Acts of the Apostles
Publication Year: 2013
Readings from Acts are offered only during Easter, so how can preachers make this important book come alive throughout the church year?
Acts of the Apostles helps the preacher identify possibilities for sermons based on texts and themes in the book of Acts. While offering a basic exegetical framework for interpreting passages in Acts in their historical, literary, rhetorical, and theological contexts, this volume also suggests ways in which the preacher can relate passages and motifs from Acts to the congregation and world today.
Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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Index of Passages from the Book of Acts in the Revised Common Lectionary1. The Coming of the Realm of God: The Main Theme of the Book of ActsAppendix 2: Table Correlating Lectionary Readings from Luke with ChiasticAppendix 3: Sermon Series from the Book of Acts: Representative Texts,...
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Apreacherwhoseekstobecreative,exegeticallyuptodate,hermeneuticallyalert, theologically responsible, and in-touch with the moment is always onthe hunt for fresh resources. Traditional books on preaching a book of theBible often look at broad themes of the text with little explicit advice aboutpreachingindividualpassages.Lectionaryresourcesoftenofferexegeticaland...
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The Book of Acts nears its climax with a sea voyage. I began writing thisthe feel of the ship, I felt a certain resonance with Paul and with the largerstory of Acts. The main theme of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Actsis the coming of the Realm of God—the confidence that God is seeking torestorethepresentoldandbrokenworldsothatallthingswillfullymanifest...
Index of Passages from theBook of Acts in the RevisedCommon Lectionary
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WiththeshadowofnextSunday’ssermonfallingoverthestudy,thepreacherusing this commentary may be tempted to bypass the Introduction and godirectly to the passage that is the starting point for the sermon. However, acommentarydoesnotsimplystringtogetherdiscussionsofparticularpassages.Acommentaryoffersaholisticinterpretationofthebiblicalbookbasedona...
1The Coming of the Realm of God: TheMain Theme of the Book of Acts
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...overarchingstructureofthiscommentary):thestorywillmovefromJerusalemand Judea through Samaria to the ends of the earth. While Acts 1:1—2:13takesplaceinJerusalem,thiscommentarydiscussesthissectionbecauseofitsdistinctive functions in the Book of Acts. Acts 1:1—2:13 reminds the readerthat the story in Acts continues the story told in the Gospel of Luke. The...
2You Will Be My Witness in Jerusalemand in all Judea
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3You Will Be My Witnesses in Samaria
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In Acts 1:8, Jesus commissions the disciples to witness first in Jerusalem (thesymbolicheartofJudaism),theninJudea(largelyJewishenvirons),andtheninSamaria.SamaritanssharedsomebeliefsandpracticeswiththeJewishpeople,butdevelopedtheirownculture.SamariaisontheborderbetweentheJewishThe Samaritans worshipped a God in the same general tradition as the...
4You Will Be My Witnesses to the Endsof the Earth
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This long section tells the story of the witness of the church in accord withJesus’directiveinActs1:8:thewitnesswouldmakeswayfromJerusalemandallJudeathroughSamariatotheendsoftheearth.ForLuke,theendsoftheearthincludenotonlygeneralgentilecommunitiesoutsideofJerusalemandSamariabut also the city of Rome, which for Luke represents the idolatrous Roman...
Appendix 1: The ChiasticStructure of Luke-Acts
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Appendix 2: TableCorrelating LectionaryReadings from Luke withChiastic Parallels from Acts
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Appendix 3: Sermon Seriesfrom the Book of Acts:Representative Texts,Characters, and Themes
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Appendix 4: Suggestions forFurther Reading
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Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries
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