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Acts of the Apostles is helping the preacher establish probabilities for sermons in keeping with texts and issues within the publication of Acts. whereas delivering a uncomplicated exegetical framework for reading passages in Acts of their old, literary, rhetorical, and theological contexts, this quantity additionally indicates ways that the preacher can relate passages and motifs from Acts to the congregation and global this present day. It is also priceless in periods that search to hyperlink textual content and sermon, and for congregational Bible study.

Throughout his remark, Ron Allen examines the connection of Acts to the Gospel of Luke, discussing parallel passages among the 2 volumes and staring at how topics within the Gospel hold ahead into Acts. He notes how specific passages give a contribution to constructing topics and to how the attention of this kind of topic can give a contribution to the preacher's paintings with a selected passage

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The means of transition from the old to the new would be an apocalypse in which God would invade the world, destroy the old age, and restore all things. The old creation included empires that idolatrously sought ultimate allegiance and demanded subservience. The Roman Empire was a prime example. Luke modified this end-time theology in three respects. First, Luke interpreted the ministry of Jesus, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and the emergence of the church as signals that the last days were underway.

The main theme of the Gospel of Luke is that God is using the ministry of Jesus to signal that the transition is underway from the present Roman world to the Realm of God—a new cosmos of love, peace, justice, and abundance—is underway. In addition to inviting people to repent and to join the movement toward the Realm, the ministry of Jesus embodied the qualities of the Realm. Acts 1:1—2:13 reminds the reading community not only that the coming of the Realm of God is the main theme of the Book of Acts.

Satan and the demons had great power. The old creation was an age of idolatry, injustice, exploitation, enmity with nature, violence, and death. However, at a moment God had predetermined, God would end the old age and replace it with the Realm of God—a time in which God’s rule would prevail in every circumstance and which was marked by worship of the living God, love, justice, mutual support, social equality, abundance, health, a relationship of blessing between humankind and nature, peace, and everlasting life.

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