There is little argument about who the defining change-agent is in history. There is a reason for this. There is no one who taught the way He did. All other miracle workers in history are lame in comparison. It is one thing to inspire and gather thousands of followers. It is completely another to continue to do so after you have conquered death, raised back to life, spent 40 days appearing to men and women throughout Israel (1 Corinthians 15:6), and returned to your eternal relationship with your Father. Not to mention the reality that Jesus continues to show up in every culture and every century.
The book of Acts is a continuation of the Story the way Luke the physician recorded it. A seemingly endless stream of miracles and teachings. One witness interview after another. Luke was not one of the original 12 disciples. He joined later. It was this Gentile author’s task to tell us the Story of God coming near – and what it did to alter the course of human souls.
We will spend a little time on Acts and then place the letters in the unfolding of this supernatural story. Enjoy!