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Acts of the Apostles is helping the preacher establish chances for sermons according to texts and issues within the e-book of Acts. whereas providing a easy 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 international at the present time. It is also precious in periods 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 subject matters within the Gospel hold ahead into Acts. He notes how specific passages give a contribution to constructing topics and to how the attention of any such subject matter can give a contribution to the preacher's paintings with a specific passage

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A commentary offers a holistic interpretation of the biblical book based on a particular reconstruction of the world to which the biblical book was written, and the purposes and distinctive features of that book. This information not only helps a preacher understand a particular passage but often makes its way into the sermon. Since the central focus of Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries is sermon development, I straightforwardly indicate my perspectives on such matters in this Introduction.

The apostles want to know when God will restore Israel’s political independence. This question indicates their understanding of the Realm is too limited. Jesus announces the Realm—social and cosmic restoration—not simply a restoration of Israel’s political fortunes. Does the congregation today perceive God’s aims in similarly limited ways? While Luke may not know exactly when the final consummation will take place (Acts 1:7), Luke is confident that God gives the disciples a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit to witness, beginning in Jerusalem and Judea, moving through Samaria to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).

1:20; Heb. 1:3, 13; 8:1; 10:12; 12:2; 1 Pet. 3:22; cf. Luke 20:42; 22:69). From time to time, a pastor could help the church recognize the diversity of interpretations by departing from the lectionary and preaching from one of these other texts, or by bringing other passages into dialogue with Acts. Acts 1:6-11. The Ascension Confirms that God Rules While Luke often uses the figures of the apostles to represent authority in community, Luke sometimes portrays these figures as imperceptive and in need of instruction, as when they ask in Acts 1:6.

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