is the second of the historical accounts of the first century written
by Luke. The Acts commences where the gospel record concludes, at
the time of the ascension of Jesus.
Whilst the book is historical, it is a great testimony to the Christians
of the first century who withstood tremendous difficulties in their
endeavour to hold fast to their faith and to preach the gospel.
A summary of the highlights is appropriate.
Jesus' ascension (1:11) "This Jesus, who was taken up from
you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into
The Day of Pentecost. Peter's preaching with the assistance of the
Holy Spirit and the listeners' response is very illuminating. "Brethren
what shall we do? Repent said Peter, "Repent and be baptised
every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness
of your sins" (2:37 - 38).
Stephen's trial for his belief and faith. His stoning and his forgiveness.
"Lord, do not hold this sin against them," (7:60).
The conversion of Saul and his subsequent preaching of Jesus "He
is the Son of God" (9:20).
Peter and Cornelius - the Gentile. God has no favourites, "
in every nation anyone who fears Him and does what is right
is acceptable to Him. (10:35).
Paul turns to the Gentiles. "I have set you to be a light for
the Gentiles that you may bring salvation to the uttermost parts
of the earth" (13:47).
The difficulties of the Christian Church in accepting the concept
if Gentile salvation (11:1 - 18), and partial fulfilment of the
Law of Moses (15:1 - 35).
Paul's journeys - his stonings, his preaching in all parts of Asia
minor; his defence before Roman authorities; his steadfast faith
in the one whom he for some years persecuted.
Paul's house arrest in Rome and his continued enthusiasm for the
preaching of the gospel (28:30 - 31).
The outstanding testimony of Peter, Stephen, Paul, Silas, Barnabas
and others (including Luke) is encouragement for Christ's followers
to stand up for their belief in him.