September 27, 2018
Date(s) - 27/09/2018
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
The book of Acts is quite unique. It is historical in nature and is the only record that explicitly describes a summary of the activities of the early church over a 30-year period from Jesus’ resurrection until Paul is in house arrest in Rome. The gospel of Luke and Acts are written by the same author, who is traditionally Luke, a Greek doctor and companion of Paul.
The book of Acts is critical. If it is reliable, then it also enhances the credibility of the gospel of Luke as well, and so reinforces the historical claims about Jesus, including his miracles, his death and his resurrection, and also the central truth claims of Christianity.
Acts contains 28 chapters. The last 2/3rds of the book mainly concentrates on the activities of the apostle Paul from the stoning of Stephen until his 1st imprisonment in Rome.
Paul wrote at least 7 of his letters during this same period. He is dealing with issues in the churches, most of which he founded. His interests are mainly pastoral, and he has no intention of writing history. However, he makes many incidental remarks that intersect with the historical accounts in Acts.
In this talk I will describe some of these intersections between Acts and 3 of Paul’s major letters, which are his 2 letters to the church at Corinth and his letter to the Christians in Rome. These were written during Paul’s 3rd missionary journey. Do Acts and Paul’s letters contain reliable history? I will leave that to you to judge, but first I will provide some context.