Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to empower his disciples as they shared the good news of his Kingdom to the nations of the world.
Before Jesus ascended into heaven where he was enthroned with God to rule over the world, he instructed his followers to spread the news of God's Kingdom to the world. The book of Acts details the work of his followers and the formation of the early Church.
Read Scripture Part I
Holy Spirit Power
Jesus' followers received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost and became filled and equipped to spread the good news that would restore God's Kingdom over the world. Through persecution, followers of Jesus were scattered, but they continued to preach, and the church at Antioch was born.
This church grew into the first multiethnic, international Jesus community, from which missionaries were sent throughout the world to preach about Jesus, the Jewish Messiah and risen King of all nations. Paul even continued to preach despite imprisonment and wrote important letters to the churches.
The Spirit came upon Jesus' new covenant family with wind and flames—symbols of God's presence—and filled and empowered them to speak in all languages.
Scattering of Believers
Jewish leaders persecuted Jesus followers and murdered Stephen. As a result, Jesus communities fled from Jerusalem, scattered to other cities, and continued preaching despite ongoing persecution.
The Antioch Church
After persecution scattered Jesus' followers throughout the modern world, the first multiethnic, international church is formed at Antioch, and Jesus' followers become known as Christians.
Church on Mission
The Spirit prompts the Antioch church to send missionaries to other lands and invites everyone to follow Jesus as the multiethnic family of God grew.
Paul Preaches in Prison
Paul is placed on house arrest in Rome where he teaches and writes letters to the churches, summarizing the purpose of the book of Acts.
The first half of Acts tells the story of the early years of the Christian movement from the point of view of a variety of characters. The second half, however, follows the missionary journeys of one remarkable person, Paul. Luke, a companion of Paul’s on many of his travels...
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Follow discussions between Tim & Jon as they prepare to write the "Luke-Acts Miniseries." The Gospel of Luke retells the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. The companion to the Gospel account Luke wrote was Acts, which retells the work of Jesus' spirit after his ascension, and the story of the movement of people he inspired.
Luke-Acts Series Episode 1
An Intro to Reading the Gospels
This episode is our preparation for making a video series that walks through the entire life of Jesus as told by Luke in his Gospel. This first episode is an introduction to what the Gospels are, and what it means to trust them as an accurate representation of what happened in human history. The Gospels are the version of what happened according to his disciples, and not only what happened, but why it all matters.
Luke-Acts Series Episode 2
An Overview of Luke
Tim and I are working on a series of videos that will tell the story of Jesus as recorded by Luke in his gospel. In this episode we do a quick overview of the entire book, working through each of the sections, observing how they all fit together.
Luke-Acts Series Episode 3
Good News for the Poor
Luke Chapters 1-6 ooze with references and allusions to the Old Testament to show how Jesus is the fulfillment of the story of Israel.