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1 Introducing my Family

2 The J.C. Family

3 Jed (10) & Jemi (7)

4 Woman Nationals in EA Ladies Prayer Group in Church My wife, Jane

5 Join SCCC in 1991 Mission in China Graduate with MDiv from EAST 2007 Now…MTh at SBC Jeremy Chew

6 High School Ministry Staff Training Ministry in East Asia

7 Classes taught at EAST

8 The ACTS of the APOSTLES

9 To the remotest part of the earth (Acts 1:8) Acts Fall 49 The Council May 57- Aug 59 Trials Spring 68 Expansion of Church Apr 48- Sep 49 1 Galatia Spr 53- May 57 3 Asia Feb 60- Mar 62 1 Rome Aut 67- Spr 68 2 Rome May 57- Aug 59 Damascus Antioch Spr 62- Fall 67 4 Spain NT Overview (History) Matt Luke John Mark Acts Gospels & Acts Apr 50- Sep 52 2 Aegean

10 Title The Acts of the Apostles? Some Acts of Some Apostles? Some Acts of the Holy Spirit? Genre History? Theology? History? Theology?

11 Who was Luke? Medical doctor Traveling companion of Paul Articulate historian & writer Medical doctor Traveling companion of Paul Articulate historian & writer

12 Who was Luke? External Evidence (Outside Acts) Earliest Evidence in Canons: Anti-Marcionite Prologue (AD ) Muratorian Canon (AD ) Church Fathers (late 2nd cent.): Irenaeus (AD 185) Clement of Alexandria (AD ) External Evidence (Outside Acts) Earliest Evidence in Canons: Anti-Marcionite Prologue (AD ) Muratorian Canon (AD ) Church Fathers (late 2nd cent.): Irenaeus (AD 185) Clement of Alexandria (AD )

13 Internal (Compared to Gospel) Both dedicated to Theophilus Acts 1:1 refers to the first account Similar language (medical terms) Same theme (sovereignty) Chronological orientation Internal (Within Acts) Four we-sections (traveled with Paul) The only traveling companions not named in these sections are Titus and Luke But Titus has never been seriously considered as the author of Acts Internal (Compared to Gospel) Both dedicated to Theophilus Acts 1:1 refers to the first account Similar language (medical terms) Same theme (sovereignty) Chronological orientation Internal (Within Acts) Four we-sections (traveled with Paul) The only traveling companions not named in these sections are Titus and Luke But Titus has never been seriously considered as the author of Acts

14 124 LukeLukeActsActsChaptersChapters VersesVerses Verses per Chapter Time Period Covered 5 BC-AD 33 (37 yrs.) 5 BC-AD 33 (37 yrs.) AD (30 yrs.) AD (30 yrs.) ContentContent Life of the Christ Life of the Church Kingdom Message from… Jews to Gentiles Comparing Luke & Acts

15 Ends with Pauls 2-year imprisonment (AD 60-62) No mention of persecution under Nero (AD 64) No mention of Pauls remaining years (AD 62-68) No mention of destruction of Jerusalem (AD 70) Therefore, most likely written in AD 62. Ends with Pauls 2-year imprisonment (AD 60-62) No mention of persecution under Nero (AD 64) No mention of Pauls remaining years (AD 62-68) No mention of destruction of Jerusalem (AD 70) Therefore, most likely written in AD 62. Date Origin No one knows for certain where Luke wrote this account. Suggestions include Rome, Antioch, Ephesus, Asia Minor, and Achaia. Recipients Theophilus (1:1), a man whose name means lover of God.

16 Luke probably wrote at Theophilus request Provide an orderly account of the life of Christ and the early history of the Church To strengthen the wealthy Christians faith by showing that his faith rested on firm historical fact (Luke 1:3-4; cf. Acts 1:3) Explain to his wider Gentile audience that the progress of the kingdom message was divinely directed, not of human ingenuity and skill. Luke probably wrote at Theophilus request Provide an orderly account of the life of Christ and the early history of the Church To strengthen the wealthy Christians faith by showing that his faith rested on firm historical fact (Luke 1:3-4; cf. Acts 1:3) Explain to his wider Gentile audience that the progress of the kingdom message was divinely directed, not of human ingenuity and skill. Occasion

17 Church beginnings Holy Spirit Church growth Witnessing Opposition Church beginnings Holy Spirit Church growth Witnessing Opposition Key Themes

18 Key Verse Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. Key Word Sovereignty 2 (Apostles of Church) Sovereignty 2 (Apostles of Church)

19 Progress Reports Key Verse: 1:8 1.2:47b 2.6:7 3.8:40 4.9: : :5 7.19: : :47b 2.6:7 3.8:40 4.9: : :5 7.19: :30-31 Why end this way? 1:16:7 6:88:40 Acts 9–28 Ends of the Earth Adapted from Stanley D. Toussaint, BKC; Jeremy Chew, EAST 125

20 The Structure of Acts 1:1–6:7 Witnesses in Jerusalem 1:12:47 The beginning of the church 1:12:47 The beginning of the church 3:16:7 The church and the Jewish authorities 3:16:7 The church and the Jewish authorities 6:8–8:40 Witnesses in Judea and Samaria 6:19:31 The church begins to expand 6:19:31 The church begins to expand 9:3211:18 The beginning of the Gentile mission 9:3211:18 The beginning of the Gentile mission 11:1928:31 Witnesses to the End of the Earth 11:1914:28 The mission from Antioch to Asia Minor 11:1914:28 The mission from Antioch to Asia Minor 15:115:35 The discussion concerning the Gentiles 15:115:35 The discussion concerning the Gentiles in the church in the church 15:3618:17 Pauls missionary campaign in Macedonia 15:3618:17 Pauls missionary campaign in Macedonia and Achaia and Achaia 18:1820:38 Pauls missionary campaign in Asia Minor 18:1820:38 Pauls missionary campaign in Asia Minor 21:128:31 Pauls arrest and imprisonment 21:128:31 Pauls arrest and imprisonment

21 120 Summary Statement God's sovereignly directed progress of the kingdom message from Jerusalem Jews to Roman Gentiles in early church history proves God as responsible for His Church and exhorts believers to witness everywhere. Application How is God extending his kingdom message through you? How are you fitting into His overall purpose to spread the gospel throughout the entire earth? Acts Summary & Application

22 1.Imprisonment 4:1-4; 12:3-5; 16:16-40; 24: Persecution 5:17-42; 8:1-3 3.Arrest 6:8-15; 21: Death 7:54-60; 12:1-2 5.Opposition 9:23-25; 13:4-12; 17:1-9; 19:21-41; 23:12-22; 25:1-3 6.Shipwreck 27: Imprisonment 4:1-4; 12:3-5; 16:16-40; 24: Persecution 5:17-42; 8:1-3 3.Arrest 6:8-15; 21: Death 7:54-60; 12:1-2 5.Opposition 9:23-25; 13:4-12; 17:1-9; 19:21-41; 23:12-22; 25:1-3 6.Shipwreck 27:13-44 The Counter Story

23 The Chinese word for crisis consists of two letters: one means danger and the other means opportunity. Indeed, every church crisis involves a dangerous opportunity to bring either great glory or great shame to the name of Christ. CHURCH CRISES: DANGEROUS OPPORTUNITIES! CHURCH CRISES: DANGEROUS OPPORTUNITIES! DangerOpportunity

24 DANGEROUS OPPORTUNITIES! John Wycliffe (ca ) translates the Bible until the day he died despite the churchs disapproval. William Carey (ca ) was a missionary who lived and died in India after founding many churches and schools. John Huss (ca ) martyrdom caused revival in Bohemia, which became a missionary-minded church The Chinese Church (ca ) goes underground under persecution, yet it grows even faster.

25 A Recipe for the Success of the Church (Acts 1) A Recipe for the Success of the Church (Acts 1) PeoplePeople have always been Gods plan for the delivery of his message (1:2, 8, 11, 13-14, 21-26). PrayerPrayer was the first, best step in every decision of the early church (1:14, 24-26). PreparationThe apostles demonstrated their knowledge of and belief in the importance of the Scriptures. Gods Word should be learned, trusted, obeyed, and applied to life situations (1:1-4, 7-8, 16, 20). PowerChrists promised Holy Spirit power forms the basis of the churchs ability to accomplish great things for him (1:8). PromiseThe church must always live in the conscious reality of a returning Savior who will come back in the same way he departed (1:9-11). PatternOur task is not so much to be preachers as it is to be witnesses. A witness tells what he or she has seen and heard. We speak the news and spread the news (1:8, 11).

26 1.Movement of (and between) scenes Plothow does it build on previous scene(s), and how does it move the story forward? Cause and effectwhat caused a particular action, or what is the result of it? Conflict resolutionwhat is the tension, and how is it solved? 2.Time Not necessarily chronological Frequencyrepetition for emphasis Pacelength of description 3.Author Omniscience of narratorrepresents Gods view Gives inside information about characters Makes judgment of what is right and wrong Gives additional information to the story 1.Movement of (and between) scenes Plothow does it build on previous scene(s), and how does it move the story forward? Cause and effectwhat caused a particular action, or what is the result of it? Conflict resolutionwhat is the tension, and how is it solved? 2.Time Not necessarily chronological Frequencyrepetition for emphasis Pacelength of description 3.Author Omniscience of narratorrepresents Gods view Gives inside information about characters Makes judgment of what is right and wrong Gives additional information to the story Interpreting Acts as a Narrative

27 1.Authors intent Is the author trying to teach something, or is he only describing an event (e.g., drawing lots in Acts 1)? 2.Support from other clearer biblical passages Is the underlying principle clearly taught elsewhere (when the Spirit comes in Acts 2, 8, 10, and 19)? 3.Repeatable patterns Although it may not have been the authors intent to teach, some things should be repeated (e.g., elders). However, we must also consider cultural norms when trying to reproduce such patterns. 1.Authors intent Is the author trying to teach something, or is he only describing an event (e.g., drawing lots in Acts 1)? 2.Support from other clearer biblical passages Is the underlying principle clearly taught elsewhere (when the Spirit comes in Acts 2, 8, 10, and 19)? 3.Repeatable patterns Although it may not have been the authors intent to teach, some things should be repeated (e.g., elders). However, we must also consider cultural norms when trying to reproduce such patterns. Hermeneutical Considerations: Normative or Descriptive? Hermeneutical Considerations: Normative or Descriptive? Jeremy Chew, East Asia School of Theology, Singapore

28 Unsung Heroes in Acts HeroReferenceHeroic Action Crippled man 3:9-12After his healing, he praised God. As the crowds gathered to see what happened, Peter used the opportunity to tell many about Jesus. Five deacons 6:2-5Everyone has heard of Stephen, and many know of Philip, but there were five other men chosen. They not only laid the foundation for service in the church, but their hard work also gave the apostles the time they needed to preach the gospel. Ananias9:10-19He had the responsibility of being the first to demonstrate Christs love to Saul (Paul) after his conversion. Cornelius10:30-35His example showed Peter that the gospel was for all people, Jews and Gentiles. Rhoda12:13-15Her persistence brought Peter inside Marys home, where he would be safe.

29 Unsung Heroes in Acts HeroReferenceHeroic Action James15:13-21He took command of the Jerusalem council and had the courage and discernment to help form a decision that would affect literally millions of Christians over many Generations. Lydia16:13-15She opened her home to Paul, from which he led many to Christ and founded a church in Philippi. Jason17:5-9He risked his life for the gospel by allowing Paul to stay in his home. He stood up for what was true and right, even though he faced persecution for it. Pauls nephew 23:16-24He saved Pauls life by telling officials of a murder plot. Julius27:1, 43He spared Paul when the other soldiers wanted to kill him.


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