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IBC Women’s Blog August 30, 2019

IBC Women’s Blog August 30, 2019

Move Together Through Acts: Chapters 1-4 By Jodie Montgomery

Acts 1:1-2 The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen.

I think it is such a natural thing for believers to want those they care about to know the Good News and experience life in Christ. This desire characterizes the New Testament writer Luke who authors the longest sections of New Testament text in conveying to Theophilus, and all readers of these writings, that Jesus is the long anticipated Old Testament Messiah as demonstrated by His words and works recorded in the Gospel of Luke and by Christ’s witnessed resurrection and giving of His Spirit as documented in the Book of Acts. Luke records the details so that the reader may know, truly know, their Maker’s provision of redemption.

The Book of Acts testifies of all Luke witnessed as he journeyed with leaders in the early church. Luke witnessed Christ continuing to build His Body through Spirit-indwelt Christians. John 14:12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.” Luke shares what he experiences as he knows God has fulfilled many, many promises in the Christ and this fulfillment initiates a new age for all mankind. An age of sharing the mercy of God through the ministry of the church.

In conveying the details of Christ’s convincingly, fully witnessed resurrection, ascension, and provision of the Spirit, Luke is proclaiming the love of God in providing deliverance for those that would believe in Christ as Messiah, the Anointed One. Luke doesn’t spare ink in sharing this Good News to his friend and in detailing Peter’s preaching of repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Luke sees the critical need to be saved from this “perverse generation”.

I sometimes write letters. Seems that I rush in the writing, hurried to convey a simple thank you or condolence. I forget the power of the written word in communicating life. I forget how Luke’s writings united many in the Body of Christ. Being intentional in proclaiming the Good News bears fruit.

Today, many pick up the pen only when angry or ready to convey a complaint. Writing to a loved one as an encouragement is rare. Communicating our awe at the overwhelming love of God and His powerful act of redemption would set tongues on fire. In Acts 4, Luke records that “with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.” It’s time to record our own letters of God’s great acts in our lives. Our first recipients of these epistles could be our own children, for surely we ought to love the next generation.