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The Restoration of God’s People: Preaching from Acts of Apostles Keith Stanglin Austin Graduate School of Theology.

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1 The Restoration of God’s People: Preaching from Acts of Apostles Keith Stanglin Austin Graduate School of Theology

2 Session 1: History of Interpretation 1. Canon within the canon a. Most important book b. Lens through which the rest is interpreted 2. Alexander Campbell

3 The Move toward Acts 3. Walter Scott Five-finger exercise: H-B-R-C-Bb. Isaac Errett 4. J. W. McGarvey Commentary on Acts (1863; new ed., 1892)

4 McGarvey on the Purpose of Acts “Undoubtedly, then, the writer’s chief design was to set forth to his readers a multitude of cases of conversion under the labors of apostles and apostolic men, so that we may know how this work…was accomplished.” (McGarvey, xix)

5 McGarvey on the Importance of Acts “To study the book of Acts aright is to study it with supreme reference to this subject [conditions of pardon].… “It is therefore a demand of this age, an intensely missionary age, that we understand this one book of all in the Bible which is devoted to this transcendently important subject [namely, conversion].” (McGarvey, xx-xxi)

6 “Book of Conversions”: Potential Problems 1.No conversions after Acts Inconsistent pattern of conversion. 3.Reductionistic view of “conversion.” 4.Five-finger exercise becomes central focus. 5.Hermeneutical implications. Where are we now?

7 Session 2: The Main Theme of Acts Bearing witness to the restoration of God’s people (Israel) through the Holy Spirit

8 Main Theme 1.“Bearing witness...” -Martyreo, diamartyromai, martus, et al. 2. “…to the restoration of God’s people” –Like restoring a building –Restoration prophecies in OT –Restoration implies continuity with the Old Testament people.

9 Restoration of God’s People Restoration also includes a plan for the Gentiles. Pattern for restoration: Israel restored, then bringing in of Gentiles. Is this plan for Gentiles in continuity with the OT? See Isa. 45:20-25; 49:6. Et al. In Acts, Christians live in continuity with Old Testament Israel. For example, Paul keeps the law and describes himself as a Pharisee. Restoration entails an emphasis on continuity.

10 4 components of restoration 1.Promises and fulfillment are Davidic. 2.Jews return from all over to Jerusalem. 3.Representatives from 12 tribes. 4.Outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

11 Main Theme 3. “…through the Holy Spirit.” Isaiah Ezekiel Luke-Acts

12 Session 3: Exegetical and Homiletical Fragments Acts 15 Acts 15:19- Don’t “make it difficult for” (NIV) / “trouble” (NASB) / “annoy” (LSJ) Gentiles who are turning to God. How do we make it difficult for people to turn to God? 1) Binding where we should not bind. 2) Making it too easy (loosing where we should not loose).

13 Acts 15 Abstain from 4 things: –Food sacrificed to idols –Blood –Meat of strangled animals –Fornication These 4 things occurred at pagan temples and feasts. Gentiles, show that you are serious about separation from paganism.

14 Acts 15 How do we make it difficult by making it too easy? What you win them with is what you win them to.

15 Acts The last third of Acts (chs ) still fits the main theme of the whole book. A sub-theme in this section: The providence of God in accomplishing his purpose. In 23:11, God has said that Paul must bear witness in Rome. How will it happen? The fulfillment is never easy or like we would plan it. 27:20: “…all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned.”

16 Only in Thee when days are drear, When neither sun nor stars appear, Still I can trust and feel no fear, Sing when I cannot see. Only in Thee, whatever betide, All of my need is freely supplied; There is no hope nor helper beside, Only, dear Lord, in Thee!


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