Understanding the Bible

The Book of Acts

At the time of Jesus’s crucifixion, his disciples were in fear for their lives.
Weeks later, they were completely transformed as they boldly began the movement we know as Christianity. Luke recounts that story in his two-volume history of Luke and Acts.

In his Gospel, Luke traces the life of Jesus the Messiah from his birth to his three-year ministry to his death and resurrection and finally to his ascension to his Father. In Acts, Luke describes the amazing origins of the church in the face of fierce opposition. Along the way, Luke reveals the vital role of the Holy Spirit, the human struggles of the apostles, and the undeniable continuity between the Old and New Testaments.

Mark Strauss’s concise description of Luke’s historical record shows us how Christianity was not a new religion in the first century, but rather a continuation of God’s plan of salvation from the very beginning.


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