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My wife and I are currently reading through the Acts of the Apostles.

It's very exciting, really: fast moving events, which demonstrate the broadening of God's scope of blessing in Christ to the Gentiles as well as Jews.
 
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I love the book of Acts.... there is so much packed into that book, it takes many, many readings to glean through what can be learned!!!
 

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Every Tuesday morning I attend a men's prayer breakfast sponsored by one of our neighboring churches. We are currently studying from Acts as well.
 
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Acts is great!
I'm always referring back to it.
The gentiles speaking in tongues while hearing the Gospel.
The Bereans studying God's Word to prove Paul right.
On the high seas during "the fast".
So much goes by you.
Keep reading and keep learning.
I love it.
 
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Another thought: while a lot in Acts is normative for the church, especially when backed up by the Epistles, it is also a transitional book, showing the progress from one dispensation to another.
 
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Acts is the history of the early church. I do believe some things have changed since those days, so we cannot take it as normative. There is a progression in the book, which starts with the incredible miracle of the day of Pentecost in Chapter 2. Then the numbers added "daily" just get bigger and bigger. One thing that changes is that after the Jerusalem council in Acts 15, where Peter pushed for Gentiles to be circumcised and made into Jews, his name drops out of the book! Paul becomes the dominate force and the missionary who made a difference. It is interesting to study the history in Acts, with the various epistles that were written, to see when they fit in.

It is thought that Luke wrote Acts, as the second half of his account to Theophilus. The books were to be read together, but John somehow got wedged between them!
 
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Acts is the history of the early church. I do believe some things have changed since those days, so we cannot take it as normative. There is a progression in the book, which starts with the incredible miracle of the day of Pentecost in Chapter 2. Then the numbers added "daily" just get bigger and bigger. One thing that changes is that after the Jerusalem council in Acts 15, where Peter pushed for Gentiles to be circumcised and made into Jews, his name drops out of the book! Paul becomes the dominate force and the missionary who made a difference. It is interesting to study the history in Acts, with the various epistles that were written, to see when they fit in.

It is thought that Luke wrote Acts, as the second half of his account to Theophilus. The books were to be read together, but John somehow got wedged between them!
It's a very encouraging book to read. My wife and I are reading through it (we are just finishing) and at our local church Bible study we are also studying it.

It of course relates to a transitional period, at the beginning of the church age; hence the role of the Apostles.

Blessings.
 
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And by that you mean . . .
Just curious that's all.

Be blessed, Stay blessed, and be Bold!
Acts deals with Pentecost, the beginning of the church, when the promised Holy Spirit came to dwell with the followers of the Lord Jesus, Who had ascended to heaven after His death at the Cross and His glorious resurrection.

A new era, rather different from what prevailed with Israel under the law in the Old Testament, thus came about, and Acts is the story of the church's early days, when the Apostles preached the Gospel with power and when the Gospel of the grace of God spread rapidly.
 
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