeches and the development and growth of the mission in Acts.
What is the purpose of Acts? House gives a short survey of the approaches to the purpose of Acts, which helps us to see a number of main motifs of the book. The article wants to link the historical and theological aspects of the book. Five different functions of suffering and persecution in Acts are discussed.
This article continues the argument that certain Old Testament and early Jewish references to a temple form the background for the Holy Spirit appearing as of fire and associated features in Acts 2. It examines a number of Old Testament citations in Acts 2 in order to determine whether or not they relate to a temple theme.
This chapter presents an exegesis and exposition of Acts 2:42-47.
The purpose of Peter's sermon on Pentecost is reflected in Acts 2:37-42. His audience is exhorted to call upon the name of Jesus Christ to be saved from a perverse generation. This study wants to examine Luke's theological method. The article reflects on how Peter attains his stated missiological purpose and confessional goal as reflected in the Pentecost sermon. He accomplishes this by arguing in the salvation-historical pattern of the traditional kerygma.
This article discusses the exclusive claim of Christianity, in light of Acts 4:12.
This paper studies the use of Amos 9 in Acts 15. The significance of Gentiles being included in the people of God is reflected upon. He further notes the difference in approach between a dispensational and covenantal reading of the text and its implications for the relationship between Israel and the church.
Is Christianity against capitalism? After examining Acts 2:42-47 and Acts 4:32-5:11, this article shows that all giving in the early church was a voluntary and joyful response to the gospel and its powerful attestations through the apostles. Therefore, Christianity cannot be used as an objection to capitalism.
This article argues that the plan of God played a big role in the writings of Luke and thus in the book of Acts. The author argues that the "plan of God" forms the theological basis for what Luke understood as preaching. It was God who acted through the preaching of the apostles. The preaching of the disciples is a result of God working out his plan for the nations. The plan of God also determines the content of the preaching.