By Allen, Ronald James
Acts of the Apostles is helping the preacher determine percentages for sermons in keeping with texts and topics within the ebook of Acts. whereas supplying 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 at the present time. It is also worthy in sessions that search to hyperlink textual content and sermon, and for congregational Bible study.
Throughout his observation, Ron Allen examines the connection of Acts to the Gospel of Luke, discussing parallel passages among the 2 volumes and watching how topics within the Gospel hold ahead into Acts. He notes how specific passages give a contribution to constructing issues and to how the notice of this sort of subject matter can give a contribution to the preacher's paintings with a specific passage
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God cannot unilaterally change difficult contexts, but God is present as we make our way through them. I do not believe, as Luke does, that God has divided history into two discontinuous ages or that God is going to (or can) end the present era in a single moment to bring about the Realm. God works in the world through lure rather than through coercion. God’s power is limited to what God can accomplish through lure as human beings and other elements of creation choose (consciously or unconsciously) to cooperate with God’s purposes of love, peace, justice, and abundance.
God wants all to experience security. The congregation was divided regarding the role of women in leadership. Luke-Acts does not portray women as having equal standing with men, but this literature does contain impulses toward liberation. The congregation perceived itself as harassed or in danger of being harassed. Luke uses the martyrdoms of Jesus, Stephen, James, Paul, Jesus’s teaching that the disciples would take up their crosses daily, and the suffering of the church to urge the community to continue faithful witness even in the face of threat.
Luke underscores the fact that the community of the Realm includes both men (v. 13) and women (v. 14). Unfortunately, Luke does not present the church in Acts as an altogether egalitarian community. The apostles, for instance, are all men, and they maintain the major roles of leadership. Nevertheless, in this passage we see evidence of Luke’s belief that in the Realm God seeks to restore the relationship of women and men to the mutuality and equality of Genesis 1-2. The preacher could reflect on the degree to which relationships among women and men in the congregation and in the larger social world point toward the Realm.
Acts of the apostles by Allen, Ronald James