Volume 4 - Studies in Acts, Book 1
by Fred D. Whitelaw
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Volume 4 - Studies in Acts, Book 1. A quarterly series of 13 lessons on the first half of the book of Acts. 8.5x11 Workbook by Fred D. Whitelaw.
When people unfamiliar with the Bible ask me where they need to begin studying I always reply, "The Book of Acts." My answer often initiates puzzled expressions. I know what they are thinking. They wonder why I didn't tell them Genesis, or Matthew, the first books of the Old and New Testaments respectively. Why would I recommend an "out-of-order" book?
First, the Bible books are in no certain chronological order. Second, the "gospels" of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are literally biographies of Jesus who lived and died during the last days of Judaism. Finally, it can be technically argued that the Acts of the Apostles is the first book of the New Testament since the "Christian Age" actually begins in Acts, Chapter 2.
Acts is perhaps the easiest of all Bible books to digest. It contains simple salvation instructions and provides the student with a dozen different examples of conversions to examine and imitate.
It is a history of the establishment and formative days of our Lord's church. The "smaller" first half could be called Luke's biography of the Apostles and early disciples; the "larger" second half is pretty much a biography of the Apostle Paul.
J. Wilbur Chapman hit the nail on the head regarding the Bible: "Acts contains vital information for every seeker of truth.
Talk about the Old Jerusalem Gospel—why, that's what Acts is all about. You will be thrilled as you witness the miraculous and tumultuous birth of the church in that prophetic city, mentally "join" the post-Pentecost activities of the first Christians, and later travel numberless miles with the Apostle Paul across vast stretches of the Roman Empire.
You will learn how people became Christians and served God in the First Century. Once a New Testament convert you will be richly blessed each and every time you re-visit the Book of Acts.Study it to be wise; believe it to be safe; Practice it to be holy. Study it through, pray it in, work it out, note it down, pass it on."