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Acts - An Introduction

Acts Study - When and Why? Introduction

The lesson on January 10, 2021 was an introduction to the new Acts study, focused on the when and why of books that were written by the Apostle Paul.  This lesson explained the objectives of looking at Paul’s letters and finding out when were they written relative to Acts?  Also, if possible, we will put a secular date on the epistles and events encountered in the Acts.  Is the declaration in Acts 28 in or out of “the Acts of the apostles?  What importance can we associate with the timing of the mystery and the destruction of the temple?  Does the Acts introduce a new ministry or continue and confirm what was previously given?  Wayne provided us some resources to download and read for our preparation of this study.  Wayne established our methodology which will be ask, search and see!  We will answer the question was Acts a continuation or the beginning of a new dispensation? Wayne finally took us to the first chapter and addressed the former treaty which established the author of Luke and we looked at Luke 24:36-53 which tied into Acts 1:1-14 "Former treatise: A beginning"  Then Acts 1:15-28:31 "Present treatise: A continuance"  The scripture reading was from Acts 1:1-7 KJV

"1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. 6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.