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A.D. The Bible Continues: The Book of Acts is a perfect gift for those who want to explore the true story behind the riveting NBC television series A.D. The Bible Continues.Popular author and Bible teacher Dr. David Jeremiah will be your guide to the book of Acts, which tells the true story of how the first band of followers of Jesus quickly grew into an international movement after his death and resurrection. Discover what motivated and inspired this small group and how the message of Jesus set the world on fire.It’s the beginning of a whole new era, and you can have a front-row seat with A.D. The Bible Continues: The Book of Acts.
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A.D. The Book of Acts
The Incredible Story of the First Followers of Jesus, According to the Bible
By DAVID JEREMIAH, Stephanie Rische
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.Copyright © 2015 LightWorkers Media, LLC.
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The Promise of the Holy Spirit
In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. During the forty days after he suffered and died, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God.
Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, "Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
The Ascension of Jesus
So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, "Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?"
He replied, "The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. "Men of Galilee," they said, "why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!"
Matthias Replaces Judas
Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, a distance of half a mile. When they arrived, they went to the upstairs room of the house where they were staying.
Here are the names of those who were present: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James (son of Alphaeus), Simon (the Zealot), and Judas (son of James). They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.
During this time, when about 120 believers were together in one place, Peter stood up and addressed them. "Brothers," he said, "the Scriptures had to be fulfilled concerning Judas, who guided those who arrested Jesus. This was predicted long ago by the Holy Spirit, speaking through King David. Judas was one of us and shared in the ministry with us."
(Judas had bought a field with the money he received for his treachery. Falling headfirst there, his body split open, spilling out all his intestines. The news of his death spread to all the people of Jerusalem, and they gave the place the Aramaic name Akeldama, which means "Field of Blood.")
Peter continued, "This was written in the book of Psalms, where it says, 'Let his home become desolate, with no one living in it.' It also says, 'Let someone else take his position.'
"So now we must choose a replacement for Judas from among the men who were with us the entire time we were traveling with the Lord Jesus—from the time he was baptized by John until the day he was taken from us. Whoever is chosen will join us as a witness of Jesus' resurrection." So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they all prayed, "O Lord, you know every heart. Show us which of these men you have chosen as an apostle to replace Judas in this ministry, for he has deserted us and gone where he belongs." Then they cast lots, and Matthias was selected to become an apostle with the other eleven.
Although we know few facts of his life, Luke has left us a strong impression of himself by what he wrote. In his Gospel, he emphasizes Jesus Christ's compassion. He vividly recorded both the power demonstrated by Christ's life and the care with which Christ treated people. Luke's writing in Acts is full of sharp verbal pictures of real people caught up in the greatest events of history.
Luke was also a doctor. He had a traveling medical practice as Paul's companion. Since the gospel was often welcomed with whips and stones, the doctor was undoubtedly never lacking patients.
God made special use of Luke as the historian of the early church. Repeatedly, the details of Luke's descriptions have been proven accurate. The first words in his Gospel indicate his interest in the truth.
And yet Luke accomplished all this while staying out of the spotlight. Perhaps his greatest example to us is the challenge to greatness even when we are not the center of attention.
+ STRENGTHS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS: A humble, faithful, and useful companion of Paul
A well-educated and trained physician
A careful and exact historian
Writer of both the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts
+ LESSONS FROM HIS LIFE: The words we leave behind will be a lasting picture of who we are
Excellence is shown by how we work when no one is noticing
+ VITAL STATISTICS: Where: Probably met Paul in Troas Occupations: Doctor, historian, traveling companion
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Table of Contents
PROLOGUE: The Last Days of Jesus, 1,
The Book of Acts, 17,
EPILOGUE: The Call of Jesus, 149,
A Call to Action, 161,
APPENDIX 1: Maps, 167,
APPENDIX 2: Favorite Verses, 169,
About the Author, 177,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dr. David Jeremiah presents a thorough review of The Book of The Acts of the Apostles, written by St. Luke, and provides masterful insights into its meanings and interpretations. It is written with simple explanations of the text and provides valuable historical accounts of the establishment of the early Christian Church.
Everyone who is interested in what is happening in the world today must read this book. It is clearly written to help the reader understand the importance of staying strong in times of difficulty in a growing evil society.