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  1. Introduction to Acts: Acts of the Holy Spirit

  2. The Placement in the Canon • Between the Gospels and the Epistles • Connection/Link • Between Life of Jesus and that of Church • Demonstrates that Gospels serve as background for all • Acts provides the platform for all the epistles

  3. Intro to Acts • Author • Luke • Second volume – the Gospel of Luke being first volume

  4. Date • 80-90 AD • Shortly after the Gospel of Luke • Destination • Theophilus – lover of God • Cousin of Domitian?

  5. Purpose • Narrative of history • Preserve the background of the NT church • Explanation of the Spirit • Describes the practical outworking of the Spirit

  6. Theme • The Gospel overcomes all barriers. • The Spirit empowers for effectiveness and witness.

  7. Themes • World Mission • Providence of God • Power of the Spirit • Inclusive Gospel • Importance of Faithful Witness • Triumph of Gospel

  8. Barriers Crossed • Geographical Barrier • Social Barrier • Racial Barrier • Sexual Barrier • Cultural Barrier