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Title: An Introduction to the Book of Acts

Lesson 4
  • An Introduction to the Book of Acts

Purpose of Introductory Comments (1)
  • We accept the Bible claims Re Inspiration.
  • However, Just because the Bible says it is
    inspired does not make it so.
  • The Book of Mormon claims to be a product of
  • How do you prove Bible inspiration?
  • You cant (see quote) (this is FAITH)
  • We believe it to be inspired because in all
    places where it can be tested, it is shown to be

Purpose of Introductory Comments (2)
  • Our Faith is Based upon Evidence.
  • Romans 120.
  • Christianity is not a religion made up of a
    group of credulous, thick-headed, and
    unenlightened ignoramuses (Reese, xxxviii).
  • We should be willing to examine the legitimacy
  • Can we trust that Luke was the author?
  • Can we trust that Luke is a part of the canon?
  • Can we trust Luke as a historian?

Purpose of Introductory Comments (3)
  • Modernists Constantly attack the Scriptures.
  • One claim is that Luke was not the writer of the
    book. That it was instead written in 2nd century
  • Some claim the theology expressed by Paul in Acts
    does not match his epistles
  • We must be able to meet these objections, and our
    introductory study will serve to establish the
    validity of our claim that Luke is inspired

Purpose of Introductory Comments (4)
  • Acts is important to our heritage in the
    Restoration Movement.
  • Our understanding of man must do to be saved.
  • Our understanding of the establishment of the
  • Our understanding of the organization of the
    local church
  • Our understanding of the work of the local church
  • Our understanding of the worship of the local

Quote Testing Scripture
  • If the Bible can be proved to be true in all
    points where it can be tested, then who can say
    it is false in the points where it cannot be
    tested. And it has been shown to be true where
    it can be tested. It claims to be inspired.
    This we cannot test. But we believe it, because
    the Book is true in all the places where it can
    be tested.
  • Reese, page xxxviii

Introductory Considerations (1)
  • Title of the Book.
  • Title was not given by Luke himself
  • Present title Acts of the Apostles very old.
    Codices Vaticanus and Beza use this name.
  • In reality, the book contains the record of
    primarily the acts of Peter and Paul.
  • The title of the book is not a part of the
    inspired text. It has been added by men for
    convenience sake.

Introductory Considerations (2)
  • Purpose of the Books Writing.
  • The primary purpose, we believe, was to give the
    world a record of the establishment of the
    church, and also information on how to become a
    Christian. How greatly in need of material on
    these two subjects wed be if we did not have
    Acts. We would not know of Pentecost. We
    wouldnt know where the writer of over one-half
    of the New Testament came from. Where could one
    turn to find information on how to appropriate
    the results of Christs atoning death? (Reese,
    pg. xxiv)

Introductory Considerations (3)
  • Author of the Book.
  • Muratorian Canon (170 A.D.) states that Luke was
    the author But the Acts of all the Apostles
    were written in one volume. Luke compiled for
    most excellent Theophilus what things were done
    in detail in his presence
  • Other church fathers Irenaeus, Clement of
    Alexandria, Tertullian, Eusebius.
  • we sections indicate the author was Pauls
    companion (cf. 2 Ti. 411 Col. 414)

Introductory Considerations (4)
  • Trustworthiness of the Book.
  • Some attack the book of Acts as an accurate
    record of church history. (We will examine
    objections from time to time in our verse study)
  • Acts is historically accurate (remember
  • Geographically accurate.
  • Masterful presentation of both Peter and Pauls
    speeches and actions (balance)
  • The history is exact, written with candor, and
    gives many particular details

Introductory Considerations (5)
  • Language of the Book.
  • Greek language, of very good quality.
  • Date of Writing
  • Written after gospel of Luke. (est. date of
    Lukes writing, 60 A.D.)
  • Must have been written after the accession of
    Festus as governor in 60 A.D.
  • Abrupt ending of Acts may indicate that Luke had
    recorded all up to that point. Hence the date of
    writing is given as 63 A.D.

Introductory Considerations (6)
  • Integrity of the Book.
  • Does Acts appear today in substantially the same
    form as when it was initially written?
  • Concerning the integrity of Acts, all the
    scholars are agreed that the book of Acts is
    substantially in the same condition as that which
    proceeded from the author. (Reese, pg. xxxvii).
  • Gods providence comes into play here.

Introductory Considerations (7)
  • Characteristics of the Book.
  • Emphasizes the missionary nature of the first
    century church 1) Founding of church 2) Spread
    of Christianity from Jerusalem to Rome 3) The
    inspired history of the first 3o years of the
    churchs growth.
  • The inspired record of the Holy Spirits advent,
    mission and operations
  • Book furnishes background of Pauls epistles.