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
Intro to Acts • Author • Luke • Second volume – the Gospel of Luke being first volume
Date • 80-90 AD • Shortly after the Gospel of Luke • Destination • Theophilus – lover of God • Cousin of Domitian?
Purpose • Narrative of history • Preserve the background of the NT church • Explanation of the Spirit • Describes the practical outworking of the Spirit
Theme • The Gospel overcomes all barriers. • The Spirit empowers for effectiveness and witness.
Themes • World Mission • Providence of God • Power of the Spirit • Inclusive Gospel • Importance of Faithful Witness • Triumph of Gospel
Barriers Crossed • Geographical Barrier • Social Barrier • Racial Barrier • Sexual Barrier • Cultural Barrier