Jesus’ kingdom has been expanding, with people from across the Mediterranean world entering into it. Yet suddenly we meet a group who seem anachronistic – part of a much earlier stage in the story of Jesus. So why are they
Landing on a heavily defended beach is the stuff of nightmares, as soldiers wonder if they’ll ever get off the sand alive. In a similar way, Paul & his team must have wondered how far they’d get when the Lord
What is ‘Baptism in the Spirit’? Is it, as some say, a personal experience given by the Lord to a Christian, in which he/she receives the Holy Spirit in a fuller way and is thus empowered to: pray better, know
Moments come when the world looks different to us. The most dramatic feel like the world will never be the same again. Saul of Tarsus experiences that here in his conversion to Christ. In the first eight chapters of Acts
To join Jesus’ church ought to feel like coming home to God, it ought to feel like you’re finally fitted into where you belong. Jesus showed this in the way he treated social outcasts (Lk 15:4-10) and in our verses
Through her time in Jerusalem the church of Acts 1-7 was prepared for a world-wide future (Ac 1:8). Now the day has dawned for her to move out. Some believers spread into Judea, but others go further and enter Samaria
Peter has spoken of Jerusalem’s sins against Christ (v22,23,36) & God’s vindication of him (v32, 33). Many now respond with an anxious cry (v37), to which Peter replies with a call to repent (v38). They must turn back to God
The Christian church is God’s community on earth. It was not born by human action but by the Lord Jesus sending the power of the Holy Spirit. Acts shows us the three great stages he used to do this (1:8).