Acts of the apostles. Author, date, and similarities to Luke’. Author: Written by the author of Luke’s Gospel Addressed also to Theophilus Luke and Acts’ have similar style and language Date; Many scholars date after Luke-possibly in the mid-80s.
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- Before ascension, apostles are told that they will be Jesus’ witnesses not only in Jerusalem, but to the ends of the earth.
- the base of operations for the future of the church
I. Central role of the Holy Spirit
- Continuing Jesus’ work in the world
- Jesus’ promise to send the Spirit
- outpouring of the Spirit
- Spirit’s presence empowers apostles
II. The Gospel is for all people
- Spirit inspires church leaders at a council in Jerusalem to allow Gentiles to convert without first becoming Jews
- Faith, baptism, and repentance are all required
The Descent of the Holy Spirit