By Allen, Ronald James
Acts of the Apostles is helping the preacher establish percentages for sermons in keeping with texts and subject matters within the booklet of Acts. whereas delivering a easy exegetical framework for studying passages in Acts of their old, literary, rhetorical, and theological contexts, this quantity additionally indicates ways that the preacher can relate passages and motifs from Acts to the congregation and international this day. It is also precious in sessions that search to hyperlink textual content and sermon, and for congregational Bible study.
Throughout his statement, Ron Allen examines the connection of Acts to the Gospel of Luke, discussing parallel passages among the 2 volumes and staring at how subject matters within the Gospel hold ahead into Acts. He notes how specific passages give a contribution to constructing subject matters and to how the notice of any such subject matter can give a contribution to the preacher's paintings with a selected passage
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Acts 1:12-26 depicts the community faithfully doing what Jesus commanded: they wait. Their waiting, however, is not passive. They pray. They support one another. They wrestle theologically with the death of Judas. They work with God to elect Matthias as the twelfth living apostle. Their wait is one in which they prepare to represent the Realm. Acts 1:12-26 is a miniature of the situation of Luke’s congregation. The congregation is in a delay between the ascension and the return of Jesus. They wait.
We see in the larger context of this passage an instance of a larger pattern important in the Gospel and Acts. An authoritative figure, such as Jesus or an apostle makes a prediction or gives an instruction. The prediction comes to pass. The community follows the instructions, and finds that the instructions are true (or the community disobeys the instructions and suffers destructive consequences). In the present case, Jesus’s promise of Luke 24:40 and Acts 1:4-5 comes true in Acts 2:1-4. This turn of events reinforces the congregation’s confidence in the reliability of Acts as a guide for how live as they await the return of Jesus.
The last reading from Acts in the lectionary is from Acts 19. The congregation never hears Acts 20–28—the story of Paul’s arrest, arraignment, and the journey to Rome that reveal Luke’s ultimate purpose in the Gospel and Acts. Furthermore, the readings from Acts are always subservient to the readings from the Gospel. Acts never speaks in its own voice, except when the preacher chooses to make Acts the lead text in the sermon. Beyond these things, Acts is involved in one of the most unfortunate theological moves in the lectionary.
Acts of the apostles by Allen, Ronald James