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By Chalmer E. Faw

Chalmer E. Faw brings Acts to existence for our day. He blends thorough biblical scholarship with knowledge from vast and sundry event in missionary paintings and Bible educating. His cautious exposition of the booklet of Acts is supplemented with literary and theological dialogue. the most important note in Acts is witness for Jesus Christ, from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. God's Spirit anoints the church at Pentecost, leads believers in dealing with conflicts among converts new and outdated, and empowers Christians to beat fake ideals and magic. In Acts, Luke tells this dramatic tale with sophisticated humor.

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Now he is no longer present in bodily form, and his Spirit-filled church must carry on the work. Jesus himself foresaw and prepared for this transition when he trained his apostles and seventy others by sending them out on preliminary tours (Luke 9:1-6; 10:1-13). After his resurrection, he further instructed them for their task (Luke 24:45-49; Acts 1:4-8). This is the extension of the work of the kingdom of God, predicted by Isaiah as the work of the Messiah (Isa. 9:7), announced to Mary by the angel (Luke 1:32-33), inaugurated by Jesus (4:43; 6:20; 8:1; 10:9; 16:16; 17:20-21), proclaimed by the earliest disciples (9:2, 60).

As to Luke's interest in the sick and demon-possessed. there is little need for proof. The cases are too numerous to discuss here. Details of Luke's special touches are found in the notes on each section. Luke's interest in persons shows in his concern with urban life. Whether or not he himself is a city man is not clear, but at least his concept of the spread of Christianity from one urban center to another is quite evident. The church grows from Jerusalem to Antioch, with important events in Damascus and Caesarea.

Swartley, Editors Page 2 EDITORIAL COUNCIL David Baker Brethren Church Estella B. Horning Church of the Brethren Robert B. Ives Brethren in Christ Church Lydia Harder General Conference Mennonite Church Gordon H. Matties Mennonite Brethren Church Paul M. Zehr Mennonite Church OLD TESTAMENT EDITOR Elmer A. Martens Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary Fresno, California NEW TESTAMENT EDITORS Willard M. Swartley Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries Elkhart, Indiana Howard H. Charles (for Matthew) Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries Elkhart, Indiana Page 3 Acts Chalmer E.

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