By Allen, Ronald James
Acts of the Apostles is helping the preacher establish chances for sermons in accordance with texts and subject matters within the publication of Acts. whereas delivering a simple exegetical framework for examining passages in Acts of their historic, 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 day. It is also worthwhile in sessions that search to hyperlink textual content and sermon, and for congregational Bible study.
Throughout his observation, Ron Allen examines the connection of Acts to the Gospel of Luke, discussing parallel passages among the 2 volumes and watching how issues within the Gospel hold ahead into Acts. He notes how specific passages give a contribution to constructing issues and to how the attention of any such subject matter can give a contribution to the preacher's paintings with a selected passage
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First, it interprets the passage in light of its historical, literary, and theological function in Acts. Second, because I see the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts as a giant chiasmus, I mention how the chiastic passage in the Gospel illumines our understanding of the passage in Acts. This chiastic structure is explained in Appendix 1. Third, each discussion offers suggestions for sermons. ” The names “Old” and “New” are theologically problematic: “old” can suggest outdated, in need of replacement, whereas “new” can refer to new and improved.
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. Second, Luke believed many characteristics of the coming Realm of God were already at work in the present, initially through the ministry of Jesus but continuing under the power of the Spirit through the church. Indeed, the church was to embody qualities of the Realm while inviting others to prepare for its final arrival.
Preachers who want to delve into details of scholarship can consult more technical commentaries. ” The congregation became restive—we knew that Acts contains only 28 chapters. But the preacher made an important point: Luke intended for the congregation to whom Luke wrote to continue the story told in Luke-Acts by witnessing in its own time much as Luke depicted Jesus, the apostles, and the church in their earlier times. The saga begun in Luke-Acts will not be complete until Jesus returns. In the meantime, congregations add new chapters to the story.
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