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This week we dive into the origins, intent and movement of the church. We trace the steps of the two key leaders in the early church (Peter and Paul) and watch this gathering of young believers as their faith matures and their resolve intensifies. From the lazy shores of the Sea of Galilee to the opulence of Rome, these early followers of Christ blazed a trail for us that took the gospel to the remotest parts of the earth.
Luke, the physician and only known pure-Gentile author in the New Testament. He is also the author of the book of Luke.
Likely A.D. 61–65, due to the lack of mentioning the fall of Jerusalem and the lack of a clear Roman persecution, yet Paul still seems to be alive.
The Church’s Roots
The church was rooted in Jerusalem, spread to Judea and Samaria and then spread throughout the Roman Empire.
Written to Theophilus, Acts is a transition from the final days of Jesus’ public ministry until the final days of the foundingof the church, a new institution being established by God that will include both Jews and Gentiles.
Warning: This book is primarily historical literature, with a few sermons that are doctrinal. It shows the transition into the New Testament church, not primarily the doctrine of it. Be careful of beliefs that are based upon the history of Acts without other biblical support or clear teaching.
© Dr. Rick Taylor
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