Monday, January 12, 2015

The Acts

Our Sunday School class this term is about the Acts of the Apostles, which also could be called, Acts of the Holy Spirit.  Talk about an exciting, action-packed book, this is it.

Here's a few highlights (!!! marks withheld):

  • Two separate folks, separately lie to the Church and the Holy Spirit and are struck dead
  • A guy falls 3 stories after falling asleep- and has his life restored
  • Prison doors miraculously swing open
  • A dead girl has her life restored.
  • Holy Spirit like a wind and flames of fire appear
  • People speak in tongues
  • 3000 souls saved 
  • A lame man is healed
  • Ethnic tensions erupt and are handled
  • First Christian martyr  (After Jesus) (Boy that didn't take long!)
  • Philip shares the Christ with the Ethiopian eunuch
  • Saul is CONVERTED- yep now that's a change!
  • PETER heals a man and a woman
  • Peter has a vision welcoming Gentiles into the Christian Church (Cornelius converts)
  • Foreigner Christians send financial support
  • Paul travels all over the known world to mixed receptions (Why would WE expect otherwise ourselves)
  • Council at Jerusalem seals the deal on those crazy Gentile Believers 
  • Paul speaks in Athens (@ Areopagus)
  • Paul gets in trouble w Jewish leadership (again)
  • Paul finagles a FREE Missions trip to Rome 
  • The book abruptly ends- without a conclusion (Hmmm, what might that mean?)

Now here's a book worth reading, and at only 28 chapters, it's a pretty quick read.  Luke's details mean that it could be verified or debunked easily at the time (between about 30 and 62 AD).

Give it a try.


  1. You don't mean Jesus was a martyr, do you?

  2. Yes,
    Houghton Mifflin
    martyr n.noun

    One who chooses to suffer death rather than renounce religious principles.

    One who makes great sacrifices or suffers much in order to further a belief, cause, or principle.

    One who endures great suffering.