How to Read the Bible For All Its Worth – Acts (1st Period)

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13 Replies to “How to Read the Bible For All Its Worth – Acts (1st Period)”

  1. Q: Other than being a book in the Bible. Why is Acts significant?
    A: 11 reasons are given in this article, but here are a few. “Acts is a crucial book because it is the only book in the New Testament which fills in the gap between the Gospels and the Epistles.” “the Book of Acts contains a dramatic portrayal of the power of God at work in the church through the Holy Spirit which began at Pentecost and which will continue until the return of our Lord.”
    (Source:https://bible.org/seriespage/1-getting-ahead-god-acts-11-26)

    Q: The chapter said Luke’s intent was for informing and entertaining, but also says there might be a broader intent. What would you say his intent for writing Acts was?

  2. Q1: How is it that Simon is said to have believed and been baptized, but later on is rebuked by Peter to the point where Peter says he basically isn’t a Christian. Is it not possible that he did truly believe, but was just mistaken in his young faith?

    A: The Bible clearly states that belief from your heart in Gospel is what saves you (Romans 10:9). Acts 8 also says that Simon believed in the Gospel and was baptized. However, later on in this passage Simon is seen trying to buy the gift of the Holy Spirit so that he can perform works like Peter and the other apostles. Peter then rebukes him and tells him he is not right with God, which can mean he is not saved. This raises the question of whether or not Simon was ever really saved. Could it be that he was still too young and ignorant to truly understand how his faith worked, but did have a sincere change in heart. Or was only seeking the miracles he saw Peter perform to make himself look greater. After being rebuked, Simon is seen to have repented of his action, and asks Peter to pray for him. I believe he was saved by his belief, but as a young believer he didn’t fully understand his own faith.

    Source: Constable’s Notes on https://lumina.bible.org/bible/Acts+8

    Q2: Do you think it’s at all a problem that Luke doesn’t describe the transition of power within church leadership or how the church was organized. Could this be the case for why Catholicism believes what it does?

  3. Q —What was Luke’s purpose for writing Acts?

    A — There are many possibilities of what Luke’s intent may have been for writing Acts. Some of these include to evangelize, to defend Christianity in the face of Jewish attacks, to confirm the Gospel, and to give the history of the spreading of the Gospel. While all of these things probably did have something to do with why Luke wrote Acts, his main purpose was likely much greater: to demonstrate that the Gospel is not contrary to Judaism, but finds its roots in the Old Testament’s promise of salvation to Jews and Gentiles alike.
    Source — https://bible.org/article/introduction-book-acts

    Q — Page 116 says that Paul “once again turns to the Gentiles because they will listen.” Why did many of the Jews reject Christianity over and over again, causing Paul to keep turning to the Gentiles?

  4. Question:
    How can we be sure that Luke’s book of Acts is accurate?

    Answer:
    Luke 2 talks about a census, and many people question Luke’s accuracy because of the census he mentions and how it was dated. This argument can be dissolved by looking at how it is translated to determine its meaning. The rest of Luke is very accurate so it can be assumed that that part is as well. Critical scholars tend to find errors in the Bible where none exist. At bottom, our belief in the infallibility and authority of scripture is a faith-stance, just as our belief in the Deity of Christ is a faith-stance. We believe in the accuracy of the Bible, first of all, because the biblical writers themselves both held and taught this view. And if we consider the biblical writers to be trustworthy as doctrinal guides, then their doctrine of the Bible must also be trustworthy.

    Question for Mr. Webster:
    How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth suggests that the first step is to read Acts all in one sitting, why is it better to read it all in one sitting since there is so much information in Acts?

    Source: https://bible.org/article/problem-luke-22-ithis-was-first-census-taken-when-quirinius-was-governor-syriai

  5. Q — Sometimes, the Bible is very clear about the intention of its passages, but other times, its meaning is less clear and “subject to interpretation”. How are we to correctly interpret the Bible?
    A — A good place to start to correctly interpret a Biblical passage is to keep in mind who the author was. Understanding the author’s purpose and the time frame of the book will give context to what was written. Another important concept is to separate interpretation from application. What people were called to do thousands of years ago may not necessarily apply to believers today. While Biblical interpretation is sometimes difficult, the reward of gaining understanding is worth it.
    Source: https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-6-principles-biblical-interpretation

    Q — What is the origin of the “sprinkling” baptism (as used for babies)?

  6. Q:
    In Chapter 6, the author says that the Holy Spirit is the crucial factor throughout the book of Acts. They chose to leave out information and examples of this in the book, so where is the Holy Spirit seen at work in Acts?
    A:
    Acts 11, a commentary on a conversation between a man named Cornelius and his family, explains that those who repent are baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ. At this point, it was new to them that Gentiles could repent and be saved as well. Cornelius and his household recognize that in this chapter.
    Also, in Acts 4,8,13,19 and more, the receiving of the Holy Spirit is mentioned and is a focus of early Christians during this time.
    https://bible.org/seriespage/new-testament-repentance-repentance-gospels-and-acts
    https://lumina.bible.org/bible/
    Q:
    When reading Acts as a devotional, is it crucial to understand all the historical and chronological factors Acts mentions, or can a person read it purely to inspire him to live out his faith?

  7. Q: What was Luke’s purpose for writing Acts?
    A: his primary purpose was to provide an account of the beginnings of the Christian church in order to strengthen his readers’ faith and to give assurance that its foundation is firm.Luke also intended to explain how the church spread from Jerusalem to Rome, encompassing both Jews and Gentiles, in accord with God’s purpose. One key to understanding Acts is to see that it is a transitional book, showing how the worship of God moved from the Jewish temple, to the hesitant acceptance of Gentiles into the Jewish church, and finally to the Christian worship of predominately Gentile churches all over the Roman empire.

    Source: https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-1-church-continuing-what-jesus-began-acts-11-2

    Q: Why would the sacred word of God (Luke and Acts) written to Theophilus?

  8. Question: Why is it so important to read and understand Acts? What does Acts contribute?
    Answer: The author in Bible.org wanted to answer the question with a question, simply asking, “What would it be like without the Book of Acts?” He begins an outline two major reasons things would be different. First off, our Bibles would be smaller. When combined with Luke’s first volume, his two accounts – Luke and Acts – take up over one-fourth of the real estate of the New Testament. Second, the absence of the Book of Acts would diminish the contribution of the remaining New Testament epistles. This alone would cause some concern because of the significant historical gap between the events of the Gospels and the writing of the New Testament epistles.
    Source: https://bible.org/seriespage/1-unique-contribution-book-acts

    Question: Is it problematic that Luke did not show much interest in the Apostles throughout Acts?

  9. Question: What is Luke’s true purpose in writing Acts?

    Answer: The basic purpose of Acts is to portray the development of the Christian movement in its first three decades. There are four interlocking phases in this development, which are 1) The movement from Jews and Gentiles, 2) The movement from Jerusalem to Rome, 3) The problems with the Christian movement, and 4) The establishment of Paul’s primacy in the emergence of Christianity out of Judaism into the Roman world. Luke puts these together to show how through the empowerment and guidance of the Holy Spirit, a small Jewish, messianic sect became a major movement in the Roman world.

    Source: https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/asbury-bible-commentary/Purpose-1543

    Question for Webster: Why is the book of Acts so difficult for people to study?

  10. Question: How do we begin to understand Acts?
    Answer: One key to understanding Acts is to see that it is a transitional book, showing how the worship of God moved from the Jewish temple, to the hesitant acceptance of Gentiles into the Jewish church, and finally to the Christian worship of predominately Gentile churches all over the Roman empire. Acts shows us how God went from working primarily with the Jews as a nation to working with the church, comprised of Jews and Gentiles on equal footing. In Matthew 21:43, Jesus had told the Jewish leaders, “The kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and be given to a nation producing the fruit of it.” Acts shows us the transition that lasted from the death of Jesus to the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, which fulfilled Jesus’ prophecy.
    Source: https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-1-church-continuing-what-jesus-began-acts-11-2

    Question: If Christians read Acts in a different way, how can we be sure we are reading it correctly? In other words, is there a correct way to interpret the Bible, and if so, how do we know if we are right?

  11. Question: Who was Luke writing to and why?

    Answer: Luke was writing to church members and Gentiles as an “orderly account of the early Christian church after Jesus’ death and Resurrection.” Luke puts emphasis on the reliability of the Gospel and tells church members to keep faith. He gives many accounts of witnesses and calls on the members of the church saying that sometime in their life they will also need to witness. Luke leaves the readers with a certainty that God will guide them as they witness the gospel with the rest of mankind.

    Source: ESV Study Bible (Introduction to Acts)

    Question for Webster: Why is the world no longer divided into Jews and Gentiles it seems the meaning of “Gentile” has disappeared and the “Jewish” faith has lost importance.

  12. Q: Why did Luke write acts?

    A: Acts is the companion book of the book Luke of Luke so it makes sense that Luke wrote it, but why? Luke wrote acts for many reasons some of them could be to Evangelize, To defend Christianity in the face of Jewish attacks, To present Christianity as the “Religio Litica” (Approved religion), To confirm the gospel and many others. Luke’s Acts is historical but primarily theological in nature. Luke argues that Christianity is not anti-Semitic, but rooted in the OT promise of salvation. The reason the Jews view Christianity as primarily gentile in nature is not because it is, but because of their rejection of Jesus as the messiah.

    https://bible.org/article/introduction-book-acts

    Q: Since since the book of Acts is so historical How can you avoid misinterpretations when trying to apply it to your own life?

  13. Q: Why does Luke focus mainly on Paul, and not on many of the other disciples besides Peter and John?
    A: Luke was not only Paul’s companion and co-worker in ministry; Luke was a man who faithfully stood with Paul to the end.
    (https://bible.org/seriespage/1-unique-contribution-book-acts)
    Eyewitnesses were extremely important in Luke’s gospel. Paul tells his listeners that witnesses who followed Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem are still alive and are testifying about his resurrection. For Peter and Paul, these witnesses seem to have special authority. The events are so recent that they are fresh in the eyewitnesses’ memory. (https://bible.org/seriespage/10-eyewitness-testimony-luke-s-gospel)

    Q: Since Luke and Acts go so well together, why aren’t they next to each other in the Bible instead of being separated by John?

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